I feel strange about the Thunderbirds flyover

Along with thousands of others, I witnessed today’s flyover of the Air Force Thunderbirds and (I presume) the Navy’s Blue Angels. I didn’t leave my apartment; I could see it just fine from the view from my sunroom that overlooks Fort Myer. As the planes approached from the northeast and turned to the north alongContinue reading “I feel strange about the Thunderbirds flyover”

20 years after WWII, Hogan’s Heroes made fun of Nazis. 20 years after 9/11, we don’t have a sitcom about terrorism. Here are five reasons why.

One of my dad’s favorite shows growing us as a kid was Hogan’s Heroes, which portrayed a group of Allied airmen held prisoner in a Nazi prisoner of war camp. But they weren’t there because they couldn’t escape, they were there to cause havoc on the Nazis by sneaking out of the camp and blowingContinue reading “20 years after WWII, Hogan’s Heroes made fun of Nazis. 20 years after 9/11, we don’t have a sitcom about terrorism. Here are five reasons why.”

The stay-at-home order reminds me a lot of when I was in Afghanistan. We got through it then, and we’ll get through it now.

The novel coronavirus has decimated our daily lives and almost every state is under a lock-down order for citizens to stay at home. As an extreme extrovert, I find energy and enjoyment through interactions with people, so I knew limited my outside contact would be difficult, but after a few weeks, I’ve gotten in toContinue reading “The stay-at-home order reminds me a lot of when I was in Afghanistan. We got through it then, and we’ll get through it now.”

This is the story of when I was skydiving and had to pull my reserve parachute…on my 32nd jump

I was never addicted to skydiving, like many jumpers are, but I definitely enjoyed it. There was something incredible about how we as humans defied our natural physical limitations and learned to fly. We created systems called airplanes that took us miles above the ground, and then we jumped out of those airplanes and somehowContinue reading “This is the story of when I was skydiving and had to pull my reserve parachute…on my 32nd jump”

Coronavirus closed the Sitar Arts Center and now, our students have nowhere to go. Today, we need your support more than ever.

In December 2014, I was working in the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs and it was time to generate lots of interest for the federal government’s Combined Federal Campaign, which supports local and national charities. I looked through the list and thought it would be interesting to invite a local non-profit called Guitars Not Guns,Continue reading “Coronavirus closed the Sitar Arts Center and now, our students have nowhere to go. Today, we need your support more than ever.”

I Just Found My Journal Entries from Basic Officer Training from 2004; Here’s What I Wrote

As I have written before, I was in Air Force ROTC from 2002 – 2005 at The Ohio State University. The first chapter of my book recalls my selection to pilot training, a surprising and devastating discharge because of a minor medical condition, and my eventual commission in the US Navy Reserve in 2009. AsContinue reading “I Just Found My Journal Entries from Basic Officer Training from 2004; Here’s What I Wrote”

28 Fun Things to Do at Home While Self-Isolating, Quarantining, or Just Staying the Hell Away from People

Just a few ideas we in the Schaffel household thought of… Not fun, but necessary things to do: Clean everything, especially things you don’t usually think of. Clean your oven, the inside of your refrigerator, the tops of your fan blades, around light bulbs, your screened devices. Scrub your bathtub. Clean behind things. Get underContinue reading “28 Fun Things to Do at Home While Self-Isolating, Quarantining, or Just Staying the Hell Away from People”

My Thoughts on How Banks and Investors Can Ease the Pain on Renters and Homeowners During The Coronavirus Global Pandemic

I don’t understand a lot of things about Coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19), but I understand a few. I can see that is spreads very quickly–and seemingly easily–and it does so because it is a new strain of a virus for which humans have no built-up immunity. I can also see the economicContinue reading “My Thoughts on How Banks and Investors Can Ease the Pain on Renters and Homeowners During The Coronavirus Global Pandemic”

A List of All the People We Should Be Thanking During The Coronavirus Pandemic

I wanted to put together a list of jobs that people are doing that they can’t do from home. For these people, there is no teleworking. They’re keeping us safe and alive. I’ve missed many, many people, so add your comments below and let’s see how big of a list we can generate to showContinue reading “A List of All the People We Should Be Thanking During The Coronavirus Pandemic”

Want to Get on TV at a Sports Event? Follow These 8 Steps I’ve Learned from Experience

Every year since 2002 (except 2003), I have attended the Ohio State-Michigan football game, either in Columbus or “that state up north.” In college, it was about the game. Ohio State had to win…if they didn’t, we were devastated. Now, it’s about friends and tradition. The same group of us has gone together every year,Continue reading “Want to Get on TV at a Sports Event? Follow These 8 Steps I’ve Learned from Experience”