Well Joe, I did leave Kansas (Ft Riley) - went to Iraq - and then came back (Ft Leavenworth) for good. I'm retiring next fall, I'll take my uniform off in July probably.
GREAT To hear you plan to come back to the Expo. Eric probably won't, he's an O6 now, and fully engaged with his duties. He ususally escapes to the 3 day cons on the east coast, but not the Expo. I've been gaming with mark Hinkle and an old friend of mine Will Riley the last couple of years. My friend Will found me on consimworld after we had not seen/spoken since I left for the Army - it's been good to reunite.
Congratulations on finding a new love of your life. I was working on it and nearly remarried, but discovered that she had many of the same issues as my first (abused by her parents as a child). Probablly the only lesson I learned from the first experience. Now I'm taking time to regroup and focus on what's important - daughter, career, health, and trying to get back to gaming!
Gee...that story sounds sickeningly familar - like my first wife....hence the second wife who you can tell I adore with the many pics of her up here! I was scheduled to go to the Point and teach and it only got worse....