You know, I joined the Marine Corps because I was in love with a single mom and wanted to provide for them to the best of my ability. I was in high school, intillect wasn’t in short supply, but motivation was.
My childhood was one of the more seedy ones. If I am honest, think of the worst kind of family situations you can think of watching on your typical TV drama, and you wouldn’t be far off from what life at a Blumberg kid was. Cliche, yes, but my experience often is the cliche. So my lack of motivation wasn’t because I was lazy; it was because my parents had gotten it into their heads that I was the “Golden Boy.” The one that would figure out a way to justify the fact that people who should never, ever of had children did. In their world, the best remedy for their error would have been if I had become a world-renowned Christian Missionary. Perhaps even lose my life trying to convert a tribe in the jungle to the perfect ways of Almighty God. So my lack of motivation was more of a rebellion against their overwhelming need than a lack of ability.
Because of my family history, I had an unquenchable urge to prove that someone from my stock could successfully raise a “normal” family. Hence the obsessive love of a single teenage mother. I had no scholarships on the horizon and my six times divorced mother couldn’t afford college (the pre-requisite to having a ‘normal, successful family’). Military service could get me a degree if I didn’t get killed in war AND I would have performed my duty to my country as an honorable West Texas US citizen.
Initially, I wanted to enter the Naval Submarine program because of the technical proficiency it promised to get on board a Naval Sub. However, the Marine recruiter was a canny old Staff Sergeant who, knowing I had almost as much pride as I had in stubbornness, told me that the Marine Corps wasn’t for everyone. The SSgt said, “In fact, it was probably best that I stick with the Navy Submarine program,” and then proceeded to ignore me entirely. He had me, hook, line, and sinker.
Since I was only 17, I had to get my mother’s permission to join the Marines, which wasn’t easy. My aforementioned stubborness eventually won out against my mother’s since her stubborness has ever only been matched by my own.
So into the Marine Corps after graduation it was, and then I eloped with my High School sweetheart who had a penchant for messing around. Indeed, all of the ingredients were in place for the Epic Tale of Struggles that would ensue, and continues to this very day!
Now, as a 46 year old Marine Corps Veteran, I am posting on a website I built for my Marine Corps League Detachment 919, using skills I taught myself for this specific purpose and completed a “equipment check” for a podcast I am launching called “In The Fighting Hole” last night. In point of fact, I have been running myself ragged
The podcast is themed around Marine veteran’s who have been, who are, and who anticipate being in their own physical, metaphorical, or emotional fighting hole. Whether it is a Vietnam/Gulf War/Iraq?Aphganastan veteran, and their experiences “in the bush”, or a Woman Marine’s fighting hole battling gender discrimination, or a young Marine veteran’s “fighting hole” looking for employment in a swiftly changing technological employment landscape. I want to hear YOUR STORIES MARINES!
The 1st step? Go to our website, https://eastbaymarines.us, and either send me an email , join, or give me feedback on the site (I read all feedback to improve the site), and be sure to make the subject of inquiry “PODCAST”, so I will know to get back with you.
The 2nd? Make room in your schedule for a 30 minute interview that can be in person or virtual within the next 5 weeks. I can do about 2 to 3 interviews per week. There will only be one 30 minute to an hour show per week.
Alright! In any case, we will be spreading the word about the Marine Corps League and the Marine for Life Network through this podcast. Let’s make Marine For Life a real thing and not a recruiting tagline!
Marine Adrian ‘Yobi’ Blumberg, Commuications Officer/Quartermaster/Webmaster/Marine For Life Bay Area Liaison
510-703-1088, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com