Well it's that time of year again that I must sacrifice myself for the benefit of my family. As such I will departing tomorrow morning to rescue my family from their current hardship and despair. In the process, I'm sure to endure the same turmoil they have had to deal with all summer. But a good husband and father will do what it takes to care for his family. I hope each of you can take a moment to send me your good thoughts as I will need tremendous strength to complete this task.
You see, my wife, a Spanish national and kids spend the summer at our beach house on the southern coast of Spain along with dozens of family and friends. Now I must fly over there and join them, being forced to drink sangria's on the very liberal beach. This could go on for days, only interrupted by family BBQ's, all night parties and ACK, loads of fun.
But alas, with a little luck I hope to prevail and complete the rescue of my family from such hard times. Then after I return, I must absorb the costs of all this travel. Two round trip flights for myself and three round trips for my family. On my simple US Navy retired pension and utilizing Space Available Travel, I actually have to pay for a meal and drinks which could exceed $5 per person. I'm glad the flight itself is free or I just don't know how I would handle it.
Wish me luck, I'm going to need it.
NOTE: After the joking around I'm going to take a moment to remind all my retired military brothers and sisters. If your not taking advantage of the greatest benefit of your retirement, shame on you. It may sound hard but it really is very easy if you have an open mind. I firmly believe, at this stage in my life, that this benefit is better than the health care and even the pension itself. I see too many retired military members who have never flown space A. Add in the Armed Forces Vacation Club (lodging almost anywhere in the world for $329 a week), and you just can't go wrong. If you are retired military and you haven't taken advantage of this yet, drop me a line and I'll give you all the secrets.
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