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Interview: Dusty

Updated on February 12, 2018
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In an English course at Villanova University in 1981, Maria interviewed her mom, who likened her to Barbara Walters. She never looked back.

We salute you, brave hero...

As a community, we are beyond shocked and saddened at Dusty's death on November 14th.

This interview, in Dusty's own words, means so much more to me now... He was gracious from start to finish in this process, much as he was in every other aspect of his life.

A straight shooter (seriously, I would never have wanted to be on his bad side...) with a heart of gold and a compassion for his fellow man and animals greater than the Universe...

Love and thanks to Dusty Tibbs for leaving such a powerful legacy. Dust, you taught me what a hero is from your every action...


Meet Dusty....

I had seen Dusty's, aka 50 Caliber, comments throughout HubVille, so I decided to check out his work. I was instantly blown away by the authenticity of his writing and the emotions it evoked in me.

I was truly honored when Dusty agreed to my request for an interview. I am sure you will be enthralled with his thoughts, filled with much wisdom and candor.

The times I'm most creative are ....

Having to do a job that takes 3 men and a mule and figuring out how to set up a rig to replace 2 men and some times the mule. I’ve got an old jeep of 23 years that I have just successfully removed the entire body and replace all the suspension and upgraded to heavier axles engine , trans and transfer case and last night used my rigging to set it all back together and hook the wiring and odds and ends up. So I made it through the whole ordeal with imagination. Down to the easy part, now, add gas and load the fuel system and see if the new engine and all works, then it’s back to the paint and trimmings. Things like that are just natural for me.

If I go to get creative with writing I have to separate out my inherent fixation with my dark past and feel the inspiration of the good things of life, those times come when just talking with folks. Most naturally are not breaking topics of war but the nicer days of the past and they’ll spike a memory that feels good. I then tell a tale of yester year that’s fun; making for an answer that is my inspiration to a story comes from others who can bring out my smiles and reflections of episodes past in my life. Mike has done it, and after writing a long email, he’ll comment that, “that’s the kind of thing people want to read”. I copied it to fill it out with all the details, it’s waiting for the “want to” right now. I hope it follows this episode in trying to figure out who I think I am, and what blows my skirt up, to find boxers or briefs, below.

The times I'm most joyful are...

I love to see my daughters, adopted, I refer to them as my girls. I inherited them from two couples that after Nam, my Dad got jobs for two I liked and we all rented a two-bedroom apartment together, they got out first and by the time I got there they were married and it was the couch for me. One at a time they all went out for a pack of cigarettes and never came back. So there is a long story here but they are the smile makers that we have bonded very tight as a family.

I find abandoned dogs on my trips about the desert and picking them up I cuss the coward who dumped them. Puppies or adult dogs I am always happy to see them pull through dehydration and trust issues. After the vet gives them their shots and health check, seeing their ribs go away and their trust issues go away, we all join up for triple Frisbee. That wears me out just keeping up while laughing.

I just like to see good things happen to other humans or animals, kindness brings back good karma most always, and I believe we live in a world that is over seen by the great ”Creator”, who rewards us along our journey.

Something I'd like to learn to do...

I’d like to learn to live with my past, so that I could write about it to complete a memoir of the hell of it. I cannot forget it, due to having to hop to the bathroom in the night or just put one of my prosthesis on to get up and do my daily life. That is a thing that will always be, and I remember how it got that way. I can put it on and zip the leg of my pants down and get up and move on and end any thought by just thinking on first things first on my list of things like feeding and watering the horse and burros and I’m on with my day.

To sit down and get out my folder of orders and rank certificates as well as the training certificates and start accurately dating the events then writing about the exploits to me is just not possible yet. It seems a badge of shame to me. People, who NOW thank me for my service, are a few decades late. It actually pushes me back 4 decades to the reception of the time I flew into San Francisco, and heard the hate saw the signs accusing me of what I did, that was no different than what others before me have done. It was what it was and I couldn’t change it. I always wonder about those who thank me, “what the hell were you saying in the 1970s?”.

My secret talent...

