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.