Monday, December 22, 2008

Go Titans Beat The Steelers

What a great wife I have!! She bought tickets for the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers game in Nashville this past weekend as an anniversary present and birthday present. It doesn't get any better than that. This was kind of difficult for me as I have been a Steelers fan since the 1970's but our proximity to Nashville has made me a Titans fan over the past couple of years. Sorry Steelers, guess I am a turncoat. Here are a few photos from the game........... enjoy.

Titans Win 31-14









Saturday, December 20, 2008

Mini Bike and No Pants

No pants and a mini chopper. I wonder what her story is?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sarah Palin Still Hot

I don't care what anyone says. I still think Sarah Palin is hot.


Sitting In Red

I'm 15 and it's 1974. I sit in my red room with the headphones on listening to the upper end of FM around 107.9. That's where the progressive radion stations are. You remember those stations; the ones that play Yes, Pink Floyd, Argent, ELP, Eno and others. My bedroom was in red. Red carpet, red curtains, red bedspread, red bean bag chair and a hanging red light. Headphones are state of the art Sony and the stereo is cranking. Lost in the sounds of Pink Floyd.

Bikers Gone Wild

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Remembering A Crazy Diamond

One day he took a walk across the bridge and jumped. We saw him the day before and then he was gone. ............ Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Remember when you were young,
You shone like the sun
Shine on you crazy diamond
Now there's a look in your eyes,
Like black holes in the sky
Shine on you crazy diamond
You were caught on the crossfire
Of childhood and stardom,
Blown on the steel breeze
Come on, you target
For faraway laughter
Come on you stranger
You legend, you martyr, and shine!
You reached for the secret too soon
You cried for the moon
Shine on you crazy diamond
Threatened by shadows at night
And exposed in the light
Shine on you crazy diamond
Well, you wore out your welcome
With random precision
Rode on the steel breeze
Come on, you raver,
You seer of visions,
Come on, you painter,
You piper, you prisoner, and shine!
Nobody knows where you are,
How near or how far
Shine on you crazy diamond
Pile on many more layers
And I'll be joining you there
Shine on you crazy diamond
And we'll bask in the shadow
Of yesterday's triumph,
Sail on the steel breeze
Come on, you boy child,
You winner and loser,
Come on, you miner
For truth and delusion, and shine!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Exotic Airlines and Exotic Destinations

I have been very fortunate to travel around the world quite a few times. At 49 years old, I am still like a little kid when I know I am going to fly. As an avid airline traveler I have come to appreciate certain airlines for certain destinations as not just a flight to a destination but an experience to be thoroughly savored and enjoyed. Here is my list of airline and destination matchups, most of which I have experienced.

  • Cathay Pacific into Hong Kong
  • TWA into Milan
  • Varig into Rio de Janerio
  • British Airways into London
  • Swiss Air into Geneva
  • Qantas into Perth
  • Lufthansa into Munich
  • Singapore Airlines into Changi
  • Pan Am into Buenes Aires
If you have ever flown on any of these combinations you know what I mean. Keep the flip flops and sweat suits to Southwest Airlines. For class travel go with one of these listed airlines.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My Top 10 Albums of All Time

Here are what I consider to be the top ten albums of all time. This list is in no particular order as I think each one is equally important:

  • The Clash - London Calling
  • Fleetwood Mac - Rumors
  • Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
  • Eagles - Hotel California
  • Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
  • Rolling Stones - December's Children
  • Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
  • Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
  • The Doors - The Doors
  • Led Zepplin - Led Zepplin IV

What does your top ten list look like?

Monday, December 8, 2008

John Thain Are You Out Of Your Freakin' Mind

Talk about the pinnacle of arrogance. John Thain the CEO of Merrill Lynch wants 10 million dollars because he was able to secure 10 billion dollars for his company as part of the grand bailout. Is he out of his F--King mind?? You need to get in touch with reality Mr Thain.

If anything you should get your dumb ass fired for leading your company into the state it is in now. People like you really really piss me off.

Enough said..............

