The Captain Is Leaving For The Mountains

Today has been the day I’ve tried not to dread but still did anyways.  Today is the day Captain Mike is moving away.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago, he is relocating with his family to Colorado Springs.  The truck is loading today and heading west tomorrow.


 Mike Move


I’m so bummed!  I already miss the dude!

Granted, I’ve spent a decent amount of the past month hanging out with Captain Mike, so I’ve had plenty of opportunities to say goodbye.  This past weekend I threw one hell of a going away party on July 4th.  I got the whole SMS college crew together one more time to say goodbye.  So lots of beer and cigars and firecrackers.  And couple of weekends back in June he had a big party for his daughter’s 2nd birthday.  It was a great chance to see all the guys in from out of town

 2nd bday shots


I’ve spent last few weeks trying see Captain Mike as often as possible.  Now that he’s leaving town out I’m trying not to be sad.  I’m glad he’s got a great new opportunity in Colorado, but I’m also selfish.  I still want him to live near me dammit!

This past weekend he mentioned the similarities between this situation and our college days.  Captain Mike left Springfield in May of 2000, a full year before I graduated.  I was super bummed back then, and now it feels eerily the same.  After another four years of living in the same town, he was off again to parts unknown.  Only this time he has an awesome family that’s leaving with him.


Captain Mike Emma


I know I will still see Captain Mike and it’s not like Colorado is too far away from St. Louis.  But now I can’t just swing by on a Saturday to hang out, or take the train over some nite after work.  Those are the times I will probably miss the most, smoking cigars or playing a game.

  Porch shots

 pool shots

Mike is in line for promotion after serving overseas and will soon be awarded the rank of Major.1  So now it can be said that he was a Captain only in his St. Louis days.  So henceforth I will no longer refer to him as Captain Mike, but instead will use the name Major Asshole.  Moving to Colorado right when the state just got a whole lot cooler is such a Major Asshole move.  Well done dude and I’ll see you soon in Colorado.

 Captains Out



The Captain




1.  He was also awarded a bronze star from Army.  That is an incredible achievement  and proves without a doubt that Captain Mike is the real deal.

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