The Logic Lifeline

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Number One Son Off to Camp Pendleton

It was quite a weekend as the family anxiously awaited the time when our oldest son would begin his journey in the US Marines. He joined a few months ago and we have had Feb. 12th on our minds ever since. That was the day he flew to Camp Pendleton for Boot Camp. As parents we have some mixed feelings. We will miss him and know this is a clear break from the home. We fear for what is in store for him: the things we know and the things we don't. Yet we are so proud of him for his decision. We believe the training will be good for him and the structure will help him in life. We are looking forward to his graduation day and will be there to see him.

The activities surrounding his departure are a part of the reason I have not been posting lately. The other is that I am so very busy at work. This happens every now and then as critical deadlines loom. I am not sure when I will begin posting regularly. Seems like when I go on haiatus things suddenly clear up and I am able to post again. For now, I will post as I am able.


  • At 7:31 AM, Blogger Malott said…

    I know you're not in the habit of posting "personal" pictures, but I'm sure your readers would like seeing your son's "official" Marine photogragh.

    AICS, you must be a pretty good father if you raised up a Marine. I can't imagine how proud you are.

    God bless him... And your family.

  • At 10:15 AM, Blogger Return to Westernesse said…


    I can only imagine the feelings overwhelming you right now, especially as my oldest is only 3. I'm sure those early childhood days seem only a stone's throw in time away. Now your son is a man and has chosen a most admirable mission. I will pray for him often.

    On a lighter note, if you have time, maybe you could share with your readers what you got Olive for Valentine's Day. Some of us could use some ideas.

  • At 11:38 AM, Blogger SkyePuppy said…

    I don't know how much spare time you'll have in your schedule around your son's graduation, but if you're in California on a Sunday, you can visit my church. I'd love to meet you and Olive Oyl and your Marine son (he'd fit right in here, with all the Marines at church).

    Email me, if you'd like (skyepuppy at cox dot net), though if you'll be too busy, I can completely understand. May the Lord richly bless you and your family.

  • At 12:50 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…


    I am very proud of my son and his choice. While he has many good qualities, I am looking forward to the transformation I keep hearing about - the refinement of the good qualities already existing. I think I have seen his underwear sticking out of the back of his pants for the last time :)

    As for Valentine's Day gifts for Olive Oyl. I am not yet into Diamonds for this holiday. Birthday or Christmas, maybe. For Val Day I stick with Flowers, Card and Candy. Not chocolates as she and I on a perpetual diet (post coming on that soon). The card has a full confession of my love for her and the many good qualities I appreciate - somehow written in a way that is not the same as the 50 other times I have done it. While my love is fresh as day 1, it is truly a gift of time and thought to say it just right in a fresh way.

    SkyePuppy, I would love to meet you if we can find a good time slot. I always think about meeting my blog buddies in person and how fun that would be. He graduates mid-May to early June. If he stays on schedule, he is currently set to graduate on my birthday. That would be great.

  • At 10:33 PM, Blogger Incognito said…

    Will keep your son in my prayers, as well. I have some dear friends whose sons joined the military. Airforce and army, and it did wonders for them. They are both out of the service and civilians now.
    You should be very proud.

    and what you said about your wife is so sweet!! The best to you all!

  • At 8:44 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Thanks Incognito. From her reaction I believe I succeeded with another fresh statement of my love and appreciation for her. I am tempted to post it here , but I will resist.

  • At 9:03 AM, Blogger Return to Westernesse said…


    Thanks for the ideas, but I chose a practical gift my sweetheart this year. With all the snow we've been getting lately, I thought it might be time for her to have a shovel. Words cannot describe how excited she was.

  • At 10:51 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Hopefully it was at least a red shovel.

    As for the snow, I am ready for some climate change in Chicago. I like a little snow and a little cold, but I am getting ready to move on.

  • At 9:30 PM, Blogger LASunsett said…


    He leaves a boy, but will return a man. You have every reason to be proud of him. I will mention him in my prayers, he's going to need them for the next few weeks. Life, as he has known it, has ended. But not to worry, it will be good for him.


  • At 11:03 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Thanks LA. I can't wait to see the change. Tomorrow is Black Friday for him. He meets his permanent drill sargeant for the first time. He learns how to make a bed - again and again.

  • At 11:26 PM, Blogger PAW said…

    Nice work. Be proud. Best wishes.

  • At 12:06 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Thanks paw. Hey I keep checking your blog. Are you going to add some posts? If anyone can write rationally for the left side, I would pick you. I'll keep checking.

  • At 12:01 AM, Blogger PAW said…

    Well thanks. I locked down this ID mostly because I thought I was being sock-puppetted somewhere where I had put in some time. People... I have a friends and family blog on another service that I really enjoy. I thought I was, and I still might, launch a blogsplot blog with this id in the political opinion rhelm. You had a recent post where you clarified what this blog is about to you. I'm still not sure where to draw that line for myself - the responsibilities and effort of fact checking well-thought out tretises versus free-form spouting, etc. And some other things. We'll see.

    But this thread is about you and your family. It's a proud tradition upon which your son is embarking. On the light side, I do hope you get satisfaction on the low-riding pants issue.

  • At 7:51 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…


    Thanks for the nice comments. Yes, the low riding pants issue will be quite satisfying.

    For some reason my younger son "Chip" never got into that obnoxious style. Of course, he has his other areas.

    Doing a good job on a blog is tough and time consuming. It is not a light decision.

    well-thought out tretises versus free-form spouting

    I got a kick out of that one. Trying to find the balance is a daily battle for me.


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