Meth

During a lovely afternoon sail, it turned out one member of the crew from Florida did time in prison for making methamphetamine.

He reluctantly answered questions because he has since gone straight. He allowed that the methodology in the TV series “Breaking Bad” was quite accurate, outlining in detail the precise sequence for making the formula and cooking it. Doesn’t that encourage people to imitate the show? “Dude, you can find out how to make it on You Tube.”

Like the character Jesse Pinkman, he had to go from drug store to drug store to buy up Sudafed, the main ingredient. He shopped multiple Walmarts around Orlando buying Sudafed until it was banned from over-the-counter sales.

At his lab inside his home, he filtered the fumes and kept a low profile so the neighbors were unaware. Eventually he was busted red-handed by a SWAT team while making a batch. Did he learn anything while incarcerated? “How to counterfeit money,” he replied matter-of-factly. “They don’t teach you any job skills or provide you education classes.” Today he’s clean and sober, working as a concrete contractor. “I never want to go to prison again.” Afterward I was tempted to check the 20s he gave me, but didn’t.

Seaward Bound

Dorrie anTrippd Mark Tripp went sailing after they came up from the Orlando area. He’s getting ready to buy a 32 Seaward sailboat that is light enough to trailer. While in Williamsburg, they visited their 18-year-old son at Ft. Eustis.

He’s undergoing intensive training to maintain and repair UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, which cost $21 million apiece.”We’re very proud of him and his choices,” Dorrie said. He completed his 10-week basic training at Ft. Campbell, Ky., but Dorrie said they’re cutting that to 7 weeks due to federal sequestration.

I got to thinking: By that logic they should cut the 18-week Black Hawk training to 13 weeks, putting the helicopters at risk. Yet, reducing basic training puts the lives of our soldiers at greater risk. Go figure.

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