The Stench of Weakness

My high school drinking buddy, the one who used to stand naked on the bench to put his socks and Air Force Academy cap on first when he got dressed after showering in the football team locker room, put himself in front of a train at 11:57 PM on a lonely South Carolina February evening,Continue reading “The Stench of Weakness”

New Village Now

Old friends are great to have. People with whom you can pick up with right where you left off. I’ve been around for 32 years. I meet people everywhere and I try to make a real connection with all of them. Occasionally, time doesn’t allow you to build any rapport. Sometimes personalities clash right offContinue reading “New Village Now”

Why Don’t You Chew on it First?

I released a podcast. That’s pretty cool. Even if only 7 people listened so far. Folks have a lot to say. I think mostly because everyone thinks they can do something better than you. But, really, it’s not about doing it better. It’s about doing it, period. You can’t be funnier than me if you’veContinue reading “Why Don’t You Chew on it First?”

Just laugh, asshole.

In my conversations with the boys, particularly the enlisted Marines, I remember the importance of humor. My instincts, when I was being pummeled by the big green weenie, told me to bitch my to peers, my dad (a former Marine) or, at the time, my ex-wife. I’ve been asking the guys to describe the biggestContinue reading “Just laugh, asshole.”

You Bastards!

In 2014, I left the Marine Corps as a bitter, angry rifle company executive officer. A First Lieutenant, whoop-di-friggin-doo. Arrogantly, I held myself in a very high regard. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. I was peacetime Marine. A one-pump chump. An amphibious veteran with only a few moments of actual operational excitementContinue reading “You Bastards!”