Seven years ago today…

I put this up and started my foray into blogging…

I’m new to this whole arena, but thought I’d give it a try. I guess I fall in the “silent majority” as we have been deemed, I’ve never sought publicity, sued anyone for spilling my coffee, sure as hell ain’t a movie star; well, you get the drift…

I’m mid-50′s have a decent job, two decent kids trying hard to make their own way in the world today, and a lot of frustration with what is happening to the US of A. Being from the South, I hunt, fish, and shoot guns; so that immediately makes me one of those “rabid rednecks” to quote some out there. I did have a pickup, but it’s hard to park it where I work, so I drive a Pontiac… sure do miss the truck though… sigh…

As a retired military type, it really hurts to see the crap we are putting the folks in service through today. I lived through that in Vietnam, and I take the time to thank every Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine for their service when I get the chance. Most of the kids (I’m Southern so I can say that) are doing the best they can with what they have. They believe in the job they and others are doing in the Sandbox, and are pretty upset by the media coverage they get.

Anyway, I’m going to try this for a while and see what happens… thanks for reading and commenting…


Sadly, the only things that have changed are I’m seven years older, back in an SUV, but at least the kids are doing good and I’m a grandfather for the second time!  Other than that, every damn thing I said then still applies…  Well, maybe not so silent anymore…


Thanks to all of you great folks that have put up with my brain drivel for this long, and thanks too to those who’ve befriended me in the real world.  I truly treasure the interactions and friends I’ve made through this little corner of the Intarwebz…

p.s. The other thing I’ve found is that I’m NOT alone in what I’m feeling/thinking…

Totals- 2269 posts, something over 31,000 comments, north of 918,000 visits and one book.

Thanks again for stopping by, reading and commenting…


Seven years ago today… — 53 Comments

  1. You are welcome. Thank you for posting your thoughts and pictures. I’m fairly new here but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

  2. I have enjoyed the daily plod through your life and travels.
    I sure wish we could have served together. Wishing you many years of continued success!

  3. Thank you for sharing your life, your thoughts and your reflections with us.

  4. Stop by a few times a day. Us “old NFO” types need to support each other. Keep up the good work.

  5. Thank you for putting it out there. Makes the rest of us that feel the same feel a whole lot less alone.

  6. Pretty much what everyone else has said here. I’m glad I got to meet you that day and glad you’re on our side.

  7. Ed/WSF/Rev- Thank you!

    j.r.- Appreciate that sir!

    David- Sometimes it FEELS like that too!

    Murph- Tryin… Tryin…

    Tim- LOL, thanks, I think… 🙂

    Gerry- Thank you!

    Danny- Yep, that could have been fun! 😀

    LL- Thank you

    SOCal- Don’t we though… 🙂

    Jenn- Thanks!

    Matt- Ditto!

  8. I’ve certainly enjoyed stopping by here and visiting everyday. Just glad you don’t get tire of me popping in without leaving a comment on all the post. Going back to post number uno… who left you your first comment, and how long did it take to get it? Mine was my daughter, who turned me on to this world of wonder and madness.

  9. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BLOG-A-VERSARY! I would take a SUV any day over a mini-van. : )
    I may not always respond, but I do read your posts, and I have always loved your site… God willing and the creeks don’t is to another 7 years..
    (((CLink glasses)))

  10. Congrats! Seven years is a long time to survive and prosper in the blog world. BZ!

  11. I was wondering how many of your posts had YGTBSM in the title, so I looked it up – it’s SEVEN. Coincidence? I think not! Congratulations on your milestone, it’s always fun to stop by!

  12. Only seven years? I swear I thought you had been around longer when I started reading you four or so years ago.

    I say the day I’m forced to drive a mini-van is the day I resign my commission, burn my NRA card, and move to California.

    Thanks for the daily free ice cream. Definitely makes my morning staff meetings pass all the quicker.

  13. MC- Probably not, and you ‘migP/ht’ have been better off… LOL

    CP- It was a week or so, and it was from WhiskeyBoarder…

    BP/Senior- Thanks!

