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Dayton (via Columbus)

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Born and raised in Columbus, OH. Grew up on campus at tOSU as my father was faculty, and I have always loved the Buckeyes. Graduated from the US Naval Academy and have served in the Navy ever since.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Watching Keith Byars lead the Buckeyes to a come-from-behind win against Illinois in the Shoe.
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: John 'Hondo' Havlicek
  • NFL TEAM: It hurts too much to be an NFL fan in Ohio.
  • NHL TEAM: Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: None - I'd rather watch lacrosse.

Recent Activity

Comment 1 hour ago

Am I angling for a free PR trip to Australia?

Don't wait for a free trip DJ - book the tickets now and go.  You won't regret it.  I recommend January, right after the CFP.  Give yourself three weeks and plan at least to see Sydney, Melbourne, and maybe one other city.  My guess is you'll come back married.  Australia is the AMAZING!

Comment 1 hour ago

Thanks, 78.  I'm not big on renaming rates either.  We have had to make some significant change due technology - e.g. Radiomen and Data Processors from the '70s were combined into a single rating - Information Technology (IT).  The Navy also figured out they could save a ton of money by combining related ratings - e.g Draftsmen, PHs, and Journalists were combined to form the MC rating.  In some cases, the deckplates pushed back and succeeded in fending off the tide of change - we were asked for input on combining the QMs and AGs, and everyone felt that was a bridge too far.

You'll be happy to know that the Navy is bringing on Blue Cracker Jacks for female enlisted (a return to tradition) as well as piping on the cuffs of the white enlisted uniforms.  Sometimes we go back to our roots.

OBTW - love you avatar photo.  Always wanted to make a sub have to that.

Comment 13 hours ago

Linga - I agree with you, but I also refuse to lump everyone at ESPN in with Mark May.  That's just way too mean.  There are people at ESPN who do not troll the way May and Schlabach and others do.  Holtz was a voice of reason in the dark.  So was Herbstreit and a few others.  There are a lot of SEC homers employed by the Bristol Behemoth, that is without question.  And their SEC network does smack of a huge conflict of interest, but in all fairness to everyone on that network who doubted the Buckeyes would win it all, there are just as many Buckeye faithful who, by their own admission, were hopeful but not truly convinced this team could do it.  On Cupcake Saturday last November, the Gameday crew raked the SEC over the coals for their FCS games, playing a montage of SEC coaches talking up their pathetic competition.  The Buckeyes and the B1G were down relatively speaking, there is no denying that.  The BCS losses in 06 and 07, the lack of a B1G NC, and beating the B1G took in week two last year.  There was enough 'evidence' there to make a case and ESPN cashed in on that. 

Does ESPN hate tOSU: I don't think so.  Does ESPN love the SEC: probably not as much as they love the revenue the SEC generates for them.  The minute the SEC starts losing, and it's coming IMHO, ESPN may change their tune.  It will generate more clicks from the SEC fanbase, and it might shame their programs into spending gobs of money to fix themselves - I'm looking at you Tennessee and Florida.

Comment 13 hours ago

Disney knows that the best way to generate mouse clicks

I see what you did there.

Comment 13 hours ago

Well, except for those two Pitt Panther fans, but other than them you're probably correct.

Comment 14 hours ago

Really.  That's newsworthy stuff.  Can you post a Forum topic with a link to your source?

Comment 14 hours ago

That gif is pure awesomeness on myriad levels.  I don't even know where to start. 

Comment 14 hours ago

Thanks, Hove.  I don't use that phrase often, lest it become trite.  Usually it's as I pass through U.S. Customs from an overseas trip, or the times I have stepped on terra firma after one of my overseas deployments.  Those times it's usually accompanied by a quick kiss of the ground.  I will never take it for granted.

Comment 14 hours ago

Just by a quick show of hands, does anyone here believe this is the first time he has hit a woman, and that he was just that unlucky to get it caught on tape?  I've read that the average person who gets caught and charged with a DWI has driven drunk at least 83 times previously by their own admission.  Someone, somewhere allowed him to act this way or showed him that it was OK to hit someone smaller and weaker than him. This is learned behavior and it won't be 'unlearned' until everyone around him changes they way they behave toward him. 

