Category Archives: Misc.

FOP Police Ball

On August 20, 2011, we attended our first police ball. I actually coordinated the ball.foppoliceball2011 About 100 people attended the ball. The mayor of Pensacola, the chief of police and two city council members also attended the event. The FOP presented awards to four officers. The event was really nice. I look forward to planning the next one. To the right is a photograph of Susan and I at the ball.

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Halloweens

Our family enjoys Halloween each year. Aaron looks forward to trick or treating with his friends in halloweenour large neighborhood. Since Brian is too old to trick or treat, he usually helps pass out candy at our home. Susan and I enjoy dressing up for parties. Since I never dressed up for Halloween as a child, I have some catching up to do. Susan and I have dressed up as T-pain and his bodyguard and Forest Gump and Jenny. To the right is Mike and Susan for Halloween 2010.

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Blue Angel Airshow 2010

On July 10, 2010, we went to another Blue Angel Airshow. This year I enjoyed the airshow blueangels2010more than last year. In 2009, I was not able to get into the water because of the surgery on my foot. This year I could enjoy the airshow from in the water. Once again, we traveled to Santa Rosa Island by boat. We met several of our friends behind Flounder’s Restaurant. Here is a photograph of the Blue Angels passing over the beach.

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Beach Camping

On August 22, 2009, we camped out for the first time as a family. We went to Johnson’s Beach by camping2009boat. We camped in the sound side of the beach. After setting up our campsite, I took Brian wake boarding and Aaron knee boarding. While the boys were playing on the boat, a park ranger visited Susan at the campsite. She told Susan we were not suppose to camp there, but said it would be okay for the night. At night we got a little hot, but we both had fans in our tent to help us stay cool. We really enjoyed camping as a family and look forward to doing it again as a family. Here is a photograph of our campsite right after we set it up.

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Blue Angel Airshow 2007

On July 21st, 2007, we attended our third Blue Angel Air Show at Pensacola Beach. This airshow blueangels2007was special because it was the first time they performed at home after the death of Pilot Kevin Davis during an airshow.  At the end of the airshow, they performed a missing man formation as jet six took off skyward. Our friends, Ron and Brandy, joined us for the airshow. It was their first time seeing the Blue Angels perform. Here is  photograph of Brian and Aaron waiting for the airshow.

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Blue Angel Airshow 2006

On July 15, 2006, the Navy Blue Angels performed their homecoming air show at Pensacola blueangels2006Beach. As every year, the beach was packed. The show started about 10 am, but we arrived about seven in the morning. They do the air show once a year since the Blue Angels are based at Pensacola Naval Air Station. This was our first year to see the airshow over the beach. We really enjoyed it. We have never seen a beach so packed with people. Patience was a must. Here is a photograph showing just how packed the beach was for the airshow. Click on the photograph to view the entire gallery.

Hurricane Ivan

About 01:50 am, September 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan struck Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. The eye landed in Orange Beach, AL, which is near the Florida/Alabama state line. The hurricaneivan1Hurricane landed as a category 3, with winds at 130 mph (just 1 mph below a category 4). I had to wait out the Hurricane at the police station while Susan and the boys bunkered down in the hallway. Fortunately our family was safe and our house did not sustain any serious damage. We lost about fifty shingles, our shed blew away and our fence was damaged. Two trees in our backyard did not do so well. One was leaning badly after the storm. The other tree looked to be dead because so many limbs broke during the storm. The photograph to the right is our street after several days of cleaning. hurricaneivan2The photograph on the left is of the boys and I cleaning the backyard. Notice the table in the background. That was where the shed was located. Trees and limbs were down everywhere. We lost power, cable, and telephone for one week and we lost water for two days. Thankfully, we were able to plug in our refrigerator and a fan into our neighbor’s generator. Power linemen from around the nation and even Canada came down to help Gulf Power restore power in the area. Being without electricity was sustainable. The time without water was very rough to deal with. Thankfully before the storm Susan filled the bathtubs with water, but one leaked out. The one bathtub of water lasted us the two days we were without water.

Other areas did not fare quite as well. Buildings near the water absorbed the most damage, mainly because of the storm surge. We also lost access to three bridges in the area (one on I-10), which hurricaneivan3caused traffic problems. Every school in the area was damaged. Susan missed three weeks of college and the boys missed a month of school before they returned. Brian and Aaron’s school closed and they had to go to a split day at another elementary school. The photograph on the right is an apartment building that was located on Pensacola Bay. The storm surge tore down a complete building. Following the Hurricane, FEMA and the American Red Cross arrived to hand out hot meals, ice, water and put temporary roofs on houses. Gas lines shortly after the Hurricane were extremely long. Looting was also a problem for a lot of businesses that were unsecured because of damage. Law enforcement officers from around Florida and the Florida National Guard hurricaneivan4responded to Pensacola to help in traffic control and security.

Our house sustained damage slightly over $10,000.00. The insurance covered about half the cost, but FEMA only offered a loan, which we denied. We had to replace our entire roof, our shed and our fence. Most of the damage was to items that were already planned for replacement (the chain link fence for a wooden fence, the shed for a wooden one and our roof was 16 years old). We also had to replace a soffit, some of the roof decking and repaint Brian’s ceiling because of water damage. Seems the hurricane jump started replacements we had already planned for in the future.

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NC Snowstorm

During January 2000, we went through one of the heaviest snowfalls any of us ever saw in our life.ncsnowstorm We were living in Fayetteville, NC, at the time. Although it snowed several times while we lived there, this was the heaviest snowfall during our stay in North Carolina. To bad it was a little late for a white Christmas! Here is a photograph of Susan, Brian and Aaron braving the conditions.

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Army Photographs

I spent my early adult years as a soldier. Here are a few photographs taken while Imilitary was in the Army. The photograph to the right is me wearing my Class A uniform. He was proud of it because of the Airborne beret and boots.

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