Monday, October 11, 2004

A Little About Education

Other than healthcare, one issue that keeps me awake at night is K-12 education. This is one area that I took for granted while I was a student in the system and really regret it now. Although I have a lot of great memories from moments that took place within and without the walls of a school while I should have been studying, what are they doing for me now? Absolutely nothing. Notta. Zilch! It took me so long to get caught up. To be honest, I felt like one brilliant dude while I was serving, but then I got out, forced to compete with those who spent there post-K-12 years in college, and realized that I knew a lot about a lot, but not a lot about the basics. Rude awakening, nevertheless. Well, I have worked hard and now feel that I am on a level playing field with my parallels, but I still feel so far behind.

Some time after getting out, I married my wife, a fifth grade public school teacher, and I was confronted with the opportunity to help her to help her students avoid my mistakes. I try to help her as often as I can to make decisions that will push her students a little bit further - and I have found that in order to push them, she has to push herself. A complication that I need to address lightly and lovingly!!!!!!!!

Well, recently I have taken a step into politics and a number of campaigns (presidential and U.S. Senatorial), which has forced me to really look at the issues. FYI: An educated constituent is either a powerful ally or a dreaded foe - depending on what side of the aisle you are on. One of these issues that matches well with my education agenda is No Child Left Behind, or NCLB. To be honest, I have speaking points, but I am not as knowledgeable as I'd like to be. That being said, I am making an effort to become better acquainted with the issue and I am hoping that I can use this venue to share my learnings and learn more from each of you. I am particularly interested in experiences of parents who have noticed a difference, whether good or bad. Let's Roll............

Introducing myself

This is Sean from Doc in the Box, might as well give a little intro about myself for those that haven't read my other blog. I originally joined the Navy in 91, missing the entire first gulf war while at school. Stationed at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station with VMFA (AW)-242 an F/A 18 squadron. Did two 6 month unit deployments with them. With them I went to Iwakuni Japan, Okinawa, Darwin Australia, Guam, Wake Island and Hawaii. Then a 4 year stint at the beautiful Naval Weapons Station China Lake (blah). One good thing about that place they had this thing called flex Fridays where you got every other Friday off. Can’t think of any others. Got out of the Navy in 99 to pursue a different career field, was out for 3 years in school and did something totally different from medicine. I'm one of those that came back in because of 9/11. Figured my skills could better used here. So I'm doing my little bit, saving lives when I can, making sure my guys stay healthy and keeping the families in touch with their loved ones. Blogging gives the rest of the world a snapshot of my mundane life (most days). I also run a photo blog that I started just to share my pictures and adventures which became a nice lifeline for the families of my guys. I look forward to adding my voice to the medical folk we have already gathered here.

Friday, October 08, 2004

The life of a "Doc"

Hey everybody!! I'm Marc, the author of "Corpsman Up!"(link on the sidebar). Im a USN Corpsman, stationed stateside at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. "The Presidents Hospital." I'm not going to use this as a medium to promote my blog in any way shape or form, but go check out everyones blogs. Insights and opinions abound in this unbridled, no-holds barred section of the blogsphere and who knows, you might find a blog in particular that you find amuzing or fun to read.

I'd like to take the time now to thank Sean at "Doc in the Box" for the invite to the group blog. I got this e-mail on the other day and I found myself here. Funny how things work out like that.

Well I gotta get back to my killing and slaughtering my boys at Halo. Take care and nobody be a stranger!!!

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Getting Started

Well...I have always been told that you'll never get the answer that you are looking for, unless you ask the right question, so..... Considering the fact that this is my first blog, I have created my profile, but, for the life of me, I cannot figure out how to link a photo to the profile. Apparently, you need a URL of sorts and the site even links you to program called Hello that links you to a porgram called Picasa. I have ran through both, but cannot figure out how to locate the URL. Please help.

From Memory to Keystrokes

I would first like to start this entry by extending my gratitude to Sean for giving us this venue to turn our memories into written word and to share our honest thoughts about the present and future state of our country and our faithful who blouse their boots or mount their dixie cup nearly every day for us. I enlisted eighteen days after graduating from high school and served actively between 1991 and 1995 and in the reserves until 1998. During most of that time, I was young and did not appreciate what I was doing and what the Navy was doing for me. It has been six years since my last day of service and I can tell you that I appreciate the military more now than ever before. I look forward to sharing my experiences with each of you.

New group blog for Corpsman

Send me an email at dustmans@hotmail.com if you're interested in joining, I've been thinking about doing something of this sort for a while but Jason T. approached me for permission to post on my blog. Sorry I'm sort of stingy about that (I don't even let my girlfriend fill in for me!) So instead started up a group blog with an open invite to corpsman.