Saturday, December 20, 2014


I know it's been a while, again.

Much has been happening here at home and abroad, at least personally. My close Blog friend Buck took a trip elsewhere and will not be coming back.

I guess we all have to face that final day, he knew it most and mentioned it a few weeks back in a semi-serious manner. I suppose we all get the word of finality, sometimes we accept it and acknowledge that message, sometimes we don't.

Buck Pennington was an Air Force retiree living out his days in Portales,  New Mexico and he ironically called it an exile's existence. His blog covered many subjects, most of them fascinating and easy to read. His favorite stuff to chat about were his two sons (Active Duty in the Navy and Air Force), Buck living the good life, cigars, booze and finally, the Red Wings. Here is the title of his blog


As for me? We are doing exceedingly well. The kegerator is full of premium beer, the wine locker is abundantly stocked and I have my favorite person hanging around with me, helping me serve the cats.

Buck always expressed his envy for all the blessings I enjoy in the present, and that he was vicariously living through my not-so-humble stories. He always commented on my posts and was ready with encouragement for me to continue with this blog. Buck would be the first to comment on this posting and probably say something like, "Welcome back, I hope to see more postings!... or "Suck it up, bovine excrement happens...!"

I hope he has found exactly what he hoped to find in the end.

I know Buck was Air Force, but that seemed appropriate.

Barco Sin Vela, out.

P.S. Maybe I will have more to say in the near future. Happy Christmas and holiday season, to all my reader(s)!


LL said...

I'm sorry for your loss. But - circle of life, and ask not for whom the bell tolls.

It sounds as though you are doing well, living life large. Fair winds and following seas and a very merry Christmas.

Barco Sin Vela II said...

Thanks, LL!

I am living large, although since dropping the beer for the holidays I have physically gotten smaller :).

You stay safe out there, too!

OldAFSarge said...

We shared an admiration for the man. We also tried, in vain, to remain anonymous. Buck always made a point of calling me "Chris" in the comments.

I am so going to miss him.

Bob said...

My condolences on the loss of your friend.

Suldog said...

Buck was such a nice guy. He always took the time to leave a lovely comment on my newspaper's website whenever I had a column published. I'm going to miss his presence, a lot.

Barco Sin Vela II said...

Suldog and AFSarge; Thanks for coming by. I might post more if I knew I had such nice visitors. (Thanks, to you too, Bob!)

If you look back on previous posts, you will see Buck's comments and it seems like he is still there, waiting for more.

I just had an hour on the treadmill and meditated on Buck and his departure. He's ok. We need to all appreciate each other and keep positive thoughts in all we do.

afmajbuck said...

Thanks for the nice post. I am truly grateful for you and all of dad's blog buds. We know how wonderful dad was and it feels good that otjers knew it too.