About Me

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I served in the U.S. Navy from June 1964 to September 1987, retiring as a Senior Chief Petty Officer (E8). I am a Vietnam War veteran. I worked for several DOD contractors, including General Dynamics/Bath Iron Works, until I retired on disability in 2004. I am rated as 100 percent disabled by the VA because of severe lung scarring most likely ccaused by asbestos exposure back in the 1960's. I lived in Jacksonville, Florida from 1987 to 2004, when we moved back to Texas to be closer to the grandchildren. I now live in Temple, Texas.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The USS HANCOCK (CVA-19) was the first ship I served aboard in the Navy. It was over twenty years old when I reported aboard in October of 1964. It was a proud old ship and it was very special for all of us who served aboard it during its active lifespan (1944 - 1975). You can read more about my experiences on the HANCOCK by visiting my main website.

Friday, August 2, 2013

After watching CNN and Fox News for the last several days and listening to all of the commentary about the government shut down by the different analysts and experts, I must say that I am still totally confused. It looks like we are going to do a Band-Aid fix and get the government funded and running again within a few days - then we will have to look forward to the next time.
I will leave it with this simple statement:
Remember - Piss Poor Planning Produces Piss Poor Products!
"You cannot be a good follower when there is no one leading."
Need I say more?
If you are offended by what you see on this blog, feel free to go somewhere else.


Since I retired, I tinker around with making designs which are printed on several different products and sold through Cafe' Press and Zazzle. Proceeds from these sales helps pay for an ongoing "Partner in Hope" subscription I have set up with the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, in memory of those killed in Vietnam. The artwork is not fancy but it is all my work. I will take full credit (or blame) for anything you see there. I hope you will take a look at what I have to offer. There is no charge for looking! The most popular products are T-shirts, caps and mugs. It keeps me busy and keeps me out of the wife's way.  I hope a few of you will buy some of the products, so we can continue to help the kids at St. Jude. You can also  make direct donations to St. Jude by following this link -

Thursday, August 1, 2013


The main character in the OLD MAN SAYS series is an old man wearing a farmers straw hat. It is intended to be a caricature of me. I have a reputation for being an eccentric and very outspoken old man and I do not think that is necessarily a bad thing. I have tried to come up with quips and sayings that conservative older folks - like myself - can identify with.


Sunday, May 26, 2013





There are many more designs to chose from.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


 All of us who came of age in the 1960's were impacted by the Vietnam War and all of the social changes that were taking place around us. Regardless of where we lived in America or what our personal views were about the war - we were deeply effected by it all. This is a good place to share stories about those times or you can just let off some steam.  

Sunday, December 30, 2012



Read sea stories, tales and yarns written by old sailors.

If you have a sea story that you want to share with the world, send it to me via e-mail.