Flickr Photostream

I’ve been on Flickr for nearly 15 months now, and in that time I’ve posted over 780 photos. It’s pretty much the result of uploading two photos per day on most days ever since the very start. I figure that by constantly adding new material to my Flickr the more likely my family and friends will visit it on a more regular basis than otherwise. The strategy is working. Thank You for checking it out. Nowadays when my family and friends ask me “how was your vacation” I respond by inviting them to check out my Flickr in the weeks to come. The pictures will tell the story.

This photo-taking hobby of mine is very new to me. I never owned a camera until April 2010, and even then it was part of my Android smart phone. It took great photos for over two years, and I still use it today to take the occasional picture and TwitPic it. For my recent 45TH birthday my family got me a real camera – a Nikon Coolpix. I love it. It will go on a lot of future vacations with me. You can check out my vacation memories:


The 800TH Hit

‘Saturday Night Retro’ used to be a regular series on this blog. Now it’s the name of the blog. It was inspired by a popular series on my former hit music-based web site (‘MASSIVESMASH.COM’) known as ‘The Major’s MASSIVE Memories’.

Yesterday I added the 800TH hit to my iTunes collection. This past week I quietly celebrated my 5TH anniversary with iTunes. (The date actually came and went without me even realizing it until just now.) So that’s 800 hits in 5 years – or an average of 160 hits per year – less than one every two days. I’m very meticulous as to which hits get added to my iTunes collection. Each one is added for a reason. Mainly that reason is that it’s one of the greatest hits ever made according to me. My iTunes collection is essentially ‘The Music Of My Life’. It spans six decades from the 1960s to the 2010s. 617 of the 800 hits (over 77%) are from the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. My admiration of classic hit music – particularly classic rock – from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s is fairly new, and it’s slowly building within my collection.

521 of the 800 hits were purchased directly from the iTunes Store at $0.99 or $1.29 a pop. The remainder were imported from my CDs of the 1990s and 2000s. If only there was a way to somehow import all of the great music that I still have on cassette singles of the 1980s !

Listening to all 800 hits one right after another would take approximately 3,200 minutes (based on an average length of four minutes per hit). That’s over 53 hours of non-stop hits with no repeats. Of course that’s impractical. I’ve actually got a special smart playlist known as my ‘HOT 275’. It’s the best of the best – the cream of the crop – the best 275 hits of them all – and it’s on one of my four iPod Shuffles – the one that goes to work with me. It’s my workplace jukebox. It’s my own personal hit music station that I control. Hit after hit. No radio station can match my ‘HOT 275’.

Chernobyl Diaries

I saw “Chernobyl Diaries” at the movie theatre this afternoon. Anyone who knows me knows that there are two types of movies that I love – hilarious gutbusting laugh-out-loud screwball comedies – and horrifying bonechilling suspenseful thrillers. Yesterday I saw the long-awaited sequel to the instant cult classic “Piranha 3D” – “Piranha 3DD”. That flick qualifies for both types of movies that I love. It was hilarious and horrifying. It’s also a box office disaster. It played in a mere 86 theatres over the weekend (compared with 3,000+ for the typical movie), and it made less than $0.2 million. In 2010 the original movie made nearly 60 times that amount in wide release.

But back to “Chernobyl Diaries”. This movie made me shake and shiver all over. It frightened me to bits. It’s perhaps the scariest movie I have ever seen in my entire life. (Then again I have medium-term memory loss.) I also get scared quite easily. Any movie that keeps my eyes popped and glued to the big screen is a great movie. This one did so with an extremely limited budget – barely $1.0 million. Apparently I’m not alone. The movie is a modest success. It’s made nearly $15 million so far. It’s my kind of movie !  [A+]

I’m on track to shatter my all-time personal record for seeing movies in a movie theatre in a single year. 2003 is the benchmark thus far having seen 30 movies that year – 14 of them by the first weekend of June. “Chernobyl Diaries” was my 15TH movie of this year, and “Piranha 3DD” doesn’t even count because I didn’t see it in a movie theatre. I saw it at home on AT&T U-Verse On Demand. Keep in touch with my blog. I’ll review future movies that I see.


Exactly 52 weeks after my last post on the first Saturday night of June of 2011 I’ve decided to resurrect this blog of mine. I created it back in October 2007, and I posted rather often over the next 3 years or so – in fact over 1,300 times – sometimes twice or more in a single day. I’m not sure if the time is right to go back to active blogging, but I’m willing to give it a chance again. Hopefully I won’t burn myself out with it, and hopefully this isn’t a one shot deal. I’m not going to force myself to blog, but rather blog when I feel the need to share something interesting that takes more than 140 characters to do so.

In between blog posts you can check me out on both Twitter and Flickr. Active feeds will run along the right-hand side of this page. I tweet and post new photos almost daily, so the feeds should look different on your occasional visits to this page.

Don’t look for me on Facebook. I’ve never created an account on there. It’s just not my thing. I’ve got an account on Google+, but I lost interest in that pretty much as fast as I gained interest in it initially. I’d rather go back to basics. I’d rather blog … and tweet.

The Summer Of 2011

Saturday June 04TH 2011
Volume 3 / Number 17 / Edition 114

Well here it is the 1ST Saturday night of June of 2011, and it’s Summer in the city. The regular TV season is over. The NBA and the NHL are playing their respective championship series. A new Atlantic basin tropical season has begun. School’s nearly out for Summer !