I can’t tell you, ‘cuz then I’d have to kill you, ‘cuz it’s secret and telling would make it known, LOL. I have played guitar 55 years, and classical style and Flamingo are my two taught by school but practiced by me and I like to think I’m better than good at it, and have applied as a second seat on several Uof A concert nights featuring an accomplished guitarist. Always get beat by some young guy that shaves and dresses fancy for the auditions. I’ll not stoop at an audition but sign me on and I’ll clean up then, otherwise, what you see is all me.

Best gift I ever gave someone...

My unconditional Love, A stable home, meals and clothing along with a Sunday School upbringing and the push to learn as much as they could in school, with the knowledge that at 18 the two would have to get out of the nest and fly.

Best gift I ever received from someone...

Unconditional Love and Respect and the dropping of their life to come running to keep my life together when I went under the knife the second round and needed someone to carry the load of taking care of my animals. Those two girls kept my HP friends updated until I was able to come home, and they stayed on until I was able to handle the place and we parted. I was grateful for their instant action, and paid them back 10 fold by buying them a house and furnishing it. I bought them both new wheels as well.

If you peeked in my closet, you'd be surprised to find...

Heck I can’t even guess what’s in your closet, I’d be surprised you even let me peek! I sure hope it would be sexy and a bottle of Viagra to go with it (LMAO). And if I get an erection that lasts longer than 4 hours, don’t call a doctor, hell call for back up (LMAO sum more).
I reckon youz talking about my closet not sure if metaphorical or really.

In a real closet you’d find a foot in a large glass jar floating in some kinda fluid. In others you’d find arsenals of toys that go boom.

My metaphoric closet holds few secrets, if any. Not much I’ve done, I haven’t told except maybe one thing that is just around the corner. That is my girls are both pregnant with boys, and I know who the donor is, they are in all actuality not related to each other nor to me by blood, just heart. They have always been together since birth, I was blind to it, but they are gay and at the time they were 19 or so, one of them, don’t remember which. Told me, “You know we’re gay right?” I was just surprised that it was with each other. Now, like always, they do everything together and they are with in weeks of each other pregnant. The donor was I, I been told both picked me out of the world of donors. So in a way I’m fixing to be a grand Dad, Dad. ‘nuff said.

My dream dinner date...

Would be a gathering of all my friends from HP in Arizona’s fall weather for a week of campfire tale telling, good outdoor cooking of great meals. I’d have to have help past the meat, beans, corn and bread menu for salads and other veggies I don’t eat at a remote camp with a lake and boating. Maybe Lake Mead instead with the houseboat by the week rentals so we could all retire to private accommodations on the water for peaceful personal time after some fun time sharing over the week together.

My favorite vacation spot... paradise destination...

I live in paradise, I’m in Gods country, and my life is vacation. Even with all the work that has gone on here, I’m a second away from a hammock, a horse away from some other place of beauty to lay out in the great fall and spring weather. Inside the borders of this state are many life species that exist in no other part of the world and every thing I like from going caving to seeing it snow in August. We only lack an ocean to go with this entire beach. I’m thankful for this mess and love the state for adventure.

50 Caliber
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Something I got rid of and never missed ....

My first thought is wives and left shoes, both were useless to me, back in time. I suppose the feeling was more than equal to the one who is still roaming about. I think Karma got the other. I’m free now and stayed that way.

Something I fear...

I cannot think of anything on earth I fear. I fear judgement day, after shattering the 10 commandments all to pieces. So my fear of not being forgiven would be it.

What I most despise in others...

I only despise actions not people, I’ve seen many change. I despise a coward, there are many kinds of cowards, I spose the most we see is “keyboard cowards” they say things to or about others, knowing for the most part their safe.

I despise a sharp tongue that spews hate and criticism at other people. The senior people in a job field punch on the new, acting like they were born great. Never offering a hand up and teaching what they learned from those before. They have self-serving actions, that I find sad.

USMC photo, on my Dad's wall, boot camp photo of me as a graduate, from recruit to personified government war fodder
USMC photo, on my Dad's wall, boot camp photo of me as a graduate, from recruit to personified government war fodder | Source

Man in the Door

Some advice to my younger self ....

Don’t get married, just go out and find a woman you can’t stand to be around, buy a house and car for her then, go get a hooker ( LMAO).

Take the time to become friends with my Dad as soon as possible, it’s a thing you’ll cherish later, not that I didn’t and don’t. We had ten good years, and he was accepting that, hard as he tried, to instill a different way in me, I figure he thought he failed, He didn’t. I’d say take the time to tell him by the numbers where he dun good.

