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The Captain Keeps Getting Burned

When it comes to memories from my #YearontheRoad not all weeks immediately stand out.  But this week ten years ago is still clear in my mind; two specific events are still burned into my memory.  On March 20th, 2003 I remember sitting in my room at a Super 8 in rural Georgia and watching President Bush order the invasion of Iraq.  Up to that point I had been very vocal about my belief that there were no WMD’s in Iraq, so being by myself in the deep south surrounded by war supporters was difficult.  Looking back at that sad nite ten years later, I’m still saddened that my country entered an unnecessary war under false pretenses.

Watching the President wage a false war was a figurative burn , I soon transitioned into a literal burn.  That’s where we pick up the Captain on the beach in Florida for #WaybackWednesday


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And of course, there’s a story.  Back in 2003, looking up current events using a computer did not exist.  So when I found myself in an unknown city, I couldn’t check on activities without picking up a local reader.  I would just head to an open space and see what was happening.  In Florida, this meant public beaches.

This particular weekend I was staying in Jacksonville, Florida.  At 10am on a Saturday morning I went to a public beach with a cooler full of beer and a blanket.  My only plan was to drink some beers.  Around 11am, an entire crew of workers arrived at the beach and start setting up for a surf competition.  As it turned out, I had a great seat to an all day party.  That was some luck!

Or at least I thought it was luck.  The problem became clear on my cab ride home that I stayed at the beach too long.  So long in fact that my suntan lotion wore off and I burned my entire body!  All of my skin turned bright red, and eventually the top layer peeled off pretty bad. And just like that, two burns in the sand in one week!



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