After 37 years and 7 months, I have made the decision to retire from my law enforcement career. The official date of my retirement will be August 1, 2014, which happens to fall on a Friday so that works out great.
For the most part I have enjoyed my career choice, but if I had it to do it all over again I wished I had worked for what is now CSX Transportation aka the Chessie System aka the B&O railroad. My uncle now deceased offered to help me in my job search (he worked for the B&O for over forty years) and I wish I had taken him up on his offer.
I regret not keeping in touch with more of my school classmates, but moving out of the area to Virginia took me "out of the loop," and I lost track of a lot of folks who meant so much to me during my school years.
I hope that my appearance at the reunion will bring me back into the "fold" and the friends that I treasured so much will seek me out if just to say hello.
I am about to celebrate twenty-five years of marriage to my second wife Michele and hope that all of you will pass along a warm welcome as I'm sure she will feel like the "odd person out" when we arrive to greet my old friends.
Still an amateur radio operator (call sign W3MV) so I won't loose my title of "geek," but my true love is 19th Century American history. My wife and I have been civil war reenactors for almost twenty years having been swept into the hobby by another BCC alumnus Ken Obenland, Class of 1971. I hope those of you still living in the Washington area will make the trek to the northern Shenandoah Valley this fall for the 149th reenactment of the battle of Cedar Creek just south of Winchester right off of I-66 and I-81. Not only will I be there (I'm the acting chief of staff for the overall confederate commander), but you will be treated to the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley during the "fall colors." Information may be found by simply searching "Cedar Creek Battlefield" in any of the great search engines and you'll find all of the information about the battle and the reenactment.
Thanks for taking the time to read this diatribe and if I don't see you at the reenactment (I'll be at confederate headquarters) I'll see you on November 9th.
Take care-Bob Cooley