The best part of getting older...

I’m debt free, all the people that I had to worry about remembering their birthdays are dead. (joke, bad taste but true) I now understand many lesson that I heard and didn’t heed, but now I have remedied that and every day I wake up, is a good day that God has made, so I rejoice in it.

Best advice to a new writer...

Just do it like you know it about what it is you do know and write it. Let me know and I’ll read it and vote you up for effort and useful for showing me a new angle.

My favorite book and why...

That would be my Bible, it has some super stories of men and other characters that took hard knocks and the telling of the great stories over the years have probably changed some, but have great lessons to help cipher anyone’s problems. It has helped guide me when I found that the Faith of a mustard seed indeed moves mountains.

What subjects / genres are you best at writing/ about ?

I don’t consider myself a writer, I mean 20 hubs or so in 3.5 years? I like telling tales and prefer it to writing, get me a stump to sit on, in a camp fire circle and good company and as the night, pipe and bottles go around you’ll see my old eyes light up as I get inspired by conversations. I get eased and comfortable with the guests then, the tales just roll out. A digital recorder and my program for dictation, I could probably retrieve a host of things to edit and publish. In short it would be my life experiences.

What would be a subject/ genre that would challenge your current writing efforts? Or are you perfectly happy with where you are...

Writing about the decade of 1965 to 1975, is my roadblock. I’m kinda happy where I am and get funked when I try to cross back to that decade. I see people write about the subject, but I always wonder, how they can do it and play it so lightly as they write. I always wonder if they are being truthful or writing a tale they heard and claiming it for self, I just don’t know. This piece of that era destroyed me for a week.

{Dust, I cannot thank you enough for sharing this video: The Man in the Door. It is one of the most profoundly sad and memorable tributes I have ever seen."

Thank you, Dusty ....

My Momma always said the wisest things to me. One saying shares the same title as the Temptations hit: "Beauty is Only Skin Deep".

I have a strong feeling my Mom would have treasured a friendship with you, as I now do. Thank you for sharing yourself with us through this interview. You are truly a one of a kind, amazing man...!

© Maria Jordan (revised October, 2014)

The Temptations: Beauty Is Only Skin Deep


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    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mary,

      Thanks for being so faithful to our friend Dusty. I feel him smiling on us right now as we remember him...I also hope others will read this and keep his legacy alive always.

      Have a great week. Love and hugs, Maria

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      Mary Hyatt 

      4 years ago from Florida

      I was just visiting some Featured Hubs and saw this one. You know, I still think of ole' Dusty and what a wonderful man he was. I just went to his profile and reread his Bio. What a character he was!

      For all the newcomers here on HP, do yourself a favor and go to Dusty's profile and read about this man.

      Let's don't ever forget him!

      Voted UP and shared here.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mary,

      I agree that this interview chokes me up as well. I think we all wish we had had the opportunity to share conversation and camaraderie with Dusty. He had a way of opening his heart to you.

      Have a peaceful night. Hugs, Maria

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Well, you got me in tears AGAIN. I have bookmarked this Hub, so I can go back and reread it again and again. I'm happy Dusty read the comments when you first did the interview so he new how much he was loved.

      I sure wish I could have known Dusty.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      RevLady, Thank you for stopping back..This is how I feel about Dusty's interview.

      Gail, This may be the interview I am most honored to have been granted. I am so very happy that Dusty got to see for himself how much we all loved and treasured him and his writing. Mom always told us to give flowers when people were alive to enjoy them. This interview gave Dusty a HUGE BOUQUET of HUB HUGS and LOVE to quote one of my dearest friends.

      Love ya and have a peaceful day to all, Maria

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      The memorial tribute that you added to the beginning of this awesome interview that was written just a few short months ago, really made this an amazing hub.

      How nice to think that Dusty was able to read all the lovely comments while he was still here to enjoy them.

      You did a great job as always, at getting to the essence of this man with just a few short questions.

      Sending a Bouquet of Hub Hugs & Love to Both of You,


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      6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      I received an email from him a couple of weeks ago which I will keep among my most valued treasures.

      Peace which passes all human understanding!

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      Your comment makes me tear up. Today is a fine day to remember Dusty, one of the finest men I have known.

