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Mike Martin
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"PowerPoint Makes Us Stupid"
James Mattis, General, USMC, Ret.

Anyone wanting to bring the US Dept of Defense to its knees has but to release a virus in the .mil domain that will delete every instance of powerpoint.exe.
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+Ann Kennedy - Remember the old saying about "Statistics don't lie, but liars use statistics? Well, substitute "PowerPoint" for "statistics."
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El Camino Family Restaurant, Socorro, NM

Good food and service. This sign and the interior were a visit back to the '70s. Cool.

#signsunday
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+Mike Perry - A senior discount is the more common practice here, too, Mike. Senior menus are not common.
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The Rocket City Ramada. 

Ad in a travel magazine. It would have been nice if this had been thought of fifty years ago. Rooms begin at 342 USD. No mention of a US military discount.

#vietnam  +Don Graham 
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Gracias, +Cris Ferrer ! Buenas noches a ti tambien mi amiga.
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The Women of the American Revolution, Williamsburg, VA

"Yes, ladies, Patrick Henry's speech about 'Liberty or Death' was quite stirring. And now that we've taught John Locke's ideas to our husbands we should turn to Sun Tzu for the forthcoming unpleasantness."
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Ladies Millinery, Colonial Williamsburg, VA

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Nicely Done, Mike.
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The National Defense Reserve Fleet aka the "Ghost Fleet" in the James River

With a nod to the Newport News, VA +Daily Press 

These ships were taken out of service some years ago and preserved in various states of readiness for a potential return to sealift duties. They were of relatively limited capacities compared to modern sealift vessels. There is a similar fleet in California's Suisun Bay.
Particularly note photo #14 which shows the bow of the NSS Savannah, built in the '50s as a demonstration vessel under the "Atoms for Peace" program. Many of the ships, including the Savannah, have been towed to breakers' yards and reduced to scrap.

+Transport Tuesday #transporttuesday  +Gene Bowker +Annie Irving

Offered a day early as I'll be on the road tomorrow.
 
In case you missed it: Ghostly ships on the James [PHOTOS] http://bit.ly/1wTG85C
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+Larry R Wendell Jr - The +Daily Press does have excellent photographers. All credit goes to them for this one.
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Memorial Day, 2015

Thinking about some of my fellow navigators who closed their logs too soon.

- Rod Hunter was the first guy from our navigator training class to get it. He was killed in an F-4 crash on the Hill AFB ranges. Rod's wife and mine still swap Christmas cards. Rod was the only guy I ever knew who liked hamburger meat on his pizza.
 
- Steve Nelson was second. Really a decent All-American kind of guy with red hair. We teased him that it was just as well he went to fighters since he had one hell of a time getting celestial. Steve rode in an F-111 outside Cannon AFB, NM.
 
- Greg Peppers loved being a single guy for all it's worth. He went to C-130s at Little Rock AFB and I went to Pope AFB. Saw him once or twice afterward but I lost track of Greg till I heard he was killed in a Blackbird MC-130 that went in the water off Korea during an exercise.
 
- Tom McMillan was the guy who called me when our daughter was born to tell me mom and baby were fine. Tom went to special ops and I saw him once at Rhein Main a year or two later. Tom was one of the eight GI's killed at Desert One on the Iran hostages rescue attempt.
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+Mike Martin Thank you for your service to Our Country, Mike.
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The Old San Miguel Mission Church, Socorro, NM

Somehow these old mission churches are fascinating. 

#NewMexico
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+Carolyn Fahm - Yep, it's even older than the vaunted Jamestown, VA which settled in 1607.
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Old Covered Bridges of Northeast Kentucky

Spent the last day of a recent trip back home looking for these bridges. All are old, some have been moved or extensively rebuilt. Seemed like a good idea to photograph them while they're still with us.
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+Mike Martin When I see these bridges it always reminds me of the book The Bridges of Madison County 
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White Sands, NM

We picked an interesting weather day. Temps were great but clouds and showers came and went. Still a great visit and the National Park Service runs a great visitors center.
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+Mike Martin Yes, right my friend, the adjective behind the noun
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“I expect better from the men and women who wore the uniform,” Eaton said of Cotton. And the American people deserve better from the Senate.  Major General Paul Eaton, USA (Retired)

Well said. As an Army officer, this Cotton should, at a minimum, resign his commission and apologize to the 53 Senators who had the sense and decency not to sign his letter to the Iranians.
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+Ann Kennedy - Yes, Ann, it surely is. I like MG Eaton's use of the term "mutinous."
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Time Stands Still in Yuma

With a nod to my bud +Al Griffin. Gotta love the craftsmanship of the old outdoor clocks!
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Education
  • University of Kentucky
    Communications, 1974
  • University of Arkansas
    Operations Mgmt, 1986
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Not to brag... But I'm retired.
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  • US Air Force
    C-130 Navigator, et al, 1968 - 1994
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Yorktown, VA
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Lexington, KY - Rancho Cordova, CA - Fayetteville, NC - Framlingham, England - Jacksonville, AR - Scott AFB, IL - Yorktown, VA - Cam Ranh Bay, VN - San Angelo, TX
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Lovely, quiet Italian restaurant that serves the Best Pizza on the Virginia Peninsula. Great wait staff, very friendly and accommodating. You get the feeling very clearly that they're glad you came to visit and that they genuinely appreciate your business. Great touch is the background music - some of the old 50's and 60's crooners like Sinatra and Dean Martin.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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Definitely a fine place! I've been there three times for dinner and once for lunch. The food is really good and there's an extensive menu to choose from. I'm a beer drinker but my wife is very fond of their Margaritas. We'd been casting about for a new Mexican place after El Mariachi closed, and now we've found it. Absolutely give El Tapatio a try!
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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