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Favorite Place Favorite TIme

My favorite time of day and my favorite type of place. I have always said when my time to pass on comes I want to be sitting by sea at sundown and as the last ray of light disappears over the horizon I am taken. (for that reason my wife forbids me to take any type of chair to the beach)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

If There Is An Economic Problem I Don't See It

I live in middle America. Madisonville, Kentucky to be exact. We are 45 miles south of Evansville, Indiana and about 90 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee. Things are supposed to be tough economically for regions like here. I don't see it. Gas prices are down. Food prices are down. If what I have seen at the local mall here in Madisonville as well as Evansville and the Opry Mills Mall in Nashville is supposed to represent and economic slowdown then I must be blind. 20 minutes just to find a parking place at the mall??? WalMart parking lot full???? The interstate with traffic going both ways as far as the eye can see???

Personally I think we have been sold a story. Obama says we are in an economic crisis and that Bush has wrecked the economy. Bush didn't wreck the economy, greedy people in positions of financial power did the damage, if there is indeed damage. Now, I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I am beginning to wonder why what I hear on the news doesn't match what I see out on the street.

Maybe I am just blind. What do you see where you live???

Wal-Mart Worker Trampled To Death on Black Friday Sale

Should Wally World be held responsible for the death of this employee during a "black Friday" sale? I suppose in today's society we should come to expect something like this when materialism and greed take over the Christmas season. Actually I blame all the major retailers for this. They start weeks in advance getting people excited and worked up about big sales just so they can make that almighty dollar. Like the billions they earn already is not enough.

God forbid black Friday sales were ever canceled. This is just another reason I have become so dissatisfied with the Christmas season. I long for the simple holidays of my youth. I was a military brat and spent my childhood in Italy and Germany. Back then Christmas meant a lot more and I don't remember the frenzy and the craziness that we see today. It was a quiet time of reflection and family.

My wife wonders why I feel like I do. I guess a lot of my friends wonder the same thing. I really think those involved in the death of this individual at WM and those that reacted so terribly when the store tried to close do to this incident, need to take a long inward look at their lives. I certainly am not perfect and would never dare to point an accusatory finger at someone but this goes way over the line.

Let's hope nothing more like this happens........... hope against hope.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Looking For Long Lost Childhood Friends

I grew up as a military brat which meant I got to see the world. It also meant I had no real roots and no real place to call a childhood home. I went to 14 schools in 12 years in multiple locations across the U.S. and in Germany. I have had some tremendous experiences, seen things that most kids had to read about in books and have some wonderful memories. All in all, I would not trade that childhood in for anything. One thing that I do lack however are childhood friends. Most military brats get used to making friends and then leaving them knowing they will probably never see them again. Now comes the world wide web and our world has gotten drastically smaller.

I would like to find some of my old childhood friends, specifically from my time at Andrews Air Force Base from 1973 to 1976. So here goes my list as best as I can remember. Most of the people in this list would be between about 43 and 50 and we all lived on Chicago Court on Andrews Air Force Base. If you see your name on this list please email contact me via the comments section with your contact info. Womens name would be maiden names as I knew them back then.

  • Gay Kleinman (Kleinman or Klineman)
  • Mike Antoskow
  • Mary Ann Lokatis (sp ?)
  • Karen Hildebrand
  • Tony Hildebrand
  • Steve Palmer (your dad was head steward on Air Force One)
There are others that I can't remember - maybe you will recognize my name, Eric Dytzel. We all went to Central Senior Highschool which was off base.

I hope this works and look forward to contacting you.......... eric

Saturday, November 22, 2008

My List

This came from a blog I ran across called Sheep Droppings. It looked easy enough, so I thought I’d share it with you. All you need to do is paste it into your own blog and highlight the items below that you have done. Then let me know you are posting it, so I can check out your list as well.