      Thank you for stopping by. Happy Thanksgiving! Maria

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      6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Thank you for the love expressed in honoring the life of one of my real heroes and internet parishioner.

      Peace in His name!

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      To my two dear Sistas,

      We are all sobered by Dusty's sudden death...a reminder to live every day fully and to let people know how we feel about them.

      Dusty surely did both of these things and the comments he made to us are a comfort and a lasting legacy.

      Thanks to you both. Love you both, Maria

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Back to read this fascinating piece with a new set of eyes. Hello Maria and friends. These comments are deeply heartwarming and the love that we hold for Dusty is shining through the mist.

      Love this interview with the one and only 50Caliber. Thanks so much for this timely article, Mar.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      My dear, Maria, this interview with Dusty is now one of our precious memories of him. Another proof of the fact that there is a purpose in everything we do. Hard work will always bear sweet fruit.

      RIP, dear Dusty! I/we will always miss you, but also know that you are now in the perfect state of exaltedness.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      V, I am honored to have known Dusty and we all feel his passing so deeply. The number of tributes are growing, each touching in their own way. I will not be surprised if the entire right side of this interview is brimming with links from his many friends and followers....

      Vincent, my dear, You are a true and gentle man. I know how deeply you must mourn the loss of your cyber-brother and your tribute is simply beautiful.

      Raising my glass with you both to Dusty...Hugs, Maria

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      Vincent Moore 

      6 years ago

      Maria I took thank you for updating this great interview with a man we all loved and will miss here at the Hubs. I still can't believe hes gone, its just a couple of weeks ago that we emailed each other. Like a blinking of an eye we are gone, I pray his crossing over was beautiful and he is sharing his stories as he did with us. A wonderful man, I miss my Amigo. Peace and blessings to you Maria, I know you mourn him, my tears are welling up, so I must stop typing. I will add this link to my tribute as well. Hugs

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Maria, Thank you for updating this page, that was a tough assignment. I followed every link, and there was Dusty on every page, bigger than life. So hard to believe he is gone. Love, Verlie

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Mary, I share in your shock and sadness at Dusty's sudden departure. HubVille will not ever be the same.

      Peggy, Thank you for your beautiful comment as well. I was so honored when Dusty sent me this video in an e-mail and then he asked for it to be included in his interview. He was such a hero to so many of us, as your brother also is...

      I appreciate both of your comments so much. Hugs, Maria

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I had read some of Dusty's hubs and knew of his great love for animals and anyone or anything in need. He was one fine man and will be missed. That video "Man in the Door" really touched me because my brother Jim was one of those men...a crew chief on a helicopter for two tours of duty in Vietnam. Like Dusty, he did not talk about it much and was made to feel unwelcome at a VFW post. Not the best of times for our soldiers. May God bless Dusty's soul and all those like him who have now passed on to the next life. This was such a nice write-up about him. Sorry I missed reading it earlier. Up and beautiful votes.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I found out about Dusty leaving this world this AM, and I have been sad all day. He was truly one of a kind. I spent some time reading his Hubs. Wonder how long they will be available?

      He always left long meaningful comments on my Hubs. I loved that old guy!

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Miss Lane,

      The tears are fresh again with the sentimentality of your remarks.

      I will always remember this gruff exterior of a man...with a heart as big as the ocean and hands that were always willing to give.

      Yes, Dusty did it his way and I cannot think of a cooler legacy to leave.

      Thank you for visiting. I know Dusty loved you and all his EWC chicks!

      Hugs, Maria

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Dear Mar, Came back today to read again. I had just got in from gardening to see the sad announcement. You were always so kind, and a good friend to Dusty. I know you brought him great joy and a feeling of belonging. Kudos to you, and thanks again.

      I still say Wow! Wow, because he lived life to the fullest, and on his own terms. Not many can, or are brave enough to do that. He leaves an awesome legacy on Hub Pages in the stories he shared, and the amazing comments he left on the pages he visited. We are all better off for knowing Dusty, I know I am.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Sweet Sunnie,

      You have excellent taste in "family"... I could not agree with you more about Dust. Thank you so much for your visit.

      And my dear Dust... I must say that you and Tim have formed quite an explosive friendship!

