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She awaits his return in languid repose, ready to growl, then roar to life at his insistent touch...but, no I forgot to run the machine enough to keep the battery charged. It is just a mass of iron and rubber, chrome and petroleum fluids that could again be a motorcycle with proper care. I suppose that will be our first task shared upon his return.
He was so adamant about bringing that bike home before deployment; I just could not understand. After all, it is a long way from…Continue
No organization is as identified with a phrase as the Marine Corps with its motto, Semper Fidelis. The mention of one evokes a thought of the other. For the first 96 years of its existence the motto of the Corps was First to Fight. Although undoubtedly true, the phrase was weak as a motto. It simply stated a fact; it did not address the brotherhood that is the essence of the Corps. Adopted in 1871, the Latin phrase Semper Fidelis - always faithful - has a gravitas not found in the…Continue
"...Heavy on the left foot// Mighty, mighty left foot...." Perhaps we have watched the platoon video too much. Our days are interspersed with outbursts of cadence calls; sometimes one will call and the other respond. I know what she is thinking, "Oh god, now I have to hear this from a whole new generation?" Hasn't thirty-nine years been long enough?"
There were warnings. You might not be able to pick out your recruit. They all have changed so much you might not…Continue