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Back before dirt when I was in the Army I decided to stop drinking beer and lazing about long enough to go through Air Assault school. 10 Days of yelling, running, learning, and jumping from helicopters. It was a wild experience.

Well, today I got some back! I met a Project Manager from one of our vendors that mentioned his time in JSOG (picture special ops) and I asked him if he was airborne and/or air assault trained and where. He  mentioned he had been to Ft. Campbell Kentucky (my old base) and that’s where he got his wings. Well, at that moment revenge was mine!

There is a tradition in the military that after you complete a fairly difficult (not too if I made it) school you not only got your wings you got a coin, a challenge coin.

Air Assault Pin

Air Assault Pin

One interesting item about Air Assault School was that (at least when I went through) they expected a greater than 50% failure/drop out rate. You wanted out, you left, done, gone, that’s if you haven’t f’d up and been kicked out. After you graduated and got pinned one of the traditions was to pick up a Challenge coin. I’ll have to take a picture of my coin and put it up, I can’t find my version any more. Well, more than 20 years after I earned my coin I pulled it out of my wallet and showed it to Dan, who I will admit, did Not have his on him. Now he owes me a beer! Hah!

BEEEEEER! And what’s better than beer? Free Beer!

And to make it even tastier it’s being bought by an ex Army Pathfinder! This is  a good day. (-: Time to pay up boy wonder!


On Saturday Roberta was reading the paper and saw an article that Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg was going to be playing at the Sunset Center just over the hill in Carmel the very next day, Sunday afternoon. Now, I know most of my friends and family are probably saying “who?”. 

Nadja is a graduate of the Julliard School of Music, winner of X, Y, Z, head soloist at this symphony and that concert hall, etc. Here’s the link to her BIO. Just take my word for it, when it comes to violin playing, she’s one of the top classical violinists out there. She’s also been featured in a documentary call Speaking in Strings that discusses her troubled life, attempted suicide, and nearly career ending accident where she chopped off the tip of her little finger.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Anyhow. She’s always been on my list of “I really want to see some day” along with Itzhak Perlman, Eileen Ivers, Hilary Hahn,  and the already seen Yoyo Ma ,whom Sis and I saw at the Benaroyal Hall in Seattle during his Silk Road tour and where we actually sat on the stage with the musicians.  

 Anyhow. Needless to say I really wanted to go see her play. Well, Roberta made some calls and we got 3 tickets. Molly, Nora, and I went and had a lot of fun. We sat 5 rows from the stage. The Sunset Center is a small venue and allowed us to be right up close. She is definitely worth going and seeing if you ever get the chance.

So, how do you like that dicotomy? One day we’re taking the girls out to shoot things and the next we’re taking them to outstanding classical music. (-:



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