Admiral’s Beloved Coconuts

Our home was tied to the dock in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 414 feet long, 44 feet wide at its widest point and weighing 3,426 tons fully loaded, our destroyer escort was among the Navy’s smallest ships-of-the-line.

Fitted with experimental boilers operating at 1,200 psi that were supposed to increase operating efficiency and ship’s speed, the recalcitrant contraptions had a tendency to break down at best and break out in a raging fire at worst.

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Riding the Storm Out

Life is tough for a ship with an experimental propulsion system. It is even tougher on the crew that has to put up with its idiosyncrasies. The normal non-nuclear propelled warship used 600 psi boilers. Our tiny destroyer escort used a 1200 psi system in an attempt to give us more speed to better fight modern nuclear submarines. Also, whereas normal 600 psi boilers used standard fuel we used JP-5, the same stuff used to power jet aircraft and helicopters. The fuel’s volatility proved itself when the all-too-often fuel leaks turned the boiler room into a modern-day Dante’s Inferno.

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Saluting

Vietnam had a strong impact on all aspects of American society and the military in particular. One of the observable effects was the attitude towards saluting. The majority of us junior enlisted men despised saluting. We actually made attempts to avoid situations where saluting was required. For example….

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Thinking About Times Long Ago

Elites and their lackey figurehead politicians across the world are so quick to send the common folks to battle and kill and be killed or horribly wounded or harmed in many other ways.

The scum at the top of the socio-economic hierarchy live luxurious lives at the expense of the many below them.

This fact of life is in all countries, cultures, institutions and other entities where a hierarchical structure exists.

Various religions operate this way along with corporations and other entities.

Of course, the well-indoctrinated brainwashed among us who are part of the commoner class but high enough up the socio-economic hierarchy to live better lives than those below them tend to mention the relatively few exceptions to the far more common generalities I consider when writing.

 

I wish things could be different but I suppose basic human instincts are the greatest enemy of We, the People… everywhere.

Humans are a social creature with top dogs and those at the bottom of the pack.

And then there is the instinct for a “sense of belonging” that is shown in a multitude of ways.

A recent example for me was watching a NFL football game on TV. USA-type football.

The TV camera panned onto the spectators frequently and the actions, mannerisms, apparel worn, etc. showed me what I perceive but one of MANY ways humans bond to something outside themselves.

 

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Do only that which is right

Do only that which is right… the credo of the Universal Life Church  (ULC).

The Universal Life Church has no traditional doctrine. We as an organization believe in that which is right. Each individual has the privilege and responsibility to determine what is right for themselves, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others. We do not stand between you and your God. We are active advocates of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.

WE ARE ADVOCATES OF THE GOOD LIFE! We want to be competent, to be proficient, to be cooperative, to love our fellow man, to appreciate, to be humble, to be honest, to be moral, to live positively, to be what we profess.”

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Office: 209-527-8111

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Gayle Caldwell

CYCLES

Writer: Gayle Caldwell

In Loving Memory:  Gayle Caldwell    February 20th, 1941 – April 14th, 2009

So I’m down and so I’m out

But so are many others

So I feel like tryin’ to hide

My head ‘neath these covers

Life is like the seasons

After winter comes the spring

So I’ll keep this smile awhile

And see what tomorrow brings

I’ve been told and I believe

That life is meant for livin’

And even when my chips are low

There’s still some left for givin’

I’ve been many places

Maybe not as far as you

So I think I’ll stay awhile

And see if some dreams come true

There isn’t much that I have learned

Through all my foolish years

Except that life keeps runnin’ in cycles

First there’s laughter, then those tears

But I’ll keep my head up high

Although I’m kinda tired

My gal just up and left last week

Friday I got fired

You know it’s almost funny

But things can’t get worse than now

So I’ll keep on tryin’ to sing

But please, just don’t ask me how

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Those lyrics have had more of a mental impact upon me than any sermon I have sat through.

For a brief biography/eulogy go HERE

Gayle Geddes Caldwell at Find-a-Grave

The first version of Cycles I heard was a hit performed by Frank Sinatra:

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Gayle Caldwell YouTube Collection

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