Monday, April 25, 2011


For those who do not know, our Marine is deployed on the USS Whidbey Island for the next 9 months or so. He is on his way to the Mediterranean Sea to keep an eye on Libya and the rest of the Middle East. If serious trouble breaks out (even more serious than what it is now) his company will be one of the first ground troops in to face the danger.

Well, Daniel called Monday morning at about 6:30 a.m. Satellite phone connections are terrible and we only got to speak for about one minute, maybe less before we were disconnected. In that short time I learned he is bored, very bored; he is somewhere in the middle of an ocean, and that's about it.

Daniel does have regular access to the Internet and facebook, however, so we do get to communicate with him that way. As I said he and the rest of his unit is bored and he has requested lots of movies so we are shipping him out as many movies (DVDs) as we could afford to buy. We also are sending him and his buddies some TV series since those take longer to watch than a movie.

Other News ...
Our daughter, Rachael, and her husband, Josh, and our granddaughter, Maddie moved from Oahu to Georgia a couple of months ago. Josh is in the Army and wanted to transfer closer to his family. Maddie turns 1-year-old near the end of May and has just begun to walk.

Our son, Aaron, will finally be reunited with his wife, Grace, after nearly 2 years of being separated because of the whole immigration law thing. It's taken them nearly 2 years to get through all the paper work and interviews to finally get Grace a green card so she could move to America and live with her husband. She arrives here in a few weeks.

Rebecca has decided to race in the Kona Marathon's 5K race again and will begin training next week for the end of June event. Rebecca is in a wheel chair if you didn't know and 5K (3.1 miles) on Alii Drive is pretty difficult.

I've been out all year with a split tendon in my ankle/foot/leg and will be out for a few more months. I'm on my second round of physical therapy and things are coming along slowly. I've started riding the trainer (basically a stationary bike) for 30 minutes a day and that is going well. I've had to give up swimming though because it was irritating the problem and that's been difficult.

Oh, I almost forgot, I started to learn how to play the drums. It's a lot of work and a lot of coordination and thankfully, I finally got some electric drums so no one has to hear me but me. If I ever get any good I'll post a video but don't expect it anytime soon.

Well, that's about it for now. It's been a while since I've posted anything so I'll try to take the time to write more.


Ken L said...

Hey, thanks for the pic. I served on the USS Gunston Hall, which is the same class as the Whidbey Island, but that was a long time ago. A big thanks to your son for serving now. I started following your blog some time ago because I fell in love with Hawaii and I try to run in triathlons when I can. Thanks for your posts. Hope the ankle gets better soon.

Debbie said...

Hey RAndy, I think about Daniel all the time, I sent some movies to him shorlty before he came home last winter and I will try to send some more, Chris Denise's son is in the Army but has not been deployed any where yet, of course I believe he is still in boot camp. I am looking forward to hearing you play the drums. Kim has an electric guitar he bought some years ago. He has always wanted to play one but so far it hasnt seen much action. Hope your ankle heals quickly and you get back out into the stream of things. And tell Rebecca I will watching her closely. Hope her training goes well. do you think Bin Ladin's death will make a difference to getting Daniel home any sooner?


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