Tom Garrett

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Four days and 1,000 miles by rail on a ‘prisoner chase’ – Part 2

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The first thing the 19-year-old basic trainee deserter did when Eddie Morgan and I got him seated in our compartment and the train started rolling was look at my drill instructor’s badge and say, “DI, you ain’t never gonna get me back to that base! I’ll take out both of you.”

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Four days and 1,000 miles by rail on a ‘prisoner chase’

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After two years of civilian life I re-enlisted in the Air Force in 1955, having discovered that I had mistakenly left the kind of life I truly loved.

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Those important words left unsaid can haunt us

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I have a ready answer if someone ever asks me, “Tom, what was the worst mistake you ever made in your life?”

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When Mother Nature waves her wand we can but stand and watch

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Back in 2013 we talked about a Jeep trip that my beloved wife and I took to Bhambore, an archaeological site in Pakistan.

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Sometimes two dumb mistakes can cancel each other out – Part 2

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Two dumb wrongs can occasionally make a right. Last week I told you that I believed I was infected with amoebic dysentery, which was incurable in 1960, or so the embassy doctor told me during his preliminary check of my galloping diarrhea. That tentative diagnosis was given on a Wednesday.

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Every once in a while two dumb mistakes cancel each other out

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One thing I learned as soon as I began traveling overseas during my 21 years in the Air Force was to expect to be told about local health rules and customs as soon as I arrived in a new country.

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Giving up smoking is not that hard – Part 2

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Last week I confessed that whenever I make the comment that giving up smoking is easy I always add, “It’s got to be. I’ve done it four times.” :-)

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Giving up smoking is not that hard – Part 1

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I often tell people that giving up smoking is easy. “Of course, it’s easy!” I tell them. “I’ve done it four times.”

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More about thinking; or rather, ‘Oh, I DIDN’T think.’

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A month back we talked about people who use the phrase, “Oh, I thought that ... (fill in the blank).” We came to the conclusion that most of the time they really mean, “Oh, I DIDN’T think.” I mentioned that I cringe when I hear a sentence start that way, and we talked about a few of life’s happy events that created that cringe.

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Who do we expect to see when we watch a movie with a favorite star?

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The title of this column asks an intriguing question, doesn’t it? When you sit down to watch yet another movie starring one of your favorites who do you actually expect to see? The person he is playing or the star himself?

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