Fate is the hunter…..

I didn’t usually agree to blind dates. But my shipmate and good friend since Officer Candidate School, Larry, asked me to join him and his date by escorting her good friend. I acquiesced. We were ready early, so we decided to go to the Officer’s Club at the Destroyer/Submarine piers for a beer on the way to pick them up.

Navy Al

As we were sitting at the bar I glanced over to a room where there was a lot of activity, but more interestingly, and a lot of young ladies milling about. It was the monthly gathering of the “Emblems” club, who were putting on a dance for Junior Naval Officers that particular night.


Sitting at the welcome desk making out name tags was a vision! I asked Larry to excuse me for a moment, strode over, and in my best Sean Connery voice said, “The name’s Hood, Al Hood.” I fumbled around with more small talk for a minute until I summoned up enough courage to ask her to dance. After that first dance I pardoned myself for a moment, walked over to Larry and in one of the most caddish moments of my life said, “I won’t be going on that date with you.”

And the rest, as they say, is history.


Happy 45th  anniversary to my lovely wife Patty! I love you.

24 thoughts on “Fate is the hunter…..

  1. Al, I have a question for you but wasn’t sure how to reach you. I didn’t see an “email me” button on your blog. Could you send me an email at work?

  2. Congratulations Al and Patty. I am glad to have met you both in person…..you two and your love for each other are stll as beautiful as what is seen in these pictures :-).

    • What a gracious comment! We both look forward to getting together again with you and John! By the way, love that picture of you two on the new website.

  3. What a handsome couple!
    For our 40th Anniversary, my husband and I tried to recreate the pose of a photo that was taken of us when we graduated from High School. It is truly disappointing how today’s digital cameras don’t take nearly as flattering a photo as the film cameras of 40 years ago did…

    • I agree. You’d think with all the advanced technology today’s camera wouldn’t make us look so old. I just hope they’re getting closer on time travel and reverse aging.

  4. To my favorite brother in law and my sister! Seems like yesterday I watched you walk down that isle. Congratulations!!!

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