It's the story of a guy -- namely, me -- who went into the United States Air Force in 1977 a "98-pound weakling" who just wanted to "play with airplanes" for a living, but who found himself, a year later, jumping out of airplanes instead. How did such a socially inept, unscarred, high school marching band geek, Chess Club nerd, piano-playin', teetotalin' mama's boy wind up with a parachute on his back, a knife in his teeth, and a team of America's finest warriors following him out of the aircraft's jump door into the night? That's what this story is all about.
In its final published form (and this little 'opus' is still under construction), this will be a collection -- or 'anthology' -- of chronologically sequential short stories that cover the entire process of this life-changing transition, from leaving my pampered civilian life and getting "broken in" at Basic Training, to physically re-inventing myself, and fighting my way into the ranks of America's military elite. I never belonged there -- I never really fit in or felt comfortable there -- but I had GOTTEN there somehow, and had to daily prove myself worthy of being there... a challenge for anyone, the trial of a lifetime for me.
And somewhere in there, I felt there was a story to share.
The "Table of Contents" is over there in the right-side margin, under "SHORT STORIES: in chronological order." Each story has been listed sequentially, so reading them in numerical order will give you the full straight-through storyline. Just click on each title to go directly there. The most recent posting is listed just above this Table of Contents under "This ain't your daddy's blog," so if you just want to check into what's new, click on that title.
You'll find the story behind this project described just below the Table of Contents under "JUST SO'S YA' KNOW," and the background story about me laid out in the "002 - Author's Note," listed in the Table of Contents. A few of the individual short stories even have pictures.
Please feel free to leave comments on any or all of the stories. I need all the input I can get on what works and what doesn't, what can go and what can stay, and trust me, I'll read them all.
In the meantime, thanks for visiting.
What an honor, for me.