Time Flies……….It’s been three years since that awesome day……Already?

This day three years ago, I was privileged to spend a great day onboard The Good Ship USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76 with my dear friends, Chris Goodrich, aka the OldAFSarge and The WSO, Erika Cho.

I thought for the sake of waxing poetic that I would post a few pictures of that most awesome of days.

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Sandy Eggo Sunrise

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NAS North Island Flight Line
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Fort Rosecrans…………resting place of our friend, Captain Carroll Lefon……
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Point Loma. This is a familiar sight to yours truly as I saw it many times when aboard Ranger and Kitty Hawk.
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Kestrel’s Four Ship Diamond
hand-maintaining
Maintainers “flying with their hands!”
Old AF Sarge
Chris as the Squadron Duty Officer!
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OldAFSarge, The WSO and yours truly. 
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HSC-4 and The Colors
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Chris, Erika, Bubbles and Mrs. Bubbles.
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Selfie Time!
Launch Bar Parallel
I managed to get the launch bare almost parallel with the deck. It was simply luck!

I still think about that day…..I suppose I always will as it was that return to what I spent so many years doing.

To smell the salt air, catapult steam and jet exhaust…………………

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Happy New Year

To all who follow and read this humble little blog, Missus ORPO and I extend our Best Wishes for Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Tonight is Kings versus Flames Hockey and Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

SALUT!

Dead Guy Ale
Rogue Dead Guy Ale. I found it at a convenience store in Paso Robles on the way back home from Monterey.

Four years ago……………………..today

Arrived at Via Christi Saint Francis in Wichita at 0530. Registered. Went upstairs to the get ready room. Got the abdomen shaved and then wheeled into pre-op. Got two IVs and the warm up shot. The last thing I remember was going through the double doors to the OR…………………..0945 Left Kidney with the Large Mass was gone. I woke up about 1300 being rolled to a room. Two IVs and a catheter and the cute little nurse said…………………….we need you to take a walk……………….

Needless to say my response was colorful………….The two sisters in the doorway left immediately……………………..

On day four in hospital, the doc who did the nephrectomy showed up and checked the big incision for the exit of aforementioned kidney, said I could go home and do nothing for a month. His parting words were……………the pathology said it was cancer……………………………….

Damn where did the time go?

 

Today is the 20th Anniversary of the commencement of my retirement leave.
This date in 1993, I detached from Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron One Four Zero on board Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Washington.
The trip back to my home town began. I headed up I-90 with Seattle in the rear view mirror………..I stopped at the scenic pull out on the east side of the Columbia River Gorge at Vantage……to look back for a bit. I spent 11 of those 20 years in squadrons at NAS Whidbey Island. It had been home for that long. Sharon and the kids were already in Havre, Montana in a house we had made an offer on that previous spring on the TAD/TDY that was given under the draw down.
In the following years I have become a grandfather, suffered ups and downs in employment, had a knee surgery, a broken back and a short go around with renal cell carcinoma.
Twenty years being retired from that world we all keep, those of us who take the oath, be we Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Airman…………………………….Damn where did the time go?