Posted 6/28/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -6)
I was born in Ft. Wayne Indiana, and still have a few realtives that live over in that area. When I was 7 we moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin. My father worked for the Government, Social Security, and back in those days if you wanted a promotion you usually had to move to a office that had an opening for that position. We spent close to 2 years there, and then we moved to Madison, Wisconsin, a couple of years later we moved down to Bradley, Illinois. I went to Junior High and High School there, and then joined the Air Force from there. Shortly after joining the Air Force my parents moved up to Rockford, Illinois. Their move up there made it very tough on me, because when I would come home on leave, they of course would want me to come and see them, but Rockford was never my home, and I would always want to go and visit all my friends from school, down in Bradley!
That always did cause problems for me, especially my first few years in the service, when I didn't have a car. Back then a young Airman just could not aford a car on the salary we were paid. I believe that in my first year in the Air Force my monthly salary was around $127.00 a month before taxes, after taxes and my allotment, I took home around 45 dollars every two weeks! That was enough to by buy a couple pitchers of beer once a week, at the Beer lounge on base, and to go to the base theater a couple of times a week to see a movie, then pay for my hair cuts, and laundry for my cloths and uniforms, and a carton or two of cigarettes and what ever other expenses I had. I didn't have to pay any thing to live in the dorm, and most places after Basic training had only two or three people to a room! After I made E-5 (Staff Sargent I got a private room in the dorm) I had 4 years in the AF by that time and I had been in the AF over 5 1/2 years when I got married, back in Feb of 1975! It was Good Bye to Dorm life after that!
Of course things are allot different now in the Air Force!
Anyway I moved even more when I was in the Air Force! In the 22 1/2 years I was in I lived in about 13 or 14 different places! I started off my career in the Air Force down in southern Texas. I lived in 3 different places in California, north, south, and in the middle of the state. and I live in three different place in the midwest, and a couple of different places on the East Coast. I spent 10 of my 22 + years in the AF overseas, Taiwan, Germany and twice in Alaska, once in Anchorage and once just outside Fairbanks. My oldest daughter was born in New Jersey, and my youngest was born in Germany. I retired back in the midwest, where I am now!
Gosh I now look at how much I have written, I guess I just can't write a short answer!
I don't know maybe I just need the company or something, I do hope you don't mind as your my family and it is nice to talk to someone now and then!
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV