Douglas L Perry, The Author blog

November 23, 2009

Do you have to force yourself to read books?

Filed under: Thoughts — douglaslperry @ 7:17 pm
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I posted about this over on the writing blog today.

Check it out.

November 11, 2009

Thank You Veterans

Filed under: Thoughts,Writing — douglaslperry @ 10:51 pm
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veteransday_wktvI never had the opportunity to serve. I did have to sign up for the Vietnam draft just as the conflict was ending, but never got called.

I had friends that were in the ROTC program during college, and went on to fly F-4’s out of Rammstein AFB in Germany. They tried to convince me to join, and I would have loved to fly planes, but I also wanted to be an electronics design engineer. In fact, I wanted to be an engineer more.

I’ve often thought about whether the prevailing image of the military soldier of the time had anything to do with my decision. I would hope not, but I can’t say for sure.

During that time, Vietnam soldiers were persecuted by a public that didn’t want to be in that war. A soldier was not someone to look up to, but someone to look down upon. It was truly a sorry time to be a soldier. Could I have endured the ridicule and shame thrown on them? Probably, but I’ll never know for sure. I’ve never kept up with my friends, who had to live through that time, but someday, I would like to. I’d like to see how they feel about their decision now.

I’m just glad that the prevailing opinion of our military is a positive one once again, as it should be. These are the people that are putting their lives on the line every day for our freedom, and to me that is the ultimate sacrifice. Nothing gets me hot under the collar faster than a liberal minded individual who blasts a soldier on the street for the problems in Afghanistan, or Iraq, who proclaims that young men should be doing other things than volunteering for military service, who smugly decries the military while not realizing the very reason that he has the freedom to say what he feels is because his father, uncle, or someone their parents knew died in a war to protect them.

Veterans, I thank you for your service.

November 7, 2009

Reading Sully’s Book

Filed under: Books,Thoughts — douglaslperry @ 3:16 am
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I got to meet Captain Sully Sullenberger a few days back at a book signing. I am lucky enough to live close to him, and he was doing book signings at the local Costco.

I went about an hour early, and there were already 50 people in line, armloads of books in their hands, the atmosphere one of waiting for a hero to arrive. Just before the appointed time we heard a bunch of clapping and the message was passed down that Sully had entered the building.

It didn’t take too long for me to get up to Sully, and I had him sign a book for me, my brother, and my brother-in-law.

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I also had something special for him. I brought along one of my books personalized to him. I had written the following inside the front cover

Wishing you clear skies and smooth landings

and of course I signed it. I told him that the story had some parallels to his flight and that I had written it before it happened. He said “Great, I’ll check it out” and seemed happy to take the book.

DSCN1376I started reading Sully’s book, Highest Duty, and the beginning chapters have brought back so many of my happy early flying memories, that I had long since forgotten. I’m really enjoying it, and I think you will too.

If you are a flying buff, you have to pick one up. If you are not, I still think you will enjoy it.

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