Where has the time gone ?  Whatever happened to the now lost art form of creative expression that was blogging ?  This is only my 6TH blog post of 2011. Once upon a time in a year not so long ago I was blogging at least 6 times per week. That was in a different era. All things must change. Life must continue to evolve. Unlike virtually all of my closest friends I have not totally abandoned the fine art of blogging. I’ll continue to make occasional appearances here on WordPress to let you know what’s happenin’.

Here’s what’s goin’ on. Today is the last day of me being 43. I celebrate my 44TH birthday tomorrow – June 05TH. I plan to kickoff the celebration bright and early tomorrow morning at Denny’s where I’ll enjoy my free birthday Grand Slam. Naturally I’ll go with the All-American Slam® – a favourite of mine at ‘America’s Diner’.

This Monday I observe the 26TH anniversary of my High School Graduation, and next Sunday marks my 26TH anniversary working for the USAF (military and civilian combined). It actually does seem like 26 years ago !

June 06TH 1985, McLean Virginia

I’m not blogging on a regular basis anymore, but I’m still active online. Just don’t look for me anywhere on that vast wasteland known as Facebook. I’ve never signed-up for it. I don’t follow what the rest of the world is doing. If you want to ‘friend’ me then please do so in person rather than on the fake world of Facebook.

I’m on Twitter, as I tweet daily @majorhitwaves. I’m also quietly building my photographic collection on Flickr. So far I’ve got 278 pictures up. They are mostly vacation pictures of the past 5 years (many taken by family and friends). I try to add at least a few pictures to the site every few days, so my photostream should look new to you if you check it out every so often. One of my biggest regrets in life is the fact that I never took any pictures of my life up until a little over a year ago. I actually got my first camera last year when I bought my first Android smartphone. It’s a 5 megapixel camera that takes really good pictures. See for yourself on my Flickr !

My Fantastic Journey following my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ continues stronger than ever. He rescued me from the darkness of the world 57 months ago, and the Life that I live today is radically different than the life that I led for the first 39 years on this Earth. I don’t force my faith on anyone; however, if you wish to know more about the God that I know and my relationship with Him then please don’t hesitate to walk with me on this journey and I’ll share The Good News with you. You won’t regret it pal !

Everything else in my Life is pretty much status quo for the most part. I’ve been working at the same place – Homestead ARB – for the past 23½ years. I’ve lived in the same home for the past 16 years (next week is the anniversary for that). I’ve driven the same car for the past 8 years (the end of this month is its anniversary). Home Sweet Homestead. Life is good. God is GREAT !

The Major’s Walk-A-Thon

Time: 6:45 AM – 7:34 AM
Sky: Clear
Temperature: 60°F
Dewpoint: 55°F
Relative Humidity: 85%
Winds: Calm
Barometric Pressure: 30.18 Rising

On this cool and crisp 60°F Saturday morning in the middle of March of 2011 I embarked in the dark and I emerged in the light. I went on my first organized morning walk around my neighbourhood since the second day of January (11 weeks ago). It ultimately became my longest walk ever recorded over the past 39 months of these seasonal walks – 49.1 minutes / 2.6 miles.

It was a very peaceful and quiet walk at the dawn of a new day. Along the way of this twilight journey there was the dude that was walking his two cute little dogs, the stray dark brown feline that was minding his own bid-niz, the duck family (momma, poppa, sista, brotha), the stray large canine wandering around alone, and the mysterious drunk or drugged driver in the old beat-up white car that nearly ran me over – twice. Other than that it was just God and I have a relevant conversation with each other as I prayed to Him about everything that was on my mind at the time. He listened to me. I listened to Him. I trust. I believe.

Home Sweet Home

Saturday March 05TH 2011
Volume 3 / Number 16 / Edition 113

20 years ago this upcoming week I went on a roughly 10,000-mile trek as I returned home stateside from Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

The trek began bright and early at 0326 local time on Saturday March 09TH 1991 at Al Kharj AB Saudi Arabia. After a 7-hour and 7-minute flight westbound we touched down at Torrejon AB Spain (near Madrid). The layover was unexpectedly long – nearly 5½-hours. After that it was a 9-hour flight across the Atlantic Ocean and into Dover AFB Delaware. After a long 21½-hour day of travel I was finally back in the U.S.A. for the first time in over 2 months. After a restful night at a nice hotel in Philadelphia we flew back to Miami and then returned to Homestead AFB on the morning of Sunday March 10TH 1991. We pretty much snuck onto the base with absolutely no fanfare whatsoever. Future Gulf War returnees would be treated to celebrations and parades, but my group received nothing – aside from the rest of the month off in rest and recuperation to do whatever we felt like doing !

I felt like returning to my home-of-record up in the Washington D.C. area to spend a couple of weeks with my Dad, Mom, Brother, and two cats – and so I did. 3 days after returning to Homestead AFB from Saudi Arabia I drove 1,096 miles over 17 hours (spanning 2 days) up I-95 and back to my real home at the time. It was perhaps the greatest homecoming to my parent’s home that I’ve ever experienced in my entire lifetime – a Gulf War Veteran returning home.

People sometimes ask me what I did in the war. I actually had 2 separate jobs while serving in the desert. For 23 days I built fuel tanks. I wasn’t good at it. The 11 that I worked with thought that I was pretty much awful at it. I agreed. We parted ways. I eventually found my mad skills building BOMBS !  That’s what I did for 24 days. I loved it. I was also pretty good at it. I quickly realized that bombs were so much easier to make than fuel tanks. Who knew ?

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