Good morning!! Maaaaan, I remember this day 30 years ago like…’it was yesterday’ is to cliche’…but, really I do. Thirty years ago today, I graduated from Marine Corps boot camp. Yep, MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina Platoon 2068 hatched a bunch of brand new marines, including yours truly on the world. I remember boarding the bus, leaving for the airport in Augusta, Georgia in uniform with change in my pocket. The first stop was the gift shop, I made good and bad decisions at that gift shop. I remember exactly what I purchased….A walkman (I said it was 30 years ago), batteries, New Editions ‘NE Heartbreak’ tape and Rick James’ ‘Wonderful.’ One more item, a pack of Newport menthol cigarettes. I officially became a smoker that day. Good news is I haven’t had a cig in almost 8 years. I remember the flights, quick jaunt from Augusta to Atlanta then, a long ride to San Francisco. I met Pam on the plane, she was going to meet her newborn nephew in Oakland. I don’t remember what time we arrived but, it was a sunny afternoon in The Bay, remember the look on moms face when she spotted me. This is pre 9/11 so, she didn’t have to wait at baggage claim. I’m telling you, I remember what that day sounded like, how it smelled….my lil brother being amazed at my uniform…the day is vivid. You know what? I don’t remember what I had for lunch Tuesday but, I remember the posters on lil bruhs’ walls that day. Anyway, thanks for letting me share. I got your Easy Cash code words and more coming up….pour another cup and turn the radio up…..yup. Follow @albjam on all platforms. Two fingaz.