Now, THAT was Anticlimactic!

  Now, THAT was anticlimactic! Yesterday morning I had my retirement/separation physical. It consisted of me sitting in a doctor’s office while they reviewed my record, made a couple of referrals for small things, but otherwise signed me off as “safe to retire.” Compared to the intake physical I went through at Jacksonville’s Military Entrance … Continue reading Now, THAT was Anticlimactic!

The First of the Lasts

I first wanted to join the Navy when I was six years old. It was 1978 and we were visiting my pop’s family in his home state of Hawai’i. I had traveled to Oahu at least twice before, but the first time I was about one foot long and my observational prowess consisted of alerting … Continue reading The First of the Lasts

The Darkest of the Night

Romantic stories often center around the iconic image, either literal or metaphorical (depending on the actual story in question), of the lover holding the hand of his/her love in the darkest moment of the night.  Comforting, protecting and assisting their loved one in the darkest of the night. Those stories really crack me up sometimes.  … Continue reading The Darkest of the Night

Tangled Tale Along a Troubled Trail

  Madness. Sheer, inescapable, asphalt-founded madness. Yet, what a story today’s tangled tale along a troubled trail of precipitation-painted pavement is! Tomorrow (Aug. 8, 2017) I have my first in-person interview for a job I would very much like to get—teaching public affairs at the Defense Information School (DINFOS), also on Fort Meade. However, as … Continue reading Tangled Tale Along a Troubled Trail

Into the Light

(*Note: This travel log drafted on July 27, 2017) Lighthouses don’t move…well, not normally.  Usually it takes something like a hurricane, demolition, or a space-time continuum inversion to make a lighthouse get up and move.  I’m happy to say the Key West Lighthouse is right where I left it the last time I saw it … Continue reading Into the Light

Key West, Day 3

It’s July 24, 2017. I’m on my third day of my retirement vacation down in Key West. I wanted to write during the transit and all, but it was a whirlwind flight down from Norfolk, and I’ve not been letting the grass grow under my feet as it were. The story of my connection to … Continue reading Key West, Day 3

Another One is in the Books!

And another one is in the books!  Looking Back is, I admit, technically not a Norfolk Murder as it took place seventeen years prior on the carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Sea.  However, I judged it appropriate to give poor Isaac Shepherd a break and let him have at least one month go … Continue reading Another One is in the Books!

Start Spreading the News!

Start spreading the news!  We’re leaving tomorrow morning from the Navy Public Affairs Support Element East (NPASE East) for New York City. Starting Tuesday the Big Apple is hosting the 29th annual Fleet Week New York, a huge celebration of the sea services that will swamp New York City with enough ships to, well, make … Continue reading Start Spreading the News!

On the Rocks – Chapter 5

Under the U.S. Copyright Act of 1971, this is a fully copyrighted and protected work by law.  Copyright is owned by and all rights are reserved to Nathanael Miller.  No part may be reproduced in whole or part without my written permission.  Facebook and Twitter links to this story may be shared; but the work … Continue reading On the Rocks – Chapter 5

The Great Detachments Begin

I ran my final Physical Readiness Test (PRT) in the Navy today. I ran my first official PRT back in boot camp in November 1997.  We ran two during boot camp; the first was to sort of gauge where we were in meeting Navy standards.  The second was the official PRT.  I passed it with … Continue reading The Great Detachments Begin