Saturday, September 26, 2009

An Award Prompts a Walk Down Memory Lane

Recently a new blogging friend Kat, webmistress of Kat's Corner, proclaimed my blog as "You Are a Great Read" and passed on the pictured award to me. I was particularly honored to get this award as the other two blogs that she passed it along to were cat blogs - We Three, Ginger cats tales and The - and we all know how many really good cat blogs there are out there!

Part of accepting this award is to take on the task of listing ten things about myself which is easier said than done when you've pretty much left your life an open blog for the past three years. What on earth could I possibly find of interest to write about that I haven't already told you about before? Well, how about some ancient history that perhaps I've not divulged before? Ten things about my time serving in the United States Air Force (which I thought might be appropriate being that Kat is a retired MSgt from the Air Force). So, here we go then ...
  1. I left for basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas at the young age of 17 on June 7th, 1976 after graduating from high school on June 3rd of that same year. I didn't want to give myself time to chicken out!
  2. I really, really, really wanted to go into Law Enforcement but there were no openings in that career field when I enlisted so I let my recruiter talk me into Ground Radio Repair instead as I somehow scored high on the Electronics section of my ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test.
  3. I was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi from July of 1976 until February of 1977 for training in my "chosen" career field.
  4. My very first duty station was at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey where I was assigned to a small radio facility that was actually part of Gibbsboro Radar Station which was located further south of McGuire.
  5. While stationed at McGuire, I met my first husband at the Academy Awards ... or at least a televised showing of them at the barracks!
  6. I once received orders for Spain but at the same time my then-husband, who was an Air Traffic Controller, received orders for Germany. We figured that commuting to France wasn't going to work so turned the orders down (which we could do as it would have required both of us to extend our enlistments).
  7. In 1980 I opted to change career fields, cross-trained over to Motion Picture Camera Operator, and received orders to be transferred to Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California.
  8. Shortly after moving to California I became pregnant with my first child - Michael Joseph. At the time of his birth, I opted to leave the Air Force to care for my son. In retrospect I probably should have stayed in but my crystal ball wasn't working at the time and I gave up the option of being able to retire at age 37 had I made the Air Force a career. Idiot!
  9. I was honorably discharged on April 22nd, 1980 with the rank of Sergeant.
  10. Shortly after I got out of the service, so did my first husband and we moved to Stockton, California to begin civilian life. Later that year was when he told me that there were too many single women for him to be a husband and father and that was the first time I became a single parent.
And there you have it - ten things about me from what now seems like another lifetime ago. Thank you once again, Kat, for the lovely award and for the chance to stroll a little bit down Memory Lane. Now can someone tell me where the last 33 years went??


  1. It's always interesting to read more about you Linda. Where did the last 33 years go? Don't ask me I can't believe my baby is 33 years old and I'm 60 in
    November! :0

    Congrats on the award. :)

  2. Very interesting indeed. Congrats on the award, and thanks for this neat info! BTW, if you ever find that crystal ball, let us all know!

  3. i loved reading about you when you were a teen!

    smiles, bee

  4. I've never seen a librarian that looked like the top picture! Congrats on the Award.

  5. Well you certainly have had an interesting beginning. Today is my "baby's" 45th birthday. So you can share my question: How did the outside get to be this age while the inside stayed 32?

  6. If you find out where the last 33 years have gone, let me know!! lol Congratulations on receiving that much deserved award!! I thought this was such an interesting read, I knew you'd been in the Air Force but didn't know the details. You're right, if only our crystal ball would work when it's supposed to, then we wouldn't have made such stupid mistakes! lol xoxo

  7. Well, you may not have gotten your chosen career path in the USAF, but staying in to retire at 37 would have been cool. But I would certainly NEVER call you an idiot.

    I seem to recall calling my ex-husband an idiot when he got out after 4 years though... but I had other reasons. Many, in fact. ;-D

  8. I don't know where the years have gone either, but I did enjoy reading about your career. I guess the big question is are you happy now? I hope so!
    I am jealous of your trip to the Renfair. I used to belong to The Society for Creative Anachronism, years ago. It was a lot of fun. Renfair sounds like it would be just my thing. Maybe next year we can make it too one.
    Thanks once again for sharing with me. You earned the award.

  9. I'm glad you got the award - not only do you deserve it - but it gave me a chance to learn more about your life!
    San Bernardino. Yikes...


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