Military Brats

Me and My Tommy Gun

I was issued at Fort Lee, Virginia.  After that, I was stationed in Orleans, France and Fort Carson, Colorado.  We retired to Fort Ord, California.  Then I joined the Air Force and made two Brats of my own.

That’s my son, Timmy. Hahn AB, West Germany.
Brian and Timmy, West Germany, 1989.

By the time I was nine, I could polish combat boots to a glass finish, jump a barbed wire fence,  wear the uniform correctly,  understood the role of the machine gun in squad deployments and fields of fire.  We played “Army” every Saturday.  There was one epic battle of the NCO Brats versus the Officer’s Brats.

I answered the phone: “Sergeant Major’s Chamberlain quarters, may I help you, sir.”

My Dad beat my ass for trading my comic books for a belt of LIVE  .30 ammunition for the  Rifle, Caliber .30, Automatic, Browning, M1918.

My buddy and I jumped a barb wired fence to look for arrows.  We found ourselves on the mortar range.  We were playing on the tanks and trucks when incoming rounds started landing.  We sought shelter in a bunker.  The range sent a jeep to find out why kids were on the range.  We were in a shit load of trouble until they figured out I was the son of Sergeant Major Chamberlain.  They decided it was best to keep everything on the QT and gave us a ride back home.

I spent my teenage years watching basic Training and then later the 7th Infantry Division marching and running at Fort Ord, California.  When I joined the Air Force, my Dad wanted to know why I didn’t join the Army. I told him, “Because I’ve already done 19 years in the Army.”


A Film by Donna Musil

The real Conroy family. Oldest son Pat wrote “The Great Santini”.










Rosie Does Improv

Rosie is in Rimprov this year.  She invited me to come see.

So I did.

Rehearsed Improvisation (Rimprov) is exactly that.  Improv that has been rehearsed.  “That’s impossible”, you say?  Nope.  Rimprov is a method whereby the cast is given a premise, a setting or a story.  They then improvise within that constraint. There is no script for each performance.  Rehearsing the Improv then lets the actors refine how they will perform.  Still not feeling it?  Pick a sports team. They practice all week long for the game on Friday night.  But when Friday comes the game has no script.  They rimprov.

Rosie is a Junior at Odyssey High School.  Parents were invited to come see what they do in their Rimprov class. Seating was very limited so only one parent could attend.

I showed up late because of a wonderfully spectacular car wreck.


When I got to the office I said, “I’m late for Improv” and they buzzed me through. When I got to the classroom the performance was already in progress. Myself and a couple of similarly slacker late parents huddled at the door. We were told to wait for a break in the action.  When a break appeared I bolted through the door.  Wrong.  It wasn’t, it was a pause.  I suddenly found myself on stage with the kids and a monster was mentioned so I growled.  This startled the “Monster”.  But hey, it’s improv.

I took a seat.

The rimpov in progress dealt with a diamond, a pineapple, cash and  monster. The teacher Ms Lommen was the narrator and the students imroved the story as she read.

As the performance moved on we were presented with various skits that were funny, dramatic and very avant-guard.



Welcome to Improv!

( Rimprov)

Yea!  Welcome aboard the Good Ship Improv!  This high energy class is about using imagination to form and express thoughts, feelings, and characters.

The experience and knowledge that you gain from participating in improv class will enrich you in many unique ways. Some of the common benefits are:

  1. Increased Confidence.
  2. Improved Public Speaking Skills.
  3. Enhanced Acting Abilities.
  4. Gained Comfort in Social Settings.
  5. Refined Brainstorming Abilities.
  6. Improved Listening and Observation Skills.
  7. Enhanced Creative-Thinking Abilities.
  8. Improved Decision-Making Skills.
  9. Team Development Skills.


Thinking of placing your child at Odyssey?  This was me six years ago.  I’m very pleased with the results.


If you wish to explore the opportunity of the hybrid home schooling that Odyssey Charter School provides click on the link.

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Tremble: your whole life is a rehearsal for the
moment you are in now. –  Judith Malina