Happy Veteran's Day

November 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Surf's UpPupukea Happy Veteran's Day to all my brother and sister vets out there and up there, with us, before us, and those that gave it all to ensure vets like me can do ridiculous stuff like edit old images.  However, if it wasn't for my Veteran-ness, this would have never happened.  It was by the grace of the good US Air Force that I landed a three year gig on Oahu.  And it was among the top assignments ever.

The good of course was the island itself and everything it offered my family and I.  Incredible memories, people, life changing events that will forever be a part of my perspective of the world.  For example, I made my last promotion there, and as such joined the ranks of four other USAF CMSgt tOSU Buckeye Fans.  Where else, but on Oahu!  My life in the water was life changing, and I cannot tell it all here.  One of my best bosses ever, Laura Berry!  Folks like Ernie Regalado, Greg Gillinger, T-Ray Sears, Stephanie Spruill, Larry Johnson, Travis (who I had the unfortunate experience of deploying in about 48 hours, to see him returned a forever changed NCO), Tracy (Smiley) Sears, Steve, Tom Rioux, eventual CMSAF Rod McKinley (with the A. Griffin autographed football),  Tony Bishop (Happy USAA Tony!), so on and so on.  If I didn't' mention you, you are not forgotten, but there's more to say.

About the picture.  Just before Christmas 2006, I bought my first dSLR, a Nikon D50, and never looked back.  This was taken on the North Shore at the Pupukea intersection near Shark's Cove.  When I led the Cub Scout Pack on base, we turned right at this place and headed up the mountain to the best camping ever.  Anyhow, my real first shoot with this camera, using ancient Nikon lenses from my dad (a Vietnam Vet), started at 0500 at Sunset beach on a day of amazingly huge surf.  So huge they were about 2-3 feet from running the Eddie Eikau tourney (Eddie would go!).  I even had an image hosted on Surf News Network for quite awhile of four dudes riding down a 25 footer.  Well, all good fun and gigs of images to relive.  On today's Veteran's Day, I stumbled onto this one, and gave it some of the new Nik Analog Effects treatment.

It's my way of saying "Hey Vets, Surf's Up, no matter where you are.  Pay your respects, and then live a little today...those who've gone before us want you to celebrate an American day today, the way they would if they were still with us." 

Aloha all my military brothers & sisters - D4vesgrill Out!  Surf's Up!

 


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