Monday, March 3, 2014
Having her at my side, encouraging me, making me happy and being my best friend is awesome. I proposed to her in September 2013 in Niagara Falls and it makes me the happiest man alive knowing she said "yes"! We aren't in a rush for marriage but our daughter sure is excited. We want it to be perfect for the two of us and have our friends and family there. Our life isn't all roses but we are learning from every rough patch and know no matter what we "got it covered". Thank you lord for bringing her into my life and making us as strong as we are and keep getting better. I love you baby! We just got married July 5th, 2015 and couldn't be happier!
Monday, February 17, 2014
We have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/epcotfriendshipboatcaptains/ open to those current and former Captains as we met at least twelve college programs in the five years I was there and countless other great friends. I have been blessed to work there for twenty years and continue the magic my Father started.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
In 1995 while I was still in High School my Dad drove us all the way to Tampa some seventy-five miles to meet with a United States Coast Guard recruiter. I had met all the other four branches recruiters at my alternative school at Walt Disney World but no one from the Coast Guard showed up. So, I got curious went out watched the video and was sold immediately. But I was seventeen and had a bunch of ideas in my head. Then one dinner at Sonny's Real Pit Barbecue in Kissimmee, I met a Coast Guard Chief from New England. He was the one who firmed up my desire to join at some point. Well, life went on from 1996-2000 and I worked full-time and tried to go to college and have a family but nothing panned out. So, in February 2000 I joined the Coast Guard reserves and in March 2002 I went active duty and was Honorably Discharged in August 2011. The nine years I was on active duty were the most successful and rewarding of my professional career. It challenged my thoughts, perceptions, intellect and abilities. I had hoped to make it a career but do to injuries and illness that didn't happen. Though, I am proud to call myself a disabled veteran, proudly display my Coast Guard license plate on both my vehicles and proud I was the third generation in my family to serve. My Great-Uncle served during World War II in the Coast Guard reserves, my Uncle Dave in Vietnam with the Air Force. Some day I hope to live on the coast and participate in the Coast Guard auxiliary. Now, I am using my post 911 G.I. Bill benefits and have completed my Bachelor's degree in Paralegal studies. Thank you to all that have served.