Saturday, February 14, 2009

the theme is nautical...

new theme from Photo Hunter, sorry still posting url link, can't figure out the cool little toolbar...




how about Fleet Week in San Franciso, oh about 20 years ago...


my son was soooooo into the Top Gun movie (sometimes I'd let him watch without sound, cuz it drove me crazy to hear it over and over again)

He would take one of his plastic kiddy chairs, lay it with the back frame on his lap, put on his helmet (a tupperware bowl) and pretend he is flying the plane. His first toy, he picked on his own at age 2, was a fighter jet (it had 2 red bombs you could deploy). AND as a tween, he could tell you what jet was being used in the movies...you know, the script would say its a 'tomcat'...he'd say that isn't a 'tomcat' that's an 'eagle'..okay, might not be the right names but I'm not the one who had all the models memorized.










So, here he is, as a little squirt, touring an aircraft carrier, in his little bomber jacket.


When he signed for the Marine Corps, he was being pursued by a Navy Recruiter, who was 'promising' he would be a fighter pilot. But, J, decided Marine, because the ONLY thing he wanted to do in the Navy was fly...and if he did not get that, he'd be miserable But, he knew, that no matter what he ended up doing in the Marines..he'd be happy just to be one. (Semper Fi) He did end up doing calibrations for aviation electronics...never flew in a fighter jet...but got to ride some cool helicopters!

4 comments:

candi said...

Cool photos and great story.

Alice Audrey said...

So at least he gets to live his dreams, or close to it.

Mrs Mecomber said...

Neat photos! And quite nautical. ;)

I did Photo Hunters today, too. http://newyorktraveler.net/photo-hunters-nautical/

Hope you get a chance to visit. Happy weekend!

jmb said...

Great photos and story. One's dreams don't always work out but I'm sure he's happy anyway.