I got up before dawn the next morning to watch flag raising. I was moved watching the young cadets walk the quad to the flagpole. Every turn exactly 90 degrees, just like my dad described. I even found a few locations where I’d seen pics of my dad wearing the NMMI uniform. Very Cool.
After Flag raising I drove to Ruidoso New Mexico where I hooked up with Jim Hamblin. Jim was my Baldwin Rep after Ronnie. He has made a new life for himself preaching the gospel to the Mescalero Apache. Its a far cry from Factory Rep but I think he has found his true calling. We had a long breakfast and the best coffee of the trip. Our conversation ranged far and wide. Our lives have gone in radically different directions but our relationship hasn’t changed at all. I always felt like Jim had my back and it was really special to see him.