Glad to hear everyone is doing well. It's not surprising your son went for a career change. The military is not for everyone and if you're a real go-getter then there are a lot of opportunities out their to succeed in. Sounds like he knows what he wants and is going for it.John...family is doing well. My oldest son had a distinguished 5 years in the USCG...got his own cutter command at 25 and was one of five out of five hundred 2nd Lieutenants to receive promotion to full Lieutenant a year early! He was being "fast tracked." Alas, much to his mother's chagrin he decided not to make it a career so he completed his commitment, went to Columbia University for his MBA in finance, and now is a VP at an investment bank in NYC doing M&A...talk about a pivot...lol.
I hear you about caretaker status. I think in general car forums are not what they use to be in terms of membership participation...not sure why other than maybe life has just gotten a bit more complicated over the last several years so priorities for time have changed...though I do still find myself "web-surfing" quite a bit...lol.
BTW...here is a picture from last year in New Orleans...my son and several of his former classmates participated in the wedding of my son's best friend from the Academy (his friend is making the Coast Guard as a career)...he still fit in to his dress whites. Notice all the "armor" on his chest...his other classmates were complaining that even though he had been out of service for 5 years he still had more decorations than they did...lol. That is my wife and my son's girlfriend in the picture.
Strange, for some reason I couldn't expand the pic. It says I was forbidden! Don't they know who I am?
I've noticed the trend these days seem to social media like facebook. I'm a member of the Z06 and other Corvette groups on fb and they are hoping. There are literally 100's of post per hour. It's hard to keep up with all the posts so I don't try. There are a few guys from here that are on fb so I don't get lonely. :lol
Anyway, everything here is status-quo so no changes of any significance.