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  30. <title>The Register: Pennsylvania sues IBM for fraud</title>
  31. <link>https://geldred.com/2017/03/13/the-register-pennsylvania-sues-ibm-for-fraud/</link>
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  33. <pubDate>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:37:56 +0000</pubDate>
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  40. <description><![CDATA[Ouch, &#8220;frequent personnel churn.&#8221; Too many subcontractors and not enough actual IBM employees? “Despite being paid nearly $170 million, IBM never delivered the modern, integrated [computer system] it commit[ed] to build, instead delivering failed promises and a failed project,” alleged the complaint, which additionally claimed that: “Frequent IBM personnel churn came to be a defining [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=648&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  41. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Ouch, &#8220;frequent personnel churn.&#8221; Too many subcontractors and not enough actual IBM employees?</p>
  42. <blockquote><p>“Despite being paid nearly $170 million, IBM never delivered the modern, integrated [computer system] it commit[ed] to build, instead delivering failed promises and a failed project,” alleged the complaint, which additionally claimed that: “Frequent IBM personnel churn came to be a defining feature of the … project”.</p></blockquote>
  43. <p><a href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/10/pennsylvania_says_ibm_is_blowing_110m_contract_to_upgrade_it_system/?mt=1489163950084" target="_blank">More &gt; </a></p>
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  53. <title>Connect 2017: The Really Good</title>
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  56. <pubDate>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:44:45 +0000</pubDate>
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  74. <description><![CDATA[[Note: I was going to create one post on Connect 2017, but have decided it would be better to break it into sections. This is Part One.] This was the first year I have attended Connect that I did not attend any sessions that dealt with IBM Notes and IBM Domino. Well, other than the [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=640&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  75. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>[Note: I was going to create one post on Connect 2017, but have decided it would be better to break it into sections. This is Part One.]</p>
  76. <p>This was the first year I have attended Connect that I did not attend any sessions that dealt with IBM Notes and IBM Domino. Well, other than the forced sessions, such as the Opening General Session and the Technical Session. It&#8217;s not that I don&#8217;t want to know what&#8217;s coming, it&#8217;s that in my current role, I am focusing primarily on IBM Connections. So, if you were expecting something from me on IBM Notes and IBM Domino, this is not the place.</p>
  77. <p>But, I will say this: Last year my team upgraded our Domino 8.5.3 environment to Domino 9.0.1 Social Edition, removed 95% of the IBM Notes clients in the environment by moving users to iNotes, and the remaining 5% of the clients are running IBM Notes 9. Applications? What can be moved to other platforms is nearly complete. What wasn&#8217;t moved in the first phase, will be moved, probably this year. Unlike a lot of places, we are using IBM Domino for (strictly) mail. And it&#8217;s all on-premises.</p>
  78. <p>That said, I was very impressed with Connect 2017 as a person with an IBM Connections focus.</p>
  79. <p>The Really Good:</p>
  80. <ul>
  81. <li>Catching up with my friends in the IBM stack. This is arguably one of of the few conferences where I can see and talk with most of the people I consider &#8220;friend&#8221; in this space. Because it is the one large, international conference for all things IBM Notes/Domino, Sametime, Connections, and so on, it will attract the most people from around the world. Regardless of the name or location, they will be at this event. This year, it did not disappoint in this regard. Most of the people were here and it was a great week to talk to them in person.</li>
  82. <li>If you haven&#8217;t, or don&#8217;t, travel internationally, this is the place to talk to your non-USA friends about world views. Sure, it&#8217;s a technology conference, however since I have known a lot of these people for quite some time, I do not hesitate to ask about Brexit, the current political climate in their home countries, or in the USA. It is a great way to experience the world from other perspectives. And as I respect them and their views, it broadens my view of the USA and the world.</li>
  83. <li>There was a plethora of Connections sessions from which to choose. In fact, on Wednesday, I was double and triple booked during certain time slots. This caused me a lot of stress. Too many sessions, too little time. And no repeats.</li>
  84. <li>Wednesday was the best day of the week. Many of the Customer Stories were presented on this day and they were excellent. There is nothing like seeing how other people overcame obstacles, integrated other business applications into Connections, on boarded new Connections users, and increased adoption, to get your enthusiasm to increase. There was furious note taking happening. Also, I introduced myself to several speakers, hoping to parlay the introduction into a more informative conversation in the next several months.</li>
  85. <li>Also on Wednesday, there was an onslaught of Connections Pink sessions (see point #1, above). It helped that I was privy to a special meeting with Jason Gary, so I was able to miss several of those sessions, as I heard everything I hoped to hear, directly from him.</li>
  86. <li>The Product Showcase was primarily focused on IBM Connections Business Partners and IBM Connections 3rd party applications and extensions. It was perfectly suited to someone like me. After working with Connections for several years, it&#8217;s nice to go into the Product Showcase knowing exactly what you want to learn more about as it pertains to your installation and culture. I think I was an &#8220;easy sell&#8221; to several vendors.</li>
  87. <li>While there was a lot of walking within Moscone Center, it was primarily confined to the second floor.</li>
  88. <li>The Opening General Session was a nice mix of customer stories, demos, music, and more. It seemed to flow very nicely from one thing to the next. I know that many were ecstatic that IBM Notes and IBM Domino were mentioned, especially concerning IBM&#8217;s continued support of the platform. For the nuts and bolts of that support, you had to attend several sessions dedicated to the roadmaps. I was missing from those sessions.</li>
  89. <li>The featured speaker, Dr. Sheena Iyengar, author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Art-Choosing-Sheena-Iyengar/dp/0446504114/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1488223372&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=art+of+choosing" target="_blank">The Art of Choosing</a>, was an excellent choice. Appearing toward the end of the of Opening General Session, she wove what we had seen and heard, specifically Watson, Watson Workspace, and cognitive, into our current lives and choices. It was enthralling.</li>
  90. <li>The Technical Keynote, hosted by Ed Brill, was just what we needed to see and hear. Chris Crummey led the demonstrations and, as expected, did an exceptional job using &#8220;real world&#8221; examples using real people and real situations, not some made up company with made up problems.</li>
