Politically Correct – PART II

On the same day I was in the coffee shop, I had been listening to the radio. Much attention was being given to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. During one particular broadcast, one of the interviewees offered the following bit of trivia: “Did you know that Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was… Continue reading Politically Correct – PART II

Naval Reserve – The Unicorn – PART II

… continued from the last post The bus would be leaving shortly. We didn’t have much time. I needed to make an executive decision. “Quick, find some white-out.” We found some liquid paper in one of the desks. I carefully painted over the unicorn’s manhood. It wasn’t a perfect match to the white background but… Continue reading Naval Reserve – The Unicorn – PART II

Naval Reserve – The Unicorn – PART I

I had twenty years service with the Naval Reserve. Over the years I held various positions and had some amazing experiences and opportunities. It was all good. Twenty-six years ago I was involved in a project that had my unit working closely with another military organization. The project took place over the winter, and it… Continue reading Naval Reserve – The Unicorn – PART I

Naval Reserve – Water Conservation I

During my career with the naval reserve, I spent a lot of time on small vessels. One of the drawbacks of training on a boat, as opposed to a ship, is that you have a limited amount of fresh water. It is not inexpensive to purchase water when visiting a port. One of our goals was… Continue reading Naval Reserve – Water Conservation I

Clifford – Part I

Clifford was a member of my Masonic Lodge. He was in the Canadian Navy; after which, he became a police officer. When I came to know Clifford he was well into retirement. He had had a stroke which affected his mobility. His speech was limited to saying three things; Yes, No and Jesus Christ. I… Continue reading Clifford – Part I

I Crossed the Line

From 1983 – 1986 I taught in Newfoundland. As a result, I had to take a leave-of-absence from the Naval Reserve. During the winter of 85/86 I applied to return to the reserves. It was required to complete some paperwork and pass a physical exam, and all of this was arranged through the Armed Forces… Continue reading I Crossed the Line