It's My [last] Dime... Farewell.
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Shortly I will shut down my PC for the final time here in Manteca. I'll disconnect the various cords and peripherals so I can pack it away for shipment. It will be a number of weeks before I'll get back to it and reconnect the various items needed to bring it to life. I won't know for some time how often I'll be on line or how much time I can spend chatting and blogging.

The upcoming change is one of the biggest in my life. I was in the military, I moved all over the world, but the adventure I set out on this time is beyond anything I've done before. I'll be working in the military, yet I won't be in the military. My uniforms will change from blue and camoflage to business suits and formal dress. I'll have awesome responsibilities far exceeding what I've done in the past. I'll be responsible for many aspects of a job that in other circumstances would take several people. I'll be adjusting to a new culture as well as environment. It will take time to achieve a comfort level like I had in the Air Force and in civil law enforcement. I'm thrilled, excited and apprehensive all at the same time.

Changes bring regrets. I regret that I wasn't able to share the more than three months of preparation with you. There were frustrating times and humorous times. I regret not discussing these events with you. Trying to get all the international veterinarian clearances for our three cats was one experience that had hours of frustration, moments of humor, and some deep personal fears. Short notice trips to Washington in horrible weather were far from entertaining. Trying to keep my wife calm and informed as we delved through packets of infomation, rules and restrictions, sapped our energy. Trying to comprehend the differences between the active military and the active civil service in the military were mind boggling. I regret not talking about one of the hardest adjustments, the realization that this retired USAF Master Sergeant had accepted a civil service position with the equivilent rank of Lieutenant Colonel. I had accepted the responsibilities of dealing with another military service that comes with it - wow! I would have liked sharing my feelings and my fears, and regret that I didn't.

We have had our moments over the past few years. I tried to be entertaining, fun, and educational. I know I have been offensive, insulting, and obstinate. There are a few here that agreed with me on occassion, many who opposed my positions and often said so, and one individual that was hell bent on running me out of these forums. I leave here knowing that I have learned from all of you something, much of it good and positive, and a little not so much.

Canative62 - The master of the cut and paste. While we shared some of the conservative philosophy, we didn't always share the methodology. I hope you have found your conservative nirvana.

Anthony002 - Always the gentleman with never a harsh word. An expert in logical and fair expression. Circumstances caused you to leave the forums, but you were always here in spirit.

44Magnum - My friend and fellow conservative supporter. We shared much more off line than we have on line. You were my confidant in things we had shared - the military, travel, and the like. I suppose you'll never forgive me for getting you involved here.

Rozemist - The classiest, most humble, softest anchor on reality one could ever hope to have. I'll never be able to thank you for keeping me sane when I was confronted by the insane. Like a wise teacher or coach, you always saw when I was exceeding proper limits and helped me to find my way back.

KarenPearsall - One of the most rational and reasoned people I've known. We often disagreed on substance and occassionally on behavior. I'd be offensive, and you'd point it out. You set the example for us, and I was most often unable to emulate it. You and rozemist were the constants in my constantly changing blog discussions.

TheSovereign - The enigma I never could figure out. You certainly were a fighter for your beliefs, but I was never able to quite understand what they were. At times it seemed we understood one another even while disagreeing, then our relationship would deteriorate into hate filled, horribly worded confrontations that dragged us from being reasonable to being irrational. I'll always remember that for you, conservative is a four letter word.

LarryBaca - You really were much like Larry of the stooges. You tried to be funny with slapstick and ridiculous assertions, often bringing me to tears as I fought to get you to understand my point of view. You steadfastly refused to cooperate.

Capitalists_Nightmare - The forum's resident communist. We rarely agreed, but I did learn a lot from you. You taught me that Karl Marx was NOT a famous toy maker nor Groucho Marx' other brother.

Midwestgirl, just_my_two_cents, redeyedrider, Friendo, and those others whose names escape me. We often sparred just over one point and went months without interaction. I never took any of you for granted, and whether we agreed or disagreed, we shared with each other. That was what the forums were supposed to be about.

