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Turns out that dad’s little “stunt” was merely laziness.  In ROTC you have to show up first thing in the morning for drills in addition to the ROTC classes.  He never wanted to get up that early.  I was hoping he had stolen an army jeep or something.

According to mom: The commander called his dad (who was an administrator with the university) with J. sitting in the commanders office and talked to him about what to do. J. could hear his dad say “Well then, flunk the damn kid.” J. flunked ROTC!! I would tease him about this quite often.

Also, $4.12 in 1968 = $26.02 in 2008.

Postmark August 31, 1967.  Denver, Colorado.

Wed Eve

4 more days!

Dear R.,

Hi beautiful!  Bob really got a laugh when I showed him your neat stationery.  When Bob’s back he’s going to tell Porky he quit Bell Tel because the job he’s got now is better.  If Porky says anything you can tell him that, okay?

I didn’t think I’d get a chance to write today, but we got rained out at the park, so I’m going to try to make this a long one if possible.  Actually, I can’t think of much to write because all I’m thinking about is this weekend.  Who could think about anything else?  I’ll try though.

Now, about my job — I’m still not going to tell you much except that it’s as a salesman.  I’ll show you what I’m selling when I’m there.  You wouldn’t believe it if I just told you.  I still don’t believe it myself.  Bob doesn’t believe it either but I’ll show him tomorrow night — I get to bring it home then.

Honey, you could go on like that forever and I’d never get bored.  I like hearing you say you care and that you love me — almost as much as I like to tell you.  I know what you mean about forgetting what it’s like.  I’m going to have to learn all over again how to kiss you and hold you.  I don’t think it will take long — I learn fast.  But I haven’t forgotten how much I love you, I could never forget that!  Every day I remember it better and my love for you grows stronger.  I know it will always be like that.

Well, IBM fell through like you hoped.  I was expecting that.  I think the job I have now is going to be much better anyway.  I’m being a little skeptical about it right now though, because I’ve seen too many jobs that aren’t as good as they look at first.  Sure hope this isn’t one of them.

Oh I’m not worried about getting into the drive-in.  I’m not so broke I can’t afford that.  I figured it out tonight — I’ll be able to make the trip and still spend $4.12 while I’m there.  That’s better than I thought I’d do for a while there.  I actually feel rich now!  Besides, Bob gets paid tomorrow.

I just took a bath and washed my hair.  Did I ever tell you I got my hair cut but good?  About a week or so after we got here I went in and asked for a trim.  Well, I got one.  About 2 inches off all the way around.  It was shorter than I’d had it in years!  Now it’s back out about like it was when I left.  I was going to start combing it back on the left side like I used to wear it, but it’ll be a while now.

Do you know what I’m going to do with my first decent check?  I’m going out and buying a mess of stay-pressed shirts and pants.  I’m sure as hell am sick of ironing.  Should do some tonight but I’m not going to.  I refuse.  No!  No!  No!  No!  No!  There, I finally convinced myself.

This is Thursday morning now.  Have to finish this quick like so I can mail it before I go to work.  Don’t have much time.

Now it’s only three days till I get to see you.  I’m getting impatient.  The trip back is going to go too damn slow, I can tell you that, but I can’t wait to leave.  Two days till we leave, and that’s two days too long.

R., you couldn’t believe how bad I want to see you.  I’ve got to see you!  I’d go nuts if something came up so I couldn’t.  That’s all I’m living for now.  I love you so much!

Enough of that — I could go on but I’d start repeating myself.  It’s just that there is no other way to say what I mean.  So I’ll tear myself away from that and talk about the weather, okay?

Okay, the weather — lousy.  It’s raining or sleeting or misting all the time, and it’s colder than ____.  Probably won’t work much tonight either.  That’ll hurt for next week’s check, which I’m counting on when we get back.  I could use tonight off though to demonstrate to Bob what I’m selling and get the practice in myself.  From what I’ve told him he’s just about ready to buy one himself.  Still haven’t told you much about it, have I?  You’ll just have to wait.  If you’re like me you’ll just about go ape when you see it.

Hell, I can’t write anything — I’m always thinking about you and the weekend.  You’ve really brainwashed me.  I’m just hoping the weather is better there than here so we can do some things like maybe “skinny dipping,” right?  With my luck it’ll be worse there Sunday than it is now here.  If it is I’ll scream.

Well, I’ve got to get ready for work, so I’ll mail this on the way out.  Hope you get this tomorrow, but the way things sound you never know.  Probably won’t get another one to you before we are there unless I write and send it tonight.  If I can’t, so long for now.  I’ll see you back home!

Love you,


PS. Gonna check and see if I got any mail today.  Sure hope I get one from you!

Jeff and Rita on her 17th Birthday


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