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity [I don't know; I think we can always give more]

7. Been to Disneyland/world

8. Climbed a mountain (hiking)

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (from the beach)

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (level 2 top was closed)

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

Let me know if you do this so I can read.....eric


Friday, November 21, 2008

Me in 1964 Rotterdam Holland

My mother and father have a huge collection of photos and "stuff" from their travels around the world. Their family room has an entire wall covered with photos, travel brochures, hotel tickets, train tickets, and all manner of collectibles. One photo they have pinned to the wall is a photo taken in Rotterdam and we came off a boat and was evidently taken by a local photographer hoping to make a sale. I was 5 at the time so that would make my parents both 30. Dad was in the air force and we were stationed in Italy at that time. Dad and mom both have serious looks on their faces and I am trying to keep from tripping. Man was I really that small? Anyway, here we are in Rotterdam, Holland......... do you have photos like this?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

World of Warcraft Cosplay

Holy Cow. How come I never see this when I take a stroll through the forest??? Maybe there is something to be said about those so called "geeks" who play rpg's all day and like to act them out. hhhhmmmmmmmm

Photo by Prince Mik


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Gay People Want Tolerance But Don't Practice It

Isn't it amazing how gay people expect tolerance toward their lifestyles? It baffles me beyond belief that gay people can claim to be tolerant yet be so full of anger and hate. Just watch the video below to see the level of rage that is unleashed against an elderly woman who dared to show up at a rally with a cross and peacefully practice her 1st amendment rights. Absolutely amazing!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

It's Official - I Am A Middle Aged White Guy

I will be 49 this month. By all accounts I have had an excellent life full of adventure. I have been fortunate to see the world (47 countries at last count) and spent almost 15 years overseas from Alaska to Australia, From Singapore to Africa and from Europe to the South Pacific and just about everywhere in between. Now as I approach the half century mark, 13 months until I am 50, I have come to the stark realization I am now a middle aged white guy and I have become a stereotype.

How do I know this? I actually went out in public yesterday dressed in khakis and new balance shoes. OMG what has happened to me?????


Fall Drive In Kentucky

The family went for a drive through some scenic back roads here in western Kentucky yesterday. Just a nice clear, crisp, cool day to enjoy the changing leaves. Here are a couple photos of the vibrant colors.


Paula Dytzel - My Beautiful Wife

Isn't she beautiful? I am a very lucky man.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Childhood Holiday Destinations

As a kid we spent a lot of time in Bavaria and in the Rhine valley areas. This is typical of the scenery of that area and brings back a lot of great childhood memories.



Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dear Mr.Obama

From an Iraqi Veteran to Mr. Obama

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

This Hurts My Sailor's Heart

As a former sailor I have to say this photo hurts my heart. Better a boat rest at the bottom of the sea than to rust on the beach.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Welcome to the Socialist States of America

This is my opinion of the future of America. Welcome to the Socialist States of America. This is what we will become if Obama wins the election. Government control of every aspect of our life. Socialism at it's best.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I Want Another Tattoo

I would like to get another tattoo. I have one that I had done in 1985 while living in London, England while in the navy. It is about 4 inches on my left forearm - a phoenix. No, I wasn't drunk and it wasn't in the middle of the night. It was about 1030 on a Saturday morning and I had been planning on getting one for quite some time.

Now 23 years I am ready for another one. Not just a small one though. I want my entire left arm from shoulder to wrist. That's right, a full sleeve. Why would I want to do that you say??

I have been very fortunate to live a wonderful, exciting, adventuresome and overall great life. My dad was a career air force man which meant we moved around a lot. I spent the biggest part of my childhood in Europe then all over the U.S. When I was 20 I joined the navy and saw even more of the world. I have been from Alaska to Australia, from Europe to Africa, from Singapore to Seattle and everywhere in between. In fact the only place I haven't been is South America.

I have seen a lot and done a lot and have been a lot of places. I want to somehow document my life in pictures with tattoo art. I want my arm divided into three sections. The lower section from forearm to wrist I want to document my childhood in Germany and Italy with scenes such as castles and the colosseum. From just above my elbow to my forearm will be time in the navy with a ship, dragon, sunset etc... From my shoulder down would be a portrait of my family; my wonderful wife and two great kids.

Overlaying the entire thing would be a black ribbon starting at my wrist and wrapping around and around my arm up to my shoulder. On that black ribbon would the be names of all the places I have been. At last count 48 countries. I will be 49 next month and have had a great life. Maybe I will use my right arm for the next 50 or so years.

