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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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LeRoy Miller
LeRoy Miller
5 years ago

Good story Paul.

I am a first generation American of parents and grandparents from County Roscommon. My parents arrived as infants, so it was up to my grandparents to fill my ears with stories and traditions of the “Old Country” and they did a fine job.

They kept many of the traditions but in NE Ohio where I was raised, there were few other Irish around us so it is interesting to hear how others observe it.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago

LeRoy;
Had the boat been late arriving in Boston, my Dad would have been an Irish Citizen, I’m second generation because of fair winds and following seas!

bigp
bigp
5 years ago

I guess we had more than our share of the smoking and enjoying adult beverages even if we never get another. With the money not spent on the adult beverages we can afford twice as many meals out. Glad your back to a new normal, although normal isn’t the same as it was. Not sure we were ever really normal by other peoples standards.

LENNY
LENNY
5 years ago

CORN BEEF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  LENNY

Lenny;
I can eat Corn Beef any day of the week, or the meat shops sell corn beef briskets for you to cook at home.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago

Loren;
Like we need more food, but the missing drinks and smokes might be a good thing.

Nick
5 years ago

Life can be very unfair.

Luke Tynan
5 years ago

As my Dad told me many years ago “getting old is not for the faint of heart nor the young” and I never figured what he was telling me lil recently. Now at 69 years going on 70 I understand what he was warning me about. But that is ok. Life is still an adventure, esp. with our love at our side.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Luke Tynan

Luke;
I was told that I wasn’t getting out of life alive, so I make the best of all the above ground time I can get. (LOL)

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Luke Tynan

Nick;
My alternative would be far and above less fair then the deal I have now! (lol)

Neal in Davao
Neal in Davao
5 years ago

Aaaah, the Brown Fox. Days were so much simpler then.. word has it it burnt down to the ground.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Neal in Davao

Neal;
It did burn, but not completely it was just never rebuilt as the Navy was leaving the Philippines after Pinatubo. It is a mini-mall now The American Legion is going the same way. But OG’s is still open on Fender Street under a new owner who makes it feel like OG is still there.

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

And a good day it is to eat Bubbles and Squeak!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike;
You should open a restaurant put that on the menu as the loss leader. and spend your days counting the profits.

Cordillera Cowboy
5 years ago

Ahh Paul. With or without the San Miguel and boat drinks, you’re the same old witty observer and commentator. Glad you’re still among us!

After a much too long absence from the Islands, I plan to be in the Clark Air Base area again come Spring. Hopefully, we can connect this time around.

Take care,
Pete

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
5 years ago

Pete; Clark to my house is 45 minutes on the Nilex Silex Fedex, or K-Fed and the other 10 names they use to confuse me. But since the Toll Booth is about 750 meters from my front door I don’t need their names to get anywhere. Every month they let me travel further, Clark is a goal that has been met. The next milestone is the time I can be out. But the spring sounds doable. Let me know! My dream car is a new Chrysler 300, even if I can’t drive a car yet. But my 2.5 year old… Read more »

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