As you can probably tell, I'm a big "Calvin and Hobbes" fan. The strip reminds me a lot of many of my own childhood adventures (and some of my adult adventures as well). I'm the youngest of five kids. I was born in a little suburb of Cleveland, Ohio called Bedford. My parents, my youngest sister and I (all of my other siblings were married and gone) moved to Albany, Georgia in the late 1970s and I graduated from Dougherty Comprehensive High School in Albany in 1986. The day after I graduated, I moved to Fernandina Beach, Florida for a year before deciding to join the Marine Corps.
After spending 12 years in the Marines, I decided would try something different and began attending classes at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I graduated in 1998 (magna cum laude) with a B.S. in Aeronautics. Then a quick trip to visit some recruiters convinced me to apply for the Navy's Officer Candidate School. I was accepted, and later commissioned as an Ensign in 1999.
My first duty station was an assignment as a ground maintenance officer in an F/A-18 Hornet squadron in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I made two six-month deployments aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington with the squadron during my three year stay in Virginia. I am currently assigned as a student in the Master of Business Administration program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.