(WHO YOU'RE DEALING WITH)
Giving It To Ya Straight - No Notes Need
01 (Early Years)
- Grew up in
Butler, Pennsylvania (closest real town…..
actually grew up between Meridian, Renfrew, and
Connoquennessing [Indian word, means "a long way straight"])
- Did the
Meridian Elementary, did the Connoquennessing
Elementary, did the Butler Catholic, did the Butler High
School. Basically covered much of the
Butler Area School District.
- It appears that my Mother was smitten by
a local guy who lived a few streets over (he stole stuff
from her at their first meeting…… basically a young
"tweener" / teenager mugging a little girl who was
coming out of a small penny candy store) that was four years her
senior. Hey……….it was the 1950’s.
- I believe that my parents were divorced/separated before I
- My sister was born 12 months and 14 days
- My Mother has always had "a lot on her
plate." I’m not sure if we ever had any relationship. I
honestly just remember a bunch of fighting, crying and
uncertainty. Years later, our relationship has seen some
periods of repair but something always happens that leads to
a few more years of not talking. I guess "toleration" is
how our relationship could be described and that’s only if
in same house or room which hasn’t happened very often since
- Mother remarried. Joe became my
Step-Father and I have been shaped by him ever since.
- My Brother…………. was born three years
after me. (chemically a half-brother, but I wished we were
- From age 1 to 18, lived less than 4 miles
away from my Father……………. saw him at least weekly, if not
daily growing up.
- I spent many hours in my Father’s (he’s a
talker) garage talking and working on cars…………… learning
"attention to detail" and pride in your work. My Father had
- THEN: We talked all day.
- TODAY: We don’t talk.
- I spent many hours with my Step-Father
(he’s not a talker) working on our farm, not talking but
learning about responsibility, taking care of animals, hard
work, never stopping until job is done, and that it’s never
too early or too hot or too cold to do anything. My
Step-Father had no patience.
- THEN: We never talked. We literally
worked all day, side by side without many words being said.
TODAY: We talk about politics and current events.
- Did the baseball farm league, did the
little league, did the baseball thing in Meridian until
graduating high school
- Did Midget (Pop Warner) Football in
Meridian as a Raider, did the Junior Varsity Football, did
the Varsity Football as a Tornado
- I learned that having faith in a teenage
baseball player will have them perform exceptionally — THANK
YOU Mr Bauer.
- I learned that having faith in a teenage
football player will have them perform exceptionally — THANK
YOU Mr Farabee and Mr Nunes
- I sadly learned that kids can also get
lost "in the system." I have gone past any hate or
animosity but must mention that no one "bats 1000." Not
every kid can get the attention they need by a sports
coach. Coaches can only do so much………. a triage per say.
They must look at big pictures and decide who to spend their
development time with. It is here that I must state that
two men almost destroyed my psyche when it came to sports.
Coaches Art Bernardi and George "Red" Slater dealt me cards
that have VERY strangely influenced me to this very day. I
can also thank Bernardi and Slater for instilling this
"thing" inside me that has to do with never quitting. Even
though both of you never had an ounce of faith in me………. I
kept going. I stayed, I tried. Your collective LACK of
faith in me shaped me as much as coaches who did. Balance?
- I won trophies and championships and
letters and jackets for playing sports. I didn’t win a
lot. By no means was I a great athlete but I showed up on
time and worked hard. My most prized trophy (I’ve only kept
two) is one from Mid-County Prep Baseball from I think
1983. We won it all. Mr Bauer was our coach and my team
mates…. although I can’t remember some names or some faces
are a collective group that I shall never forget. I played
center field and I am positive that is was the very first
time I ever felt like something larger than myself. I can
still remember diving across that grass at the fields behind
St Conrad’s Church while running down fly balls. I’ll never
PART 02 (Teenager)
- I split much of my time between our
little farm and my Father’s garage (about 4 miles away…..
- If not in sports, I was being a kid or
cutting wood, splitting wood, carrying wood.
- If I wasn’t dealing with wood, I was
dealing with cleaning horse and/or cattle stalls.
- Any or all free time I had was then spent
hiking around the woods on adjoining farms with a rifle in
my arms. Hunting was a passion of mine.
- If the sun was shining and it was
summer…….. I was most likely dealing with the bailing of hay
- In the early days, I made my money mowing
lawns (if I wasn’t cutting ours).
- In the early days, I rode my bike
everywhere. First a BMX type thing…….. then graduating to a
- I rode to football, I rode to baseball, I
rode to mowing jobs. Raining? I still rode. Five miles,
ten miles away? I still rode. Day or night, spring, summer
or fall………….. that bike got me everywhere.
- Growing up we spent a week at Nags Head,
Banks) almost every summer. It was here that I
fell in love with beaches and the ocean.
- Next came cars and girls and and an after
school job at the local Agway working in their lumber yard.
- I was a typical teenager in the 80’s in a
small town like Butler, PA.
- Believe me, there was nothing special
about me. I basically coasted along. My grades were
average (if not low), I was chubby, mouthy and probably
pretty much a "know it all."
- I joined the Junior ROTC (Army version).
- All "cliques" were fine with me. I got
along with all the groups, had friends who were jocks,
freaks, nerds, goody goods…….. etc. I’d wear jeans or
camoflage bottoms with one of my seemed 20 different heavy
metal t-shirts and stomp away with my boots. Anyone who
didn’t really know me would undoubtedly think I was quite
the dirtbag from first impressions and dress I’m sure. The
truth is that
I was never any of these groups. I feel I
almost transcended them all. Not transcend as in "better"
than someone else……. more like transcend as in I’d have to
be put in a group called "Miscellaneous."
- I hung with Dubie, I hung with Chuck, I
hung with Dog and I hung with Huffy.
- There you have it……………. Dubie, Chuck,
Dog, Huffy and Rock…….. just typical Western Pennsylvania
guys. (We called ourselves, "The Stench Brothers")
- Dubie got into nursing, Chuck got into
psychology, Dog into pharmaceutical sales, Huffy into
banking and I had been inspired by the
to become a Marine.
- I can officially accuse MTV of basing
and Butthead" off of Dubie and I. Really, you
have to have been there from like 1982 to 1986. Dubie and I
WERE Beavis and Butthead.
- Nothing special about me…. had a few
girlfriends, had a few cars, had a few jobs.
- Graduation from Butler High School in
- Left Butler, Pennsylvania (for good) in
October of 1986 to join the United States Marine Corps.
- May be "Pepsi Generation" but may also be
PART 03 (United Stated Marine Corps)
- I officially joined the Marine Corps in
early 1986 on the delayed entry program.
- My parents would not sign for me so I had
to wait until I was 18 to sign all the paper work.
- My parents (like all parents) wanted
bigger things from me than becoming a Marine grunt.
- I had done well in JROTC and placed high
in my military entry testing.
- The Marines offered me ANY career field
(MOS) that I wanted and even offered me something like a
$12,000 bonus to go into avionics.
- I was determined to be a simple Marine
grunt and wanted nothing to do with the high tech or money.
- I left for boot camp in October of 1986,
to Parris Island, South Carolina.
- After graduating boot camp and becoming a
Marine, I was sent to Infantry Training School (ITS) at Camp
Lejeune, North Carolina.
- Upon graduation of ITS as a basic
mortarman in May of 1987, I was assigned to Ninth Marines at
Camp Pendleton, California.
- Things go quickly from here as life as a
Marine grunt is about "being on the move." I was
promoted very quickly becoming a Non-Commissioned Officer
(NCO / E-4), Corporal right about 18 months time in service.
I had won a meritorious Corporal board at eleven months in
the Marines and then would be promoted to Sergeant at about
four years time in service. Promotions and respect
came easy as I learned very early that by making your
Marines look good had the result of making you look good.
I learned more from bad leaders than good leaders and vowed
to correct their shortfalls.
- I was sent to the Scout Swimmers Course,
multiple Forward Observer Schools, Mountain Warfare Schools
....... Urban Warfare, Desert Warfare and then to Combat
Squad Leaders School. Excel was exactly what I did in
- Was member of four man winning team, Camp
Pendleton's First Annual
Mud Run in 1989.
- I travelled to many places to include the
Far East (Japan, Korea, China, The Philippines), the Middle
East (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait), Central America and some of
- I went to Saudi Arabia on Aug 10th, 1990
in support of Operation Desert Shield.
- I went into The Emirate of Kuwait in
February of 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm.
- Proudly, I was involved in the largest
tank battle in Marine Corps history that led to the
liberation of Kuwait.
- Proudly, I was decorated for my
involvement in this battle.
- Upon returning from the war in March,
1991........ in April of 1991, I was promoted to the rank of
Sergeant of Marines.
- In the summer of 1991 I was promoted from
the position of Mortar Section Leader of Weapons Platoon,
India Company 3rd Battalion 9th Marines to the
Sergeant for the Third Platoon of the same India Company.
- At the beginning of 1992, I was then
promoted to the position of Platoon Sergeant for Weapons
Platoon, India Company 3rd Battalion 9th Marines.
Almost full circle, I was now the ranking Marine in the very
same platoon that I started in 5 years earlier and the
special part to me was that I was the most junior of the
four candidates for this assignment. It was the single
proudest moment of my eight year Marine career.
- My decision to leave active duty, United
States Marine Corps in October of 1992 was based on wanting
to experience life outside of the Marines BUT promising
myself that I'd take exactly 365 days to weigh it all and
then decide if I was to stay a Marine or move into the
academics of a university.
- I intentionally drove the longest way
possible to leave Camp Pendleton for the last time on that
day in October of 1992 ......... I had to pull over at one
point as my crying became intense enough that I could not
PART 04 (Domesticated)
- A Marine friend (Smeg) lined a civilian job up
for me in San Juan Capistrano, California working inventory
for Nichols Institute (pharmaceutical assay company).
- It was here, in the spring of 1993 that I
saw (and even heard about) my first computer. I
entered inventory data into a DOS program at the end of
- Being out of the Marines and living in an
apartment in Laguna Niguel, California was quite a change
- Another Marine friend of mine asked me to
be in his wedding party in the spring of 1993. The
wedding was to be in Nebraska in May of 1993.
- It was at this wedding that I met my wife
and quite seriously, the only lady I had ever met that I
truly enjoyed being around.
- I was the only single groomsman and she
was the only single bridesmaid.
- Up until that wedding at the end of May,
1993 ................. I had been a VERY hard-core Marine
with only partying and destruction as things I was qualified
- After a short pen-pal relationship (I
went back to California, she went back to Texas after
wedding), it was decided that I'd quit my job, pack
everything I owned into my 1987 Chevy Cavalier and
then drive east to
- On Forth of July Weekend, 1993 I did in
fact pack my car and drive all the way to Lubbock, Texas to
be with Michelle.
- Not being able to keep away, I joined the
Marine Reserves in Amarillo, Texas as a Mechanized Scout for
the Fourth Tank Battalion.
- I took my first two college classes that
fall ............. getting B's in both English Literature I
and College Algebra.
PART 05 (Married)
- We were married on October 19th, 1993 by
a county judge at a courthouse in Lubbock, Texas during my
lunch break from the lumber yard I was working in.
- Michelle was in Lubbock, Texas because
she was assigned to Reese Air Force Base to complete her
pilot training in the United States Air Force.
- It WAS under that 365 days I had promised
myself when leaving the Marines, BUT technically I was right
back in the military as the husband of an Air Force pilot
.............. funny how things happen.
- After Michelle graduated from flight
school, her first assignment was to be an active duty
advisor and C-26 pilot for the Vermont Air National Guard in
Burlington, Vermont. We arrived in Vermont in January
- I transferred from the Reserve Marines of
Forth Tank Battalion in Lubbock, Texas to the Cold Weather
Infantry Marines of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 25th
Marines in Londonderry, New Hampshire. It was a three
hour drive (one way) for drill weekends and that was IF
there wasn't snow. With snow, that drive was
punishing. I drilled with these Marines only four
- In April of 1994 I joined the Vermont Air
National Guard as a Security Policeman after being highly
recruited by numerous Security Policemen that I'd see in the
gym every day. I weighed it all and decided I was
ready to leave the Marines for good and move on with some
other goals I had. Very proudly, I was sworn into the
Vermont Air National Guard by my wife, Lieutenant Michelle
- At the same time I enrolled at the
Community College of Vermont to start on my first degree.
I complete a Liberal Studies Associate Degree in 1996.
- I worked during the day in a lumber yard
in Williston, Vermont.
- I worked in the evenings for the
Burlington, Vermont Parks and Recreation Department as the
- I excelled in the Air National Guard,
graduating with honors from the Armed Forces Military Police
Academy at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas in
the summer of 1994.
- Like the Marine Corps, I gave my 100%
.............. everything, my soul to the Air National
Guard. I lived, ate, slept and breathed my military
- Our first daughter was born in Vermont in
the fall of 1996.
- It was here that I officially became a
"Computer Guy." Michelle bought a computer back before
Windows 95 and I use to make fun of her as "geeky."
After our first little girl was born, I became an "at home
Daddy" and since this kid slept like four hours at a time, I
began to experiment with this geeky, computer thing in the
back room. It booted to a C: prompt and I had to read
a bunch of books to understand it all and of course I broke
it a few times ......... then had to fix it. Well
................ I guess I was hooked. Up to this
point, the 100 persons that knew/know me very personally
........ to this very day absolutely cannot picture how I
became a "Computer Guy." They knew me as this hard,
cussing, sweating, farm boy, infantry Marine that excelled
at blowing stuff up and running with a pack for distances
that caused others to fall to their knees and expel their
breakfast. Picturing me as a "Computer Guy" was beyond
what they could grasp.
- I became more than a "Computer Guy"
during this time. I became patient and gained some
compassion. As an "at home Daddy" I learned much more
that year than what I had experienced my 30 years prior.
- We left Vermont in 1997.
PART 06 (Arkansas)
- Our next assignment was to
Arkansas for Michelle to become a
- We arrived in Little Rock, Arkansas in
the fall of 1997.
- The Vermont Air National Guard kept me on
their rolls and actually flew my up there several times a
year to fulfill my guard requirements. Simply put, it
benefitted them more to have me as a number on their rolls
......... the 3-4 airline tickets per year was peanuts
compared to what the federal government was paying them for
me just being a number on their account. Perfect, when
it benefitted me .......... I flew up there and played Air
Force Police Person every few months. Sometimes I'd
get with the Security Forces at Little Rock Air Force Base
and do my duties with them when they were short handed.
- I immediately enrolled at the
of Central Arkansas to major in biology (goal was to major
in biology and minor in teaching). After two semesters
at UCA, I quit the university because the would not accept
my military time/experience for physical education credits.
Their stance was that I could not continue another semester
until I fulfilled their basic physical education
requirements. I refused to pay for, or attend a
"bowling 101" type of class to appease them so I began
looking for another school and perhaps another major.
- It was Michelle who calmed me down the
very day I got the word from UCA that I couldn't continue
without "bowling 101." Her comment was, "Well, you are
up till midnight every night making websites for people
........ why don't you switch your major to computers and go
to Arkansas State?" (University of Central Arkansas
was an hour drive ............. Arkansas State was only 15
- The very next day, I learned that
University had just started a program, partnered with
Cisco Systems, Inc for an Associates Degree in Computer
- I drove up to Arkansas State and met with
the program director ...................... a retired Navy
person. I had to be interviewed to be accepted into
this program and the Navy / Marine relationship certainly
helped. In the spring of 2001, I was awarded my
second Associates Degree. This one was for Computer
- Michelle had been promoted from Second
Lieutenant to First Lieutenant while in Vermont and while in
Arkansas .......... she became a Captain. I was very
proud of her.
- While in school at Arkansas State
University, in 1999 I began working my first computer job
with Computer Connections, Inc. It was mostly as a
bench technician and "call" person who made house calls for
homeowners having computer problems. I learned MUCH
from this job.
- In the fall of 1999, our second daughter
- Completed the 26.2 mile Marine Corps
Marathon in October of 2000 in Washington, DC.
- We left Little Rock, Arkansas in the
summer of 2001.
PART 07 (Back To
- Michelle was assigned to Edwards Air
Force Base, California to report in the summer of 2001.
It was decided that we would live on Edwards Air Force Base.
- I was hired by Computer Science
Corporation (CSC) in the fall of 2001, starting September 1.
- Having time before I started with CSC
.......... I decided to load my Jeep Wrangler up, tie on a
doo-rag, slide a Gun N Roses CD into the player and head for
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a solo road trip. Why?
............................... just to say I did it !!!
- I started with CSC in September and
excelled at my position with the help desk supporting 47
buildings in Zone 10 of Edwards Air Force Base.
- September 11th, 2001 marked the day we
were attacked by Muslim terrorists in New York City.
- In February of 2002, CSC's contract
expired with Edwards Air Force Base and Unisys/JT3 picked up
the very same work load.
- I was hired by Unisys/JT3 and was
promoted to a Tier III technician responsible for base wide
hardware problems. I set the pace and became the guy
that everyone was chasing ........... concerning
- Michelle was promoted to the rank of
Major in the United States Air Force in October of 2002.
PART 08 (Ohio)
- In the summer of 2003, Michelle was
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
- I was hired by RS Information Systems in
January of 2004 as a Hardware and Network Specialist.
- The Roccos acquire a
.................... named "Puggy" for the girls in the
summer of 2004.
- RS Information Systems has a semi-annual
meritorious bonus program. In the three years I worked
for them there were six award periods. The bonus is
fixed for only the top 10% of employees. Only one out
of 10 employees were eligible. I won this monetary
bonus in three out of the six periods I was employed by RS
Information Systems at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base due
- It was also during this time, in January
of 2005 that I started my march toward a Bachelors Degree.
- Michelle and I decided to purchase two
Harley Davidson motorcycles. In the spring of 2005 we
became Harley owners (Fatboy and Softail Deluxe). Michelle has her own bike and
sometimes will ride on the back of mine.
- Completed the 26.2 mile Air Force
Marathon in September of 2006, in Dayton, Ohio.
- October of 2006, I was awarded a Bachelor
of Science Degree from Excelsior College for Computer
- February of 2007 Michelle was assigned
back to Little Rock Air Force Base to gain specialized C-130
training for 100 days with a follow on assignment back to
Edwards Air Force Base, California.
- During this 100 days I studied the
production of and created several weblogs (Blogs).
PART 09 (Back To
- May of 2007, the Roccos all head west in
two vehicles, pulling a trailer and camper from Arkansas to
- Upon arrival to Edwards Air Force Base,
California, there was no base housing available. We
live off base in Rosamond, California.
- I was hired by Business Technologies and
Solutions (BTAS) to work for AFOTEC on Edwards Air Force
Base as a Systems Administrator in August of 2007.
- Michelle was promoted to Lieutenant
Colonel in October of 2007.
- Promoted to Lead Systems Administrator in
May of 2008.
- Michelle and I spent a week riding our
motorcycles through the wine country of Northern California.
- The house we rented in Rosamond, CA
foreclosed ....... forcing us to move onto base housing of
Edwards AFB in December of 2008.
- Michelle deploys in support of the war
against Muslim extremists
from January 2009 to June 2009.
PART 10 (Guam)
- Michelle receives orders to
the US Territory of Guam with
report no later date of late August 2009.
- We pack everything up again for a long
flight across the Pacific Ocean.
- Mixed emotions about Guam. Great
weather, but basically a Third World Country with a decent
coat of paint. That's as nice as I can say it, and
I'll leave it at that. Two years, easily long enough.
- Michelle's retirement from
US Air Force is approved. We leave Guam and head back
to mainland US in summer of 2011.
- Michelle retires from the US Air Force as
a Lieutenant Colonel, after 26 years
PART 11 (Florida)
- Arrive Tampa area of Florida
late summer of 2011. Got the family and kids settled
- Chuckle, we though living on Clearwater
Beach would be a great idea. Ever hear of TOURISTS?
- Due to local employment
situation, went back to school February, 2012 to February
2013. Attended LaSalle
Computer Learning Center in Tampa, Florida during weekends
and evenings to enhance my
Microsoft SharePoint skills, upgrade my Cisco certifications
and to get my hands on the latest Microsoft servers.
- Hired by Odyssey Marine Exploration in
April of 2012 as their Systems and Network Administrator where I get to
travel internationally in support of deep ocean operations.
At Odyssey, I support three local sites and multiple ships
around the globe by administering 16 Windows servers, VMs,150+
Active Directory accounts, and all the technology that
- From 2012 to 2015, I traveled
15 times to US West Coast and England in
support of Odyssey's maritime assets with upgrades/fixes to their
servers, storage, networking and backup needs.
- Left Odyssey Marine
in April, 2015 to pursue different aspects of Information
- MASSIVELY burned out on "Operational IT"
so I decided to remain in IT (LOVE) but get out on the
fringe. Using my experience and natural teaching
abilities, I pursued a teaching career to pass on my passion
and what I've learned. Giving back and helping folks
break into IT is my current gig.
- It's now 2016 and I've been employed by
two IT Teaching Centers and did some contract work for the
Department of Homeland Defense (teaching Advanced Microsoft
Outlook) over the summer of 2015.
- The feeling is AMAZING, to be "Free" from
Operational IT. I teach hard, leaving it all in the
classroom every class. Students are eager, hungry
(although naive about the real IT world) and motivate me.
PART 12 (The Lists)
- GROUPS: AC/DC, Rainbow, Triumph,
Guns N Roses, Kid Rock, The Cult, Rhino Bucket, Night Ranger, Roxette,
Evanescence, Buckcherry, Motley Crue,
- SINGERS (Female): Amy
Lee, Marie Fredriksson, Patti Russo, Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morissette,
Linda Perry, Pink, Kiki Dee
- SINGERS (Male): Bruce
Dickinson, Rob Halford, Ronnie James Dio, Rik Emmett, Brad
Delp, Axl Rose, Billy Joel, Elton John, Meat Loaf, Kid Rock,
- GUITARISTS: Angus Young, Slash, Rik
Emmett, Joe Satriani, Steve Stevens
- STEREO VOLUME: 10
- TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers
- PLAYERS: Jack Lambert, Matt Millen,
Levon Kirkland, Rocky Bleier, Hines Ward
- VEHICLES: Jeep Wrangler,
Older Toyota Land Cruiser, IH Scout II, Volkswagen Thing (Type 181), Chevy 55'
- MOTORCYCLES: Harley Davidson,
- PC COMPONENTS: Intel, ATI,
Kingston, Western Digital
- BOOTS: Danner, Rocky
- JEANS: Levi, Dickies,
- HEADGEAR: Boonie Cover, Ball Cap,
Doo-Rag, Skid Lid Motorcycle Helmet
- SPICE: Garlic anything, Black
or White Pepper anything
- TEQUILA: Don Julio, Cabo Wabo, Three
- BEER: Guinness, Stone
IPA, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Belhaven
Scottish Ale, Mojave Red, Lobotomy Bock, Kona Koko Brown
(All in all, a hardcore IPA Guy)
- DRINKS: Green Tea, Horchata, Thai
Tea, Coconut Water, Red Bull, Monster
- FOOD (NOT): NO pickles or pickled
anything, NO rye anything, NO sauerkraut
- ACTORS: Jack Nicholson, R. Lee
Ermey, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Denzel Washington,
- ACTRESSES: Angelina Jolie, Jessica
Biel, Kelly LeBrock, Liv Tyler, Virginia Madsen, Stacey Dash,
Jennifer Connelly, Janine Turner
Samuel Clemens, Greg Gutfeld, Adam Carolla, George Carlin, Dana Perino, Bill O'Reilly, Confucius, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ron White,
- COOKIES: Chocolate Chip Cookie
Dough (plain, cooked or in ice cream), Snicker Doodles
- ICE CREAM: Breyers All
Natural Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Green Tea
- PASTA: Pesto, Carbonara, Linguini
and Clams (white)
- BURGERS: In and Out,
Wendy's, Five Guys
- MEAL: Breakfast
- SEAFOOD: Fish Tacos, Shrimp
Alfredo, Seafood Bisque, Crab Chowder, Clam Chowder,
- WEAPONS: Colt, Ruger, Smith &
Wesson, Springfield Arms, Ontario Knife, K-Bar
- CALIBER: .40, .45, .223,
.308, 12 Gauge
- TOOLS: Dewalt, Leatherman, Estwing
- GREAT CITIES: Los Angeles, San
Diego, San Clemente, Hong Kong, Pittsburgh, Seattle, London,
- PARTY SPOTS: Palm Springs, Las
Vegas, Key West, Saint Martin (Sint Maarten)
- COUNTRIES I'VE BEEN TO:
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy,
Japan, China, South Korea, Philippines, Honduras, Canada,
Mexico, Bahamas, Saint Martin (French/Dutch), US Territories
and Protectorates of Guam, Saipan and Tinian
- STATES I HAVEN'T BEEN TO:
Maine, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota
PART 12 (The Quotes)
"Compassion and tact are honorable
traits but are not often found in the bad guys coming through
"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism
by those who do not possess it."
-George Bernard Shaw
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by
those who could not hear the music."
"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have
very few virtues."
"Live Hard !!! Why Hold Back? ...... Tomorrow's NOT Guaranteed!"
"On the Plains of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of
who, at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting,
-Adlai E. Stevenson
"The true tragedy in life is not death, but that which dies
inside us while we are still living ."
"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man;
true nobility is being superior to your former self."