Do you think I am crazy???

Republican Women vs Democratic Women

I came across this today........ this just about sums it up.

Monday, October 13, 2008

GodsGreenFields.com - A Great Daily Read

GodsGreenFields.com is a new blog by a co-worker of mine by the name of Cecil. Even though this blog is only a week old, I can already tell the writing is going to be a cut above most. Cecil offers some unique insights into the word of God based his own personal experience. GodsGreenFields.com will definitely be a daily read for me and I recommend it to you as well.

Be sure to stop by and pay this new blog a visit and bookmark it. I thing Cecil is going to have a larger readership before long.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

What I See At Wal-Mart

I see things at Wal-Mart. Strange things. Wierd things. Rural western Kentucky things. Today I saw a man walking down the aisle at Wal-Mart flossing his teeth with a white plastic Wal-Mart bag. I wish I would have taken a photo with my cell phone cam. Really odd looking and he appeared to be totally comfortable with what he was doing.

I see a lot of wierd and off the wall and funny stuff at Wally World..... hopefully get some pics of them next time.

What is the wierdest thing you have seen at Wal-Mart

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

LifeAtTheHairSalon.com - My Wife's New Blog

My wife has her first blog. Life At The Hair Salon is going to be a great read as she shares stories from 25 years as a hairdresser. Some are funny, some are sad, some are serious but all are real. She will also include product reviews from her experience as well as hair care tips. Everyday is something new at the salon and she has a unique way of sharing her experiences.

With that said please visite www.LifeAtTheHairSalon.com and bookmark it and enjoy some good life stories from the salon.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Travel Nursing Jobs Website

If any of you that visit this blog are nurses and you are looking to break out of the nine to five, I have started a new blog for travel nursing. Basically it is a travel nursing jobs information and news website with links to agencies that manage travel nurses.

If you like the thought of traveling to different locations around the country at someone elses expense and working for a while in a new location, then travel nursing is probably a great fit for you.

For more visit www.nursingjobswatch.com

I Could Live Here

As a former sailor I love all things related to the sea. With that being said, I could live here and probably be very happy. (as long as I have high speed Internet access...haha)

"Harbour of St Goustan - Brittany"

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Gordon Lightfoot Concert


I had forgotten just how many great songs Gordon Lightfoot had recorded over the years. I went to see him in concert at the Victory Theater in Evansville, IN last night and let me tell you it was great. The man has definitely aged over the years, but he has aged well. I first started listening to Gordon Lightfoot in the mid 70's when he was at his peak with songs such as "Sundown", "If You Could Read My Mind", "Rainy Day People" and of course his megahit "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

This was truely a relaxing and enjoyable evening and the crowd was really great. It was kind of funny looking around the theater prior to the concert at all of the now well aged 60's and 70's era crowd. Lots of gray hair and thinning hair..........lol. Quite a few left over hippies in the crowd as well. But it was fun. Check out his fan site at www.gordonlightfoot.com for his concert schedule which is updated through the beginning of next year. I highly recommend an evening with this folk music legend.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Erin Andrews ESPN Sports - Smokin'



























Talk about your smokin' hot sportscaster. Don Madden she ain't. Erin Andrews of ESPN sports is undoubtedly the best looking sportscaster to ever grace television. Sorry guys but she has it hands down. Even if you don't like sports you still have to appreciate Erin Andrews. I know that may sound a little crass and certainly not P.C. Oh Well.

Click here to see bunches and bunches of photos of Erin Andrews at BarstoolSports.com

Monday, September 15, 2008

Good Bye Richard Wright


The music world has a huge loss today. Richard Wright who was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd died today after a short battle with cancer at the age of 65. Tonight you sing one of my favorites "Great Gig In The Sky" and it will echo throughout the universe.

Glastonbury 2008 - The Verve Bittersweet Symphony

I want to go to Glastonbury 2009. Does anyone want to send me a ticket?

Here is a video by The Verve who performed and one of my favorite songs called Bittersweet Symphony. Enjoy....