Comment 14 hours ago

Wargor - if you're thinking 'self-defense', I'm pretty sure that's a complete non-starter.  He could have just walked away when she raised her right hand.  He makes the first physical contact, which technically is an assault consummated by a 'battery'.  If she felt threatened, or restrained against her will (he clearly is holding her right wrist), then she might be able to claim self-defense.  His right cross to her eye - no way.

I'm not a lawyer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Comment 14 hours ago

Thanks, Linga.  I love my job. 

No, I have never participated in something like that.  I was on board THEODORE ROOSEVELT back in 2001-2002, during the initial phases of Afghanistan.  We were sent the Ground Zero flag (the one in the photo with the firefighters and police officer) - it was our 'battle flag' when launched our first strikes.  Anyhow, two of the guys in that famous photo came out to the ship, and we formed a huge procession that passed the flag all over the ship, and ultimately returned to them.  There were photos and video on Today (NBC).  We smoked cigars with those guys the night we pulled back into Norfolk.  Very down to earth, despite the rockstar treatment the crew was giving them.

Comment 15 hours ago

Glad you like them, Sharks.  Any that read "US Navy Photo" were taken by our Sailors in the Mass Communication Specialist (MC) rating (used to be call Photographers Mates - PHs, or affectionately 'shutter bugs').

Comment 15 hours ago

He also figuratively stuck a sparkler in his peehole.

Thanks. Calpoppy.  I will now be stuck with that image for my entire drive home.

Comment 15 hours ago

Good point.  And, where does fine art fall in the category of objectification?  Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus' is more revealing than any SI Swimsuit edition, but because it was painted, it belongs in a museum.  I'm not trying to equate a bikini photo with a Botticelli (I was raised by artists, so I do know the difference for anyone that intends to blast that comment).  My question is, how do we define the line between appreciation and objectification?  It's a subjective issue, open to many opinions and interpretations.

Comment 15 hours ago

You know the difference between a fairy tale and a sea story?  A fairy tell begins "Once upon a time"; a Sea Story begins "This is a no-shitter." 

I've got a lot of sea stories.  Some of them are even mostly true, and they all get better with each telling.  The funny thing is, over time, the best ones end up being about the people I served with, and I think I tend to remember the funny and happy times more clearly and better than the shitty ones.  And then there are all the cool things I got see and experience, which end up being very personal.

That being said, I once had the opportunity on an undisclosed night, over an undisclosed sea, to fly an airplane from an undisclosed location on a mission to track a Russian submarine.  As luck would have it, there were two submarines in our search area and we maintained track on both of them.  After an hour or so of this, my acoustic operator called over the intercom frantically that he lost everything and all he had on his displays was noise, essentially a visual display of static.  I looked out the side windshield into the black sky over black ocean, with no moonlight and many stars.  Suddenly the cockpit filled with light as I watched a Russian, sub-launched, ballistic missile (SSN-18) take off into the sky.  At this point, I should probably disclose that we knew they planned to launch a missile that night, which is why we were our there in the first place.  They were conducting a test, and under treaty had notified the U.S. of their intentions.  It just makes for a better story if I wait to tell you that.

Anyhow, as I watched that rocket climb into the darkness on it's way to splash harmlessly into another ocean, I couldn't help but take pride in the fact that our squadron had been on top of that sub for hours and could have stopped it if necessary.  Yes, the Russians are no longer our enemy, but anyone who has that kind of capability makes me nervous. Seeing an SLBM first hand generates a healthy respect for strategic weapons. 

Other than a "Holy shit" or two on the intercom, the crew was mostly silent as we watched that missile take flight.  I will never forget that flight.

Comment 16 hours ago

Sight alignment and trigger control. Aim for center of mass.

I spent 6 weeks as a marksmanship instructor one summer.  The best students were the ones who had never fired a weapon before: no bad habits.

Comment 16 hours ago

We shared 'Genghis Khan' meal with our ROKN counterparts one night in Cheju Do.  They were drinking Soju like water, so we followed suit.  Big mistake.  Who knew that sweet potatoes could produce such a deadly hangover?  I was sucking O2 for all I was worth during our preflight the next morning.