Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Getting the hang of it

After a few days of this getting up at dark and going to bed at 9:00 we got use to it. Lots of classes learning all the helpful things a military person needs to know to stay alive. Then all the marching, running, and physical stuff to get our fat bodies in shape. I really didn't think I was overweight at that age but I did end up losing about 15 pounds in 10 weeks. Almost time to graduate before you know it.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Boot Camp

To everyone out there that served in the military you know that is the longest 10 weeks of your life, trying to get through boot camp. I remember that first day when we were told that lights out was 2100 hours(9 P.M.). I remember laughing to myself thinking I can't go to sleep at at 9 P.M., afterall I'm a young still teenage stud that's use to parting all night. 9 o"clock, never happen. Boy did I ever change my tune, after that first full day of activities I couldn't wait for 9 P.M.. Fell sound asleep in about 10 seconds. After a full nights sleep that felt like 5 minutes here they were waking us up for day two. Of course it was still dark outside, I knew this was going to be a long 10 weeks. Could not wait til it was 2100 hours again.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007


I haven't played poker in 30 years but have noticed that there seems to be a large interest in poker these days on television. And decided to investagate a way to find a game in my area. I found PokerDIY on the web and it had all the information I needed.

Not only did I find poker games in my area but also found I can join a poker league in my neighborhood. With the tools at the site I think I can even start a league of my own. They can help me scheduling games and managing the league.

Looks like it is time to get back in the swing of things--thanks to PokerDIY!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

First Day Of Boot Camp

I remember flying out of New Orleans and getting into Orlando about 10:00 P.M. We did nothing that night. Got to bed around midnight. Now the fun starts, they got us up at who knows what time for breakfast, after a good meal and marching us back to the barracks in the dark we were given a toothbrush and small buckets of water and told to clean the floors. After what seemed like hours of scrubbing the floor I worked my way to the window to peek out and see that it was still dark.

This will be the longest day of my life.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

How I became a sailor

I became a sailor in 1969 after getting a draft notice in the mail. I knew I wanted nothing to do with Army life so I ran to the Navy recuiter and enlisted. Dad had passed a few years earlier so Mom had a fit about sending her baby off to war. I had 4 months before I had to report to boot camp so I made sure she had all my attention before I left.

I reported to Orlando and my sailor life started that August day in 1969. Today I became a blogger and launched the USS jbird.

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