"Sunrise in San Diego"

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Project by mpounders posted 03-07-2020 05:55 PM 1413 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This isn’t a self-portrait but is based on self-experience and people I served with in the Navy. 18 years old and wet behind the ears, the world can be an eye-opening experience when you first leave home. All-nighters on the town, bars with exotic drinks, and beautiful women…...I sometimes wonder how I survived! I served six years and lived in or visited Orlando, Chicago, Virginia Beach, Seattle, Tacoma, San Diego, Philippine Islands, Hong Kong, Hawaii, Midway Island, San Diego, Acapulco, Long Beach, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. At least that’s all I can remember! Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 03-07-2020 06:24 PM

Thats by far my favourite
Love the drunken fella … at least he looks a happy drunken sailor

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 03-07-2020 07:12 PM

Another beautiful carving, you realy have a signature, all of your figures tell something special, and this one is no exeption, bravo.

-- andrek

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#3 posted 03-07-2020 08:21 PM

Thanks for you service! I bet if you ask this Guy he would say yes sir I am ready for combat. Great Job!!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 03-07-2020 09:53 PM

another whimsical character in a state weve all probably been once or more in our lives.once again your ability to tell the story through the eyes always amazes me.your work carving is true art.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 03-07-2020 11:00 PM

Ahhh, memories.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 03-08-2020 01:09 AM

Nice job. He looks like a guy I know.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 03-08-2020 01:12 AM

Great work, Mike! I was there too, and spent several nights in all-night movies to have a place to sleep off the ship…



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#8 posted 03-08-2020 01:37 AM

Funny! I was a Machinist’s Mate in the Navy, and have seen plenty of those sorts of eyes after a liberty call.

I’m reminded of the phrase, “One to drink, one to spill and one for the Shore Patrol!”. lol

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 03-08-2020 09:14 AM

Another great character Mike. Thanks again for entertaining us with your work.

Thanks too for your service.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 03-08-2020 01:25 PM

LOL Mike !!
ALL that you said, I can identify with !! (21 years in the Navy).
not necessarily on the West Coast, but the North Atlantic and “Med”
is the same with any 18-19 year old kid with his first time away from home.
another job WELL DONE !! thanks for sharing.
(I have a photo of me with almost that exact pose, I will try to find it).


-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --

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#11 posted 03-08-2020 02:30 PM

Nicely done!.

-- It’s all good!

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