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

I'm Diggin' the Zutons

Last weekend I was watching a new channel on our local cable system called Palladia which is a music channel. There was coverage of the Glastonbury Music Festival from England which looks like a very very good time. (i wanna go). Anyway there was a band that really caught my ear.

The Zutons are from Liverpool and they call themselves a "bluegrass rootsy stompy" music band. They really do have a unique sound and I think you will like it. Check out their website and here is a video of one of their songs called "You Will You Won't"

Their website is very very good as well....................

We Were United Once For A While

We were united once for a while on Sept 11. Then politics got in the way. We were one for a while then it became business as usual as personal ambition got in the way of a better good.

So now we are divided again. It is sad.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Unbelievable Hypocrisy With Liberals


First of all let me say I am throwing my full support behind John McCain and Sarah Palin. After seeing the lies and hypocrisy being shown over the last 2 weeks by the liberals and Obama not doing anything to stop his supporters from these lies, why would I want to have him as my President.

Here is an excellent article on the hypocrisy being shown by the women of left - Unbelievable

The hypocritical, woman-hating left

Posted: September 03, 2008
1:00 am Eastern

© 2008

"There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women," former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright once remarked.

Where, then, are the liberal women when it comes to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin?

Read Entire Article Here


Sunday, August 31, 2008

Grand Rivers KY Arts and Crafts Fair

We braved the heat yesterday and went to Grand Rivers KY on Kentucky Lake for an Arts and Crafts fair and to just generally get away since a long weekend vacation is out of the question with gas prices. Here are a few photos from throughout the day. The gourds were unbelievable craft works....... anyway.........enjoy a few pics from Kentucky.









Saturday, August 30, 2008

The World Is Back In Balance - Football Season Is Here

The world is back in balance as of today. College football today and Pro football on Monday. Things in this world have been a little off kilter for the last 6-7 months, but now the planet is back in alignment. I know, I know..... I am a just a teeny weeny bit of a football fan. WVU Mountaineers and Tennessee Titans........... woo hoo


















Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Friends From Long Ago

Talk about a blast from the past. Thanks to the power of the Internet I have recently been in contact with a couple friends from my navy days 22 years ago while I was stationed in London England. What a great time that was. Some call the 80's the decade of excess........ I call it the best time of my life.....especially 84 to 86 when I lived in London. We were a great group of friends...... we worked hard and we played hard and have a lifetime worth of memories to prove it.

It is going to be great getting reaquanted with these old friends after all this time. It will be interesting to see how we have all changed over time. So to Pam and Ann and Frank........welcome back into my life... it has been way too long.

More to come...........cheers.........eric

Monday, August 18, 2008

Camping in Jesolo Italy Circa 1967 - On The Beach 30 Minutes From Venice

I was very fortunate as a kid to grow up in Europe courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. My father was a career USAF man and other than a short 10 month stay in Louisiana, I spent the first 10 years of my life living in Germany and Italy. One of my favorite memories was when I was about 8 years old and our family decided to take 30 days and drive from the Adriatic coast of Italy near Venice across Italy to the Italian Riviera and onto the French Riviera to Nice, San Tropez, Cannes and then back home to Germany. And we were going to camp the whole time. In the 60's the Europeans had some excellent campgrounds.

Well, we made it to Jesolo Italy which is about a 30 mintue drive up the coast from Venice. We set up our tent at the Motel-Camping Adriatico Campsite and proceeded to start our month long journey. It was great. Nice and warm.... and we wound up staying there for 3 and a half weeks.... haha, so much for our great journey. I can't remember a better summer as a kid though. All the time the ocean breeze sounded through the pine trees in the campground and in the background the ever present sound of the surf hitting the beach.

At that time I was fluent in German and Italian as well as American (too bad I am no longer like that). I remember playing Bocce Balls with other kids and flying kites on the beach. At night the smell of little food cooking from campsites as well as the deli at the campground wafted through the air. It was alway very cool at night and I would snuggle down in my sleeping back for a great nights sleep. In the morning it was up and a mad dash to the beach. I had a flat top haircut at the time and I remember after the first couple of days telling my mom I had a headache. She looked through my thin white hair and noticed I had sunburned the top of my head so it was a floppy hat and Nivea skin cream on my nose for the rest of the time we were there.

