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A very rare photo of yours truly ( I prefer to be the other side of the camera lens), here with management:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO: with the Athabasca falls in Jasper National Park in Canada as backdrop, taken in 2014 whilst on holiday.

On Saturday 9th July we are flying out to Calgary for a revisit to western Canada for 2 weeks - can't wait ( this holiday has been on hold since 2019).
Been very busy at work (FM for an Academy Trust with four school sites to look after) making sure that all the projects we have on the go at the moment can continue in my absence ( new kitchen floor and remove/replace kitchen units, remove redundant floor level gas pipes, plus repaint the room in one site and replace garage roof including removal of asbestos at another). Next week will be full on to make sure I can rest easy before I go and will help to make this holiday so rewarding.


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Thanx for allowing membership.
I never post stuff about myself...so...here goes my very first detailed intro:
Name: Curtis Dean Cabbage Jr. Born: 16 Nov 1958, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Tx, an Air Force brat [my Old Man retired as 1st Sgt for Tactical Air Command], Grew up in: US, Turkey [13 yrs], Germany [1 yr], 11 different locales by the time I was 17, USAF vet [hon discharged at McConnell AFB, Wichita, Ks, 1981...now under medical care of the VA too sheesh], married the Prairie Flower [Annette] there, Live now, in Valrico, Fl [outside Brandon, Tampa, McDill AFB], Retired Environmental Scientist [contaminated groundwater cleanup, primarily], been wargaming since 1968 [primarily SPI games against my brother Bart], I had a series of scenarios published for the Campaign Series Rising Sun on the Dutch East Indies and early Burma theatres, 1942 [The Cabbage Collection...still dabbling there too]. Love the crap out of Combat Mission Mostly PBEM against my brother [now known as Chuck, because he said Bart rhymes with fart...]. Haven't actively gamed online for some years now, but retirement might change all of that. Who knows? me.jpgme01.jpgannette011.jpgannette20.jpgthe boys.jpgA few pics:
#1: me in the late 90's, #2: me in my flight gear for Il-2 Sturmovik, #3: The Prairie Flower and me, #4: The Prairie Flower when we were younger [she's parcing game rules here...], #5: our 3 sons: [L-R, youngest to oldest] Zeke [a real life butcher, takes care of us here at home], Jake [USN submarine reactor operator, now an instructor, lives in Honolulu, married with 5 kids [owns a vintage house that is plaqued because it existed during the Pearl Harbor strike...] and Asa [Professor at USF, here in Tampa...Greco-Roman history, married with 4 kids]. I don't take very many pictures.

Thanks for the invite to share. I'll probably never do this again.
Cheers and Prost
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Welcome aboard!

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I went to Basic at Lackland in '76.
Then on to Witchita Falls - Azores and Norton AFB SoCal.
Did some TDY in Wiesbaden and Travis AFB.
Who knows maybe we crossed paths some time. :cool:
 

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Thanx for allowing membership.
I never post stuff about myself...so...here goes my very first detailed intro:
Name: Curtis Dean Cabbage Jr. Born: 16 Nov 1958, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Tx, an Air Force brat [my Old Man retired as 1st Sgt for Tactical Air Command], Grew up in: US, Turkey [13 yrs], Germany [1 yr], 11 different locales by the time I was 17, USAF vet [hon discharged at McConnell AFB, Wichita, Ks, 1981...now under medical care of the VA too sheesh], married the Prairie Flower [Annette] there, Live now, in Valrico, Fl [outside Brandon, Tampa, McDill AFB], Retired Environmental Scientist [contaminated groundwater cleanup, primarily], been wargaming since 1968 [primarily SPI games against my brother Bart], I had a series of scenarios published for the Campaign Series Rising Sun on the Dutch East Indies and early Burma theatres, 1942 [The Cabbage Collection...still dabbling there too]. Love the crap out of Combat Mission Mostly PBEM against my brother [now known as Chuck, because he said Bart rhymes with fart...]. Haven't actively gamed online for some years now, but retirement might change all of that. Who knows? View attachment 28280View attachment 28281View attachment 28282View attachment 28283View attachment 28284A few pics:
#1: me in the late 90's, #2: me in my flight gear for Il-2 Sturmovik, #3: The Prairie Flower and me, #4: The Prairie Flower when we were younger [she's parcing game rules here...], #5: our 3 sons: [L-R, youngest to oldest] Zeke [a real life butcher, takes care of us here at home], Jake [USN submarine reactor operator, now an instructor, lives in Honolulu, married with 5 kids [owns a vintage house that is plaqued because it existed during the Pearl Harbor strike...] and Asa [Professor at USF, here in Tampa...Greco-Roman history, married with 4 kids]. I don't take very many pictures.

Thanks for the invite to share. I'll probably never do this again.
Cheers and Prost
Gubi [aka Mr. Guberman, Curt Cabbage]

Welcome aboard, Curt. I spent some time in San Antiono, way back in the 1980s.

