Thursday, November 09, 2006

A Few Damned Good Men


This picture was taken in 1985 at Circus World in Orlando, Florida. I was 18 years old and fresh out of boot camp in the United States Navy. The only information that I can remember about the other two guys in this picture is that one was from Chicago and the other was from Indianapolis. I wanted to share this picture in honor of Veterans Day and the service men and women serving in the US and abroad. By the way, can you pick me out of these three men?

27 comments:

gnightgirl said...

cool, I'm going to forward this to my son.

You're in the middle.

Stephen Bess said...

Gnight-
Yeah, you picked me. :)Yes, this goes out to your son. He's definitely one of those being honored. Peace~

Tu s. Tin said...

looooovvvve a man in uniform.
bet you all looked sexy in your dress atire.
Would also love it if sometime you added more pics and tales of ships and life at sea.

JenellyBean said...

Could anyone miss that nose??

You all look so very handsome.

Rethabile said...

lol
I wasn't sure till I read the other comments.

Gooders Girl said...

I am really that good!

I guessed right. You were soooooo cute. I would have kissed you if you asked me nicely Xxx

nosthegametoo said...

Must bring back some other memories as well.

Happy vets day.

urban butterfly said...

Of course, you are in the middle!!! Nice picture, Mr. Handsome!!! =)

I was going to join the Air Force, but they didn't accept me because I'm allergic to aspirin! I really wanted to go. But oh well...college is nice too. =)

Dancewithme2 said...

HAHA. I could tell you were in the middle from the GQ chin pose.
Funny - I was in the Army National Guard until I decided to join the Air Force... Long story.
Man - in 1985 - I was 4. Unless it was summer - then I was STILL 3. DAGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. :)
To all the VETERANS!!! Including my high school boyfriend Shalimar (haha - thats funny all by itself) who is an officer in the Navy and back overseas until December.

Alli said...

My guy is currently stationed in Yokosuka Japan with the US NAVY. I'll be seeing him next month.
Peace and Blessings to all those military men who are currently serving with the forces in all capacities. Prayers for the families who have lost a loved one to war...
Rememberance to all the VETS who fought in previous wars, their numbers are dwindling, my father included..

Cergie said...

To morrow, i'll do a post / 11 november, the date for memory of the end of the first World War.
It will not be a sad post though

It may happen that we have forgotten all of the persons we where with in the past, it's for that reason that it's ever useful to write the names at the back of the picture

Stephen Bess said...

Tu s-
Thank you! I appreciate the compliment. You're absolutely right. I definitely have some stories about when I was in the Navy. I'll have to share.

JB-
LOL! Thank you. Yes, I get that nose from my momma's momma. :)

Rethabile-
My have times changed. That boy could be my son now. :)

Gooders-
Thank you! I would probably said something stupid back as I watched you walk away. :)

Game-
Ahh...the memories. Thanks and good to see you.

UB-
I didn't know that an allergic reaction to asprin could keep you out. Thanks for the compliment too for young Stephen.

Dance-
Haa ha! You know I was a B-boy. :)That's my Southeast DC pose. Yeah, you were just a baby. I could've been your uncle Steve or daddy by today's standards. lol
Peace out to the vets and service members including Shalimar.

Alli-
Welcome and thanks for sending that msg of good will out to the veterans. Peace to your love in Japan. I know that you must be anticipating your joyous reunion.

Cergie-
Thanks. I'll be over to see.

tryphina said...

Ha haa ahaaa, you are so "Country"!! That's a typical "plaasjapie"(Dutch for farmboy:) pose haa haaa haa I will admit you are handsome Oooops, ya'll are handsome hee hee

A BIG shout-out to all the uniformed soldiers; activists, and conscientious objectors who fought without uniform. Let us not forget those who fought, and continue to fight for basic human rights and equality all over the world. Thank you for the acknowledgment Sir!!

A great weekend to you and your family :)

Aluta Continua!!!

African girl, American world said...

ok are you serious asking us to guess which one you are? LOL! Too funny. NOt all brothers look the same as they say....LOL!

I want to say something cute about a man in uniform but you were just a boy. cute boy all the same.

Stephen Bess said...

Mwabi-
I know...everyone knew which one was me if they ever visit here. :)
Thanks for the compliment on young Stephen. Also, I hope that you and your little army have a great weekend too. Peace~

Stephen Bess said...

Tryphina-
Haa haa!! I was country back then. I was fresh out of Williamston HS in North Carolina. :)
Nevertheless, thanks for complimenting young Stephen and his posse. We thought that we were pretty cool in 1985. Peace to all those soldiers who fought here and abroad (especially you sista souljah). Khotso~

Delaleuverses said...

I'm going to guess you're the cutie in the middle cause you still look cute today ;) am I right? do I win a prize for guessing right? lol, nice pic, it should be blown up and framed in your house

Stephen Bess said...

That's right Delaleu! Thanks for the compliment for past and present me. :)Your too kind. I have that picture framed in my house, but it's not blown up. :) It's my official Navy pic though.

Nabeel said...

the one in the middle my friend .. you are the middle man :) .. awesome pictureeee .. glad to know that u were in the navy ..

Stephen Bess said...

Nabeel-
Thanks. Yeah, the Navy was some of the best of times and worst of times.

Professor Zero said...

You're in the middle, you look more or less the same. 1985. It seems so recent, but it isn't! That was when I had all of those adventures in Brazil. (Well, I had others later, but all the ones having to do with culture shock were then.)

Rose said...

The middle.You just look a little older. Too bad you don't know the others name, that would be fun to find them.

Bygbaby said...

Wow 85, I was in the 5th grade so that means...


Like JB, I spotted the nose, easy characteristic on most.

Great flashback photo.

Peace

NML said...

What a cool pic! I love the pose!

Stephen Bess said...

Profzero-
I can only imagine your stories. :)Good times, Good times!!

Rose-
Yeah, it would be good to see those guys. I think about them and others often. They also have this picture. They are probably wondering the same about me. :)

Bygbaby-
Yeah, that nose is knows. :)Thanks.

NML-
Thanks! That was my B-Boy pose. :)

black feline said...

stephen,

its funny...the pic reminds me of an old movie by gene kelly, frank sinatra...a musical i think

Stephen Bess said...

Blkfeline-
So, all I need are my dancing shoes. :)

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