Saturday, November 22, 2014

Macon-Bibb United Boxing
Turkey Warm-up
Today, November 22, 2014 I was determined to attend this event held in the Freedom Park Gym.  I had read about this event in the local print media and I wanted to see for myself what the Boxing Arena looked like.  I took this view before any matches were conducted.  There are two rings in this space and by the time the matches started it was standing room only.  I talked to one parent who was also a Coach and he had traveled from Greenville, South Carolina.  He introduced me to his Son who was going to participate in the eleventh match as a 70 pound 8-9 year old age class.  He proudly showed me his video from the previous match last week in Greenville.  This was a family event and there were a total of 35 matches scheduled to be conducted in the two rings.  This event was well organized and I am glad I attended.  Please find a few pictures here:

This gym was a former Basket Ball site for young people in Macon-Bibb.  It was recently converted to this Boxing Arena.  It is well done!!!!

The Young Boxer in the "Red" corner was the Son of one of My Neighbors.  I did not know that His Son was involved in Boxing.  This is a picture before the match started.

The Boxer with the "Blue" Helmet from the Blue Corner was from Calhoun, Georgia.  As indicated earlier in this Post, Boxers from all over Georgia participated in this event; as well as young boxers from several neighboring states.

I was able to capture some of the action with this view!!!!

I was impressed with the "Sportsmanship" that the Coaches and the Boxers displayed.
The Boxer from Calhoun won this Match.  The opponent then placed the award with ribbon over his neck.  Great Sportsmanship lessons taught at this Match conducted in Macon today.

I post this Entry to inform everyone in Middle Georgia that we can indeed be very proud of this program and what it is accomplishing for the Young Citizens who participate in this endeavor.  Well Done to Macon-Bibb!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

USS Hull (DD-945)
2014 Reunion
San Diego, California
October 21 - 23, 2014
I served in this great warship, the last of the All Gun Destroyers in our Navy as a Yeoman Chief from December 9, 1977 through December 1, 1978.

I attended my first reunion in Las Vegas 14-16 September 2004.  My Bride and I attended this reunion in 2014, which gave us the opportunity to see San Diego once again and to see how this City has changed since we last lived there when the Hull was also homeported in San Diego.  

This is a view looking down the stairs at the Point Loma Light House.  My Bride and I took the opportunity to visit this area on our own.  

The Official Welcome to the 2014 Reunion!!!

The USS Recruit where I received basic Seamanship Instruction during my Boot Camp days in October 1961.  It is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is being renovated.  The Navy Training Center which housed The Recruit Training Center no longer exist.  The area around this ship is now an area of Luxury Condos.  

The Pacific Ocean from the Lighthouse.

A view of the observation post (watch cave) used to survey the Harbor for enemy forces in years gone by.

The entry hatch for the observation post.

Looking toward San Diego!!

We also took the opportunity to visit this Carrier, which is now a Museum on the San Diego waterfront.

The Brig gate was also set up for a photo op, which I used.  During my time in the Navy I was never placed in a Brig.  

An example of a crew berthing area on a Carrier.

During my time in Boot Camp I was interviewed for the NAVCAD program.  I did not pass the interview.  The NAVCAD program was set up to train enlisted Sailors to become Pilots.

The Chapel in the Midway.  A very inspiring place.

To visit the Midway we parked in an official Navy Parking Lot.  Here is the physical fitness equipment that Sailors use to keep fit in our New Navy.

The skyline of San Diego has certainly changed since our tour ended there in 1978.

We rented a Dodge Charger to travel around San Diego.  It certainly knew how to merge on the California Interstates.  

I did not qualify to be a Bell Boy, but I did enjoy the opportunity to check out the equipment.

Here we await the Trolley to take us about San Diego.

We took the opportunity to visit the San Diego Air and Space Museum.  It was an interesting and educational place.  It is located in Balboa Park.  

The Japanese Tea Garden at Balboa Park!!!

A Catholic Church in Old Town San Diego!!!!

 We certainly enjoyed our Visit to San Diego and the USS Hull (DD-945) Reunion.