I have always enjoyed the ocean. Maybe it’s because I was born on March 3rd. Even though I love the water, I don’t have the sea legs. So needless to say, get me out in open water and I get motion sickness. Took a deep sea fishing trip while I was stationed out in Hawaii; I provided the chum that day and we caught a lot of mahi-mahi. Now, I just enjoy the beach and walking barefoot on the sand allowing my feet to sink in a bit, while I search for sand dollars and interesting shells.
I am getting ready to turn 48 later this year. I have lived a very interesting life to say the least. I studied History at the local university and I believe it was a quality education. Do you know how many self proclaimed learners of history do not even know who or what is the Frederick Turner’s Thesis? In 2015-2016, I was fortunate to visit the Valley Forge NHP, Yorktown NHP, and the battlefields of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Living in DC at the time gave me not only that opportunity but also to visit the Smithsonian Museums and other local historical sites. The history of Harpers Ferry, for example, can easily take up a days worth of reading. Not to mention this is the location of the Appalachian Trail HQ!
I just retired from the Army and boy was that ever an adventure. Remember those old commercials, “Be All that you can Be!” Well that was me. I managed my own career. Made some bad decisions and some good ones along the way. But in the end, I managed to obtain the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and my last position was the Branch Chief for Foreign Military Interaction for US Army South. I was responsible for the execution of 3 exercises in Central/South America and in the Caribbean focusing on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief. The Army, in it’s infinite wisdom, moved me to Texas and we were able to purchase our forever home in the hill country just south of New Braunfels.
Now, in my second career, I am a Finance and Insurance Manager for a car dealership here in San Antonio, Texas. I just barely started and I am still figuring out a lot about this business. I love this job! I help people finance their vehicles and also provide them insurance products to protect their investment. The best part is meeting new people from all walks of life and from all over Texas and I get to hear their stories! The historian in me is just loving it!
Overall, life has been good to me. Not bad for a boy who grew up in a small dusty border town along the Rio Grande Valley. Growing up, the dream was always to retire north of Falfurrias, Texas, because that was where the last border patrol check point is located. The idea to be north of this little town and the border patrol, in my mind, meant that I made it to the promise land; the city on the hill; I am successful.
But, alas, all is not well. Earlier this week, I was diagnosed with some sort of Cancer. I thought I was getting the flu as my lymph nodes were swollen. But, that’s not the case. I have a cancer which now throws a monkey wrench in my life.
I haven’t written nothing about my family yet. That is yet to come. Let’s just say I loved one woman with all my heart, I will do anything for my three kids, and I love my grandchildren to the moon and back.
But there are days, like today, oh how I wish I could just be by the water. To hear the slamming of the waves on the shores, the sound of the seagulls above and the wind blowing over the sand dunes…picking up sand dollars and interesting sea shells.
So, this is where I find myself in my life and it makes perfect sense now to start in the middle.