I am very blessed to have been able to travel this world since I was an embryo. My father worked for Morrison Knudsen International which was a Fortune 500 engineering, mining and construction company based in Boise, Idaho. Therefore, as he would travel the world, he would take us along and I have learned a lot about the world and it's occupants as a result.
Since today is Veteran's Day, I also pay tribute to all our Veterans who have also been sent around the world to make our home a better place here in the United States of America. Here is a picture of my father, Oscar I. Paulson, Jr receiving his Bronze Star for "meritorious acheivement in direct support of combat operations against the enemy".
About 15 years ago, my son, Andrew Paulson, saw a man in full Air Force dress uniform one day and proudly told the officer that his "poppa" had served in the Air Force too. He informed the officer that my dad's job was to bomb all the bad guys. The officer quickly replied "Sorry son, he missed a few".
Even thought I never personally served in our Armed Forces, my early life revolved around them. For example:
- I was born in Altus, Oklahoma in June 1961 the same month they activated twelve Atlas "F" intercontinental balistic missile (ICBM) sites
- I moved to Wyoming and North Dakota as they built more ICBM sites.
- I moved to Saigon, Vietnam but my 3.5 year tour was Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
- Then we moved to Seoul, Korea for 2 years
- We came back to the US in about 1971 and I bounced from North Dakota, Hawaii to Boise, Idaho
- In 1977 we moved to Tehran, Iran which is where I graduated from Tehran American School in December 1978 (their last graduating class due to the overthrow of the Shah of Iran.
- I came back to Boise to attend Boise State University while my parents stays in Iran. My mom was actually working at the US Embassy when it was taken and my school superintendant and many of her coworkers became hostages that were held for 444 days
Since I have seen so much death and destruction as a result of war, I would love to see world peace become a reality. However, that is such a big challenge with all the religious differences, political and financial motives, some people think it will never happen. If you Google "World Peace" it will return over 27 million results in less than on second!
Then I realized that just like my father's work on refining the bomb site technology, you need to refine your target. If the objective is to figure out the answer to world peace, you should search for that specifically on Google. Please click on the link below:
I just narrowed down over 27 milion search results to find the #1 answer on the first page of Google. It has been there for over 8 years now. Who knows, this post might be on front page someday too.
Happy Veteran's Day - don't proscastinate though, go out and thank a veteran and their family today!