Dude, Where’s My Bike?

It started out as a usual workday on Kwaj with the 6am bugle call. Yes, I said both bugle call and 6am.  It’s an endearing reminder of living on a military installation, endearing only because it’s not really that loud and my salt-encrusted window, incapable of opening, keeps it muffled.  Most would sleep right through […]

Where in the world?

Let’s get the geography lesson out of the way.   If you haven’t already exercised your Google muscles, read on.  I’m working on the US Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll on Kwajalein Island, part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) in the North Pacific.  Easy, peasy, right?  Now don’t click back to that Youtube video […]

Living at Macy’s

Over my years of contract work, I’ve developed a system which gives structure to that initial period of chaos and uncertainty in a new town.  Typically I’d arrive 1-2 days before the job starts and I’d find home, then work and food sources.  In the pre-internet-noone-has-a-smartphone-days, the next tier of adjustment would be to hit […]