image from va.gov.com
At American Lake
“America without its veterans, is like God
without his angels .”--Dwight D. Eisenhower
I never had to ask for a pay hike the 27 years
I worked at the American Lake Veteran’s Hospital,
near Tacoma. Luckily we were on the GS system
which promoted in exacting increments relative to
your time employed.
The building I worked in was in the quiet southern
corner of the compound adjacent to the lake. My
office window had a grand view of the lake, which
helped to counter balance all the bureaucratic bull
shit one puts up with as a civil servant. The parking
lot was a full block from our building, so I had a
modest hike every morning and evening; often in a
We were surrounded by towering Douglas Fir trees,
many of which toppled in wind storms. We were
adjacent to the fence for North Ft. Lewis; deer and
raccoons would visit us from there.
A nesting pair of
eagles could be seen outside
my window; such joy.
Posted over at d'Verse Poet's Pub