We did make a couple trips down to Venice for some site seeing and we were only about 40 miles from Vicenzia where where we lived befor moving to Germany and we visited with old neighbors and friends.

All in all it was a really great summer vacation. My mom and dad now have an entire wall in their family room with things from their travels around the world hanging including the original brochure from the campground in Jesolo Italy. Opening that brochure brought back a flood of memories........enough to write for days. Over the coming weeks I am going to scan in things from that wall and write about them. They also have 2 footlockers full of stuff like that....... going to be some fun times coming up.

Here are a couple photos of that beat up brochure from the summer of 1967







































































For current information on Jesolo Italy click here

If you are a military brat click here and here

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Navy Boot Camp - 28 Years Ago Today

28 years ago today I spent my first full day at RTC Great Lakes, on the shores of the great lakes in Chicago, better known as U.S. Navy Bootcamp. What a shock that was.....haha. Arrived about 2.00 in the morning and no matter what we did it was wrong. The first 48 hours were mind blowing but once you figured out it was a mind game it was a lot easier to handle. My company commander was Petty Officer Willet who after my dad is probably the most influential man in my life. Boot camp was a life changer and a confidence builder. I learned I could do what I thought was impossible. I learned how to fold my clothes and say yes sir. I learned how to fight fires and how to fight the enemy. I learned how to be a team player and how to be a strong individual. I learned respect, honor, courage and commitment.

I am proud to say I served in the U.S. Navy and 28 years ago today that time of my life began. What a great time it was. I saw the world from Alaska to Australia, from Africa to Europe, from Asia to America and everywhere in between.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Moonlight by Starbuck


Listening to a 70's station on Winamp and and old classic that brought back some great summertime high school memories comes on. Remember the song "Moonlight" by Starbuck?

What a great song that wraps up what it was like to be alive and enjoying the free spirit of the summer of 1975. Unfortunately they aren't around anymore but the song Moonlight will be around forever.

For those who remember and those that have never heard, here are the lyrics to that great anthem of the 70's

The wind blew some luck in my direction
I caught it in my hands today
I finally made a tricky frech connection
You winked and gave me your ok
I'll take you on a trip beside the ocean
And drop the top at Chesapeake Bay
Ain't nothing like the sky to dose a potion
The moon'll send you on your way, ha, ha
Moonlight feels right, moonlight feels right

We'll lay back and observe the constellations
And watch the moon smiling bright
I'll play the radio on southern stations
'Cause southern belles are hell at night
You say you came to Baltimore from Ole Miss
A class of '74 gold ring
The eastern moon looks ready for a wet kiss
To make the tide rise again, ha, ha
Moonlight feels right, moonlight feels right

We'll see the sun come up on sunday mornin'
And watch it fade the moon away
I guess you know I'm givin' you a warnin'
'Cause me and moon are itchin' to play
I'll take you on a trip beside the ocean
And drop the top at Chesapeake Bay
Ain't nothing like the sky to dose a potion
The moon'll send you on your way
Moonlight feels right, moonlight feels right

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Scarlett Johansson Is The Most Beautiful Woman On Earth

Short and to the point. Scarlett Johansson is the most beautiful woman on earth (after my wife)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Hello Again - I'm Back























Its been a few days since I last posted. No I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. I have been really busy the last couple of weeks helping to finalize the launch of a new business in the digital signage market. Had a whirlwind overnight trip from Kentucky to Birmingham Alabama as well.

Hit an out of this world barbecue restaurant in Decatur AL called Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q. You can see photos and read a review at www.bbqhub.com

Will have some new photos here before long. Did I mention it's hot here in Kentucky? It is not just hot, it's damn hot with a heat index today of 105 and my wife is having a yard sale. I feel guilty sitting in here in the AC writing but then again........... oh never mind.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Kentucky Morn'

A morning photo from the back deck of my mother in law's house in Campbellsville, KY.