I’m not going to belabor my decorating decisions in the den, but I received a couple of e-mails asking for more pictures beyond the snapshot of the picture of “Lee’s Old Warhorse”.
It’s not a shrine to VF-111 (Sundowners), the venerable old squadron that saw service in World War 2, Korea and Vietnam, but it’s a picture and a model aircraft (of the picture) with proper squadron markings.
You’ll note that I do have a preference for mahogany tables with Italian marble tops. Mia culpa. I can’t help it. There are things that I like and things that I don’t and if it’s going in my house it needs to be right. (right as I define the word)
VF-111 was a flamboyant squadron. Naval aviators are a swaggering, flamboyant bunch but even at that level, the squadron stood out.
I don’t think that it would be politically correct to decorate a helmet this way (left) today. Certainly not any more politically correct than a picture hanging of Lee and Longstreet at Gettysburg. Political correctness demands that we re-write history to serve the particular sensibilities of a class of people that I prefer to avoid.
In any event, that’s in the den.
There is also a bust of my grandfather, who raised me and who I adored. He was quite a guy and deserves a place of honor in the room.
I like being surrounded by these things in the den as I read or as I work. The den is now my office and headquarters of my diminutive empire, soon to be relocated from CA to AZ.
As I mentioned, the glory wall has been taken down, all of the hangings are wrapped in bubble wrap and then sealed away in storage boxes – to re-emerge at the White Wolf Mine.