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Books I'm currently reading:

  • The Resolution for Men
  • The Now Habit
  • Microsoft Secrets
  • WordPress For Dummies
  • Death Valley Ultras: The Complete Crewing Guide
  • Character Is Destiny
  • Art of Deception
  • On Writing
  • Hard Times, Soft Couch
  • Lincoln

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Books I just finished:
  • The Book Thief
  • The Panther
  • My Life on the Run
  • The Hunger Games
  • 11/22/63: A Novel
  • The Toyota Way
  • Decision Points
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Ready For Anything
  • Once A marine
  • The Runaway Jury
  • The Life and Message of The Real Rain Man (1/11/10)
  • Angels & Demons (1/9/10)
  • The Little Book (12/15/09)
  • The Road (1/16/08)
  • The World Without Us (1/1/08)
  • The Valley of Horses (12/2/07)
  • The Extra Mile (9/14/07)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (8/20/07)
  • Lifehacker (7/23/07)
  • Clan of the Cave Bear (7/4/07)
  • Dreaming In Code (5/18/07)
  • A Long Way Home (4/18/2007)
  • The Search (4/6/07)
  • Cell (3/11/07)
  • The Time Traveler's Wife (again) (1/29/07)
  • In Code (12/23/06)
  • Into the Crucible - Making Marines for the 21st Century (11/24/06)
  • The Client (11/13/06)
  • A Beautiful Mind (10/8/06)
  • The U.S. Marine Corps in Crisis
  • The Few and the Proud
  • The Five Love Languages of Teenagers (7/3/06)
  • The Pelican Brief (6/2/06)
  • One Bullet Away (5/21/06)
  • Cesar's Way (5/15/06)
  • Counter Attack (4/28/06)
  • Call To Arms (4/12/06)
  • Semper Fi (4/1/06)
  • Black Ice (3/16/06)
  • Marley & Me (2/3/06)
  • A Million Little Pieces (1/21/06)
  • My Side of the Mountain (1/8/06)
  • The Time Traveler's Wife (1/5/06)
  • Replay (12/22/05)
  • The Google Story (12/15/05)
  • Skipping Christmas (11/30/05)
  • Confessions of Teenage Hackers (11/19/05)
  • It's Not About The Bike (10/18/05)
  • Without Remorse (10/8/05)
  • The Four Minute Mile (8/29/05)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (8/15/05)
  • The Know-It-All (7/28/05)
  • The Chamber (7/7/05)
  • Naked Pictures of Famous People (5/28/05)
  • The Little Guide To Your Well-Read Life (5/25/05)
  • Ultramarathon Man (5/21/05)
  • Dereliction Of Duty (5/2/05)
  • Running Through The Wall (4/24/05)
  • A Time To Kill (4/12/05)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (3/29/05)
  • The Broker (2/21/05)
  • The Alchemist (2/14/05)
  • Billions and Billions (2/9/05)
  • The Catcher in the Rye (1/24/05)
  • The Firm (1/9/05)
  • Martin Eden (1/4/05)
  • Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (12/14/04)
  • Over the Edge
  • Life of Pi
  • Tuffy's Heroes
  • To The Edge
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Older We Get, The Better We Were
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Faith of Our Sons
  • The Ninth Commandment
  • The DaVinci Code
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • The Starr Report
  • Broca's Brain
  • Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Cannery Row
  • Fast Food Nation
  • Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul
  • Keeping Faith
  • About Face
  • Swift, Silent, and Surrounded

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Books I'm Currently Listening to:

  • Rose Madder

Books I've recently listened to:

  • The Lost Boy (6/20/07)
  • A Boy Named It (6/15/07)
  • Apt Pupil (6/8/07)
  • The Lion's Game (6/1/07)
  • Up Country (5/20/07)
  • Black House (5/10/07)
  • The Paris Option (5/1/06)
  • Moby Dick (4/1/06)
  • The Cassandra Compact (2/17/06)
  • 'Tis (2/7/06)
  • The Hades Factor (1/23/06)
  • My Life, Part 2 (12/29/05)
  • The Century
  • My Life, Part 1
  • Timeline (9/26/05)
  • Bag of Bones (9/9/05)
  • Winston Churchill (8/20/05)
  • John Adams (6/28/05)
  • The Notebook (6/1/05)
  • Black Holes and Baby Universes
  • 1984
  • Interview With a Vampire
  • Release 2.0
  • Angela's Ashes
  • I Am Spock
  • The Second Foundation
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Foundation and Empire
  • The Time Machine
  • Foundation
  • Killer Angels
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • Tuesdays With Morrie
  • Contact
  • Fahrenheit 451

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Movies I've Seen Recently

  • 1408 (6/25/07)
  • Night At The Museum
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Are We Done Yet?
  • 300
  • Flags of our Fathers (10/21/06)
  • Invincible (10/8/06)
  • Robots (8/19/06)
  • Touching The Void
  • The Break Up
  • The DaVinci Code (5/27/06)
  • United 93 (5/10/06)
  • Rumor Has It (5/3/06)
  • Ready To Rumble (4/21/06)
  • Saint Ralph (4/9/06)
  • Inside Man (3/25/06)
  • Walk The Line (3/12/06)
  • 8 Below (2/20/06)
  • Wedding Crashers (2/19/06)
  • Red Eye (2/18/06)
  • Stealth (1/20/06)
  • King Kong (1/7/06)
  • Uncommon Valor (1/1/06)
  • Rounders (1/1/06)



Who am I am why should you care?

I am:

  • a retired Marine of 22 years
  • husband of one
  • father of two
  • scholar of much
  • ultrarunner of many
  • computer nerd to a geekful degree

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Last update: January 7, 2014

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Random Fact About Buster:

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Buster can touch MC Hammer.


Breaking News

1/7/2014: No Christmas letter for 2013. Sorry, the year was not really worth review. Here is to a better 2014.
1/7/2014: After YEARS of letting this page wallow in neglect, I am finally doing something about it ... bit by bit. I have a bunch of stuff on my computer I want to get up here if only for archiving. Meanwhile, I will probably keep my blog more updated so do the smart thing: go there and catch up on my insanity.

Rooms In My Mind
Here I've provided my first exposure to this life-altering event. The rest of my experiences are documented in vicious detail.
The good, the bad, and, well, you know the rest. Here's all my personal pics.
The time has finally come and I decided to post the cartoons, despite their "raw" quality.
I gathered all the links and information about the various media that published my work.
Some of my brain-work
Here is the stuff I use because it's good and it's the right price
It is called my “Big List of Interesting Links” but so far, this is it…
Pictures and stories of my "Brushes with fame"
I am a hopeless bibliophile and encourage everyone to read as much as their eyeballs will allow. I read a lot of books but collect even more so here is a complete list and opinions of what I've read, what I own but haven't read, and what I want to get. I hope this will encourage you to get your nose into a good book.
I figure, if I take the the time to watch them, I should take the time to document what I think about them, if only for my own amusement. Go here for regular "run of the mill" movies and here for the ones who won the Oscar for best movie.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
This is my special dedication page to the brave and innocent whose lives were ended or changed forever on September 11th, 2001.
My name is Jason and I'm a rare breed: a human male who loves Sarah's music. I've taken her music with me every place I have gone since 1997 to include Kuwait and multiple field events. I've run marathons with her singing in my ears as well as countless training hours on the road. I listen to her at work and at home. Most think I'm nuts but her music is just so soothing and really makes me relax. I categorized myself as a harmless superfan obsessed with Sarah and her music. Like all scary fans, I created my own Sarah page.
I thought this comic was one of the best I heard. So much so that I have some of his funniest work here for your listening and laughing enjoyment.
I gathered a few so here are the pages I made for them.
I created a webpage for my 20-year high school reunion. All you 1987 Thomas Jefferson Raiders, come take a look.
We're Gonna Turn You On!!! Yes, it's finally here, my dedication page to The Electric Company.
I got around to posting my take on the Seattle Mariners' 1995 Miracle Season: Refuse to Lose. I'm not a huge sports fan but this is the single most emotional moment as a result of sports in my life. I got some mp3s here but they are a bit bloated so if you don't have high speed internet, sucks to be you (I just had to say that since I just got cable internet as of September 2003 after a long, tearful wait.)
Private To Major

My Years As A United States Marine: 1987-2009

If you have ever known a Marine, you know that they all have one thing in common. They have the most incredible bootcamp stories anyone has ever heard. To read mine, go to my  BOOTCAMP page and enjoy my past suffering. (Read my brand new stories about reuniting with my Senior Drill Instructor after 12 years and many changes!)
Stories and pictures about my experiences in the 1990-1991 Gulf War.
A page dedicated to my four years at UW NROTC
My experiences at The Basic School. Click here to read about my experiences during TBS.
This page is dedicated to my 18 months with 1st Tank Battalion.
I graduated the Naval Postgraduate School. Look in here for a variety of info and a posting of my work while I was in Monterey, California.
Presidential Classroom Alumni: click here for pictures and stories about the National Defense Week of June 12-19, 2004.
My Time Stationed At MCRD San Diego 2007-2010
In 2008, the Marine Corps sent me to Saudi Arabia again but this time for a year as an adviser. I might have gone a little off kilter since I was alone most of the time. Enjoy my slide into insanity.
This page is a collection of stories and pictures dedicated to the fighting Americans in Iraq spreading democracy and putting in all on the line for foreigners they don't even know.
The fictional Jarhead movie taken from the the fictional book of the same name is a farce. Read why.
Gunnery Sergeant Nick "Pop" Popaditch, USMC, aka THE "Cigar Marine" gets wounded and comes home.

Full Metal Jacket

Read about R. Lee Ermey and me I met R. Lee Ermey (GYSGT Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame) while he was shooting a movie at the University of Washington's Husky stadium. Click on the picture or here to read all about it.

Ongoing Projects


CHRISTMAS LETTERS (just because I'm weird like that...)

Our 1994 Christmas letter.
Our 1999 Christmas letter. 2004: Sorry Folks, laziness took over and we didn't even bother. Our 2009 Christmas letter.
Our 1995 Christmas letter.
Our 2000 Christmas letter. Our 2005 Christmas letter. Our 2010 Christmas letter.
Our 1996 Christmas letter.
Our 2001 Christmas letter. Our 2006 Christmas letter. Our 2011 Christmas letter.
Our 1997 Christmas letter.
Our 2002 Christmas letter. Our 2007 Christmas letter. 2012: Sorry Folks, laziness took over and we didn't even bother.
Our 1998 Christmas letter.
Our 2003 Christmas letter. Our 2008 Christmas letter. 2013: Sorry Folks, laziness took over and we didn't even bother.
Some of my favorite recording artists
Random Stuff Rolling Around In My Head
Random Stuff Rolling Around in my Computer

Some More Biographical Information

This To This



(minus 22 lbs)
I have some incredible stories and pics from a Parris Island trip. The biggest story includes this poster: Click here to read about the story behind my 2004 version of this historic poster



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