May 30th, 2016
Well, having survived the winter here, having a job offer for after Demob, and having no home or job to return to in California, I have decided to stay here in New York. For at least a few years, in any case. To that end, I’m buying a house.
October 12th, 2015
Fort Ontario, located in Oswego, has seen many incarnation since it was originally built by the British about 1755. It has alternately been occupied by British or American forces, and has been destroyed at least once each by the British and the French.
October 4th, 2015
After a hike in the Tug Hill State Forest yesterday, I drove to Lowville to visit the Lowville Producers Dairy Cooperative cheese store and to witness, with my own eyes, LeWinDa, New York’s largest cow. I tell ya, there is never a dull moment here in the North Country!
August 31tst, 2015
Fort Drum, NY
For the most part we have civilian Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) at our clinic who room patients, do vitals, and get the history of why they want to be seen. We also have a handful of medics who do the same. The two best medics are known as “M&M” since their last names both begin with M. They were both working with me on Saturday for a special clinic to knock out school physicals, as it is that time of year.
August 16th, 2015
South Sandy Creek, Lakeview Wildlife Management Area
Saturday I went out on the maiden voyage of the USS Kayak With No Name (KWNN). I had been told there was a place just thirty minutes south of Watertown called South Sandy Creek where you put in at a bridge and could easily paddle down to Lake Ontario and back, as there would be almost no current this time of year. I arrived about 9:45 and the only other people there were some folks fishing.
The Put In
August 9th, 2015
While yesterday was given unto errands, today I took another day trip. Below is the Black River as it runs through Watertown about a mile from my apartment.
August 1st, 2015
Fort Drum, NY
My departure from Fort Bragg was slightly delayed due to complications on the urinalysis. Eager to get going on the road, I stepped up first and proffered that I was ready to perform the required function. The monitor escorted me to the men’s room where I…failed to provide an adequate sample. I misfired. That’s never happened before.