TEMPER

Yeah. Gotta cop to something tonite. Had an exchange out there yesterday in the real world; one that truly tested my present reality. My master bathroom has a bulb out, affecting my daily real world clarity! Btw, it’s now been out maybe 3 weeks. Today I decide to DEAL with it! Drive to Home Depot,… Continue reading TEMPER

COMPENSATION, ETHICS AND HONOR

           I don’t question the likelihood that there are veterans who have gamed the system and have disability ratings which are excessive for their injuries. I don’t question the likelihood that there are veterans possessing decorations which are excessive for their conduct under fire. If you have a perception that veterans are more moral, upstanding… Continue reading COMPENSATION, ETHICS AND HONOR

SERVICE

I read the observations of veterans from different countries, of different wars, of different generations. There is a common sentiment, often with equal elements. Some of us would love to be engaged in a war in which we could be entirely invested. Some of us envy a righteous cause. Most of us know and accept… Continue reading SERVICE

RUSS

I’ve lost a friend of many years. In truth, Russell passed on December 20th but I only received certainty today. I’ve been trying to call him for weeks and had premonitions but shrugged them off. Despite his many ailments, Russell was incredibly hardy…and stubborn. His phone would ring and ring; he’d never had an answering… Continue reading RUSS

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TUCKER 2.0

MAGNITUDE OF MIRACLES. 9/14/69 was without question the single most impactful day of my life…because it was my Resurrection Day. Brought back from death. Some of you may cherish a single day in your own life; a day head and shoulders above ANY other. If so, please share those memories with me, with us. So… Continue reading TUCKER 2.0

RECOGNITION

I’m smiling as I think about and remember my counterpart, T.U. Dai.  Nguyen Van Dai… Americans will intuitively pronounce it correctly.  Those literate in Vietnamese will miss a diacritical mark that makes this a hard D…rather than a soft Yieee. I’m about to purchase a t-shirt from a company that creates and sells to sentimental… Continue reading RECOGNITION

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PRINCE

So here we go.  😉  Erik Prince of Blackwater fame and sibling of Betsy DeVos is floating the idea of the ultimate outsource – turning over the prosecution of our longstanding war in Afghanistan to he and his merry contractor cabal.  Says we’re spending $40 billion a year and he can do it for $10… Continue reading PRINCE

TRUNG UY DAI

I’m smiling as I think about and remember my counterpart, T.U. Dai.  Nguyen Van Dai… Americans will intuitively pronounce it correctly.  Those literate in Vietnamese will miss a diacritical mark that makes this a hard D…rather than a soft Yieee. I’m about to purchase a t-shirt from a company that creates and sells to sentimental… Continue reading TRUNG UY DAI

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SHOCK AND AWE

On the evening of March 22, 2003, I exited a theater in Westwood, having just watched THE PIANIST. I soon learned that Shock & Awe had commenced in Iraq. Today I exited The Encino Laemmle, having watched LITTLE WOMEN, to discover that our newest global misstep had commenced. To my sisters and brothers in arms… Continue reading SHOCK AND AWE

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