Thursday, June 19, 2014

Throwback Thursday


     I presume I was about 10 here, maybe 9. I think the shirt was supposed to last me another five years judging from its size.

An Italian mini-sub used in World War II. The two crewmen rode it like a horse and these figures are in scale to the sub. They were supposed to sneak in at night, attach mines to a ship's hull, set a timer, and scram. It was more likely to kill the crew than its prey, but they managed to sink a few British ships before the war ended. The word Maiale is Italian for pig.

The model is from Italeri in 1/35 scale.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

S.S. United States

A Revell model kit from the 1950s. My older sister gave me one of these kits for Christmas when I was about 11 and I knew right away it was too challenging for me. Last year I bought another of these kits and decided to build it. It turned out to be no less challenging for a mature man than it was for a boy. The biggest problem was locating the parts in the right places and making the lines on the deck for the tennis courts show up. And the decals, of course, were brittle and brown with age. They're aren't on in this photo. It came out okay when all is said and done, but not as good as I'd hoped.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day


                                                                           The ideal.



The Real.


    I'll take the real one, much as I admire Ward Cleaver.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Graduate



     I'm extremely proud of my older daughter, Stephanie Ann Smith, who was awarded her Associates Degree today in Arts and Sciences. Believe me, she has worked long and hard under tough circumstances to achieve this goal and I know the sacrifices she made to reach it. Way to go, Steph!

     Top: On stage about to get the sheepskin.
     Bottom: After the processional. Steph is fourth from the right.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Throwback Thursday



     I'm probably 11 here. The mug shot is for my ID card as a US Navy dependent.

Friday, June 06, 2014

D-Day + 70

The greatest military operation ever attempted happened on this day in 1944. The Cap'n salutes all the brave men and women of the allied forces who made it a memorable victory.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

198 and Throwback Thursday

That's been my weight for the past week, 198. I've been trying to reach the sub-200 level for a while and it's staring to look like I'll make it. There are no dieting secrets involved. I just eat less and minimize snacking. Ideally, I'd like to be 175, but 180 would be fine.


     And while we're at it, here's a Throwback Thursday pic of me at a Lancecon in the early 1980s. It looks like I have a protruding gut there, but I think it's just the shirt bagging out. Or maybe I stuffed a bunch of paperbacks under my shirt from Bruce Taylor's table.