      Hugs to all y'all... Love, Maria

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      50 Caliber 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Sunnie, that's an awesome compliment, I can live up to but not sure I deserve,

      I am sure I've adopted you in return and would appear in an instant to help you anyway possible just holler,

      Peace,Love and Understanding,

      I'm Blessed thank you,


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      50 Caliber 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      @ Timitch, contact me and we'll gas around the topic a bit.

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      I do not know where to start..Dusty is family..I love him. He is the sweetest kindest man that will give you the shirt off his back. I am so blessed to know him.

      Thank you for a great interview about a wonderful human being...


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      Tim Mitchell 

      7 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Hey Dusty. I posted a comment at the interview with me. It is a writing idea we should do together. Something about chili made with lentil beans. I'll get in touch with you when the 'dust' settles a bit at my homestead. Have a great day 'dude.'


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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Chris--

      How lovely that you and Dust are COMPANIONABLE and COMPATIBLE... We have similar tastes in 'favorites'...!

      Hope you are having a great evening. Hi Dusty...! Hugs, Maria

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      Chris Merritt 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Dusty was one of the first to reach out to me on hubpages. We have chatted to one another via email and I have considered him a friend.

      He so intriguing and I really wish he would write more often, he has so many wonderful stories hidden in him, I just know!

      One of my favorites....

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I BELIEVE it would BEHOOVE you, Barbara, to check out Dusty's writing.

      I am glad you stopped by and hope you are having a peaceful day.

      Same to you, Dust... Hugs, Maria

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      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      I haven't run into Dusty before, but I'll be sure to read some of his hubs. He is such an interesting man. Thanks for sharing the interview.

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Evening, Y'all,

      Vincent-- You are well-VERSED in Dusty's character and style, sharing your VERY colorful exploits as Amigos.

      tsmog-- THANK you TIMES TWO for your THOUGHTFUL comments to Dusty and me. Guilty as charged, I enjoy math. I also enjoyed my visit to your recently published poem in TRIBUTE to Dusty.

      Gypsy is a GENUINELY GOOD person and can GLEAN this characteristic from someone like Dust.

      mary left a MEANINGFUL remark with a MENTION that she would love to MEET up with you in your travels.

      Dust-- You are so DESERVING of these DYNAMIC comments. thanks for stopping by and hope to see you soon.

      Hope y'all have a peaceful night. Hugs, Maria

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I remember Dusty as one of the first Hubbers to comment on some dumb thing I wrote when I first started. Not to say, my work has improved much.....he wrote a long and meaningful comment. Dusty is the kind of man I'd like to meet for so many reasons. Ever coming to Florida, Dusty? If so, please give me a call. One of my daughters plays a guitar, and I'm sure we could find a couple of horses to ride.

      You are a great person in every sense of the word.

      I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Great interview Maria. Dusty reminds me of the miner 49er. He doesn't have a daughter named Clementine does he? Any guy who says his favorite book is the Bible gets voted up in my book.

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      50 Caliber 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      @Snakeslane, Thanks

      @Ghost, I thank you for your wise words as well as letting me loose with Charlie and Snowball, I almost didn't publish it and were it not for the original nudge from Becky and you or you and Becky, can't remember who or how it was started, but I pecked it out and after a bit of consulting with my creator, I hit publish. It has been read by many more than comments written, I hope those who didn't comment, gained something if they read it. A healthy thank you for the nudge and the same with Becky.

      May the Blessings be!

      @ myownlife, thank you

      @Vincent Moore, Ah! the three Amigos, seems a longtime passed, we did have fun back then, seems life has took us on different paths. I thank you for the good words, I am what I have experienced and seen as well as done. I need to find out why I lost your rss feed along with others when I fired up this new computer to get back and experience your new writings, May you be blessed with peace!

      @ tsmog, thank you with an extended hand for the good words that light my path as it gets narrower each day, Peace and Blessings

      May the Blessings be,


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      Tim Mitchell 

      7 years ago from Escondido, CA

      You are amazing Maria. I know a secret and am keeping it in my bag. Thank you for giving that secret to me last night. You really didn't have too. I'm gon'na be walking at a snails pace up that mountain soon this year. But, remember 'Tubular Bells.'

      This series of interviews is most enlightening. I learn something of each - profound, obscure, mystical and rewarding. I spoke of despise and a mirror, yet now I think of admiration and a still pond and a few frogs.