  91. <li>The Closing General Session, as usual, recapped the week. However, as is IBM&#8217;s custom, their featured speaker, Eric  Whitacre, a classical music composer, was outstanding. Ever since I witnessed Benjamin Zander in Orlando, I absolutely love music themed Closing General Sessions. I suppose it reminds me what I already know, I need to see more orchestras. While I love rock (the harder and more angry, the better), it is classical music that affects me emotionally. I think we all should seek out art that affects the emotions. Eric&#8217;s story was spectacular. But, as the session closed, there was no announcement of Connect 2018. No dates, no location. What 2018 will bring for this conference seems to be . . . unknown.</li>
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  93. <p>Wednesday was &#8220;Pink Day&#8221; at Connect, and in response to that, here is a photo of Jason Gary for your enjoyment or amusement:</p>
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  95. <p>I think that Jason must use the same bespoke tailor as Mat Newman.</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/640/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/640/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=640&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  107. <title>It&#8217;s Back to the Office for (more) IBMers</title>
  108. <link>https://geldred.com/2017/02/09/its-back-to-the-office-for-more-ibmers/</link>
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  110. <pubDate>Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:43:09 +0000</pubDate>
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  117. <description><![CDATA[Yesterday, vowe reported that IBM is forcing all employees in marketing that there will be no telecommuting, rather everyone has to work in one of six central hubs. Now, The Register is reporting that this will also affect employees in Software and Systems. According to well-placed sources, IBM&#8217;s Software and Systems unit began a transition [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=638&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  118. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Yesterday, <a href="https://vowe.net/archives/016255.html" target="_blank">vowe reported</a> that IBM is forcing all employees in marketing that there will be no telecommuting, rather everyone has to work in one of six central hubs. Now, <a href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/09/ibm_workfromhome_cull_companywide/?mt=1486649971845" target="_blank">The Register</a> is reporting that this will also affect employees in Software and Systems.</p>
  119. <blockquote><p>According to well-placed sources, IBM&#8217;s Software and Systems unit began a transition similar to the marketing department&#8217;s upheaval late last year, with remote workers told they would have to move and work at one of a handful of city offices, or find a new job.</p>
  120. <p>Yesterday, we learned that IBM&#8217;s US marketing employees were told they must report to and work at one of these main offices in America: New York, San Francisco, Austin, Cambridge, Atlanta, or Raleigh.</p>
  121. <p>Teams in the Software and Systems division will also be made to work at those hubs, though we are told that IBM is keeping some of its labs open, and Software and Systems employees may be able to be relocated to one of those.</p></blockquote>
  122. <p>Not confined to the borders of the US, The Register reports that this policy will be implemented in Europe, as well.</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/638/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/638/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=638&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  133. <pubDate>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:19:52 +0000</pubDate>
  134. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gregg Eldred]]></dc:creator>
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  140. <description><![CDATA[This isn&#8217;t your normal analysis of an IBM earnings report. It&#8217;s better. The other day it was announced the Ringling Bros circus was closing, a victim apparently of changing tastes and of concern for the security of the elephants in the performances. But investors have no fear, if you miss the circus, a modern equivalent [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=636&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  141. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>This isn&#8217;t your normal analysis of an IBM earnings report. It&#8217;s better.</p>
  142. <blockquote><p>
  143. The other day it was announced the <a href="http://people.com/human-interest/ringling-bros-barnum-bailey-circus-closing-after-146-years/" target="_blank">Ringling Bros circus was closing</a>, a victim apparently of changing tastes and of concern for the security of the elephants in the performances. But investors have no fear, if you miss the circus, a modern equivalent is presented every 3 months or so when IBM (NYSE:IBM) reports the results of its quarter. No elephants, but plenty of jugglers and high wire acts punctuated by some clowns and magicians on stage for yet another performance. It&#8217;s been a grand show and the results and the conference call this past quarter were no exception.</p></blockquote>
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  171. <description><![CDATA[Graduation day, 20 January 2017, Kilo Company and Oscar Company. This is, IMHO, the greatest graduation ceremony I have ever witnessed. And I&#8217;ve seen it twice. Every time I think about it, I get something in my eyes. Strange. Graduation takes place on Peatross Parade Deck, one of the largest parade decks I&#8217;ve ever seen. [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=630&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  172. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Graduation day, 20 January 2017, Kilo Company and Oscar Company. This is, IMHO, the greatest graduation ceremony I have ever witnessed. And I&#8217;ve seen it twice.</p>
  173. <p>Every time I think about it, I get something in my eyes. Strange.</p>
  174. <p>Graduation takes place on Peatross Parade Deck, one of the largest parade decks I&#8217;ve ever seen. Graduation begins with the Parris Island Marine Corps band entering. Then, the Parade Adjunct marks the right flank of the formation and the two graduating companies enter the deck, marching in unison, platoon flags waving in the breeze. It is an incredible sight.</p>
  175. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-another-graduation/usmc-graduation_paradedeck/" rel="attachment wp-att-631"><img data-attachment-id="631" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-another-graduation/usmc-graduation_paradedeck/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-graduation_paradedeck.jpg" data-orig-size="5287,1943" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484905887&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00061087354917532&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-graduation_paradedeck" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-graduation_paradedeck.jpg?w=300&#038;h=110" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-graduation_paradedeck.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-631 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-graduation_paradedeck.jpg?w=300&#038;h=110" alt="usmc-graduation_paradedeck" width="300" height="110" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-graduation_paradedeck.jpg?w=300&amp;h=110 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-graduation_paradedeck.jpg?w=600&amp;h=220 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-graduation_paradedeck.jpg?w=150&amp;h=55 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  176. <p>I hope that this panorama of the parade deck, with 599 men and women that are the United States Marine Corps newest members, helps you see just how large the parade deck is.</p>
