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01 Mar 12.  Our second tour in the Navy found us living in Grand Terrace, CA, a small community located between Riverside and San Bernardino, CA. I was stationed at El Toro, CA, a 52 mile drive one way from where we lived. Having just come from our tour in Warminister, PA where my commute was 6 blocks, I thought that 52 miles was an outrageous distance to travel and that the hour minimum was a ridiculous amount of time to be on the road. My neighbors couldn't understand my position as they generally traveled much greater distances than that daily and thought nothing of it. We picked the location we did because of housing costs, and that 52 mile commute got us a house for only about 50% more than we could afford. So I wound up staying at the base all week in the barracks, which the base let me do for free, communicating back and forth only on the weekends to save the commute costs. That helped some, but the loss of our paying renters, whom we carried for two years without a rental payment, made a difficult time even more so. But I did get some helpful opportunities by doing what I did and among them was the befriending of my boss and his family who basically adopted me and shared their home with me on many an occasion. One evening the boss's wife decided to hold a Tupperware party in the house and told hubby to take the kids out for the entire evening which was to include dinner. Now being a west coast Marine, and spending a goodly part of his career across the pond, he figured he would take the 4 kids out to dinner at a sushi restaurant whereby he would get off cheap since they wouldn't like it. Unfortunately, much to his chagrin, they all loved it, and the evening cost him almost $100. He wasn't very happy about the outcome but his wife thought it was hilarious as you might appreciate from a woman who had a poster over her kitchen table that read "When you have them by the balls, their heart's and minds will follow." She was the daughter of a Marine Colonel and a former Pan Am stewardess and one of the funniest and nicest individuals I have ever met. I haven't come across them since leaving El Toro in '85, but I will always remember them and the sushi dinner episode.  ISO 250; 1/320 sec @ f /13.

01 Mar 12. Our second tour in the Navy found us living in Grand Terrace, CA, a small community located between Riverside and San Bernardino, CA. I was stationed at El Toro, CA, a 52 mile drive one way from where we lived. Having just come from our tour in Warminister, PA where my commute was 6 blocks, I thought that 52 miles was an outrageous distance to travel and that the hour minimum was a ridiculous amount of time to be on the road. My neighbors couldn't understand my position as they generally traveled much greater distances than that daily and thought nothing of it. We picked the location we did because of housing costs, and that 52 mile commute got us a house for only about 50% more than we could afford. So I wound up staying at the base all week in the barracks, which the base let me do for free, communicating back and forth only on the weekends to save the commute costs. That helped some, but the loss of our paying renters, whom we carried for two years without a rental payment, made a difficult time even more so. But I did get some helpful opportunities by doing what I did and among them was the befriending of my boss and his family who basically adopted me and shared their home with me on many an occasion. One evening the boss's wife decided to hold a Tupperware party in the house and told hubby to take the kids out for the entire evening which was to include dinner. Now being a west coast Marine, and spending a goodly part of his career across the pond, he figured he would take the 4 kids out to dinner at a sushi restaurant whereby he would get off cheap since they wouldn't like it. Unfortunately, much to his chagrin, they all loved it, and the evening cost him almost $100. He wasn't very happy about the outcome but his wife thought it was hilarious as you might appreciate from a woman who had a poster over her kitchen table that read "When you have them by the balls, their heart's and minds will follow." She was the daughter of a Marine Colonel and a former Pan Am stewardess and one of the funniest and nicest individuals I have ever met. I haven't come across them since leaving El Toro in '85, but I will always remember them and the sushi dinner episode. ISO 250; 1/320 sec @ f /13.

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