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Grapes of Frath

In 1985 I fled the cold and snow of the Midwest and moved to the sunny beaches of California to work on the Stealth Bomber. I lived in a gated community with so much plant life it was like living in a jungle. Unfortunately, this made my apartment too dark to host a...

No Dream is Impossible

When I was in college - oh, so long ago - I used to wake up at 05:59 every morning... literally, thirty seconds before the alarm clock was able to make a sound. I would collect my towel and toiletries and walk down the hall to the shower, which I always had to myself....

You knew her as “Mom”

Elaine Margarite Gima was born on March 15th, 1934. On August 29th, 1953, she married a skinny little soldier and became Elaine Badnarik. For most of her life, almost everyone knew her as Mom. It is easy for me to imagine why my father was attracted to her. She was...

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Fountain of Youth

In February 1988 I purchased a brand new Pontiac Trans Am GTA. A fighter jet without wings. The engine fit under the hood the way an ice cube fits in a tray. More power than rationally necessary which allowed me to dominate the highway like a Bengal Tiger hunting...

When Eight Bells Toll

Avast, ye Mate! Drop anchor, pour yourself some grog, and I'll spin you a yarn. Eight Bells signals the end of a nautical watch, which could mean, four, eight, or twelve o'clock, AM or PM. In this particular story, it was meant to refer to midnight. Most of my sailing...

Happy Birthday USMC

The United States Marine Corps celebrates its birthday on November 10th every year. This year the Marine Corps will be 245 years old, which is interesting because the Declaration of Independence is only 244 years old. I didn't believe it when I was first told that the...