Drop and Plop

The Helo I used to work on in the Navy had several… shall we say… Quirks. One of them is that occasionally when the landing gear was deployed the nose gear would fall off. Naval Air Station Norfolk, specifically the hangar I was based out of sits on the side of Willoughby Bay. It had a view of Willoughby Spit and the Hampton Roads Bay Bridge Tunnel. At that time we were the last hangar in a line of hangars with a huge open concrete flight line between the front of the hangar and the seawall. There was a line[…]

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Beer Goggles

There are like a hundred reasons I don’t drink. One of them is that I don’t like most beers. Drinking them gives me bitter beer face. The second is that drinking beer also leads to Beer Goggles. Ima tell you a story… — I was 21, lean, healthy, and enjoying the attentions these traits brought my way one night at the club on base. I had broken up with my long time boyfriend and wasn’t looking for anything more than a fun time playing pool and hanging out on a Saturday night. Enter Ernesto. Ernesto, who was was 5’9” which[…]

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WM’s know how to party

I turned 21 on a Marine base. I was TAD (Temporary Assigned Duty) to a school at Marine Air Corps Station Tustin in California for the helicopter I would be working on. I arrived the day before my birthday and mentioned it to my bunkmates that morning as we were all getting ready to head to class. By the time class was out and we were heading to the chow hall for dinner a group of four WMs (Women Marines) had adopted me and made a plan to help me celebrate my 21st birthday. I can say I know had[…]

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Thank You for your Service

Thank you for your service. I hear that phrase again and again whenever I mention my time in the Navy. My facebook page is peppered with it on Veterans Day. Frankly I’m a tad uncomfortable with that phrase. Not because I’m unpatriotic or dont think being in the Navy wasn’t a sacrifice but more because I don’t think people really understand what they are thanking me for. They just want to feel good for doing it. A lot of time I don’t feel like the person thanking me gets it all. It was only once I was in and understood[…]

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