So Sorry I haven't been around to support all my dear friends for a while!! I'm still out in the beutiful N.W. w/ my wife and son. We had a great time welcoming the Sailors back from their 6 month deployment on the J.C. Stenis Aircraft Carrier. The Navy Mom's really helped us out w/ all the info and even had a big party the night before the ship came in. How patriotic I felt when that big ship rounded the bend w/ the sailors maning the rails in their dress whites! They had muisic blasting some great music on the pier like Born in the USA by the Boss and America by Ray Charles which brought tears to my eyes. They let of the 67 new Fathers off first to meet their wives and new babies even before the officers! When I saw my son coming through the croud my heart sored and I got all choked up. I'm sooooo proud of him!
The day before he arrived, I had the Great honnor of meeting our own Father John in Seattle!! He is an a AMAZING man to make time to come meet my wife Lisa and I w/ his busy schedule. Thank you so much John!!! It meant so much to both of us to meet and visit w/ you, I'm sorry we didn't have more time together!>> Next time we will be holding flyrods together in some river!!!
My body is starting to fail me with all we are doing on this trip. I'm doing my best to ignor it but my neck, legs and back are in pretty bad shape. My meds help a little but not for very long. Yesterday we took a trip up to Mt. Rainer, WOW, that is a BIG ROCK!! The mountain air felt and tasted great but the lack of oxegen at the high altitude gave me some trouble breathing> dam cigs!!! My wife promissed to try to quit w/ me when we get home. I made it 3 weeks w/o them last time after my neck surgery but that was when she was still smoking, together I believe we can do it!!
Well my wife must be getting up by now and my son will be calling from his Lake house he shares w/ 6 other sailors soon so I should go. I love and miss all of y'all and think of you often. I promiss to get back in the groove when I get back home.
God bless you and Big Hugz to all!!
PS> Thanks again FJ, it isn't often when someone gets to meet his HERO face to face like I did!!!
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis headed back to Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" on their way to the Middle East w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops!