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What might have been

What might have been

22 Mar 2014 | No Comments | Continue reading »

I think of her, sometimes, when I’m a little too lonely. Or when I drink too much. I think of how it could have been, between the two of us, had it all worked out. Had it been different, somehow, without the drama and the heartache. I think we’d have been happy. We’d have done […]

5 things men want women to know

5 things men want women to know

5 Aug 2011 | 2 Comments | Continue reading »

Newsflash: The battle of the sexes isn’t a battle at all. It’s just miscommunication. Women don’t believe men mean what they say, and men believe women mean something different than what they say. Hell, just writing it down confuses me. The fix is a simple matter of taking what someone says at face value, then […]

Couple’s Financial Worksheet

Couple’s Financial Worksheet

8 Jul 2011 | No Comments | Continue reading »

The money in your relationship is being managed wrong. Horribly wrong. The bills are barely getting paid as it is, yet she just came home with another pair of shoes or he’s buying lottery tickets again. Really?? Don’t panic. I’m here with the fix. It’s called the Couple’s Financial Worksheet (CFW), and it’ll solve all […]

Drill Instructor duty, Parris Island: A retrospective

Drill Instructor duty, Parris Island: A retrospective

15 Feb 2011 | 14 Comments | Continue reading »

I don’t intend this to be some exhaustive, bullshit guide on everything you need to know before coming out to The Island as a drill instructor. I’m sure San Diego is altogether different. In fact, I know it is because I’m a “Hollywood” Marine. I volunteered for Parris Island for the change of scenery and […]

Better off a memory

Better off a memory

1 Jan 2010 | 9 Comments | Continue reading »

His last contact with the woman was three years ago at the girl’s holiday recital. It was accidental. He arrived late, squeezing and weaving between camera wielding parents – all leaning awkwardly to get the perfect shot of little Johnny or Susie – and stood with his back against the cushioned wall beneath the basketball […]

Recruit survival guide (politically correct remix)

Recruit survival guide (politically correct remix)

12 Oct 2009 | 6 Comments | Continue reading »

I got into a fair amount of hot water over the original Recruit Survival Guide, prompting me to assign the post the algorithmically unbreakable password of YatYas98 and rewrite it to appease softer hearts. I blame the tree-hugging, save-the-whales, why-can’t-we-just-all-get-along, make-love-not-war whistle blowers, not my command who had to take action. Everything you see in […]

My Dad

My Dad

5 Aug 2009 | 16 Comments | Continue reading »

Today is my Dad’s 70th birthday, and he’s awesome. He can build or fix anything under the sun. He’s got kickass stories of his youth in the 1950s of the crazy crap he and his brothers pulled in small town North Dakota. His humor is dry but his temper is level. And his patience for […]

Slander defined

Slander defined

18 May 2009 | 82 Comments | Continue reading »

8:16pm EDST – look take this down u do not have permission to have her photos up nor to accuse me of child abuse u stupid lil man..i said i would play nice to begin with test me..really..its slander..look it up.. Slander words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another defame: charge falsely or […]

Ignorance

Ignorance

3 May 2009 | 16 Comments | Continue reading »

I met a woman tonight, a conservative, an educated woman, who thought she knew what the fuck the war in Iraq was all about. She insisted she knew because she knew some people who had lived there. Her friends. “They left Iraq in 2004,” she said with conviction. “Then they were rich,” I replied. “Because […]

Ten day daddy

Ten day daddy

10 Feb 2009 | 37 Comments | Continue reading »

I never thought it was possible to love someone so much who you’ve only known two hours. – Anonymous When Elyse Emerson was born I watched it all. She was 8lbs 12ozs and 21.75″ long. Initially the birth process was grossing me out a bit, but I realized I had seen much more death than […]

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The author.Born in the year of the Dragon, the author grudgingly accepts the fact he has too many interests and not enough time. A cyclist as long as he can remember, an avid yet inconsistent writer since age eleven, and a U.S. Marine since age twenty-one, the author also adds peak bagging, diving, snowboarding, and computers to his list of interests. Incidentally, he is aware of his inability to make a living from any but the Corps. The author accepts this as fact and remains optimistic. Feel free to drop him a line.

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  • Joe Kather on Confused Marine debuts hybrid service uniform: This is obviously a bullshit picture. No Marine right out of Boot Camp would…
  • Jayme on Drill Instructor duty, Parris Island: A retrospective: Good luck! At some level, you’ll enjoy it!…
  • Houston the Problem on Drill Instructor duty, Parris Island: A retrospective: This is like my 5th time reading this and I STILL want to go to…
  • Sara on Where credit is due: Thanks for letting me hitch a ride down memory lane :)…
  • Sara on Better off a memory: Oh wow. Never saw this. Flashback 25 years…..
  • MikeO on Drill Instructor duty, Parris Island: A retrospective: Mr Mayhem , Drill INSTRUCTORS, are the first people that shape a Marine into the…
  • Jayme on Drill Instructor duty, Parris Island: A retrospective: Drill Sergeants sound terrible! It sounds like Army training was too tough for you. Have…
  • Mr Mayhem on Drill Instructor duty, Parris Island: A retrospective: Drill Sergeants are the scum of the earth, along with the officers who give them…
  • Jayme on Drill Instructor duty, Parris Island: A retrospective: Huh?…
  • Mike on Drill Instructor duty, Parris Island: A retrospective: Perfect. I take what I want, and leave what I don’t want, to each…
  • SeanD on Confused Marine debuts hybrid service uniform: And btw i was amoc 18 like 8 years ago….
  • SeanD on Confused Marine debuts hybrid service uniform: I thinknits bullshit about receiving bad advice. All throught bootcamp what is it?… MODS or…
  • SeanD on Recruit survival guide (politically correct remix): Ppl seem to forget what Marines do, they would like. Hats to train recruits to…
  • Kaylee on A mother’s PostSecret: There’s always another way to interpret something. One’s interpretation is an opinion, not a fact….
  • Jayme on A mother’s PostSecret: In your words, it makes perfect sense. But they aren’t HER words. Her words are…
  • Kaylee on A mother’s PostSecret: Maybe she’s just scared to lose him. I have several very close friends that joined…
  • Jayme on Better off a memory: Yes, it is. What was haunting? The visit? Your memory of this? The story?…
  • Your goddaughter on Better off a memory: Is this when you gave me that blue dolphin necklace? This…this haunts me….