Military reefkeeping, is it possible? As aquarists we all know how much time and devotion goes into our prized tanks – can you imagine putting the hobby on hold while you go on deployment for any amount of time?
It’s bittersweet saying goodbye to the Groton-New London area. Being from New York, the New England seasons are nothing new to me but I really enjoyed everything the area had to offer. My wife and I really made the best of our short time here and visited just about every single state park and museum… Continue reading Goodbye, Connecticut
I didn’t make the oath to serve my country for five years so ignorant parasites like this could desecrate the very symbol of American freedom. I am 100% for free speech and expression, but this is just disgusting and degenerative behavior. Unfortunately our freedom knows no bounds, although sometimes I wish it did. More: It’s… Continue reading The “Eric Sheppard Challenge” Is Absolutely Disgusting
First time off the base in FIVE WEEKS! I was starting to get cabin fever…
Being part of the funeral detail was a huge honor for me. I attended two different funerals and helped fold and inspect the flag and then present it to the widow(s). It was a very humbling and surreal experience for me to present a flag to the widow of a fallen United States sailor. Hopefully… Continue reading Naval Funeral Flag Presentation Ceremony
7 days until I ship out to Navy RTC in Great Lakes, IL. The reality is definitely starting to sink in. This morning I could feel some emotions welling up and my throat started to tighten up. This coming week I’m definitely going to be spending as much quality time with my wife and my… Continue reading 7 Days to Boot Camp
“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.” Ellen Goodman
The above quote from Ellen Goodman eloquently highlights the paradox of our modern lives. Work for things you want to own, because you think you need them, and then never use them because you’re always working.
After my daughter was born in 2011 my wife and I decided that it would just make more sense for her to stay home and raise our daughter rather than us both working full time jobs. If we were to both work full time we would inevitably need a nanny to watch our daughter and neither of us were comfortable with that. It may sound old-fashioned (or dare I say sexist) but our vision of the American dream was for the father (me) to work while the mother (my wife) stayed home and took care of the children.
This October I will be leaving for the Navy’s basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois and we will continue to allow my career to provide for us while my daughter is raised by her mother – the way I think it ought to be.