His fellow graduate, Angela Lozano Ingram, is no stranger to hard work or self-discipline. In the top 15 percent of her LBHS class, Lozano chose a courageous path for her future: she enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. Her plan is to finish four years at the academy and earn a bachelor's degree in marine and environmental sciences, and then proceed to flight school for helicopter pilots and rescue swimmers.
A self-described tomboy, Lozano grew up tussling with neighborhood boys and her older brothers in the relatively rugged outdoors of Old Top of the World where she lives with her mother, Patti. An ocean lover, avid surfer and swimmer, Lozano is most comfortable in the water, which makes the Coast Guard a natural choice. But it wasn't always that way, according to Mrs. Lozano.
"She was terrified of the water!" said her mother of a first beach outing after moving to Laguna Beach from San Juan Capistrano. Angela was nine at the time. Playmate Sesa Carreras taught her how to dive under big waves, maneuver currents and enjoy the ocean. "I remember that day. It was a pivotal moment in my life," she said. "I was thinking, 'oh man, I've been missing out!'"
Lozano is one of only 275 women joining the Coast Guard's class of approximately 1,000 this year. She will be sworn in as a cadet this Wednesday, June 30, and will begin her "swab summer," or basic training, in Connecticut for the next six weeks. She will return to the West Coast briefly to complete one week of nautical training on the Coast Guard cutter The Eagle, the only "square-rigger" sailing ship in active military duty.
"I've always wanted to serve my country," Lozano said. "I was interested in the army and in fire fighting. I think it's fun and exciting, and it's nice to help people. I just thought it would be a rewarding and helpful job to do."
I'm afraid such poor workmanship is endemic in your industry.
"Clip" being used when "magazine" is the correct term. "Automatic" being used to describe anything scarier than a BB gun. The party affiliation of a Republican in trouble being the first word in the article, but never mentioned once when it's a Democrat. The list can go on and on.
And people wonder why the media is losing more and more viewers....
I thought the Newsweak cover story on Mrs. McCain was relatively even handed considering the mag has sunk to the level of barely disguised Obama campaign literature. I knew the editor would demand several column inches on Mrs. McCain's history of drug addiction and subsequent legal troubles, but I was surprised by a generally sympathetic portrait of her as a mother who marched to her own beat compared to other Senate wives. I came away with a much better appreciation of who she is and what she has accomplished. In some ways, I think she would be the better McCain on the ticket.