  177. <p>It was during the Commanding Officers Remarks that something got in my eyes. He&#8217;s talking about honor, courage, and commitment. Then he says, &#8220;Once a Marine, Always a Marine,&#8221; and asks for all Marines in attendance to stand and be recognized. Up goes Number One Son. I&#8217;m working on getting &#8220;dust&#8221; out of my eyes.</p>
  178. <p>I had to laugh to myself after thinking about this. Every other graduation ceremony you might attend wants to honor all veterans in attendance. Not here. They only want to honor Marines. Sorry, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, and Army veterans.</p>
  179. <p>After the Remarks, the Marines pass in review, which is another spectacular sight.</p>
  180. <p>Then, they retire the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guidon_(United_States)#Marine_Corps" target="_blank">guidons</a>, present awards to the high shooters and high scorers in combined personal fitness, the band plays the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marines%27_Hymn" target="_blank">Marines&#8217; Hymn</a>, and then there is the Final Dismissal.</p>
  181. <p>Now, another rush to greet the new Marines, take more photos, and meet some of friends he&#8217;s made during the 13 weeks of boot camp.</p>
  182. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-another-graduation/usmc-graduationday-newmarine/" rel="attachment wp-att-632"><img data-attachment-id="632" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-another-graduation/usmc-graduationday-newmarine/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-graduationday-newmarine.jpg" data-orig-size="1504,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484906893&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00070175438596491&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-graduationday-newmarine" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-graduationday-newmarine.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-graduationday-newmarine.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-632 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-graduationday-newmarine.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" alt="usmc-graduationday-newmarine" width="224" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-graduationday-newmarine.jpg?w=224&amp;h=300 224w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-graduationday-newmarine.jpg?w=448&amp;h=600 448w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-graduationday-newmarine.jpg?w=112&amp;h=150 112w" sizes="(max-width: 224px) 100vw, 224px" /></a></p>
  183. <p style="text-align:center;"> Number One Son with his cousin, his new brother.</p>
  184. <p>After congratulating him, it was time to head back north. But first, a special stop. What Number One Son called &#8220;a tradition.&#8221;</p>
  185. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-another-graduation/usmc-wendys/" rel="attachment wp-att-633"><img data-attachment-id="633" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-another-graduation/usmc-wendys/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-wendys.jpg" data-orig-size="3024,4032" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484912604&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00062383031815346&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-wendys" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-wendys.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-wendys.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-633 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-wendys.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="usmc-wendys" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-wendys.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-wendys.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-wendys.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  186. <p>To all, this looks like just another Wendy&#8217;s. To my family, this is the Wendy&#8217;s where we stopped with Number One Son, after his graduation and he had his first civilian meal in 13 weeks. It&#8217;s at Highway 17 and I-95 in Jasper, SC. To quote my blog post from 2010:</p>
  187. <blockquote><p>On the way home, we stopped at Wendy&#8217;s for lunch, with our Marine. What did he eat?</p>
  188. <ul>
  189. <li>A Triple Baconator, small fry, and a Mr. Pibb.</li>
  190. <li>Sweet and Spicy Asian Boneless Wings, small fry, and a lemonade.</li>
  191. <li>Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty</li>
  192. </ul>
  193. <p>Quite an amazing sight.</p></blockquote>
  194. <p>This time, it was just a Double Baconator, medium fry, and a soda.</p>
  195. <p>My mother now has all of her grandchildren in uniform: two Marines, a soldier, and a (auxiliary) policeman. I think that is simply amazing and I am extremely proud of them all. Although, as I said back in 2010, &#8220;proud&#8221; is a word that doesn&#8217;t seem to appropriately describe how I feel about them.</p>
  196. <p>I cannot say that I will not return to MCRD Parris Island for a third visit. Of course, it will be with Number One Son in tow. And, hopefully, with Number Two Son. Our family now has a proud tradition of men in uniform after a generation without any.</p>
  197. <p>By the way, graduation ceremonies at MCRD Parris Island are open to the public. If you ever find yourself in the area, please take the time to witness a graduation ceremony. Here are <a href="http://www.mcrdpi.marines.mil/Graduation-Info/2017-Schedule/" target="_blank">all of the dates for 2017.</a> It will only take you a few hours of your time (depending on whether you also decide to see some of the sights on the base). As I keep telling you, it is truly the best graduation ceremony you will ever witness. Honest.</p>
  198. <p>Semper Fi!</p>
  199. <p>Link:</p>
  200. <p><a href="http://www.ns-tech.com/blog/geldred.nsf/d6plinks/GELD-83C6K5" target="_blank">Number One Son: Marine</a></p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/630/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/630/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=630&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  220. <title>Seven Years Later, A Return to MCRD Parris Island</title>
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  223. <pubDate>Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:01:57 +0000</pubDate>
  224. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gregg Eldred]]></dc:creator>
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  236. <description><![CDATA[Nearly seven years ago, I traveled to Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, SC, for Number One Son&#8217;s graduation from boot camp and into the US Marine Corps. Neither he nor I ever thought that we would return. But we did. Here is what I shared with you seven years ago. This time, it was [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=616&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  237. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Nearly seven years ago, I traveled to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Corps_Recruit_Depot_Parris_Island" target="_blank">Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, SC</a>, for Number One Son&#8217;s graduation from boot camp and into the US Marine Corps. Neither he nor I ever thought that we would return.</p>
  238. <p>But we did. <a href="http://www.ns-tech.com/blog/geldred.nsf/d6plinks/GELD-83C6K5" target="_blank">Here is what I shared</a> with you seven years ago.</p>
  239. <p>This time, it was for my nephew&#8217;s graduation. An interesting tidbit; he graduated from the same recruit battalion and platoon as Number One Son.</p>
  240. <p>19 January, we arrived at MCRD Parris Island for Family Day. The festivities started at the (civilian) God awful time of 7AM for the recruit&#8217;s motivational run. This is pretty much just a show for the families, and is a fairly short run, by USMC standards. But it is the first opportunity to see your recruit, even if it is a fleeting moment. At about 9:30AM, we all gather in the All Weather Training Facility. It is here that we watch a film which condenses 13 weeks of training into about 20 minutes. Then, after an interminable wait (remember, the military hardly ever starts anything on time), the recruits enter the facility where we are introduced to the Drill Instructors, reminded of Family Day rules, and on-base liberty begins.</p>
  241. <p>Chaos reigns while family and recruits seek each other out in the massive crowd where laughing, crying, and hugging is everywhere you look.</p>
  242. <p>Our recruit now takes us on a tour of MCRD. First stop, his barracks. His brand new barracks.</p>
  243. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday-newbarracks/" rel="attachment wp-att-617"><img data-attachment-id="617" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday-newbarracks/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday-newbarracks.jpg" data-orig-size="4032,3024" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484821671&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.0008058017727639&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday-newbarracks" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday-newbarracks.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday-newbarracks.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-617 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday-newbarracks.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="usmc-familyday-newbarracks" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday-newbarracks.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday-newbarracks.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday-newbarracks.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  244. <p>Kind of looks like a college dormitory, doesn&#8217;t it? Let&#8217;s take a look inside.</p>
  245. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday_barracks/" rel="attachment wp-att-618"><img data-attachment-id="618" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday_barracks/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday_barracks.jpg" data-orig-size="3024,4032" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484822024&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;80&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.033333333333333&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday_barracks" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday_barracks.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday_barracks.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-618 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday_barracks.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="usmc-familyday_barracks" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday_barracks.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday_barracks.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday_barracks.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  246. <p>Looks like pretty much every &#8220;dorm&#8221; you&#8217;ve seen, right? Neat and tidy, everything in its place.</p>
  247. <p>They even have showers, sinks, toilets and urinals in their &#8220;dorm.&#8221; And when they are standing at the urinals, they are reminded to check their stream to make sure that they are drinking enough water with this handy chart:</p>
  248. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-hydration/" rel="attachment wp-att-619"><img data-attachment-id="619" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-hydration/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-hydration.jpg" data-orig-size="3024,4032" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484821784&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;200&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.066666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-hydration" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-hydration.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-hydration.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-619 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-hydration.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="usmc-hydration" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-hydration.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-hydration.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-hydration.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  249. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  250. <p>Number One Son and I took a good look around the barracks, as this is not the same one that housed him during his time at MCRD. We made a mental note to find his old barracks.</p>
  251. <p>After the visit to the barracks, we headed to Marine Corps Exchange, which has everything a Marine needs (insignia, clothes, boots, and so on) and everything visitors need (souvenirs, beer, alcohol, gifts, food, and so on). Number One Son picked up some <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin" target="_blank">Challenge Coins</a> and I bought a new <a href="http://marineparentsinc.com/store/shop/item.aspx?itemid=321" target="_blank">license plate frame</a>.</p>
  252. <p>Number One Son and I remembered that his old barracks was behind the Marine Corps Exchange, so we went looking for it while the others walked to the Visitors Center, as lunch was being delivered to us.</p>
  253. <p>We found his old barracks:</p>
  254. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-oldbarracks/" rel="attachment wp-att-620"><img data-attachment-id="620" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-oldbarracks/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldbarracks.jpg" data-orig-size="2016,1512" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484827196&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00022099447513812&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-oldbarracks" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldbarracks.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldbarracks.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-620 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldbarracks.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="usmc-oldbarracks" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldbarracks.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldbarracks.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldbarracks.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  255. <p>And his old parade deck:</p>
  256. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-oldparadedeck/" rel="attachment wp-att-621"><img data-attachment-id="621" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-oldparadedeck/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldparadedeck.jpg" data-orig-size="2016,1512" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484827189&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00071479628305933&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-oldparadedeck" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldparadedeck.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldparadedeck.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-621 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldparadedeck.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="usmc-oldparadedeck" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldparadedeck.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldparadedeck.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldparadedeck.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  257. <p>Number One Son was not happy. &#8220;Do you know how much time I spent on that parade deck? Now look at it.&#8221; He was, IMHO, really upset. I suppose the equivalent would be discovering that your childhood home had been torn down.</p>
  258. <p>On our way to meet up with the rest of the family, we talked with an Army veteran that is working in a civilian role on MCRD. He and Number One Son had a really nice chat about where they&#8217;d been, what they&#8217;d done. I think that the little conversation lifted Number One Son&#8217;s spirits. Plus, for me, it was extremely cool to listen to two vets talk about their experiences.</p>
  259. <p>After an excellent lunch (thanks Laurie), it was time for a few pictures.</p>
  260. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday5/" rel="attachment wp-att-622"><img data-attachment-id="622" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday5/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday5.jpg" data-orig-size="1504,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484830203&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00062383031815346&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday5" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday5.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday5.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-622 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday5.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" alt="usmc-familyday5" width="224" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday5.jpg?w=224&amp;h=300 224w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday5.jpg?w=448&amp;h=600 448w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday5.jpg?w=112&amp;h=150 112w" sizes="(max-width: 224px) 100vw, 224px" /></a></p>
  261. <p>A new Marine and an alumni (say hello to Number One Son).</p>
  262. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday3/" rel="attachment wp-att-623"><img data-attachment-id="623" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday3/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday3.jpg" data-orig-size="1504,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484830141&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00070175438596491&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday3" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday3.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday3.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-623 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday3.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" alt="usmc-familyday3" width="224" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday3.jpg?w=224&amp;h=300 224w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday3.jpg?w=448&amp;h=600 448w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday3.jpg?w=112&amp;h=150 112w" sizes="(max-width: 224px) 100vw, 224px" /></a></p>
  263. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  264. <p>And one of just the new Marine, my nephew:</p>
  265. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday4/" rel="attachment wp-att-624"><img data-attachment-id="624" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday4/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday4.jpg" data-orig-size="1504,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484830069&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.0006631299734748&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday4" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday4.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday4.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-624 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday4.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" alt="usmc-familyday4" width="224" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday4.jpg?w=224&amp;h=300 224w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday4.jpg?w=448&amp;h=600 448w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday4.jpg?w=112&amp;h=150 112w" sizes="(max-width: 224px) 100vw, 224px" /></a></p>
  266. <p>More touring of MCRD followed, before the Marine had to report to the parade deck to practice their graduation ceremony.</p>
  267. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday6/" rel="attachment wp-att-625"><img data-attachment-id="625" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday6/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday6.jpg" data-orig-size="2016,1512" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484832858&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00039001560062402&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday6" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday6.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday6.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-625 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday6.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="usmc-familyday6" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday6.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday6.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday6.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  268. <p>The sand pit. This is where &#8220;Individual Training (IT)&#8221; takes place. From what Number One Son told me, you don&#8217;t want to be in the pit. I trust his judgement. It&#8217;s also the only place where the Drill Instructors cannot touch you. But even with that limitation, recruits do feel their wrath.</p>
  269. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday1/" rel="attachment wp-att-626"><img data-attachment-id="626" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday1/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday1.jpg" data-orig-size="1504,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484833236&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.0005720823798627&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday1.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday1.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-626 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday1.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" alt="usmc-familyday1" width="224" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday1.jpg?w=224&amp;h=300 224w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday1.jpg?w=448&amp;h=600 448w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday1.jpg?w=112&amp;h=150 112w" sizes="(max-width: 224px) 100vw, 224px" /></a></p>
  270. <p>The Yellow Footprints. When the new recruits disembark from the bus, in the dead of the night, they are required to stand on a set of footprints. This begins their welcome into the Marine Corps.</p>
  271. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday2/" rel="attachment wp-att-627"><img data-attachment-id="627" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday2/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday2.jpg" data-orig-size="2016,1512" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484833275&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00050709939148073&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday2.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday2.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-627 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday2.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="usmc-familyday2" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday2.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday2.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday2.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  272. <p>New recruits. Notice the high visibility belts they are wearing. That immediately signals to all that these men have just arrived at MCRD. And, according to Number One Son, signals to all to keep an eye on them during the first week at MCRD, as this is when they are most apt to have issues.</p>
