Ship life for officers is little better than that for enlisted folks, except for one major exception. Chow in the wardroom is unlimited and eating on the mess deck is an exercise in finding the right (any) nutrition and quantity. I was now a lofty First Lieutenant and the S-2 of the Marine Aircraft Wing, […]
New lieutenants don’t think like you or me. I was an old Lieutenant – crusty with eight years of service and five promotions already under my belt. I was on the career home stretch. I had company, too. One of my fellow MECEP’ers, Andre Leblanc was what I call the ultimate Marine. He had come […]
Is there anything under a tank that one needs to see? Part of training new lieutenants is to have them crawl under a running tank. I am sure this is important to build self confidence and show that it can be done. Our day came during training. I happened to be the acting Company Commander […]
Training to be an officer in the Marine Corps is interesting and the epitome of diversity. All the differing backgrounds and bases of knowledge had to be molded so that every new lieutenant had a basic skill set to enable him (I say him because my company was an all-male company through training) to be […]
One never wants one’s Marines to be bored. While with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit cruising through the Mediterranean, we were scheduled for an exercise at a training area in northern Italy called Monte Romano. As an intelligence collection and signals exploitation unit, we didn’t operate with the main body. We supported the warfighters by […]
My deployment as part of the 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) provided rich fodder for stories. Extended periods on board a ship tends not to bring out the best in Marines, even when they are able to get ashore. Here’s a picture of that hog – long since decommissioned. As we transited across the Atlantic […]
James Roddy and I took a day trip from Misawa to Towada-Ko, old Towada where there is a lake in the mouth of an ancient crater. This is a tourist spot for the Japanese, but not a place where many Americans go. It was really beautiful when we went – the leaves were starting to […]
Japan was an interesting place for me. Too bad I was too young (early 20’s) to enjoy it properly as testosterone and hormones made me waste much time in unhealthy pursuits:). A friend of mine, a Petty Officer 2nd Class in the Navy was arrested one evening for “disrespect to an Airman.” He was drunk […]
I’m sorry to see the passing of Sean Connery. He wasn’t my James Bond since I didn’t start watching them until Roger Moore. I saw the reruns with Sean Connery and was already ruined at that point. But I remember him in Outland, too. This movie received little acclaim, probably because the tropes were recycled […]
2020 can suck it. I’m staying out of the political firefights – no one wins in those. The end of the US election process can’t come soon enough and yes Facebook, by all that’s holy, I am going to vote. Stop sending me notices even though I opted out of them on the settings page. […]
Yes – I read the first chapter and you can see that on my Facebook author page – https://www.facebook.com/martelle2/videos/10223172720130238/ Or… You could read it right here. CHAPTER ONE “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays […]
A new short that is available now. It was in The Expanding Universe but that anthology has been unpublished, and this short story is now available separately. Information War The first casualty of war is the truth. Expect the same thing when it comes to meeting the first aliens. How will people respond? Power, opportunity, […]
We all get down. We all have successes, no matter how small. Finished that first chapter? That’s a win if it’s something you’ve never done before. Stuck halfway through your book? We’ve had that, too. Lamentations are sometimes good for the soul as long as it doesn’t become the story of your life. Find what’s […]
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Looks like my visa to Russia has been granted. We will be in Moscow for four days in July. I had to write a separate letter of explanation regarding my untimely departure back in 2001, but those were different times. It’s been 18 years. Big friendly handshake now 🙂 Park Pobedy, here we come. Mystically […]
Charlie No-Face is live! The Monster Case Files are a personal favorite of mine. We don’t have a great number of readers on board for this series and that is really disappointing because these are great tales written for people of all ages. Mysteries with a twist. Travel. Urban myths. Monsters and Ghosts. Who, what, […]
Craig here, coming to you from close to the Arctic Circle where false dawn is at 5AM now. Give it a few weeks and it’ll be closer to 4AM and it’ll be light by 5 as we wend our way inexorably toward our two months of perpetual daylight. We have new blackout curtains for the […]
It has turned cold afresh here in sunny Fairbanks. 14F yesterday morning with high winds. Even Phyllis didn’t want to be out in that. The trees and noise of the wind scare her. So we came back early from our walk. The northern lights were out again yesterday morning. That’s four mornings in a row. […]