    JUGM- I’ll take that toast! ;-D

    Buck- I’ve survived, don’t know about the prospering…LOL

    Jon/Mrs. C- Thank you!

    SPE- Heard that LOL, trust me, it ‘feels’ longer… ;-D

  14. Got your book today, thanks bro.
    It sits in a place of honor next to Emily’s and a few others.
    Oh, and congrats!

  15. Congrats Jim, one of my daily stops that I truly enjoy! Onward to the next 7 . . .

  16. Congrats on your blogaversary. And hopefully there will be many more to come.

  17. Skip- I hope you enjoy it!

    Bill- Thanks!

    PH- God willing and the creek don’t rise… 🙂

  18. Hi Jim, Pretty sure I found your site from Bill Whittle’s Eject! Eject! Eject! Have been a daily follower ever since. Could not believe that you found the time to come over to my little Island for a visit a couple years ago! I was duly impressed with you! Keep it up for the next 7 years also. Maybe that idiot in the WH will have departed the premises and the country! Keep up the good work

  19. OBTW, Who around here in my neck of the woods is still flying F-15 Tom Kitty’s? There were two of them engaged in some mock dog fighting for about 15 minutes over the Island! I laid right in my back yard and watched it all. I forgot just how loud those things were compared to all the airliners that come over on approach to PVD. THEY just kind of “whine” as they come down hill!!

  20. Ev- I truly enjoyed that visit, and if I get the chance, will be back! The 15s are probably National Guard from somewhere up in that neck of the woods… They are responsible for the ‘unknown riders’… 🙂

    drjim- Thank you!

  21. Happy blogaversary.
    I have enjoyed your writings especially the service connected ones.
    Hand Salute!

  22. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for your remarkable contributions and community of like-minded individuals who add so much depth and meaning to my life these last few years! May you live long and prosper.

  23. Congratulations!

    Here’s a tip of the old fedora and a hoist of my morning bourbon glass to you, Sir. I’ll have you know I’m drinking top shelf bourbon in honor of this momentous occasion.

    Here’s mud in your eye!

  24. You are doing an outstanding job of keeping it real for a lot of us seasoned vets! Thru you we realize we are not alone in our thoughts & values. Thanks, & I’m eagerly awaiting you next book!

  25. Congrats and thanks too! What’s going on with the country is very frustrating but at least “the kids” also recognize it and things won’t stay the same – and in this community it the ranting is accepted. 😉 Plus, moar bookz!

  26. The blogs wouldn’t be the same without you around. (And I mean that in a good way. 🙂 )

  27. MJ- Salut!

    gfa- Thank you

    Woody- Thanks and working on it…

    NC- You’re welcome- see above… 🙂

    Keads- Thanks!

    Tam- Thank you!!!

  28. Hey Bold NFO;

    Yep I changed the standard greeting…

    I ran across your blog I think 4+ years ago, before I even considered blogging “What the hell is blogging?” Anyway I remembered the first post I read from you, it was one about the mid east people doing a “dry run” on a hijacking on an aircraft. It gave me some food for thought, then later I saw where you had *retracted* it due to it being “Fake”. That taught me a lot about your character, that you are an honorable dude and if something is fake, Apologize for the bad piece and keep on going..You can’t get it right 100% of the time. I call it journalistic integrity. Something that the mainstream media has forgotten. I several years later decided to start blogging after getting suspended off facebook for “hatespech”. They restored access but I don’t use it much. Yours was the first website I asked to link on your blogroll.

    Keep on raising hell…..

  29. 7 years already? dayum. Salute. 🙂

    Like everyone else, I appreciate your writings/rantings, even if I only comment on the odd days. Did Keads send you a box of ammo for the occasion? He should. 😉

    Raising a glass for an excellent year for you and yours, don’t let the as**oles grind ya down. 🙂

  30. Bob- Thank you, and I DO try to keep it correct… and admit when I screw up… Always have, always will.

    CF- Sorry I missed you, thanks!