Was It Fate or Coincidence?

Was It Fate or Coincidence?

“THE REASON FOR MY SERVICE” by OPOVV, ©2020  (May 21, 2020) — So I was sitting at the same table in the chow hall at the Navy base at Yokosuka, Japan, reading the Stars and Stripes — just as I had been for the past week — when this Marine Gunnery Sergeant walks up and asks if […]

How to Get Verification of Military Service

How to Get Verification of Military Service

HELPFUL GUIDELINES by Contributor (May 18, 2020) — Military status verification in the United States can be required for various purposes. This article discusses how you can verify your or someone else’s military status. Proof of military service may be required for several reasons. You may need it to get a job or to avail […]

The Most Desirable Collection of Rocks

The Most Desirable Collection of Rocks

AND “THE MOST BRILLIANT DIAMOND” by OPOVV, ©2018 (Mar. 22, 2018) — [NOTE: The producers insert the commercials that you see on television, therefore we have no control over the content or the timing. Cheryl, our secretary/office manager and payroll clerk chooses the songs (that are substituted in the transcript — that is to be […]

Hey Kid, You’re It

Hey Kid, You’re It

“HIGHLINED” by OPOVV, ©2018 (Mar. 18, 2018) — “Hey, Boats, what’s the skinny?” “We’re going to float all day and into the night.” “Who made you the ship’s philosopher? I must’ve missed that one; I’ll have to complain to BUPERS; make a formal request that I be kept up-to-date on any personal changes to my home.” “See, […]

Conversation with “Talking Dog”

Conversation with “Talking Dog”

WHERE ARE THE LIFEBOATS? by OPOVV, ©2017 (Sep. 27, 2017) — Man the lifeboats, the ship has sunk. We’re sunk? We’re going down? We have the chance of going under. So we’re not sinking? Could be, so be ready. As in ‘life vests on?’ At the ready. In hand? Know where the locker is, where […]

The Disconnect of Professional Sports (RR)

The Disconnect of Professional Sports (RR)

“CAME THROUGH LIKE A TROOPER” by OPOVV , ©2017 (Aug. 14, 2017) — “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and do we ever have a show for you. I’ve been chatting with John who just wrote the book: “Where It All Went South.’ Hello, I’m Mr. Roving Reporter who’ll be your host, and you’re watching (and if you’re […]

The Class Reunion

The Class Reunion

“I’VE CHANGED” by OPOVV, ©2016 (Jun. 6, 2016) — “You can see it, can’t you? I mean, it’s not that hard to figure it out if you’ve a mind to.” “That’s easy for you to say. Why, all I ever saw you do was read. You said it yourself:  you’ve never, not once, checked out […]

Reality on Guarding Another Rock Pile

Reality on Guarding Another Rock Pile

“ANOTHER DAY OF TRYING TO STAY ALIVE” by OPOVV, ©2016 (Jan. 29, 2016) — [A note to the Readers: What you are about to read is based on a conversation I had recently from some of our National Guardsmen upon their return from a tour in Afghanistan. Take from it whatever suits you. It may […]