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Prompt from the #Trust30 initiative.

If we live truly, we shall see truly. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Not everyone wants to travel the world, but most people can identify at least one place in the world they’d like to visit before they die. Where is that place for you, and what will you do to make sure you get there?”

The Surgeon's Photograph c. 1934

The one place I have always wanted to visit was Scotland.  My father’s family immigrated from Scotland, at some point.  The specifics have been lost in the years since.  That is part of the reason I would like to visit there.  The main reason has to do with Scotland’s most famous inhabitant, Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster!  I have been fascinated by Nessie since I was 8 years old.  I wrote several school papers over the years.  Other kids were trying to get their request in to do unicorns and dragons, I wanted Nessie.  I was surprised that no one else had the interest in the Loch Ness Monster that I did.  Nessie might actually exist, while dragons certainly didn’t.  (For most of my childhood, the jury was still out on unicorns.  Pegasus was a myth but I wasn’t sure about unicorns.)

While it pains me to say that Nessie is likely a hoax, I still want to see Loch Ness.  From the pictures I’ve seen of the area it appears to be beautiful, if cold.  Then there is also Edinburgh and Inverness.  I’m sure I could find a place to listen to traditional Scottish music and a nice meal.  Yes, I enjoy bagpipes.  Authentic haggis would be experienced once.  No, really, I don’t want to know what’s in it.

Who knows, perhaps after a visit to a distillery, I may see Nessie myself?

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Intro posts are the Universe’s way of asking, “are you sure you want to do this?”  If you can get through the first post the rest, well it might not be cake, but the ice has been broken and we can finally get underway.  At least this is how I feel about writing the first of anything: first paragraph of a paper, bio for a new group, the first post of a blog.

I’ve done a fair bit of traveling in my life.  Until I was 15 my dad was an officer in the US Navy.  Like most military brats, I moved when my dad’s tour of duty was over. On average, we moved every 2 years.  Some places we lived longer than other.  The shortest time living somewhere was 10 months in Alabama and the longest being nearly 5 years in Hawai’i.  When my dad retired my family moved back to St. Louis, which is where my folks are originally from.  After graduating from college, I stayed in St. Louis as well.  At least that’s where my mailing address is.

This is going to be a place to put my accounts of either living or visiting a place.  Some details have been lost to the passage of time and some places will be from the perspective of a child.  Not everything will be looking so far in the past.  I have several trips planned for this summer, including my first trip out of the country.  I also do a bit of traveling of traveling for my job.

So what does the picture have to do with anything?  That is the squadron patch for the “Screaming Eagles,” which was my dad’s last flight squadron .  There are many other patches that were on my dad’s flight jacket over the years but this is the one I remember the most clearly.  My father often wears a medallion that was based off of that patch.

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