The amount of time required to keep up these days is becoming a little overwhelming. News is at a fast pace, the course of events is moving like a storm, and the amount of pure raw information is staggering. Through the years I’ve learned to keep a “to do” list so that I don’t forget anything, but these days the list is well over three pages long. This doesn’t sound too daunting, until you realize that the list is typed, single spaced, and with very narrow margins. In other words, “Damn!” As a result, I apologize now for posting much shorter blog updates, which look like they just might get even shorter. It is just that I’ve realized that they will either get shorter, or I will have my head implode sometime within the next week. An unnamed source in the Army once circulated the even older, and quite plaintive axiom, “Sometimes it is hard to remember that the initial objective was to drain the swamp, when your up to your ass in alligators.” Well, I’m in the swamp, and . . . well you get the idea. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.