Happy SUNday! – USAF Senior Airman

During the Korean War, these are the stripes my father-in-law wore on his uniform while he was stationed in Japan near Tokyo.

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USAF veteran Frank Tifft celebrated his 87th birthday on January 2. Congrats!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Hurricane Hugo – 1989

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Our house at 28A Nimitz Drive at the height of the storm. The image was taken by our neighbor from the safety of their house across the street.

Hurricane Hugo thirty years ago today. The eye of powerful Hurricane Hugo swept over the central U.S. Virgin Islands and the eastern coast of Puerto Rico on the morning of September 18, 1989. Here’s our house at the height of the hurricane as the winds whipped to a nearly sustained 100 mph with gusts to 120 mph. The house sat on the highest hill in base housing on the Naval Station Roosevelt Roads (Ceiba, Puerto Rico) overlooking the Carribean Sea. At this point of the storm, our carport roof had blown away (as did the backyard porch roof) and the living room window on the side had blown in. Our tan GMC Jimmy and blue VW bug somehow managed to make it through the storm with only minor paint damage from the sandblasting of the winds. The upstairs front window blew in a little bit after this picture was taken when the winds shifted around as the eye passed.

Of course, many areas of the base were heavily damaged or completely destroyed but the islands of St. Croix, Vieques and Culebra were essentially leveled. Hugo went on to deliver a powerful hit to South Carolina a few days later.

Our daughter had just turned six months old in September so we had evacuated to Florida less than 36 hours prior to landfall (actually the last flight out on American Airlines from San Juan to Miami).

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Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Friday Fotos!

Pontiac NY

My Mom and Dad’s favorite tree and oh, by the way, their new car! A sleek looking 1949 Pontiac Chieftain coupe at a park in New York City in the early 1950s. I’m not sure which one was responsible for the photo gaff but its a great shot anyway.

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Mom posing in their new Pontiac. Taken by my Dad with Mom’s Kodak 620.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day and weekend! – Chris

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My Mom

A small remembrance of my Mom on the anniversary of her birth – September 10, 1916, in New York City.

Mom in Dress 1950s

My Mom Mary – the 1950s

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Mom and Dad aboard a steamship, NYC, 1961. The photo was taken by me with my Dad’s Polaroid Pathfinder camera.

Miss you both, always! – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – Charmander Attacks!

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Ultra rare 1999 Topps Pokémon TV Animation Edition Series 1 Foil 3rd Printing collectible card with debossed teardrops and flames.

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Due to a printing error, the “Topps” logo (bottom center) should be green vice black. All of these special foil cards should be green to match the rest of the 3rd printing in Series 1. Confused? To a collector (my kids) this is cool stuff so that means its cool stuff to me too! Of all the characters that my kids were followers of I personally enjoyed the Pokémon the most.

Have a beautiful day! – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – Mets vs. Braves July 2009

It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since Tim and I attended this baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta. Our Mets were soundly defeated (as usual) but the best times were spent with Tim.

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Tim and I. Always true to the Orange and Blue! Let’s Go Mets!

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Tim with Jackie who was the nicest Braves fan we ever met! Actually, Jackie was a security guard at the game and she could be seen on TV at every Braves home game as she worked the area behind home plate.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day! – Chris