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Editor’s Query: Tell us about a time when you felt at home in an unexpected place

I was a chief petty officer in the Navy, with orders to report aboard the USS San Diego in the Mediterranean Sea. Catching up with her was difficult. I missed her in Naples, Italy, and again in Sigonella, Italy, after a “crazy” Naval Reserve Training Flight there. I say “crazy” because of a loud argument that boiled out of its open cockpit door as the pilot and co-pilot argued, “I’m not going to land the plane this time, because I did it last time!” When I caught up with the ship, at anchor, off the coast of Cannes, France, I rode out to her in a whale boat, climbed up her hull on a Jacob’s Ladder, and stepped onto her quarterdeck.

The petty officer of the watch led me to the chief’s mess (lounge), where I saw a large picture of a sailing ship hanging on its bulkhead. It was then that I felt at home, because an identical picture was hanging on our living room wall back in Virginia Beach!

Gary “G” Morstad,

Falls Church


While in the aviation industry in the mid-1990s, I visited other countries to work with their governments. On my first visit to Japan, I spent a week in Tokyo. The city was intriguing; I saw and experienced much in a short time period. Still, with a culture and language so different from my own, I was homesick. As I strolled down a busy street one morning, I heard a familiar voice, deep and honey-toned, growing excited as a crowd cheered in the background. It was coming from a sidewalk radio. It belonged to Jon Miller, longtime announcer for the Baltimore Orioles. He was calling a night game in Baltimore, and I was hearing it the next morning in Tokyo!

I suddenly felt transported home, listening to Miller’s play-by-play while getting ready for bed. My homesickness evaporated, and I was comfortable for the rest of my stay.I’ll never forget the surprise and satisfaction of that moment in a city half a world away.

Jim Reagan,


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