Military, Travels

a muskrat in maryland!

Last week, your government did all of us the service of sending me to Frederick, Maryland for some critical training in the art of watching PowerPoint slides.  Luckily, there was some down time in the evenings. At the suggestion of my Baltimore-residing friend with expertise on all things Epicurean, Charlie, […]


in a parking lot, nine years later

Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 7:45am outside a military dental clinic: I walk across a parking lot and see a Lieutenant Colonel and a Captain walking out of the building I’m about to enter.  The Captain looks familiar.  I stop to stare.  They walk past me; I start stepping toward […]

Military, Rants

olive garden > chili’s

As Friday was coming to a close, my bride sent me a list of restaurants from a RedPlum email giving away free meals or portions of meals for Veterans Day.  I’ve actually never taken advantage of such deals on Vets Day, but given that it was Friday, and the children […]

Blogging, Military, Movember

6 days of glorious “mo”

There is nothing pretty about this anorexic caterpillar parked on my face.  I even got the “You going for the Chester the Molester look or something?” and “Did you lose a bet?” questions today at drill weekend, which surprised me, since the prevalence of mustaches among enlisted military folk is […]

children, Military


Me:  Did y’all talk about anything that happened in the news today at school? Maddie:  No, we never talk about stories from the news at my school. Me:  You didn’t hear about a guy named Osama bin Laden? Maddie:  No.  I don’t know who…I don’t know that person. Me:  Well, […]

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