Dangers lurk. Stay safe out there!

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This is an invitation to all my rugged individualist friends: Hey, good buddy, let’s go hunting out in the wild. Bring the camp gear. Bring the guns. Let’s get some game for the freezer and maybe a trophy for the wall. Let’s have a great, old-fashioned good time!

But we want to be safe and practice the things we’ve learned about being rugged individuals, including weapon safety, proper hydration, careful orienteering, and dressing for the weather. There are other things to consider. …

What could possibly go wrong?

U.S. Air Force Photo — Okuma Beach, Okinawa

When I was stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, the military had a ‘retreat’ location at Okuma Beach on the north end of the island. Okuma was beautiful, with swaying palms and clear turquoise water lapping up onto a brilliant white-sand beach. We would sometimes rent a cabin there so the family could stay overnight and enjoy a weekend of sand and water activities.

On one occasion, Glenda and I left the family in our eldest daughter’s care (she was 18 and a high-school graduate by then) and went to Okuma for the weekend. We took a small pop-up…

They serve the tables and dance, I’ve been told, naked.

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In the 1990s, the Angeles City area surrounding Clark Air Base in the Republic of the Philippines was not very family-friendly, as is often the case in areas immediately surrounding military installations. The area around the base was full of speak-easies, strip clubs, and worse. A local guidebook listed over 400 bars and clubs in Angeles City. The seedy atmosphere was especially oppressive for the families accompanying U.S. military members assigned to Clark because the seedy areas of Angeles City were the only areas open to them for shopping and…

A blush with Marge.

You are only young and innocent once. I was young, once. I am not sure I was ever innocent. At the age of 22, married and father of one, perhaps naïve or ignorant to The Ways of The World would be a more apt description of me.

USAF C-9A. U.S. Air Force Photo.

I was at an Air Force training base in Texas in the early 1970s, mid-morning on a workday. We were training to be flight medics responsible for patients being air-evacuated. In addition to patient care procedures, we were also trained in the movement of patients onto and off the…

Nobody is perfect

Today, I have to admit to taking extraordinary joy in another’s mistake. Noting, if you will, the clay feet of one of my heroes.

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I don’t think it’s Schadenfreude. I certainly wish him no ill. I did, of course, have to jump into the fray with other followers in calling him out in public. But he is a public figure, so I figure that’s OK. I also believe he has a well-developed sense of humor and will take the ribbing well.

His mistake was not a very serious one — he simply posted to Facebook a meme…

Or: Why I No Longer Have Any Secrets

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Five young women stood in dim light gathered around a stainless steel table. On that table, I lay on my back, a thin pillow under my head, a thinner cotton hospital gown gathered up under my armpits. From that crumpled gown to my toes I was uncovered except for a pair of non-slip hospital socks on my feet. The room was cool, the table cold. I stared at the ceiling. It was white; but probably not as white as my non-suntanned areas displayed for examination. At least my feet weren’t cold.

A question posted to Quora asked: “Have you, as a U.S. citizen, ever been denied entry to another country?” Well, pull up a chair, children. I’ve a tale to tell:

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Oh, yes! In 1990 I was living in Okinawa, Japan, working for the U.S. Military as a health-and-safety specialist. We provided consultative services to all U.S. organizations (military, State Department, Health and Human Services, etc.) located anywhere on the western edge of the Pacific Rim area from Alaska to New Zealand. We received a call from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia for some assistance. I was tagged to make…

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I am seeing a lot of people ending relationships this year with family and long-time friends over disagreements in politics. Generally, but not always, such statements I have seen are authored by relatively young people who proclaim alliance with left-leaning politics and the ‘party of tolerance and inclusion.’ But not exclusively, as I have seen the phenomena on both sides of the current situation. I’ve seen people blocking or unfriending people they have known since 1970 or before; blocking close family; blocking next-door-neighbors. They call their former associates ‘toxic’ and state that they must eliminate them from their lives for…

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke

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The article began, “White people of America, take a moment to reflect on the reality that many of you have and continue to witness black people brutalized and killed for the better part of the last decade. #YouAreComplicit” (You Are Complicit, @Shaft, Medium.com, May 28, 2020)

@Shaft is surely right. He quotes David Crossman as saying, “When you turn a blind eye to atrocities, you are complicit in them.”

How can anyone believe themselves to be human while ignoring so many major and minor abuses of our brethren regardless of their skin color? …

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June 1, 2020

As the world burns around us with rage boiling over and the coronavirus lurks, I cannot help but be reminded of the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” I didn’t want to live in interesting times. In fact, this is NOT the twenty-first-century that I was expecting. No one expects what we are getting this year. I only hope and pray for good health, peace, and justice for all.

Please, may we learn from the despicable dumbness of Ms. Cooper vs. Mr. Cooper in Central Park. May we reform our policing to honor the life…

Dan Moyes

Retired environmental manager, reader, traveler, quick with a hand or a smile.

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