Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Day 157 - Back to the Future

1. Metal ice trays with levers
2. Telephone party lines
3. 45 RPM records
4. Soda machines that dispense 6-oz. glass bottle Coca-Cola
5. Tableside jukeboxes
6. Home delivery of milk in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Butch wax
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. The unholy trinity: Hitler, Mussolini and Franco
10. Eisenhower, Normandy and D-Day
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (Fairfax-24617)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. Candy cigarettes
15. S&H Green Stamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Wire recorders
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulbs
20. Beanie and Cecil
21. Roller skates with keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-in movies
24. Studebaker and Nash automobiles
25. Wash tub wringers
26. Rotary dial phones

0-5 = You're still young
6-10 = You're getting older
11-15 = Don't tell your age
16-20 = You're older than dirt
Over 20? = Don't go there.

A certain cologne. An old song. A particular color. When you least expect it, nostalgia sneaks up on you like a sneeze!

When the new Batman movie came out last week, we promised Wayne we wouldn't go see it until he comes home. He's a Batman fan from way back. In fact, I still have his tiny cape with matching chest protector and goggles tucked away in a "save-for-the-grandkids" drawer.

Meanwhile, some folks are hedging bets, wondering if the Camero can make a comeback. Somebody else called The Hard-to-Find Grocer will help find the long-lost products you need to make your Nana's favorite family recipes.

Soldier buddies returning from R&R bring are bringing back their own memories of home, making Wayne's wait until his August leave even more agonizing.

When he finally does get here, Wayne has some definite ideas what he wants to see on his plate. Take a look at part of this recent Instant Message conversation:

Wayne West: i dont care what i eat
Wayne West: anything is better then this
rebeccamcbeach1: OK, we'll fix you up with fresh everything.
Wayne West: fresh fruit and orange juice and ice cold whole milk
rebeccamcbeach1: You got it!
Wayne West: i want a sonic drink,
Wayne West: an outback steak,
Wayne West: ...and crawfish.
rebeccamcbeach1: We can handle it!

(Should I feel bad because he didn't ask for any home cooking?)