This post is about four different things.
The first part is “The Good”.
Last week when I went to the Put-Put (miniature) golf event with one of my meetup groups (See previous post entitled Put-Put) I made a new friend “Marco”. He was part of my 4 member golf team and it was the first time he attended one of our events. Marco is a French Navy Officer who is on temporary duty to the USA for 6 months who happens to be stationed on MacDill AFB where I live. He works directly for the French General at the Coalition Village which is part of Central Command and he plays an important role in overseeing all the military planning and operations pertaining to the French military forces who work with our American soldiers in support of military operations all over the Middle East. Marco is a super nice guy and we had a lot in common and we’ve become good friends. Yesterday evening I took Marco to Ybor City (a district of Tampa with a very lively night life) and we had a super time conversing about our military careers and enjoying the evening over a few beers. I love interacting with folks from other countries and welcoming them to the USA and love to show them unique things that our country offers. This truly is one of my passions. As a result of our new friendship. I received a personal invite to attend a special get together that the French coalition group will have on March 9th. It was a great honor to receive this special invitation. I am excited abount attending and to meet all the other members of the French military.
The second Part is the Sad:
Remember my friend and former Commander I told you about from the military who developed terminal brain cancer? I had previously written him a nice letter a few weeks ago and then wrote a post about it approximately 1 and 1/2 weeks ago entitled “Ups and Downs In Life”. Recently I received a nice response back from him which I’ll include below:
It is really fantastic to hear from you and would love to catch up.