You don't know me
You don't like me
You say you care less how I feel
How many of you would sit and judge me
Ever walked the Streets of Bakersfield...............
From the Kern County Desert....
Small essays and other things that come to mind or suit me at the time.
All are welcome here, to my world, such that it is.
A walking contradiction, partly truth, mostly fiction,
taking every wrong direction on his lonely way back home......The Pilgrim Chapter 33
I have become..........Comfortably Numb...
He lives in the Islands and fishes the pilings and drinks his Green Label each day..........


Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me
Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't coming back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me

There's no place I can be
Since I've found Serenity
But you can't take the sky from me

Counted the Stars

Counted the stars on the 4th of July
Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky
Talking about redemption and leaving things behind
As the sun sinks west of the Mendocino county line

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Niece's Wedding

Twas a very nice day indeed.
My Niece, Ashlee became the Bride of Michael Quick.

The outstanding cake was made by Missus ORPO. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

More than 100 Greek warplanes (including last A-7E Corsair jets) conduct live firing exercise

More than 100 Greek warplanes (including last A-7E Corsair jets) conduct live firing exercise


SLUF's last ride........................

I was in VA-147, The Argonauts from 1985 to 1987. The Corsair II was one hell of a light attack platform. It was also fairly easy to work on..........except for those bloody autopilot actuators.................

Monday, July 07, 2014

Historic photos brought to life : theCHIVE

Historic photos brought to life : theCHIVE


Manzanar-6 July 2014

One of our 10 Concentration Camps utilized during WWII to hold approximately 110,000 "Internees" who were Issei and Nesei Japanese Americans.
We were supposed to be the "Good Guys" for crying out loud.
The process was similar to that used by Germany in the "Resettlement" of the Jews and others deemed to be a detriment to Germany but on a much smaller scale. A Jew, no matter how pious or rebellious will see the similarities.
I understand the pretense was under the guise of War Time Security.
Yes, I did use the term, Concentration Camps.
 Taken from Wikipedia: "Manzanar has been referred to as a "War Relocation Center," "relocation camp," "relocation center," "internment camp", and "concentration camp", and the controversy over which term is the most accurate and appropriate continues to the present day."
I did get a bit choked up at times while in the Old Auditorium, now museum..................interperative center.
I simply ask that the reader simply take a look at the pictures and decide for themselves.

I will not go down and tell my children I didn't have the courage, the conviction, the commitment or the character to fight for this country...Don't go home and let your children down~~ LTC Allen West

Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

‎"Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.("Therefore, he who desires peace, let him prepare for war")" from "Epitoma Rei Militaris," by Vegetius (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus)