Lent Day 19 and 20: La Vidal Azul

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What is the La Vida Azul?  It’s “The Blue Life.”  It’s the only way to describe my life.  It has been the reality I have lived since 1997.  It is not a bad thing like one would assume with “blue” in the title, because blue is often associated with depression, feeling blue, or something bad.  “La Vida Azul” is mostly a good thing.  It is my life.

You know you are living a “Blue Life” when you pack up everything you own, uproot yourself and move every 2-5 years.  You have friends in every corner of the world.

You know you are living a “Blue Life” when you know phrases like “if you ain’t maintenance you ain’t shit,” “no comm, no bomb,” “have a nice poop,” “BOHICA,” and “fly, fight, win.”

You know you are living a “Blue Life” when the best memories you have a dear friend, who passed way too soon, was her at a naming ceremony suggesting “Asshole” or “FNG” for every newbie, and the names always fit.

You know you are living a “Blue Life,” when you toast said friend with a shot of whiskey and state “Fly, Fight, Win, Vern.”

You know you are living a “Blue Life,” when you name any duty station and can think of at least five people you know there, or five people you knew who were stationed there.

You know you are living a “Blue Life,” when you tell your war stories, and those stories have more hand motions than words.

You know you are living a “Blue Life,” when you know people like Notch, Magnum, MZ, Vern, Cherry, Breeder, Blender, Uni-Ball (aka Uni-ball), and the stories of how they got those names are as varied and as funny as the names themselves.

You know you are living a “Blue Life,” when places and people start to run together.

You know you are living a “Blue Life,” when your spouse comes home with a list of new jobs, duty stations, and you realize that this is your last year here…

It’s La Vida Azul.  We have 365 more days in Florida…


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