Happy Hour

"IF A LIFETIME CAN BE LIKENED TO A DAY, THEN THIS IS HAPPY HOUR!"
BUCK PENNINGTON

Mother, Mother Ocean

Mother, Mother Ocean, I've heard you call
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall
You've seen it all, you've seen it all
Watched the men who rode you, switch from sails to steam
In your belly you hold the treasures, few have ever seen
Most of 'em dream, most of 'em dream
Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred year's too late
The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late

Yoda

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."
―Yoda, to Luke Skywalker

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
I have these pictures and I keep these photographs
To remind me of a time
These pictures and these photographs
Let me know I'm doin' fine
We used to be so happy once upon a time
Once upon a time
But the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line
And the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line


""SOME SEE A GLASS AS HALF FULL, SOME SEE IT AS HALF EMPTY, I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO’S DRINKING MY RUM."
Rumbear

Monday, June 14, 2010

From the past, Darkly? Again?

A long time ago, in a place not so far away.
The day I got my Air Warfare Wings with some of my squadron mates and the CO.  That is the gentleman with the shoulder boards and aviator wings. Jim Oliver. Righteous guy, one each.
Behind yours truly is Tim Lobretto, AMS2, outstanding airframes guy, period. Next to him, right as viewed, is AQC Ed Zwick, Flight Deck Coordinator Extraordinaire. We were Argonauts of Attack Squadron One Four Seven. Things changed in 1989 with the arrival of the F/A-18 hornette. No longer the same.

2 comments:

Buck said...

Nice shot. I wish to Hell my archives hadn't gone missing. REALLY wish...

Old Retired Petty Officer said...

These were found in them tubs you buy at Walmart and some Tupperware containers. I have one, somewhere, of the Intermediate Hydraulic/Pneumatic Shop on The Good Ship Ranger when we got the Naval Air Forces Black "E". I was a newly minted AMH1 at the age of 27. Work Center Supervisor. No Second Class POs. Three Third Class POs. The rest were non rates. We passed our major inspections and audits for the pending deployment with no discrepancies noted.

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)