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The Fickle Finger of Fate – Part I

How the hell did I get HERE? We’ve all probably asked ourselves that question as we lived through the myriad twists and turns of our unpredictable lives. It was 1987. I was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and had decided I’d had enough of sleeping in the mud, and the misery, loneliness,…

The Fickle Finger of Fate – Part II

It was early May, 1987 and the 747 I’d hitched a ride home on from Okinawa, Japan skidded to a stop on the scorching tarmac at Washington National Airport. No longer attached to a Marine unit, I’d had to beg, plead, and threaten my way home. But I’d finally made it back. A month prior,…