Family Picture

I have a step-sister I haven’t heard from since 1999.  She kind of disappeared after my step-mom died, and though I check for her on the web once in a while, I haven’t been very successful in finding her.  So wherever she is, happy birthday Monica.  Monica’s the little girl in front, in the above picture from 1973 (45 years ago?).

I had dinner with a friend this evening, and we were talking about writing journals and blogs.  Was just not long ago, I blogged everyday.  Tonight I noticed I haven’t written anything since November.  What’s the reason?  Since moving to Arizona, I’ve been pretty busy, but that’s not the reason.  It seems I’ve been sharing most of my life through Facebook instead.  I’m not much on duplication of effort.  Maybe I’ll start writing more here, again.  We’ll see.

Early Navy Photo

An Early Photo, when I Was 18.

So, I served in the Navy — It’s something I did.  I didn’t do it to receive thanks from everyone who finds out.  Today “Thank you for your service” has apparently become the expected response from folks when they find out you were in the military.  Curb Your Enthusiasm did a hilarious episode about it this season.  I would rather have someone ask me how I am than recite the canned “Thank you for your service” people have become used to saying when they meet a veteran.  Sure I served, but I got a college education and job skills by serving.  I lived pretty good off the taxpayer while I was on submarines and shore duty.  I’ve made a good living since getting out as a result of my military time.  I feel awkward when taxpayers thank me, when I should be thanking them.  So please don’t thank me for my service.  Thank YOU for giving me the chance for a better life.




Just some of the places I’ve seen since my last post.  Been spending most of my time in New Mexico and Arizona for work.  Did go back to Kansas during the solar eclipse, to get my stuff out of storage and bring it to the new house.  Been busy — earlier this month I had 47 hours of overtime during a two-week period.  Is it any wonder I haven’t posted anything lately?


Some of the places I’ve seen during the last three weeks:  (left to right, top to bottom)

San Diego, El Malpais National Monument, The Kirk Douglas Room at El Rancho Motel in Gallup, old Buckhorn Baths Motel near home, Yuma Territorial Prison, San Xavier Mission,  and Bonneville Salt Flats.

I’ve been to other places too, but didn’t really have opportunities to take pictures.  If I hadn’t taken this job, I’d be missing out on a lot of new sights.

I love my job.

AZ Sacaton Rest Area (1)

Ever since moving to Arizona, the weather’s been hot and dry.  Everyone kept saying, “but it’s a dry heat”.  True, the hot weather here is much more bearable that it was in Kansas City.  Problem is, I start to sweat when I’m outdoors, but it immediately evaporates.  Then I go indoors, still sweating.  In that cool air, nothing evaporates. so I usually soak my clothes like I’ve been standing in a rain storm.  Which brings me to monsoons.

Everyone here speaks longingly about monsoons like they’re talking about a loved one.  Haven’t yet experienced a monsoon at the house, but I’ve watched them forming.  In Kansas City, storms roll in fast, dump on you and roll on out.  Here, they take forever to form.  Like the picture above.  I took this at 2pm driving home from Tucson.  I was at dinner around 7pm, and this is what the sky looked like.

AZ Mesa Monsoon

It still isn’t raining.  It appears like I may experience my first monsoon at home sometime tonight.

Last night I was in Tucson, where I snapped this picture at sunset.

AZ Tucson Monsoon

It finally started storming about 10pm.  If that’s any indication, I might be able to see if my roof leaks around the same time tonight.