Review: Bulleit Rye

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I found a whiskey I like well enough to write about. I’m no expert. I didn’t swish it around my mouth and spit it into a funnel or some crazy crap like that. I simply tried different whiskies until I found the right one. Through the years beer has always been the staple but I find the need…

When A Married Man Is Left at Home Alone

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What do you do when your wife and kids leave town for a few days? Well, I’ll tell you what I’ve done. I happen to be married to a lovely and incredible woman. Let’s get that upfront first (just incase she’s reading this.). We have six kids, all under the age of 15. Yep, that’s…

A Patriot’s Pub Crawl: Tun Tavern

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These days there seem to be political parties and political action groups forming and dissolving in perpetuity. I’m not sure what this really says about America today. These groups seemed to be forged on the basis of making, distributing and even taking away the livelihood of American people, and by livelihood, I mean money. They…

Your Resume: What a Potential Employer Sees

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Over the years, I’ve looked at plenty of resumes while in management or supervisory positions. Some of them were humorous, filled with misspelled words, obnoxious fonts, unorganized information, even ridiculous accomplishments (high score in a video game – really?). Some of them were plain, and thus passed over, with boring descriptions of educational and work…

Leadership: “The Book” Versus Reality

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About 2/3 of the way through my Afghanistan deployment, a new intelligence lieutenant arrived at my firebase. By this time my team and I had been in country for a while, had been in several engagements, and had a reputation for being outside the wire all the time. I was an E-7 with twenty years…

Happy Hour with Silent J: Moscow Mule

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Moscow Mule “Money, like vodka, turns a person into an eccentric” -Anton Chekhov If America was a drink it would be bourbon. Now if Russia was a drink it would be vodka. Actually the history of vodka started off in Poland around the beginning of the 15 century. Vodka or “Wadka” is the term for…

Truth Adjustment

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PTSD has become the new catch phrase for anything. At first, nobody knew what it was. We had troops coming home that had changed drastically from the men and women that left. We looked to previous generations of war fighters and found no clear explanation for this change. The closest we could come to a…

Big Shoes

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03:00, the air wisps with a gentle breeze created by the ceiling fan, it’s whirling blades the only sound. Lying awake is pretty common as thoughts of the past keep your mind busy. The merry-go-round of questions without answers. What if I had done this…What if I had done that…. There are no answers because…

Beard Products Creates A North Carolina Oil Boom

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  I have been growing a beard off and on for 25 years. Sometimes they last a week. Sometimes they last a couple of years. I rocked the full beard in the early 90s but it never filled out the way I wanted it to so they never lasted. I looked more like a hobo…