Posted by: Dude in the Desert | July 20, 2013

Awaiting Spencer Rose

Awaiting Spencer Rose

Posted by: Dude in the Desert | July 20, 2013

Retired Life on the island

Retired Life on the island

Posted by: Dude in the Desert | July 20, 2013

Livin La Vida La Isla 20 July 2013

So, it’s been a while … I am now living full time on a tropical island in the Western Caribbean… I work as a divemaster at a couple of different local dive shops– what they call a “freelancer”  … I make sure everyone knows I’m retired and don’t want a “real job” anymore … that means 3-5 days a week, 2-3 dives a day, and no paperwork…  I love it … my wife and I have decided it’s time to build a house — this will be a crazy adventure in itself — but we are here to stay and ready to make it permanent … our daughter will be 2 yrs old next month and she is full-on total island baby … she loves the water and the beach and all the animals and the sunshine, all the tropical fruits, and local cuisine– such as refried beans with cheese in a fresh tortilla, and chips and salsa, guacamole, and fish of any kind….anyhoo– maybe I’ll get on here a little more often and write about our island life and house building and raising a child in a third-world country on a retirement check while working in diving — I might have to change the title of the blog … until next time, take care and keep on keepin on

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Posted by: Dude in the Desert | June 23, 2011

RETIRED, BABY ON THE WAY, MOVING TO AN ISLAND

well, it’s been almost a year now since I’ve been in Mississippi, and I am now married with a baby on the way and retired from the Air Force. I have completed all requirements for the Air Force, but I’m still technically on active duty–I am on what’s called “terminal leave” … my official retirement date is 1 August and that will be a total of 20 years, 4 months, and 20 days of active duty service … I maried Kirsty on October 10, 2010 and things are great… she loves me so much she moved from Hawaii to Mississippi just for me… we are expecting a baby girl with a due date of 2 September…we head out of the US on 7 July for our island paradise to live happily ever after … well, I’ll try to get back on here more often and I’ll start my adventures of living on an island, having a baby, building a house and all the craziness that comes along with it all … love you and miss you all

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Posted by: Dude in the Desert | August 27, 2010

26 Aug 2010

well, it’s been almost forever since I wrote anything, but here’s a little bit .. I am now stationed in Mississippi … I am getting married 10 October…things are good and I am preparing to retire–it’s still about 9-10 months away, but I’m getting that ball rolling… I’ll go back to the point where I left off in the next week or so…but that’s the basic happenings going on right now …talk to you soon
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Posted by: Dude in the Desert | April 16, 2010

16 April 10

well, I am finally out of Afghanistan …now in Kuwait .. of course I got delayed on going home because of a freakin volcano — I didn’t even know there were volcanoes in Iceland … so after earth quakes, rioting and volcanoes– it just seems like the gods don’t want me to get home …well, I’ll write all about my travel adventures once I get home and have time to write it all … but, at least I am out of the war zone… life here is great … I’ll be working on my tan at the swimming pool all day tomorrow …love you and miss you all …talk to you soon
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Posted by: Dude in the Desert | April 13, 2010

13 April 10

well, went over to finish out-processing and find out about my flights …looks like I will be heading to Kuwait in a day or two …as a matter of fact, I need to call right now and find out the latest news…just called, they said call back in an hour …so pretty much everyone trying to get out of here is getting screwed into another 5-7 days of being stuck at Bagram…one guy had a fly date of June 6th, then they changed it to May 12th…now they are telling him sometime next week he needs to come back over there to find out what’s going on…this is just ridiculous …I can’t believe they can’t get people out of here because one place is closed…you would think they would have some kind of contingency plan in place for these types of situations…I guess the plan used to be to just postpone flights until the weather cleared or whatever, but now what?? the whole country of Kyrgyzstan is closed indefinitely…on the brighter side, it’s more days of tax-free pay, and we might get credit for a Short Tour–that means we go to the bottom of the list for non-volunteers headed to Korea or some other one-year tour where we can’t take families…not that it really matters to me…I have plenty of short tours, and will only be in the AF for another year or so anyway–I definitely won’t get hit with a non-vol assignment…so I spent the day sitting in line at the post office to mail out all the junk I have accumulated over the past 6 months, then waited and waited for the air-flow people to figure out where/when I was going, then sat in another line to sign up for Space-Available travel…they have a flight for me going out of Kuwait, but no flight getting me to Kuwait–what kind of crap is that ?? hopefully there are plenty of birds headed that way–the list I saw had about 105 people waiting to go to Kuwait…well, we’ll see what happens when I call back later…as for now, just gathering my gear, cleaning my room, and hoping like hell I get on a bird within the next 48 hours…from there I don’t care what happens as long as I get to Europe–I can land anywhere in Europe and rent a car from there if I need to…it’s pretty shitty that we have to go thru this kind of stuff after serving 6 months in a war zone…but, I guess that’s just the kind of crap we deal with in the military…well, that’s about all the news I have right now, so until further notice…. talk to you all soon…
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Posted by: Dude in the Desert | April 12, 2010

13 Apr 10

well, the new guys have been pushed forward, there are only a couple newbies left here waiting for flights out to FOBs, and I am almost done with everything I need to accomplish to get out of here…I can’t freakin wait …the past few days have been pretty hectic trying to get everything situated for the replacements…getting them Army uniforms, MRAP training, flights out, etc…but it’s all worth it to make sure they were taken care of …seems like nobody around here would have done anything to help them if myself and Jen (lead AF cook) hadn’t made all this happen…I took all the new guys out to the flightline to get on a C-130 to Kandahar and as we pulled up to the plane it looked a little crowded in there…they ended up pulling everyone off the bird and just loading the entire floorspace with all the gear and luggage and bags…then, all the people just had to climb over some kicker-boxes and literally crawl on top of the bags and find a place to lay…no baggage pallet, no seats, NO SEATBELTS, just “find a spot”…they were laying all over the place on top of bags and each other…glad I wasn’t on that flight…I have been running around this base like a monkey on fire making all this happen… I am so glad it’s all over…now, just have to mail out a few more things and then get a couple more signatures, then wait to find out how we are going home…normally we would fly thru Manas, Kyrgyzstan, but that place is all kinds of jacked up right now…apparently the whole country is in a state of chaos so they are flying us to Kuwait or Qatar or where ever else we can get to so we can leave the AOR..hopefully we get out when we are supposed to–they have been diverting, canx-ing, postponing flights all over the world because of this mess…but, whatever, I am DONE and ready to head out…I don’t care where I go as long as I end up in Italy some time in the very near future…so, as I travel I may not have easy access to the internet…but I will keep in touch with everyone as much as possible thru my travels…love you all and miss you all… can’t wait to see you SOON!! I’ll be sure to update as soon as I find out when I am leaving here
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Posted by: Dude in the Desert | April 6, 2010

6 April 10

OK, so my friend is a little retarded or something …normally if you give a time–example: 0245 Local–then you mean the next time the clock hits that particular minute…well, my friend told me when they were taking off, but he neglected to mention that it wasn’t last night, it’s tonight… so, I went out to the passenger terminal with some other AF people wiating on their replacements, and we stood around for an hour or two…no AF personnel getting off any planes…mind you, the terminal is the only place people come in when they get off a plane–one small building, so the place is packed with people coming and going and there are constantly different military flights landing here from all over the world …it’s kind of difficult to get to any counter and ask what flights have arrived and what flights are coming in…there is one customer service counter and it’s always packed with people trying to get space-available seating on all these thousands of military birds flying around the AOR…so we’re sitting and waiting and waiting and sitting…finally I went snooping around and saw a guy coming out of an office where it looked like they might have some info on all the flights…so, I asked about this particular flight…we looked up names, numbers, codes, times, dates, and any other tiny bit of info you can find out about a specific flight…yeah, we were there 24 hours early…it doesn’t help that some people use Zulu time (Greenwich Mean Time), and my boy is using his local time, I am using my local time–and of course Afghanistan has to be the most ass-backwards country with their time being a half an hour off everyone else in the freakin world …they can’t be 2 hrs, 6 hrs, or 10 hrs, —noooo, they have to be 1 hr and 30 minutes off, or 6 hrs and 30 minutes…who the hell goes 30 minutes off of everyone else ?? ridiculous…anyhoo… about 0500 we all headed back to the camp because we finally figured out that they were not coming in…so, again tonight we will head out there in the wee hours of the morning …I think I’ll smack my friend in the back of the neck for this one …so, I woke up at 1500 hrs today because I couldn’t get to sleep until about 0800 this morning, and then it was noisy all day, so I’m still not really rested…but, I did get up and go to the gym, and hit up the chow hall…now I’m just chillin and will prob be awake all night again and sleep all day tomorrow…and, my schedule is gonna be all kinds of jacked up for a few days…oh well, I’ll just have to deal with it…not too much longer …OK, well love you and miss you all…talk to you soon
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Posted by: Dude in the Desert | April 5, 2010

5 April 10

well, great news today … our replacements are on a bird in a few hours … I am actually staying up all night because they will arrive in the wee hours of the morning…I am going out to meet them as they come out of the terminal and make sure they get all their bags and equipment off the pallet…we’ll give them a ride to their sleeping quarters, let them get a few hours rest and then they start in-processing at 0900….we have cooks and mechanics so far.. I have been talking to a friend of mine from way back …we were in Korea together back in ’95 time-frame…it’s been a very long time since I’ve seen or talked to him…it’ll be good to catch up…but only for a day or two… I am pushing him down to Kandahar as soon as I can get him on a flight…but, a couple days to catch up in the military is longer than necessary…I guess some people are already getting screwed– they were supposed to fly out with my boy, but somewhere along the lines their orders got misplaced and they aren’t scheduled on the flight…not a good way to start a 6 month deployment…oh, well, it happens all the time…these just happen to be the unlucky few…hopefully that won’t mess up my departure date…it shouldn’t–oh, that’s another piece of good news… I got a fly date…well, I got a date when I am eligible to fly–still gotta do all my paperwork and out-processing and make sure all the new guys get everything they need here at Bagram and get pushed out to their respective FOBs…it’s gonna be a busy week…but, it’s all totally worth it…it gets me out of here…well, that’s about all for now…I’ll keep you all updated with the events leading to my escape from the war zone…I can’t freakin wait to get back on Black Betty…talk to you all soon, and see some of you soon too
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