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    That is awesome! Driven like his dad!
    Eric Y.
    1990 NT663 - tinker bike.
    2001 VFR800 - road trip bike.
    1990 CB400 - beater bike.
    Troy, MI


      15 more days, and he jumps on an airplane to head out for R day. I'll be back there in August for A day, and then the reality is I won't see him again until next March or thereabouts.

      My mother in law and wife threw an incredible party yesterday. It was a salute to service themed grad party and I failed to take a picture of the other board on display, where everyone in attendance was invited to bring a photo of a relative or loved one that had or is serving our country in the military. It truly was amazing.

      But this kid, this kid right here, brings tears to my eyes as he wraps up his young school career and embarks into the big world. Finished 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in a class of 370 depending on which ranking you use, and 7 of the top 20 students are all part of the *Squad*, the boys that connected in middle school or earlier and made the brave decision to try out this new idea for a school (The GT Institute at Proctor R Hug high school). These are the boys I've been lucky enough to take camping, tubing down the river, drop off and pickup 100's of times for music, JROTC, scouting, etc. These are our future and our future is pretty damn solid providing there are 100's or 1000's more like them rising to the top, being driven by their parents, held accountable for their actions and holding those around them accountable as well.

      Today is day 2 off of 4 for me and I'm spending it with this guy, fixing the car that got wrecked a week ago (nothing major, no injuries). Next week we go and blast through several 100 rounds at an indoor range with our own weapons as well as a couple rented "machine guns". And then shortly after that he will be off. Little thing I shared with some but not all - Spencer was invited to be on the WP rifle team this fall, precision shooter, and the coach is giving him the equipment he needs. Says he's making my son his "pet project" for the next four years.

      He's scared, nervous, sad, and concerned that his choice to serve for the next decade is the right one. I'm 100% certain he will make us all proud.

      Thanks for listening to my boasting, ranting, venting and all else about my boys over the years. I'm incredibly fortunate to have two amazing sons and while I'll miss my oldest, if I have to have just one at home, the youngest suits me just fine. He's the funny one, the more deviant one, and the one that keeps my heart full of joy at every turn (besides, piano is much more enjoyable to listen to than drum practice). Don't worry, I'll bore you with stories about him along the way too.


      Happy Friday Hawkers.



      PS - of the top 20 students in this class, 16 play music. Think about it.
      Last edited by wildwhl; 06-14-2019, 10:12 AM.


        That's unbelievably cool.

        Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.


          Thank your son for us. You have every right to be proud. And if he ever needs anything while he's on the east coast, I'm only a few hours away.
          Flock of Hawks | '13 Tacoma | '69 Falcon (currently getting reassembled!)
          I've spent most of my money on women, beer, cars and motorcycles. The rest of it I just wasted.


            Ditto... And there are some nice riding in that area too. Chuck and I even rode though the campus together.


              Beast of the East .Nice WW.


                I have enough to pull the pin on operation post card.

                Super cool for both of you. Any ideas on targets?

                Last edited by nozzle; 06-19-2019, 06:51 PM.


                  looks like good competition.
                  The official Rifle page for the Naval Academy


                    When my uncle was in the service....he was at the pistol range during a visit from some brass.He shot a possible with a 1911. When the officer stopped and asked him to repeat it....
                    couldn't even put one on the paper.He got KP duty......


                      A brief update. We've been here in NY since Wednesday to attend the Acceptance Day parade and visit with Cadet Gillis.

                      It has been an amazing trip, NY is an incredible state, the people are kind even in the city and I really like it here. This is of course my first visit. The WP Range facility is very nice, though I do not have any photos to share at this time.

                      Keeping it brief - he's doing well. A bit homesick, knows that this has sucked and will suck at times but remains committed, determined, and focused. Saying goodbye this time was harder for some reason...not sure why (but my mind is crunching on that so I'll figure it out). Weather is a bit stormy so flights back are delayed and cancelled...which in a way is nice because there's a shit-storm waiting in Nevada for when I return.


                      A little before and after of the 3 cadets from Northern Nevada


                      Rifle Team photoshoot last week


                      One of my favorite locations in the city - though we didn't stay long. This will be my primary focus/visit next trip out.

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                        Bi-Coastal U.S.A.: Los Angeles, CA and Long Island, NY


                          That's awesome dude.

                          Harder this time cause you already miss him.
                          Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.


                            Great - and it is harder to say goodbye, because you see the result of a transition you weren't part of - and what is coming next? They are leaving... and setting up their own lives - as it should be. Doesn't make it easier...
                            Last edited by JanM; 08-19-2019, 02:49 PM. Reason: stupid autocorrect...


                              This is my rifle, this is my gun. one is for shooting and one is for fun.


                                Originally Posted by nozzle View Post
                                This is my rifle, this is my gun. one is for shooting and one is for fun.
                                It just seems lacking without the visual ...

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                                Original text (used in the movie Full Metal Jacket)Edit

                                (Note: the source novel for the film, Gustav Hasford's The Short-Timers, does include much of the text listed here as omitted from the film.)

                                Rifleman's Creed[1]
                                This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will ...
                                (This part is not spoken in the film: My rifle and I know that what counts in war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit ... My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel.)
                                (This part is on the extended edition of the movie:[citation needed]I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will ...)
                                (regular edition of film continues here) Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace. Amen
                                Last edited by SPA; 08-19-2019, 03:15 PM.
                                "Hawk Porn" 1990 NT650-Penske 8981, Race-tech Springs & Gold Valves, Steve Lenac six-piston caliper & EBC rotor,SS Brake lines Ft / Rear lines through SSA ,VFR brake lever, F2 front wheel, F-120/70 R-160/60 Dunlop Roadsmart, Full-Supertrapp Exhaust, Stage 1 Jet kit, K&N Filter, Corbin Seat, Pro-Tec Clip-On's/ Past Rides...1986 VFR700F2 Interceptor / 1979 Yamaha Rd400 Daytona Special