Where do I start???
Oh the places I have been
I was brought into this world on August 4th, 1969 on an Air Force Base named Clark Air Force Base which is or was in the Philippines.
I’m a little cloudy on how long I actually lived there and wish I could remember the place but I was knee high to a grasshopper
From what my mother had told me about I would have loved to see the place.
The things my Mom told me about like…they had a house boy back then and sorry i don’t remember his name to save my life.
I was told about a time when I could start walking how I got out of the house somehow and walked down to ocean or somewhere
like that and our dog Frank who was an awesome German Shepard from what I can recall had found me and stood by me until I was
When my father was transferred to the States we went by boat and might I add we went the long way.
From what I was told it took about a month or so to get to New Jersey I believe it was.
Now, I did not state why we were in the Philippines and that was mostly in part of my Father being in the Vietnam War as an Air
He would set up temporary radar installations so the Viet Cong could blow them up as my father used to say.
Not that that was they’re primary goal but as to aid our pilots back then, the blowing up of the radar was just part of the war. LOL
Back to where I was going with this… We traveled on this boat the long way around and my parents had seen many wonderful
sights and visited many interesting places and collected many wild souvenirs.
Mom could probably write a book just on their travel from Clark AFB to the States and maybe I can even get her to guest blog
about them here on my site. That would be awesome!
I did hear of a story they once told me about when they were off the boat and were trekking around the jungle on a little sight
seeing trip they came into an opening in the forest only to find a Kentucky Fried Chicken stand in the middle of nowhere only to
see a man in only a loin cloth and spear getting chicken! Wish they had a picture of that!!
I still have many of the cool weapons they had bought while on their trip back to the States. Everything from blowguns to very
Back in the USA
We got back to the states not too long after I was born but a little guy I was none the less. Sorry still foggy on the actual dates…
I believe my family stayed up in New Jersey for a very short time before heading to Biloxi, Mississippi sometime around 1971-72.
I only know that because that is when my little Sister, Jennifer was born.
After that we moved to Kansas City, Missouri. I spent a little time there and for the most part can only recall only a few things that
happened there like…me jumping down a flight of stairs into a bean bag and twisted my ankle or the time my parents went out and
I had cracked my head open on the corner of the brick fireplace (can not recall how many stitches I received).
I remember the Forth of July sitting up on top of a giant hill or something like that while my Father lit of bottle rockets and misc.
I even think I heard about him and his friends having bottle rocket wars with each other back then. Too funny!
My father was still in the Air Force and we did not stay too long in the USA. I remember spending my 4th year on this planet there
though. One sad part is that one of my friends named Herby, I think he had got hit by a car and did not survive but I am still unsure
of that incident.
Our time there was brief as it was off to another location but this time we were off to another part of the world…
Yep, I lived in West Germany for about 3 years and from what I can tell you about that place is that I remember everything!
That is when I was in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. While in the 4th Grade is when Frank, our German Shepard had passed.
What I truly have memories of was the Air Force Base we lived on as it’s perimeter was in the shape of the F-4 Phantom Jet
Fighters that were based out of there.
My father being an Air Traffic Controller at the time gained us access to the control tower
where I could watch the air show.
The food, the sights, the forests and yes even the adorable hedgehogs we used to hold while just out and about playing around our
base housing was fun too. SNOW, man there was some wild snow storms out there! Loved it!!
I can still taste the awesome submarine sandwiches my Mom and the other women that were married to the men in the 2137th
made when they got together and had parties while the Fathers were out racing their VW bugs in the mud , man the memories!
I can still close my eyes and see the castles I used to go visit for school field trips. Like something out of a fairy tale.
I even visited the Dachau Concentration Camp from WW2 which I can only tell you was still an ominous and creepy place to
This is back in the day when they still had the Berlin Wall up dividing the East and the West and still had the tank traps still
dotting the landscape all around Germany. I have a picture of me and my sister and Dad sitting on General Pattons tank sitting
in the middle of a town somewhere we visited.
I have visited the Alps at that and slept in what I would consider to be the most comfortable bed ever with Down pillows,
comforter and mattress.
I could go on and on and on about West Germany but maybe I will leave that for a blog in itself along with some pictures hopefully.
My Dad was a photography NUT!
My father had just advanced to Lt. Col. at the time and was squadron commander right before we got shipped off back to the USA.
The only thing I can remember flying back to the USA out of Frankfort, Germany was me spilling milk on my crotch on the flight
back, made for an unpleasant flight!
Back in the USA, again…
Yep we got back and headed straight for the worst town in America… Prattville, Alabama.
Which if I had to say was probably the armpit of the south! I hated it there! I spent my 5th grade year there and was extremely
happy to get the hell out of there when we did!! My father attended Air War College there and I believe that was the main reason
for living there at the time.
Washington DC area
Yep, we moved right up the East Coast to a place named Lake Ridge, Virginia. This is where I spent most of my young life growing
up from the 6th grade up till graduation of high school and a few years afterwards.
This is where I was introduced to the Electrical trade. This place too is a story in and of itself. I lived there up until 1994 and this is
when I spread my wings and left the comfort of being near my parents to go off and live with a friend in a place named…
Yup… I told you “Oh the places I have been” I even traveled through Canada for some of my trip to get there. I have a funny story
about that drive…let me share it with you if I may.
After driving up into Canada via the Niagara Falls checkpoint, I let my friend Bill hop into the drivers seat as I slept for a few
hours. It was at night time and I guess we made some awesome time as when I awoke I noticed he was hauling ass and I think I said
something like “how fast are we going”? He said in an excited voice…100MPH! That is what the speed limit is here.
quote me if I am wrong Bill, in case you ever read this…
But I do believe I have this story correct. We promptly passed a speed limit sign and that is when I had asked him…was that MPH
He said he had been driving that fast for quite some time now and when we passed another speed limit sign we noticed in fact it was
KPH which when we looked at my speedometer came to a cool 62 MPH!!
To make a long story short, we made awesome time dropping back down into the States somewhere around Detroit I believe.
Went I-80 the rest of the way. Stopped in Nebraska to get a room and watched a lightning storm over the mountains
last for over 3 hours straight! Not a break in the lightning from what I remember.
I lived in Chico, California for about 2 years and had an absolute blast!!
Another road trip….to Titusville, Florida
Yup, I traveled with now my ex, down the I-5 corridor, over the Grape Vine into another state and on down to I-10 where we made
our way towards Florida.
We stopped in Phoenix, Arizona to see her Brother and that is where I developed food poisoning!
Now back then, I hated anyone driving my truck and while pulling a small tow behind trailer driving with only my knees stopping
only once somewhere in Texas for the night, got up the next day still feeling like crap drove onto where I still reside to this day.
Since I have been here I have had 2 wonderful Children, Stephen now 17 years old and my Daughter, Elise who is 14 now.
Divorced back in the early 2000’s. My Father passed away from Lung cancer back in 1999 and my Mom is still living and right
down the road from me here in sunny titusville, Florida.
Soon in one of my blogs, I am going to retype a letter that the Secretary of the Air Force had written about my Father at the time
of his passing that still brings me to tears every time I read it. I miss him so damn much! He gave me a lifetime of memories from
all the places we lived and I am very thankful to have been there for the ride, Thank you Dad, I miss you very much!!
All I can say now is “Oh the places I have been”…
Soon I will try to get many of the pictures from where I had lived and how I looked back then, keep an eye out for them.
Thanks for taking the time to read as I stroll down memory lane.
On a side note: My father retired as a full bird Col. and had spent more than 20 years serving the United States Air Force.