Happy SUNday! – last day in the Navy

Remembering back to that March day in 1997 when I retired from twenty-two years of service in the United States Navy. Aerographer’s Mate Senior Chief Petty Officer (meteorology).

Carol and Chris – 1997

This was the last time I wore the uniform. Carol traveled around the world with me for the entire 22 years that I was in and we were able to be together when I was stationed in Japan and Puerto Rico. Of course, there was plenty of stateside duty too. Three ships – USS Midway (CV-41) Japan, USS Forrestal (CV-59) Florida, USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) Florida.

Retirement ceremony onboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67).

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

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A small tribute to my dad’s parents and to all of the Whelans that make up my family.

Ida And Thomas Whelan – ca. 1933

Of course, my dad’s parents are my grandparents and the only one I got to meet was my grandmother Ida Whelan, Nana to all of us grandkids, cousins, and “kin”.

The entire Whelan family – Brooklyn, New York, ca.1933

My dad Paul is the tallest guy in the back row. Back row left to right – Margaret, Janet, Paul, John, Thomas. Front row left – William, Thomas, Ida, Raymond, Mary.

I owe my incredibly curly (frizzy) hair to Nana who directly gave it to my dad who then sent it on to me.

I wish I could remember my cousins names in this picture from around 1944 or maybe the summer of 1943.

Back left a cousin, Aunt Janey (Sister Raymond Maria), Aunt Margaret, Nana, Uncle Jack. Front row left my mom Mary, a cousin, cousin Ruth. Taken in the backyard of my grandmother’s home in Brooklyn (Bay Ridge).

I guess I’m feeling a bit old today and a bit blue. It’s nice to look back at your roots now and then. – Chris

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wordless wednesday

peace dove

Thanks for stopping by – be safe, be happy, be peaceful – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – Mother’s Day Memories

mom and me 1976 jensen

Chris and Mary

My mom and me at Jensen Beach, Florida in December 1976. Photo by Carol with my Yashica TL Electro X on Kodak Ektachrome color slide film. Always thinking of you especially on this day.

Have a beautiful and safe day everyone. Thanks for stopping by. – Chris

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The advantages of being a self-diagnosed hypochondriac during a pandemic…

None that I can think of at the moment. Here’s a funny post that describes me to a tee… well, almost.

snip hypo

Stay at home and self-quarantine – that’s a normal day for me. Wash your hands frequently – how many times beyond fifty a day is considered excessive?

lucy peanuts

Isolation can be a desperate time for many – call friends frequently and check on the family.

All kidding aside, please take care of yourselves and remember to check frequently on family and friends – during stressful times like this, a person’s mental wellness is important too.

Have a wonderful day and stay safe! – Chris

random post – expo 67 Montréal

expo 67 girl hd

One of my first cameras – Kodak Instamatic 

Poster: Rendez-vous à Montréal—Bring your camera! / Affiche : Rendez-vous à Montréal – Apportez votre appareil!

So 1960s!

expo girls

Hostess uniforms of Expo 67 / Uniformes des hôtesses d’Expo 67

I still have the camera and somewhere I have my Expo 67 Passport. I was 13 years old when me and my mom went. We stayed in an apartment in Montreal for two weeks – lots of fond memories.

kodak instamatic 100

Technically my first camera. I got it for Christmas 1963 and I’ve taken hundreds of images with this thing over the early years. It still works!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Celebrating my dad on the anniversary of his birth – March 7, 1914

Mom and Dad Queen Mary

Mom and Dad in the early 1960s – photo by me.

I’m always thinking of my dad, especially on his birthday. I miss them both.

Paul Joseph Whelan and Mary Agnes Whelan

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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