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  • We headed outside, into the cold rain, and went aboard one of the Coast Guard boats. Rick showed us how to toss a line, but he forgot to do the most important thing: tie the other end to the boat. :) So there it went, flying away!

    Marlinespike at Coast Guard Muskegon

    We headed outside, into the cold rain, and went aboard one of the Coast Guard boats. Rick showed us how to toss a line, but he forgot to do the most important thing: tie the other end to the boat. :) So there it went, flying away!

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  • I can read all the exam preparation books and take all the practice tests in existence, but in the end, speaking English as a second language is my innate disadvantage. I just don't have the vocabulary that other Americans...

    The Captain Diaries: March 31, 2010

    I can read all the exam preparation books and take all the practice tests in existence, but in the end, speaking English as a second language is my innate disadvantage. I just don't have the vocabulary that other Americans...

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  • "Are you absolutely certain that this is what you want to do?" Perhaps I could. But it would require my absolute devotion, enduring financial hardship, and making school my life for three long years. Could I really do it?

    The Captain Diaries: March 29, 2011

    "Are you absolutely certain that this is what you want to do?" Perhaps I could. But it would require my absolute devotion, enduring financial hardship, and making school my life for three long years. Could I really do it?

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  • Today was my first day at Two Men and a Truck home office (headquarters) in Lansing, Michigan. My first impression was quite positive -- everyone treated me like I was part of a big family.

    A great first day

    Today was my first day at Two Men and a Truck home office (headquarters) in Lansing, Michigan. My first impression was quite positive -- everyone treated me like I was part of a big family.

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  • I got to see my nieces and nephews open their presents (and break the first one of the night!).  It was so very exciting... it was almost like being there with them! This completely opens the doors for future family gatherings.

    Wonderful Internet: A Christmas Story

    I got to see my nieces and nephews open their presents (and break the first one of the night!). It was so very exciting... it was almost like being there with them! This completely opens the doors for future family gatherings.

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  • So, what was the first thing I did?  Well, I walked out of that ceremony with my naturalization certificate in hand and headed straight home to fill out the most important applications of my life: FBI and NOAA Corps.

    My dreams unveiled: Robotics, FBI and NOAA Corps

    So, what was the first thing I did? Well, I walked out of that ceremony with my naturalization certificate in hand and headed straight home to fill out the most important applications of my life: FBI and NOAA Corps.

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  • In my mind, a house is nothing but a smart financial decision. It is not special, and certainly not an accomplishment.  A house is simply a place to sleep.  It is a basic material necessity, nothing more, and nothing less.  <small><strong>**Note:</strong> This content requires site login.</small>

    Excited? Maybe. **

    In my mind, a house is nothing but a smart financial decision. It is not special, and certainly not an accomplishment. A house is simply a place to sleep. It is a basic material necessity, nothing more, and nothing less.  **Note: This content requires site login.

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  • Today is a rainy day, so he is forced to setup camp on a piece of cardboard just outside of the shopping area.  One side of his cardboard reads, "Will work for food."  The other is merely his chair.

    Paul in Leonard

    Today is a rainy day, so he is forced to setup camp on a piece of cardboard just outside of the shopping area. One side of his cardboard reads, "Will work for food." The other is merely his chair.

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  • This store was part of Good Will Industries, which is an organization that provides work and humanitarian aid for those in disadvantage through its hundreds of donation centers and thrift stores.

    A Good Move… A Good Will

    This store was part of Good Will Industries, which is an organization that provides work and humanitarian aid for those in disadvantage through its hundreds of donation centers and thrift stores.

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  • No more falling in love after two seconds, either.  It's time to be careful not to fall for someone too quickly, but also careful not to wait too long.   I now know what kind of girl I'm looking for...

    Status… Decisions… What is to come?

    No more falling in love after two seconds, either. It's time to be careful not to fall for someone too quickly, but also careful not to wait too long. I now know what kind of girl I'm looking for...

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