A little about the
I'm retired; actually
should have said I'm twice retired; I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in
1967 and after 23 years of boating and high seas adventure I retired. I
the second time from a local shipyard, which over the last twenty years
frequently changed names and owners several times while I was with
most people still refer to it as Newport News Shipbuilding.
Over my 23 years with
the U.S. Navy, I have visited some
interesting places. I retired from active service in 1989, and for
those of you
who just have to know I retired as a Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate.
After I left my long career with the Navy, I began my "nuclear power
painter" career; which failed to materialize into the million-dollar
deal of a
lifetime. After a year of "Power Plant painting" I left and went
at least until my wife Flo pushed me back into the land of working
In 1991 I began my association with Newport News Shipbuilding. I
somehow managed to spend most of my time building Nimitz class Aircraft
Carriers. I was part of the crew that built the carriers aircraft
arresting gear. In between new construction work, I was assigned to
aircraft carriers overhauls.
After being there for twenty years, I
retired again at the ripe old age of 62.
I then embarked on an
interesting, but very short career as an exotic motorcycle mechanic
local motorcycle dealer; the motorcycles were exotic not me. I don't
anyone thinking that I would ever work on motorcycles in the buff. Six
later, they closed the doors and I was now an unemployed retiree.
now free to fill six Saturdays a week with interesting things to do
watching soap operas, repairing motorcycles of friends, shooting and
and just about any other activity that strikes me.
For almost twenty
years was the editor-owner-publisher of a local motorcycle website
Iwhere the local area motorcyclists could post and share up to
date news and information covering local events and things of interest
My weekly column the "Last Page" provided a place for me to develop my
own Hemmingway writing style.
Because of my involvement with the Biker
eNews I managed to get involved with a local radio show called
Mania". I started out making guest appearances, and before long either
my outspokenness or knowledge of motorcycles I became one of the show's
co-hosts along with one of the areas well know attorneys. This was a
lot of fun
and it introduced me to the inner workings of live radio. Not to
mention all of
the great people I got to meet and interview.
Obviously, I'm a
motorcycle enthusiast; I'm an avid motorcycle road racing fan. I always
to try road racing when I was younger; but my Navy career and raising a
Currently I'm in-between motorcycles, none in the
garage. My age has forced me to stop riding. I don't think I ever met a
motorcycle I couldn't like...
I also love hunting, fishing, and the
great outdoors. This is rather strange because I was a typical city
kid. My dad
wasn't a hunter or fisherman, You could say I missed out on how most
introduced to hunting and fishing by there dads. Mattel or Hasbro made
guns I was acquainted with until I joined the Navy. All of my early gun
instruction came from episodes of Roy Rogers and the countless westerns
on television and at the movies. That was until I went to boot camp.
During boot camp, I received my first opportunity to fire a real gun.
in my navy career I was assigned to a special group, which required us
learn, train, and become proficient in providing for our own defense. I
required to qualify with an, M16, 1911A1 45 cal. pistol, M60 machine
grenade launcher and of all things an 81mm mortar, at least enough to
our Marine Corps instructors.
It seems the Navy kept finding ways to
make me shoot, aboard ship I had to qualify with M14, the good ole 45,
and now a 12 gauge pump shotgun. For some reason I really loved all
man shooting stuff and it lit a fire; slowly I began collecting my own
firearms. I loved to send bullets down range at targets.
from friends how to hunt, how to stalk game as well as how to take care
so it tastes good too. I did manage to squeeze in some competitive
while I was on active duty. Some friends had introduced me to the fun
competing in combat shooting. I was never any good, not like the people
introduced me to this sport. Of course, I really did have to manage my
between being at sea, family, and shooting competitions.
I also at
this time became involved with Archery. Once again, I found another way
enjoy myself out doors.
I'm also an avid fly
fisherman, and I truly
can spend days on end casting for trout and bass. I love fishing no
whether it's for brim on a calm freshwater pond, or sharks in the
Here's another funny thing, I don't eat fish in fact I don't eat
seafood of any
kind. All of my fishing is catch and release.
I love art and music
too… Unbelievably I can sling a paintbrush with the best of them; like
Michelangelo, I can paint the hell out of ceilings and walls. Except
full of people and mine are a solid color.
As a musician I'm very
skilled at playing several instruments, I'm able to play
player. I love to listen to real musicians and talented singers and
alone I even get to sing along.
I have been an avid shutterbug as long
as I can remember. From my early days with the family's Kodak box
have been in love with photography. I bought a used 35mm SLR and took
ship with me. That camera accompanied me from then on no matter where I
all over Europe during my first med cruise, and then all the way to the
pole (Yes, the south pole on more than one occasion, and believe it or
North Pole too.) and everywhere in-between.
I made the acquaintance of
a local camera shop owner and he taught me how to develop and print my
and pictures. I slowly made the switch from film to digital; in the
I scanned photographs on a flat bed scanner into the computer for use
Biker eNews web site. Eventually bought a digital camera, and from
process of learning the medium all over began. Now instead of the magic
happening in the darkroom It's all done on the computer.
The desire to
share the fun of all these activities led me to learn how to build a
I have some very rudimentary skills in HTML, just enough to get by.
have not only nurtured my photographic talents but recently I've become
I have a lot more interests but for now, you get the idea that anything
or everything will show up here in Phil Floria's World.
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