Space Opera With a Twist

Misty Memories

Our weather in the last few days has been passing strange.  It’s almost as if Mother Nature is giving us a preview of the coming winter — a weather version of a movie trailer.  We got a dumping of snow sufficient to bring out our snow removal contractor, freezing rain, bitter cold and today, a thaw.  And even though everything is still white, our part of the Great White North is smothered in a thick layer of fog right now.  A gray, damp, foggy Sunday, just the right mix to evoke old memories. 

As we do regularly, Mrs Thomson and I were driving to our gym for ninety minutes of much needed exercise this morning.  Once on the brief stretch of highway, I remarked how this dense, chilly fog reminded me of one particular winter when we lived in what was then the Federal Republic of Germany thirty years ago, during my tour with Canadian Forces Europe (CFE).  The Rhine Valley, in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg where CFE had its bases, was and probably still is famous for its damp, foggy weather, especially in winter.  That particular February, we spent the entire month fogged in.  The only times I saw the sun was when I visited the Langenhard training area which sat at higher altitude and therefore above the fog layer.  Looking out over the valley from up there was a thing of beauty!  This morning, our drive through a brief stretch of farmland bordering the highway, reminded me vividly of driving on the A-5, the autobahn running the length of Baden-Württemberg right to the Swiss border during that February thirty years ago.

In other news, I’m moving right along with Hard Strike (Decker’s War Book 7).  It’s now more than three-quarters done.


  1. xromad

    How many years were you in Germany? I had 3 tours there during my USAF career. I was with Tactical Air Control Parties supporting the US Army in Nürnberg (’74 – ’78), Garlstedt (up near Bremerhaven) (’79 – ’83) and Göppingen (near Stuttgart) (’84 – ’88).

    • Eric Thomson

      I lived there as a military brat in the sixties and early seventies and as a member of the 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group 86-89. I also spent several weeks per year visiting relatives in the late seventies and early eighties.

  2. xromad

    Hah! I lived in Kaiserslautern as a military brat from Oct 1953 to Jun 1955! My father was stationed at Sembach AB, the same place that was my higher headquarters during most of the 3 tours in the mid 70s to late 80s.

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