I never saw myself retiring from the Air Force, and I damned sure never imagined Perry doing it either. The guy currently drawing a retirement paycheck from the U.S. Government is the same guy that stood up in Arnold Hall circa 1994 and asked if it was O.K. to have both his nipples pierced.
Arnold Hall is a 3,000 seat venue used for many things including world class concerts, shows and events for cadets and the public at large. For the general public it's a terrific place to see an intimate show. For cadets it's a place to A.) get yelled at B.) fall asleep or C.) both.
As upperclassmen, Arnold Hall represented hours and hours of torture in the form of briefings. The speakers might range from a 4 star general to the Cadet Wing Commander covering any array of topics pertinent to the Air Force. It was during one of these cadet briefings that Perry had his shining moment.
|Out in front of the Irish Bank|
|P-Mac telling his story at Vesuvio cafe a haven for beat poets back in the day including Jack Kerouac|
Fast forward about 20 years to present day San Francisco and I get a message from Perry telling me he's attending the San Francisco Academy Of Art on the G.I. Bill. I'm pretty sure he's kidding so we agree to meet up in SF and hang out. We sit down and go over the details over a few beers and it turns out he's not lying about the G.I. Bill. In an effort to recruit and maintain personnel after 9/11, the government beefed up the G.I. Bill as an incentive. As a result, Perry's tuition is fully paid and he is getting a substantial living expense (in addition to his retirement pay). I think it might be the greatest legal scam I've ever heard of. He got over, and I love it. It helps me with the chip on my shoulder that was put there 25 years ago by a senatorial panel that said I wasn't "Academy material". In honor of Perry's achievement I sit here at my desk, gold trucker hat in hand, gently swaying, and chant "You're a douche" to all those who told us we wouldn't make it or shouldn't have been there.
|Our waiter at Original Joe's. I highly recommend the burgers at this place.|
|Earl Thomas at Biscuits and Blues. I've never seen a bad show here. World class musicians at a small venue.|