Monday, April 22, 2019

More life altering people

 Early Japanese Cars
 1960's Subaru, I do not remember seeing one of these

#2.... As we grow older, hopefully wiser, we slowly realize that: 
There are people who make your life what it is, or change your direction. I will miss many but here goes continuing: Men in my life.

The surveyor…Preston Taylor. I met Preston in my years as a builder. He taught me a lot about ‘future planning. ‘At his suggestions, I held on to some land, and actually gave some away.  Both worked out well. I learned he was a giver himself, a volunteer who fed many children.

’My brothers.. Big brothers, I remember them going off to war in 1942-4. Handsome in their uniforms. They returned and having NEVER built a house, they both along with two others bought land in the woods cut the trees and built their own houses. I was Impressed.

Vernon and Lefty.. Sherry’s brothers. Neither with much formal education. Lefty was a Marine, wounded on Iwo Jima. Became a business man, and by hard work was successful.  Vernon, another family hero, Green Beret with three tours in Vietnam. Very quiet and non-assuming he shocked everyone when he became a leading volunteer entertainer locally.  Suddenly he could talk to strangers. Just a few days ago he had a woman he had never met, dancing in Captain D’s fish house. Entertaining the entire restaurant singing every word of “I’m my Own Grandpa”.

Ah, then Dan Doughton. My boss (leading Chief) in the Navy. Dan was a family man. He and Joan raised a beautiful family. Dan taught me ‘Steady as She goes” and your life will work itself out.  It did.

There are more of course, but I must quit. Maybe finish tomorrow.

Nite  Shipslog
PS: Did I read that sign right?
In an office:


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Men who formed my life

Early Japanese Cars
 1933 Datsun (I just noticed the steering wheel, the British influence more than USA!)
For today:
As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize that: 
There are people who make your life what it is, or change your direction. I will miss many but here goes. Men in my life.
Luke Tucker. My mentor in the building industry. Luke built beautiful homes. He started in a cotton mill doing maintenance and repairs. He became a General contractor Building homes and businesses. He was the first entrepreneur I ever knew. I would wager Luke never cut a customer short nor misrepresented one thing.
Garland Page.. The father of friends who knew how to make you feel good about yourself.
VonDale Tucker..(son of Luke above) A real friend from childhood. He was an entrepreneur from his youth. After many starts, he did chose to raise chickens, he was successful. 
Richard (Buddy) Sansbury.. I knew him only a few years in my teens. A steady guy, fast with a quip or his fists. Someone you would want to have your back. Still I enjoy calling him a friend.
DS2 Frank Malanowski.  A shipmate and friend on the USS Independence. One of the most solid guys you could meet. Aboard ship mail is important. His extra job in OZ Division was Mail Petty Officer. He brought me all of Sherry’s letters. Life makes strange turns. Frank was successful in the civilian electronics theater and most ‘neat’ is now a Proto Deacon in the Orthodox Church and lives in Deltona, Florida. We rehashed some of our Ship board memories. It was a joy to see him as an 'old man.' Before life moved us.

Bub & Jim Page..  Sons of Garland above. These boys knew how to work, and did work. I learned ‘steady’ from them. They worked hard and played hard and never shirked their Chores.

Nite  Shipslog

PS: Did I read that sign right?
In a Laundromat:

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Life certainly changes

Early Japanese Cars
  An early Mazda, most likely in the 40-50s

 I am sitting here at my computer and realized 22 years ago I would have been in the love seat, watching TV with Sherry, And doing a little smooching. Since being here the TV has been on, but less than an hour total. (Our lives change,To borrow from Rick)

Living here before (-20+ yrs), when we came home after being out, the ritual was ‘Check the answering machine’ then turn on the TV.

A lot has happened in those 22 years. We left here with a satellite dish. I set it up most stops if there was no local TV stations. If it was more than overnight, it was always set up. I seemed to always have trouble aiming that sucker.

We watched less and less TV as my hearing deteriorated. We drove to Alaska and never set up the dish once. When we got back to the lower 48 we decided if we did not use it in the Yukon and Alaska, we didn’t need it at all.

We visit family and friends. Most watch TV and I am not about to ask them to turn it off because ‘I’ can’t hear, it is their house and I once did the same thing. Before hearing loss, the TV came on after work and went off at bedtime.

Now I notice we sit together at separate PCs and we go thru our regular routines. Mine takes much longer. She leaves me here and goes to the Love seat to read her Bible or novel. She may spend some time on the smart phone.

Then she does what inside stuff she wants to and I go out to play. Lately it has been to complete the repairs on the sewer pump and housing for the motor home. I am nearly done. Here is the pump area from our deck.

Yep life does take drastic changes in a ‘short’ 22 year span.

Nite Shipslog

PS: Did I read that sign right?
In a London department store: