Wow! I can't believe I haven't made a journal entry since the beginning of this year. How time does fly!.... Yow! Sorry about that folks! It's been a busy year to this date to be sure. Mostly it's been good, just pretty busy with family, work, and even some model building here and there. I've actually gotten some models finished of which I'll be sharing photos of here soon, starting as soon as I finish this entry.
I won't bore any of you with a full play by play rundown of all I've been up to but just a couple of the highlights that have been going on are as follows:
- the biggest one probably is that I've finally fully retired from military service at the beginning of May of this year. This feels long in coming, and I was really ready to do this, and it feels great! I retired having served 15 years active duty U.S. Navy, 5 years active Navy Reserve, 5 years inactive Navy reserve, and 3 years with the California Air National Guard. 28 years military service total. It's been a good run, and I've seen a lot, done a lot, and met a lot of great people but I am sooo glad to be honorably done at last. I figure not bad for someone who didn't plan on doing a full military career in the first place. ;D I didn't get as high in rank as I would have liked (them's the breaks...) but I've learned, experienced, and gained so much that this is more than reward enough. I figure it's a win-win for the government and I. The government got it's money's worth out of me and I sure got my money's worth out of the government and did make it all the way to an honorable retirement with my health, sanity, and family intact. That's a pretty good deal right?
- for my 47th birthday this year my wife treated our kids and I to a visit to the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the California Science Center! What a great present!! I've followed the space shuttle program loosely from beginning to end and this was the first time I had been able to see a space shuttle in person, let alone up close. I did take quite a few photos of the space shuttle and may share a few here if any of you are interested. I think a couple are interesting enough and artsy enough to be worth sharing here.
- As I mentioned above, I've also been able to actually make some time to build and complete a few models too. I'm getting caught up with some long overdue backlog model works and commissioned pieces. Wheew! This feels soooo good to be accomplishing at last. I have 2 more backlog commissioned pieces to complete, which will hopefully be completed by the end of this year, and then I can start on several new works that are in the pipeline, and get back to work on some of my own long in the works pieces. Family goings on permitting of course.
Between family needs and doings, and work goings on, it seems like I am busier than ever and once I get home from any given workday, get dinner, take time for my young and fast growing daughters, take care of some chores, there's not much left of me for creative stuff. All's good right now though and I'll share what I can when I can.
Thank all of you out there in the DA community so much for the interest in my work that you have shown me. Your friendship is very much appreciated! Happy creating as always to all!!!
P.S. I thought it was a fantastically great thing that the supreme court made LGBT marriage in all 50 state legal at last and that the ACA(Obamacare) was saved from the chopping block again. I'm thinking many conservative and republican heads just exploded over this. I wish they did anyway....