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About Bob

I'm just a guy living the dream in Redondo Beach, CA. After putting in 30+ years at a large aerospace company, I am now retired, and can do what I'm interested in. My main interests are writing and music. I'm a cellist and play with local amateur Symphonies and Theater groups. I've also got the urge to wander with my lovely wife Laura. This blog is going to be mainly about our travels via RV and other means. I'm sure I'll flesh this out more as time goes on.

Bugout Part 173 – Outlaw Agencies

Bob:

Here’s the next episode of Bugout! from my story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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“You know who that is?” Frank asked quietly.

“Yeah, that’d be my kids and one of their friends,” Clint said proudly. He glared at the UN Peacekeeper. “Party’s over, you euro trash hoodlum.”

“Pa, you in there?” a voice called from outside. “We knifed all their tires.”

“Yeah, Jason, we’re in here,” he said. “Got the UN guys covered. We have their guns.”

“You guys can’t win,” the head UN Peacekeeper said.

“I beg to differ,” Jerry said. “We stomped on several hundred thousand enemy fighters, in case you didn’t notice.”

“Your army is on our side now,” he replied. Frank laughed out loud. “Like hell they are. The only people on your side are in Washington. We’ll have to take out that trash.”

Four young men came in the door cautiously, eyeballing everybody. They all had rifles.

“I brought zip-ties,” Jason said, holding out a bag. He was tall…

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Bugout Part 172 – Blue Peril

Bob:

Here’s the next episode of Bugout! from my story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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“Who was that?” Dobie asked, getting up from the dinette in his fifth wheel. He didn’t like the look on Gabe’s face.

“Remember Sue at Uncle Jasper’s?” Gabe asked.

“Oh, the one you were makin time with,” Dobie said, chuckling.

“She just called. She thinks Scott is at her park right now.”

“Crap,” Dobie said. “She call the cops?”

“She left a message for the sheriff that came by and talked to her yesterday, but she can’t raise him.”

“Uh oh,” Dobie said. “What do you want to do?”

“Go help her,” Gabe said.

“We’d better call Malcolm,” Dobie said. “We shouldn’t just go.”

“Okay,” Gabe said. He hit Malcolm’s contact on his phone, and put it on speaker, setting it down on the dinette table in front of Dobie. He slid into the bench seat on the other side of the table. The phone rang and rang.

“He’s not…

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Bugout Part 171 – Late Dinner

Bob:

Here’s the next episode of Bugout! from my story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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Frank and Jane were following Jerry and Jasmine, nearing Grand Junction. Jane’s phone rang. She answered it.

“Hi, Jane,” Jasmine said. “I found a place in Grand Junction, and made reservations for both of us.”

“Great,” Jane said. “I’m tired, and I know Frank is. How much further?”

“We ought to be hitting the off-ramp in about ten minutes,” she said.

“Okay, talk to you then,” Jane said.

“We’ve got a place to stop?” Frank asked.

“Yeah,” Jane said. “About ten minutes away.”

“Good,” Frank said. “I’m beat.”

“I know, honey,” Jane said. “You should have let me drive.”

“Tomorrow,” Frank said. “I was too keyed up after that nonsense with the UN.”

“You’re gonna call the General when we get settled, right?”

“Yeah, but I’ll probably get half way through a martini before I do,” Frank said, laughing.

“Not a bad idea,” Jane said, smiling. Lucy came over and…

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Bugout Part 170 – The Start of a Beautiful Friendship

Bob:

Here’s the next episode of Bugout! from my story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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Frank and Jane watched as the two UN peace keepers walked up to the driver’s side window. Frank opened it.

“Good morning, folks,” said the man with a Belgian accent. “Had you had your small pox vaccine yet?”

“Nope, not yet,” Frank said. “You guys doing them on the road?”

“Yep,” the man said, smiling. “Follow the rig in front of you, when the parking opens up, then go to the blue tent that we have set up. You have ID?”

“Yes,” Frank said.

“Where you coming from?” he asked.

“Kansas,” Frank said. “Why are you guys doing this instead of US authorities?”

“We are US authorities,” he said, looking at him with a curt expression. Frank looked back at him, not ready to give an inch.

“There goes Jerry,” Jane said, trying to break the tension. “Pull up, Frank.”

“Okay,” he said, driving forward onto the wide shoulder of…

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