"Environmental Scientist" sounds interesting. What, exactly, is that?
 

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Welcome aboard, Curt. I spent some time in San Antiono, way back in the 1980s.

"Environmental Scientist" sounds interesting. What, exactly, is that?
The way I describe it to people is: I worked for an engineering consulting firm. For the first decade or so I did contamination assessments of plots of land and submitted my reports to the Florida Dept of Environmental Protection, then rather quickly was promoted into senior management, which sucked. The money was good but rather than managing projects I spent most of my time refereeing soap operas in the department and dealing with bean counters and was in the office 100% of the time. An opportunity came along when the contamination remediation work picked up and I volunteered to oversee the development of that. I called it "practicing hack engineering, hack geology and hack biology all at the same time". I was on the cutting edge of the development of the industry and had a profitable relationship with the FDEP, so new work was no porblemo and constant. Had to retire unexpectedly recently due to a serious health issue. C'est la vie...that's French.

Regarding your post below: I was a huge Tull freak. There's nothing like listening to Tull and playing SPI's USN or War in the Pacific [all 10 maps] or any of 'em. My favorite album was Benefit but Aqualung was an extremely close second [Up to Me...was a tune I loved]. I adored Aqualung [Ian Anderson's stage garb] and by happenstance, when I took over the remediation job at work I spent a lot of time on cleanup sites outdoors. Being a USAF brat [my Old Man always kept me and my 2 brothers shorn like jarheads] then into the USAF myself then into the corporate business, it was a real pleasure to finally wear what I wanted and look like I wanted. You can see from my pics that I decided on the Aqualung look [just quit shaving forever and let the Prairie Flower cut my hair whenever she felt like doing it]. It was a great dichotomy to see in the faces of contractors, regulators, client reps and so on, when they first visited my sites. They'd ask who was in charge and they would be directed to me. ..and too, when I was in the USAF, by noon it began to look like I hadn't shaved in the morning. A man's beard is like a woman's breasts...they were meant to be there.

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I went to basic @ Lackland in '67. All I remember is sand, cold and wind.
My dad was USAF too and as a kid I lived at Travis AFB twice. All I remember is heat and wind.
Looking back on it now, being an Air Force brat was quite the experience.

What impressed me most at Travis was the fog. I never have seen such thick fog before or since
Whenever the fog rolled in we had to standby the aircraft navigational aids. In such fog they couldn't be down even for a few seconds.
When I drove to the outer markers the fog was so thick you couldn't see past your front bumper so I had to open the drivers door and look down at the lane dividing line and follow it at a snails pace. o_O
Had a grand time there though.
The co-eds at Berkely were heart throbs. ;)
 
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The way I describe it to people is: I worked for an engineering consulting firm. For the first decade or so I did contamination assessments of plots of land and submitted my reports to the Florida Dept of Environmental Protection, then rather quickly was promoted into senior management, which sucked. The money was good but rather than managing projects I spent most of my time refereeing soap operas in the department and dealing with bean counters and was in the office 100% of the time. An opportunity came along when the contamination remediation work picked up and I volunteered to oversee the development of that. I called it "practicing hack engineering, hack geology and hack biology all at the same time". I was on the cutting edge of the development of the industry and had a profitable relationship with the FDEP, so new work was no porblemo and constant. Had to retire unexpectedly recently due to a serious health issue. C'est la vie...that's French.

Regarding your post below: I was a huge Tull freak. There's nothing like listening to Tull and playing SPI's USN or War in the Pcific [all 10 maps] or any of 'em. My favorite album was Benefit but Aqualung was an extremely close second [Up to Me...was a tune I loved]. I adored Aqualung [Ian Anderson's stage garb] and by happenstance, when I took over the remediation job at work I spent a lot of time on cleanup sites outdoors. Being a USAF brat [my Old Man always kept me and my 2 brothers shorn like jarheads] then into the USAF myself then into the corporate business, it was a real pleasure to finally wear what I wanted and look like I wanted. You can see from my pics that I decided on the Aqualung look [just quit shaving forever and let the Prairie Flower cut my hair whenever she felt like doing it]. It was a great dichotomy to see in the faces of contractors, regulators, client reps and so on, when they first visited my sites. They'd ask who was in charge and they would be directed to me. ..and too, when I was in the USAF, by noon it began to look like I hadn't shaved in the morning. A man's beard is like a woman's breasts...they were meant to be there.

Cheers and prost

Well, that just won you my "favorite introductory post" award, despite your pics reminding me of the Aqualung album cover art. :)

I was also an air force brat, born on Eglin AFB. Dad retired from the USAF as, your nemesis, a bean counter. ;-) He was in finance and did audits.....a thankless job to be sure.

I did a little military as well in a reserve MASH unit. I still work in medical imaging to this day.

Oh, Jethro Tull is my favorite band. It breaks my heart that Ian has mostly lost his voice. If someone held a gun to my head and forced me to pick a favorite Tull album, I would have to go with Heavy Horses.

Welcome to FGM.
 
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