  273. <p>Next time, graduation and fast food.</p>
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  327. <title>Breakfast with Monkey</title>
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  330. <pubDate>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:51:24 +0000</pubDate>
  331. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gregg Eldred]]></dc:creator>
  332. <category><![CDATA[motorcycle]]></category>
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  342. <description><![CDATA[I forgot to add one other anecdote concerning the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, which culminated on Day Five. Throughout the adventure, Monkey was with me. In fact, most of the pictures I took, Monkey was in them. Like this one: I think it was during a meal break, probably Day Three, when my co-adventurers wanted [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=612&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  343. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I forgot to add one other anecdote concerning the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, which culminated on Day Five.</p>
  344. <p>Throughout the adventure, Monkey was with me. In fact, most of the pictures I took, Monkey was in them. Like this one:</p>
  345. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/whitefish_1/" rel="attachment wp-att-568"><img data-attachment-id="568" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/whitefish_1/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg" data-orig-size="1512,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472236840&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00036403349108118&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="whitefish_1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-568 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="whitefish_1" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  346. <p>I think it was during a meal break, probably Day Three, when my co-adventurers wanted to know why Monkey gets to look at all of the sights but never gets to eat.</p>
  347. <p>It was a good question. I think the answer is &#8220;I forget to bring him into the restaurant.&#8221;</p>
  348. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-five/" target="_blank">Day Five</a>, we&#8217;ve just loaded up the bikes for the ride home. A quick look at Google Maps pointed me to a <a href="http://www.toastnjams.com/" target="_blank">local breakfast restaurant</a> (it was very good, a bit pricey, but very good). After we arrived, I remembered that Monkey could use breakfast, too. After all, he&#8217;d been with us the entire time and had yet to eat.</p>
  349. <p>I brought Monkey into the restaurant and propped him up on the table with us.</p>
  350. <p>As the waitress was taking our orders, I jokingly ordered an orange juice for our stuffed friend.</p>
  351. <p>It wasn&#8217;t taken as joke.</p>
  352. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/17/breakfast-with-monkey/breakfast_monkey/" rel="attachment wp-att-613"><img data-attachment-id="613" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/17/breakfast-with-monkey/breakfast_monkey/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/breakfast_monkey.jpg" data-orig-size="3024,4032" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472460230&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.033333333333333&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="breakfast_monkey" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/breakfast_monkey.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/breakfast_monkey.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-613 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/breakfast_monkey.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="breakfast_monkey" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/breakfast_monkey.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/breakfast_monkey.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/breakfast_monkey.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  353. <p>And it wasn&#8217;t free, either.</p>
  354. <p>Which was fine, because our little mascot was very thirsty!</p>
  355. <p>I wonder if he can order off of the &#8220;Children&#8217;s Menu?&#8221;</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/612/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/612/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=612&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  371. <title>Bob&#8217;s Big Picture technology predictions for 2017</title>
  372. <link>https://geldred.com/2017/01/16/bobs-big-picture-technology-predictions-for-2017/</link>
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  374. <pubDate>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:48:54 +0000</pubDate>
  375. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gregg Eldred]]></dc:creator>
  376. <category><![CDATA[ibm]]></category>
  377. <category><![CDATA[Microsoft]]></category>
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  379. <category><![CDATA[cringely]]></category>
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  385. <description><![CDATA[As he has done for years, Bob Cringely has posted his 2017 predictions. Number six ought to be a fun one to watch. Prediction #6 — Come-to-Jesus time for IBM. The most important 2017 event for IBM will be the retirement at 60 of CEO Ginni Rometty. The future of Big Blue absolutely depends on [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=610&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  386. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>As he has done for years, Bob Cringely has posted his 2017 predictions. Number six ought to be a fun one to watch.</p>
  387. <blockquote><p><strong>Prediction #6 — Come-to-Jesus time for IBM</strong>. The most important 2017 event for IBM will be the retirement at 60 of CEO Ginni Rometty. The future of Big Blue absolutely depends on the actions this year of her successor. If she follows the example of the two previous IBM CEOs Rometty will stick around for a year as chairman before flying-off to paradise in her jet.</p>
  388. <p>The reason I call this a Come-to-Jesus time for IBM is because the next CEO will have a chance to do something different with the company. If he or she decides to break with the past IBM has a chance. If the new CEO takes whatever game plan Rometty hands over and runs with that, then IBM is doomed.</p></blockquote>
  389. <p><a href="http://www.cringely.com/2017/01/09/15395/" target="_blank">More &gt;</a></p>
  390. <p>Maybe just as interesting, in one of his other predictions, Prediction #1, in fact, he talks about the Cloud Arms Race. In it, he only mentions IBM as an aside, with Amazon, Google, and Microsoft being the leaders. I suppose all of the talk from IBM about their cloud, is just that, talk. Oh, there may be some companies in their cloud, but not in the numbers that fill Amazon, Google, or Microsoft data centers.</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/610/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/610/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=610&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  398. <title>Lake Michigan Circle Tour &#8211; Day Five</title>
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  401. <pubDate>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:17:42 +0000</pubDate>
  402. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gregg Eldred]]></dc:creator>
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  414. <description><![CDATA[Here it is, the last day on the tour. We aren&#8217;t exactly happy when we mount up in the morning, knowing that this will be the last day we ride on the Circle Tour. After five days, and talking about just saying &#8220;Eff it, let&#8217;s keep riding,&#8221; we head south and east. Not a lot [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=602&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  415. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Here it is, the last day on the tour. We aren&#8217;t exactly happy when we mount up in the morning, knowing that this will be the last day we ride on the Circle Tour. After five days, and talking about just saying &#8220;Eff it, let&#8217;s keep riding,&#8221; we head south and east. Not a lot of things to report, as it is all highway as we head home.</p>
  416. <p>Day Five:</p>
  417. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-five/day5/" rel="attachment wp-att-603"><img data-attachment-id="603" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-five/day5/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day5.jpg" data-orig-size="698,431" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="day5" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day5.jpg?w=300&#038;h=185" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day5.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-603 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day5.jpg?w=300&#038;h=185" alt="day5" width="300" height="185" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day5.jpg?w=300&amp;h=185 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day5.jpg?w=600&amp;h=370 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day5.jpg?w=150&amp;h=93 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  418. <p>See? All highway. While we were rocking the Ohio Turnpike at 70+ mph, it was still awful boring. Thanks to my <a href="http://www.sena.com/product/10s/" target="_blank">bluetooth headset</a>, at least I have some music to lessen the boredom.</p>
  419. <p>Total miles: 337</p>
  420. <p>After switching the bike off, one last picture to remind me of the trip:</p>
  421. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-five/odometer-3/" rel="attachment wp-att-605"><img data-attachment-id="605" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-five/odometer-3/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/odometer1.jpg" data-orig-size="3024,4032" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472491425&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;125&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.033333333333333&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="odometer" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/odometer1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/odometer1.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-605 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/odometer1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="odometer" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/odometer1.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/odometer1.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/odometer1.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  422. <p>Five days seems like a lot, but trust me, the trip was too short. We decided that in 2017, we are going back to the Upper Peninsula. This time, since we&#8217;ve ridden some amazing roads on the way to the UP, we&#8217;re going to ride I-75 north, to minimize travel time, and spend more time exploring the east, central, and western parts of the UP. Perhaps make Newberry, MI, the base town for exploration of the central and eastern areas. Then, find a town in the western part, and explore that area. There&#8217;s so much to see and do, this seems to be the best method to properly ride the UP.</p>
  423. <p>What We Learned:</p>
  424. <ol>
  425. <li>Gas stations, and towns, are few and far between. Be smart, gas up when the opportunity arises. Or, even smarter, map out the gas stations along your route.</li>
  426. <li>The Upper Peninsula has spectacular sights and vistas. Once you&#8217;re here, you&#8217;ll want to spend more time exploring than you&#8217;ve budgeted. A return trip is most certainly in your future plans.</li>
  427. <li>To go with the gas stations point, above, there are long distances between the places you want to visit. I hope you have a comfortable saddle. If not, spend the money. Your ass will thank you. Also, you may want to do some longer trips to prepare yourself.</li>
  428. <li>Gas stations are few and far between.</li>
  429. <li>Just because your GPS or Google Maps tells you that there is a town just up the road, there may not be a gas station. Small towns are norm in the UP.</li>
  430. <li>Don&#8217;t count on your GPS, Google Maps, or having cellular coverage in all areas of the UP. Bring an actual map with you.</li>
  431. <li>Everyone we met, with the exception of a few (Newberry hotel operator, customers in a bar in Iron Mountain) were gracious and happy to talk to us, happy to provide directions, and very happy to recommend dining options. You&#8217;ll make some new friends in the UP.</li>
  432. <li>If you&#8217;re looking for souvenirs, like patches, pins, and stickers, the small stores that you see along your route is where you&#8217;ll find them. As a bonus, you&#8217;ll be supporting local businesses. And, the staff is used to seeing and interacting with bikers.</li>
  433. <li>The <a href="https://www.ssbadger.com/" target="_blank">SS Badger</a> is an excellent, relaxing way to avoid Chicago traffic. Remember to bring your tie downs. And since it is a part of US 10, it &#8220;could&#8221; count into your mileage. We didn&#8217;t count it, but you could. <img src="https://s0.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/wpcom-smileys/twemoji/2/72x72/1f642.png" alt="🙂" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /></li>
  434. <li>We averaged 377 miles a day.</li>
  435. <li>Gasoline averaged $2.48/gallon.</li>
  436. </ol>
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  438. <p>Links:</p>
  439. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/" target="_blank">Lake Michigan Circle Tour &#8211; No Reservations and Day One</a></p>
  440. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-two/" target="_blank">Lake Michigan Circle Tour &#8211; Day Two</a></p>
  441. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/12/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-three/" target="_blank">Lake Michigan Circle Tour &#8211; Day Three</a></p>
  442. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/" target="_blank">Lake Michigan Circle Tour &#8211; Day Four</a></p>
  443. <p>Bonus Link:</p>
  444. <p>As it happens, <a href="http://www.roadrunner.travel/" target="_blank">RoadRunner</a> magazine has an article on riding the Upper Peninsula. Take a look for more professional photographs (no monkeys) and text.</p>
  445. <p><a href="http://www.roadrunner.travel/magazine/read/november-december-2016/page/80/" target="_blank">RoadRunner Magazine &#8211; Michigan&#8217;s Upper Peninsula: Northern Exposure</a></p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/602/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/602/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=602&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  468. <pubDate>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:11:29 +0000</pubDate>
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  481. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The sadness begins, as we know that we are heading home, the Upper Peninsula already a (great) memory. We now have a destination that does not wait for those that are tardy, a ferry crossing of Lake Michigan, so that we do not have to ride through Chicago and all that entails when you are on two wheels.</p>
  482. <p>Day Four:</p>
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  484. <p>As you can see from the route, it isn&#8217;t all that spectacular. However, we did make one memorable stop, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambeau_Field" target="_blank">Lambeau Field</a> in Green Bay, WI.</p>
  485. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/lambeau1/" rel="attachment wp-att-592"><img data-attachment-id="592" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/lambeau1/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau1.jpg" data-orig-size="581,775" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="lambeau1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau1.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-592 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="lambeau1" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau1.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau1.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau1.jpg?w=112&amp;h=150 112w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
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  489. <p style="text-align:center;">Monkey does the &#8220;Lambeau Leap.&#8221; I laugh every time I watch this video.</p>
  490. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/monkey_girlfriend/" rel="attachment wp-att-595"><img data-attachment-id="595" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/monkey_girlfriend/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/monkey_girlfriend.jpg" data-orig-size="3024,4032" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472384130&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;80&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.033333333333333&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="monkey_girlfriend" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/monkey_girlfriend.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/monkey_girlfriend.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-595 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/monkey_girlfriend.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="monkey_girlfriend" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/monkey_girlfriend.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/monkey_girlfriend.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/monkey_girlfriend.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  491. <p style="text-align:center;">Monkey found himself a girlfriend.</p>
  492. <p>A quick look at the time and all shenanigans ceased; we have a ferry to catch. Off to Manitowoc, WI, for the boat ride across Lake Michigan.</p>
  493. <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Badger" target="_blank">The SS Badger</a></p>
  494. <p>This is a proper ferry, not like the ones that take you to <a href="http://www.kelleysislandferry.com/" target="_blank">Kelleys Island</a> or <a href="http://www.millerferry.com/" target="_blank">Put-in-Bay</a>.</p>
  495. <p>We made it with about 40 minutes to spare. Motorcycles park in a special queue, as they will be among the first to get on the ship. <strong>Do not forget</strong> your tie downs, they do not supply them for you. After securing our bikes, we had 4-1/2 hours to eat, explore the ship, and simply relax before it arrives in Ludington, MI. The ship is actually a part of Route 10, which is really cool.  Also, it&#8217;s a 72 mile ride across the lake. Much like cruise ships, this one has a cafeteria, a movie theater, a cruise director (who runs the games and other entertainment), and, if you want an upgrade, private cabins. We opted to find our comfort where ever we could (cheaper). Not quite to midway, we all agreed that while this was a wonderful method of travel, we would&#8217;ve preferred to be on our bikes. Basically, it meant &#8220;nap time.&#8221;</p>
  496. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/ssbadger1/" rel="attachment wp-att-597"><img data-attachment-id="597" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/ssbadger1/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger1.jpg" data-orig-size="3024,4032" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472388096&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00061087354917532&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="ssbadger1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger1.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-597 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="ssbadger1" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger1.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger1.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger1.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  497. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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  499. <p style="text-align:center;">Where I had to go to get this picture, it nearly cost me getting the bike on the ship. Much to the amusement of my biker &#8220;friends.&#8221;</p>
  500. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/ssbadger3/" rel="attachment wp-att-599"><img data-attachment-id="599" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/ssbadger3/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger3.jpg" data-orig-size="3024,4032" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472395687&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00048100048100048&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="ssbadger3" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger3.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger3.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-599 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger3.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="ssbadger3" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger3.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger3.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger3.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  501. <p style="text-align:center;">CJ relaxes on deck.</p>
  502. <p>Once we off loaded in Ludington, we headed south for our last overnight stay in Michigan, in <a href="https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/baymont/muskegon-michigan/baymont-inn-and-suites-muskegon/overview?CID=LC:BU:20160226:RIO:Local:SM-buenct" target="_blank">Muskegon</a>. Once we unloaded our bikes, we went in search of dinner. As it happened, this was the first meal we would have at <a href="https://www.texasroadhouse.com/menu" target="_blank">a chain restaurant</a>. All of our other meals were eaten at local establishments. Without my knowledge and much to my chagrin, Doug told our waitress that it was my birthday. After finishing our meals, here comes the waitress, dragging what is best described as a saddle mounted to a saw horse. They coerced me into sitting on the damn thing, placed a cowboy hat on my head, announced to the restaurant that it was my birthday, and proceeded to regale me with the &#8220;Happy Birthday Song.&#8221; Much to my &#8220;friend&#8217;s&#8221; delight and amusement, I was totally embarrassed.</p>
  503. <p>And that&#8217;s another reason why I travel with bourbon in my luggage.</p>
  504. <p>Total miles: 261</p>
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