Equality At It’s Finest!


I’m curious.

Bruce Jenner is hailed as a hero because he had a sex change (a man living as a woman), but Rachel Dolezal is ridiculed and called out because she’s Caucasian and lives her life as an African-American.

What’s the difference?  Sure, of course I know the difference, but do or should their motives really matter?  If we truly want people to live how they want to live then we should be okay with people identifying as whoever or whatever they want to, right?  I mean, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Just something to ponder.

SURFPAC Pins 11 New Chief Petty Officers


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Chief selectees march and sing "Anchors Aweigh," during the FY14 CPO pinning ceremony on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado Sept. 13

“This will be one of the most memorable days of your career,” said Senior Chief Quartermaster Paul Bischoff to 11 chief selectees during a pinning ceremony today at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.

For the last 120 years, in the Navy and only the Navy, the rank of E-7 carries unique roles and responsibilities unlike other branches of service where it’s simply a promotion and pay raise.

Rich in traditions and rituals, which guide much of Navy life, the chief petty officer pinning ceremony is preserved to make sure Sailors stay consistent with the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment.

Following six weeks of intensive CPO 365 Phase II training, the new chiefs carried out the time-honored tradition of singing “Anchors Aweigh” before receiving their anchors and combination covers.

Guest speaker, Force Master Chief Brannon Knox, told the new chiefs’ families that their Sailor would never be…

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Give!


This past Friday my family and I went to eat at a local pizza buffet.  There was a total of six of us.  My dad paid for my mom, my nephew and himself while I paid for Annie, my daughter and myself.  Dad paid first and he used a discount card which gave him a dollar off his purchase.  He handed me the card but I decided to use my military discount instead to see if I could get a better deal.  My total purchase ended up being a dollar “more” than my dad’s order.  lol  We both kind of scratched our heads and questioned what had just happened.  If anything, our bill should have been the same, but in reality, my bill should have been lower since my military discount was better than his $1 off.

As the cashier looked at our receipts he determined that he had accidentally charged me for an extra childs buffet and was more than willing to refund me the money.

Now, I’m not tooting my own horn or anything here, but I am telling this story so that maybe someone else will do the same thing in the near future.

Instead of taking the refund, I asked the manager, who was standing there, if they would just keep the money and donate the meal to the next child that came through the line.  He assured me that he would.

A few moments later a nice gentalman came up to me and shook my hand and told me thank you.   It made my night!

The next time you over pay a little more for something think about donating the overage to the next person.  Or better yet, the next time you go through the drive-thru window, pay for the car behind you.  Can you imagine how it would feel to pull up to the drive-thru and find out that the person ahead of you just bought your meal.  That some stranger took time out of their day to pass along some generosity to another stranger.

As we get closer to Christmas I ask that all of you think about paying thing forward.  Slow down and realize that there are people out there that could use a little helping hand.  Not only will it make them happy, but it does something good for your soul too.  God gave his son for our sins and that’s what He asks us to do for others.  So this season, give!

MobileMe Calendar Beta


For a while now I have been using MobileMe to sync my contacts and calendar events across all of my electronic devices.  I currently have two desktops, two laptops and two iOS devices that are being sync’ed using MobileMe.

For the most part I really enjoy adding a calendar event from my iPhone and having it show up on my desktop within a few minutes.  It’s really handy.  The one thing that I don’t like is that, for some reason, I sometimes get either a duplicate calendar event or I get a duplicate calendar on Microsoft Outlook.

All I ask from MobileMe is to sync my calendar and my contacts.  Please make it easier and don’t duplicate my events and contacts with every upgrade you make.  Before I upgraded my MobileMe calendar to the new beta I had one calendar.  Now, I have one calendar on MobileMe and I have two calendars in Outlook.  My Outlook calendar has a “calendar” and a “calendar from mobileme”.

I’m not happy with it and If Google would come out with a way to sync contacts over the air I would switch to Google and would save myself $99 a year.

**Update**

I just completed a “downgrade” of MobileMe Calendar Beta and all is back to normal.  If you do the same I recommend closing Microsoft Outlook while doing the downgrade and then restart your computer afterward.