And finally, Hoffman. Whether Thad56, Central Valley Monitor, try_thinking, stop_plagairizing, biased, abides, or crimeriddendump, a Hoffman by any other name is still a Hoffman. You were the one who brought out my worst offensiveness and the best of my worst behavior. I'm doggedly determed to be a better person now, so all I can say is... "Good boy, Fido!"

* Photo "Fido Annoints CrimeRidden's Dump" courtesy MSN/Bing free public domain images. ;-o

- Ron
ICRD - no longer... ;-0

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” - Saint Augustine

“Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of ignorance” - Robert Quillen

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rozemist commented on Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 18:29 PM

Hello Bull
I wish you and your wife ALL THE BEST!
It sounds like such an exciting adventure to start ,I hear that Australia is a beautiful country.
I'm glad you were able to work out everything with your cats going,I love my dog if it came down to going or staying I'd have to stay if I couldn't take my dog he is family,he is my closest companion,and the way you spoke of your cats through the years I would venture you wouldn't of gone on without them.
You have a long trip ahead ,and so many things to get accustomed to .
Take Lots of pictures of the country and post them here someday.

redeyedrider commented on Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 23:24 PM

God's speed Ron. I thank you for your many years of service, and more to come. I am positive through our limited interactions that you are one of the good ones, and I'm sure that if we had a chance to know the full scope of your service and character (outside of these forums) that we would find a loyal & true American hero. Your fond reflections were very touching, thoughtful, and spot on. I will be losing a valuable ally (most of the time) here.

midwestgirl commented on Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 09:32 AM

Good luck to you Bull and the family. Hope it all works out for you.

Lucky you one of the places I would love to go someday.

JackM commented on Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Australia - wow that is a fantastic place, you are most likely going to be in one of the major cities, but try and get up to Queensland, its forested and very pretty while the remainder of the country is pretty much desert terrain. Great Barrier Reef is a good day trip for snorkleing and glass bottom boats although it can be pretty rough going out the the reefs.

Oh yeah, dont forget the Barbie Q's

Good Luck

crimeriddendump commented on Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM

How many times is this now? I count at least five where this poster has promised to pack his bags and never return. Just seems like a sanctimonious attempt to get attention. Sad that this poster has to prove everyone right in closing his blog with an immature attempted personal attack and picture that is extremely poor taste.

Oh well, guess we are in for less Bull153 and more "44Magnum." We'll see how that works.

P.S. The image is a COPYRIGHT PROTECTED IMAGE!! Just because you find it on Bing does not make it FREE!!! The image is the property of as well as the artist Richard Jackson. The court case that illustrates the illegality of using such an image is Gaylord v/s United States from 2008.

44Magnum commented on Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM


Safe travels to you and yours. I hope the 'kitty quarantine' is short with any separation brief. I envy you. This is an assignment I would enjoy. [ After all I AM still a Lieutenant Colonel].

Life throws strange curves. I'm still flying and I have seniority. One day you may be meeting an incoming aircraft commander and realize it is me.

Best of luck, my friend. Yes - I forgive you.


crimeriddendump commented on Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

And so it begins ...

KarenPearsall commented on Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Hello Bull153, Best wishes to you and your family on the new Australian adventure. I hope this new job provides you with challenging opportunities for personal and professional growth. It IS very exciting that, at this later stage of your life, you have the chance to enrich yourself by literally "expanding your horizons". As a firm supporter of "life-long educational growth", I recognize what a great opportunity is before you. Take full advantage of it and have a great time. Sincerely, Karen

TheSovereign commented on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 01:58 AM

Uh... Bull, is that how you do things? You declare a goal and when the going gets tough, you leave before facing the music?

Where are you at with losing the 50 pounds you were claiming you were going to lose this year? I guess there is something I can do that you can't so you are going to move so as not to have to hear it from me.

Fare thee well on your travels and your upcoming adventures.

You know the address, drop a postcard every now and again to let us know how you are doing.

..... An enigma, huh! I like that, sounds like an American mindset to me, you know what i mean, you just can't really quite pin it down. A little of this, and a little of that, but not too much of any one thing in particular....

Friendo commented on Saturday, Jun 08, 2013 at 23:42 PM

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