Saturday, January 31, 2015

It WAS An Adventure

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Please excuse the bit of an ego trip, but I'm feeling a tad nostalgic today.  Not for brown hair and the ability to burp without needing a Pepsi.  Although, there is that.

But, there was a time when....

From Pensacola, Florida to Brunswick, Maine to Rota, Spain to Sigonella, Sicily to Keflavik, Iceland to the USS Constitution*.

*I was not part of the original crew.

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  1. Al, that was very cool. What a way to remember your years of service. My hat's off to you, good sir!

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    1. Thanks! There was more than that, but my years flying are the most special.

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  2. This is not an ego trip at all. LOVE that choice of song, BTW. Awesome video. Thank you for sharing this part of your journey with us!

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    1. I was feeling all maudlin this weekend, especially since I realized that on March 17th, I will have been retired for ten years. Good grief, where does time go?

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  3. WOW! Now that was worth sharing - I enjoyed taking that journey back in time. You've had a colourful and rewarding career. The US owes you - I hope they know that.

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    1. I like to tell people that I never did the same thing twice. That comes from changing jobs midway through my career and then becoming an officer. It was a fun, fun trip.

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  4. Perfect song choice. Let the ego fly free, great trip down memory lane indeed

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    1. It was either that or "Gimme Shelter." I don't know why those two songs spoke to me.

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  5. Don't apologize for nostalgia. It reveals the depths of a man's heart.

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    1. I sometimes feel a little guilty, especially when I consider the books I'm writing. Good grief, what I did in the Navy will take up five volumes!

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  6. It's not just a job, Penwusser.

    Love,
    Janie

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  7. Loved this photo montage. What great experiences you've had. Thanks for your service.

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    1. I never would have guessed that my life would have turned out the way it did. It was fun.

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    1. Thanks. No ship pictures. I have those, too. A different experience, but still fun it its own way.
      For instance, there was this time I woke up in my pillowcase...

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    1. Thank you.
      When the book is written on my life (hey, whaddya know, that's exactly what's happening), I will always cherish these times. Incidentally, "It's Not Just A Job" doesn't cover any of this. That will be in "Fly Navy."

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  10. Wow, thanks for letting me come along for the ride.

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    1. My pleasure. I hope it wasn't TOO self-serving.

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  11. You certainly look suave in a uniform ;)

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    1. You should see me now. It still fits but I look like the Cryptkeeper.

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    1. The biggest reason I joined the Navy was that I wanted to travel. I accomplished that (although my biggest disappointment was that I never got to Australia).
      The bonus was that I met a lot of neat people and did a lot of neat things.

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  13. An honorable memory. I missed out on the military experience and in some ways I regret that. Especially some of the benefits vets have.

    My stepfather came to the U.S. from Poland and the first thing he did was join the Army and served in Korea. He was so proud of his military service and I was proud of him for it. He was a real patriotic guy who was proud to be an American.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Whenever I give talks to schoolkids about the Navy, I am ALWAYS asked if I ever have been shot and have I ever shot anyone. I tell them:
      "Not that I recall and the only thing I shot were target drones with missiles and paper targets with M-16s."
      Although, my plane WAS lit up by fire control radar a number of times. If you'll remember that one shot of the two planes flying by a ship in rough waters.... It was a Soviet warship which lit our planes up like Christmas trees.
      The Iranians always locked us up, too.

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  14. Excellent. I feel like I know you better and have even more admiration for you, Mr. Penwasser. You did a fantastic job with this - love the water rippling effect. The music and photos work together nicely. Is this your book trailer? It should be.

    I salute you.

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    1. I never thought of that. Maybe for the book I will be writing next year called "Fly Navy: The Penwasser Years."
      Incidentally, Danny from Facebook was in my squadron (VP-11). He was my roommate for two of my three overseas deployments. His character (called "The Senator") will be in "Fly Navy."
      Couple stories I remember from our trip to Iceland...Dan smashing a cheesesteak sandwich with his shoe because he was unsatisfied with the service he was provided. Then, after a night at the bowling alley, he woke up with bowling shoes on (because he forgot his regular shoes). Yes, drinking was involved.

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    2. I'm laughing. Those are great stories! I have "It's Not Just a Job" in my "Read this book, already!" pile. I know it's going to be great.

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    3. "The Senator" will have several stories in "Fly Navy."

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  15. Did I see an emu towards the end of that slide show? Man, that bird had an evil stare! You must have been glad it was on your side!

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    1. It was Petey the Flamingo. I was the officer in charge of a unit whose mascot was the flamingo. My call sign for the radio was "Flamingo 1." Yeah, it's a long story.

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  16. Love those aviator glasses - how appropriate! Thanks for serving.

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    1. The aviator glasses were given to Navy folks who would be flying. Everyone else got what we called "Birth Control Glasses." Think Buddy Holly. Outside of boot camp, you could buy any type you wanted, but if you wanted them free, ya got "BCGs."

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  17. Thank you for your many years of service, Al!! Toot that horn, you deserve every moment!

    Elsie

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    1. It was just so much fun. I almost feel guilty.

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