Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sailboat racing

Beautiful day for sailboat racing!!!

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Sometimes life does not work out how you want it to. We make decisions that cost us so much pain and sadness. But we are the ones who have to deal with it. No one else. It is a shame because it hurts those around us as well. Life stinks sometimes and there is nothing we can do about it.

Yes life is simple, and dumbasses like me complicate it and screw it up... I have so many regrets in my life and this is just another in a super long list... I am a fool and a someone who deserves what ever he gets in the way of pain...

Lifes events:Take three

About a year ago, i wrote about the trials and tribulations of my life. I had just lost a great job and my house and my wife. Today a year later, I have a decent new job, in fact I was just recently promoted. I have renewed my friendships with some really great people, who kept me from living in the streets(Rich+Laurie and Tom+Kathy) who have helped me get a job(Thanks Kevin), got some training in the CCTV field, which lead to my current position as the Assistant Manager In Charge of Safety and Security. I have renewed my relationship with my family after spending so many years away while in the Corps. So I guess I am proof that what does not kill us makes us stronger. Today I am better then I was last year and much happier. Thank you My Friends for supporting me in my time of strife! I could not have done it without You all! time to update this... never take for granted the things you have in life... like friends and jobs and family
So glad that summertime is here i missed it so...

Sunday, May 26, 2013


Today, I remember 3 friends of among the too many of mine that I lost before their time:

As some of you know I was a Marine for 20 years and along the way I met some great people, who one way or another touched my life.

Pat Mangan, from NYC, of Irish extraction, great athlete, Pat was a mentor of mine in the Loadmaster field, as well in life. He was funny, gregarious, He could charm anyone. Pat should have been the Mayor of a town, everyone who met him liked him. We spent time around the world together, in times of war and in peace, we had fun and we were friends. Pat was one of a kind, bold and forthright, smart and funny. Pat was the kind of guy who could find friends in anyplace in the world, between he and I we became friends with owner of a hotel in Crete during our time there in the late 90's and he gave us free reign with the kitchen, and one morning we were making omelets and made to order eggs for the guests staying in the hotel, people from all over, French, German, English, and one guy with his family who was attached to the US embassy in Athens. Needless to say we were a hit with the people staying there. I miss Pat for his love of Life and his friendship.

Pat rests now in Arlington Cemetery. Fair winds and following seas. " The longest road out is the shortest road home" Semper Fidelis

Steven Bryson "Peabo"

Peabo, a great guy, a courtly gentlemen who enriched every life he touched. Funny, smart, kind man, who knew the intricate systems of the KC-130 Hercules like no others. The last time I saw Peabo was 1999 and it was a difficult time for me, I was on detachment to Crete, and I got a Red Cross message notifying me that my Grandfather has passed away, so I was hopping military planes back to the states to go to the furneral, when I got stranded in Rota Spain, I had to wait for 24 hours for the next plane to the states, and of course there were no rooms at billeting so i was faced with 24 hours at the terminal sleeping on the concrete floor, when I decided to go to the PX and get a few things to help pass the time, there I ran into Peabo and his crew who were there on a training mission and would be there for a few days. They asked me what I was doing there and I explained to them, (we were in different squadrons at the time, the Marine KC-130 community is so small, that we all know each other) and Peabo offered me the use of the spare bed in his room and spent the night talking with me to keep my mind off of my recent tragedy. A few years later, Peabo and several other Marines, some I knew and some i did not died in a crash in Afghanistan. Peabo and the others rest in Arlington Cemetery, not to far away from Pat. Semper Fidelis! Fair Winds and following seas!

Mike Hoffman "Hoffdaddy"

Mike, reminds me so much of myself when i was younger, but he was smarter, and not a pain in the A$$ like I was. Mike was a strong self-starter and a dynamic person. He was the guy you wanted on your side in any situation. He loved the Tampa Bay Buccaneers! For awhile it seemed like Mike was following me around, If I was at a duty station, before long Mike was there too. First the C-9's, then 252, then 152, finally after I retired , Mike was at 452, my last duty station, and unfortunatley his. Mike was talented artist, I carry a piece of his art with me everyday, Mike drew the shark that I have tattooed on my right calf. It is a constant reminder of my friend. Mike was a devoted husband and father to his two lovely little girls. Mike is missed by many people, for his laughter, his friendship and that smile, the one with the chaw of tobacco usually lurking somewhere. Mike rests in a military cemetary now too. Fair winds and following seas! Semper Fidelis

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Marines!!!

Happy 237th Birthday Marines!!! Semper Fidelis!!! For those who don't know me, I am Retired Marine and i am well aware that there were two flag raising's. For those who don't know the version that is most common is the one that I posted, Joe Rosenthal's photographed one. It happened on Feb 23rd 1945. Just 4 days after the initial landing Feb 19th 1945. There was still another month of hard fighting before the island was secured.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Aftermath of Sandy

well here I go once again with bad weather right around Halloween, at least this time it is not snow!!!! This is a house on the beach in Milford. it is one of several that was hammered by the devilish storm Sandy...
So here is the sun shining down after the storm departed

Friday, January 13, 2012

Snow in October

snow in October, 50degrees in January, whats next Mother Nature?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

sunset over the sound

sunset over the sound a few years ago

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Chania Crete

Thanks to Jake Cobb for the pics of my favorite place in the world.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

just a warm summer day

just a reminder of what we have to look forward to!