      Thank you Maria for releasing unto this world a bit of Magic as you waved your wand. I think a walk in the garden one day going through each interview, spiral notebook nearby, pencil only this big, and an open mind. I ponder now is the sum of the parts greater than the whole . . .I didn't know you understood math so well :)

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      Tim Mitchell 

      7 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Well, I'm at a loss for words, yet a poem is near. Dusty personifies my life of the mid 70's and all the roommates from Nam. I think I understand a little more now because of Dusty. That video talking of LZ's and stuff brought a tear. Rock-On Dusty, you are the man reminding us what it was at times, telling us why with your wisdom, we all know where if from the US, yet teach those not of when and maybe a little of the how much it did cost . . .

      My hat is off to you and my hand is out, while saying simply thank-you . . .

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      Vincent Moore 

      7 years ago

      Dusty is one of a kind, I've had the pleasure to meet him here at the Hubs a couple of years ago through Micky Dee and Charlie Campbell, aka Rawlus. We started off as 3 Amigos and watched each other blossom into creative writers and poets. Sharing comments and bantering back and forth in good humor. I see many traits of a man who I admire and share some of his ideals with.

      Dusty is a man's man, one you could count on to put his back to yours when the fists, bottles, knives and yes even guns were pointed in our direction. He's been to Hell and back and paid a huge price and sacrifice for his beloved country and fellow American. I honor this gentleman and I know at this point in his life, he is exactly where he wants to be.

      50 is a blessing to so many, a lover of animals and a friend to man. Don't ever corner him, cause like a Cobra he can strike and you wouldn't know what hit you. He's best left in peace, for only the 50 knows himself and the gentle giant that walks Tall and with a big stick.

      I am honored to read this man, his exploits, his humanity and kindness to all. Dusty may you continue to find peace, walk in the light and know your savior. Peace and blessings to you sir. Maria you honor this man with much dignity and praise and I respect your so much for this interview of a great Amigo indeed.

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Morning, Y'all,

      snakeslane, you are SUCCINCT yet SO SINCERE.

      Ghost, it is GREAT that you have stopped by with your GENUINELY GRACIOUS feedback to Dust.

      myownlife-- Glad you MADE a new friend.

      I appreciate each of you and wish you a peaceful day. Hi Dust!

      Hugs, Maria

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      7 years ago from london

      Fantastic hub, great interview, I must find and follow Dusty

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      7 years ago

      In the words of Peter Boyle on Everybody Loves Raymond: "HOLY CRAP!" Awesome interview AND awesome responses, right down the line.

      Dusty: I'm one of those many (starting with Becky) who count as extremely glad you got Charlie and Snowball written and published. I really understand that razor's edge, the difficulty in knowing where to draw the line between letting a story out that might help somebody, inspire them, etc...and the Law of Silence. It can be a tough call.

      May the blessings be.

      Voted Up and Across.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Wow! That's about all I can say for now. Wow! Regards snakeslane

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Morning, Y'all,,

      Dust-- Thank you ever so much for your DETAILED feedback, DEMONSTRATING what a gentleman you are. I am DELIGHTED that this interview has spurred on your DESIRE to write more. I believe others will be as well.

      femme-- FOND greetings, my FUNNY FRIEND!

      Hope you both have a peaceful and lovely Monday. Hugs, Maria

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      7 years ago


      My bad. It's been a while since I read the story of your Missing Ass-ette. Please extend my apologies to big John for confusing him with a mule, in event he's sensitive about that sort of thing.

      I have a huge collection of bandannas, and I wear one as a headband every time I go cycling. A few of my mates in the Trinity River Pack wear them as well. The ones I like, that match the photo of yours above, happen to be in my favorite colors, so of course, I had to have more than one, lol.

      I love the idea of a Hubbers fire-side gathering in the desert. I'd be the one having the most fun, until I spotted a snake, a scorpion, or a spider, and then I'd be taking my leave and heading for the nearest vermin-free hotel I could lock myself into.

      Sorry about Baby James delivering the crotch-kick. Hopefully, it never became a habit. ;)


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      50 Caliber 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Well I found I couldn't just let it go without response to each of you and hope I haven't missed anybody. I now have to go to my hubs and answer the comments generated by this series, that really is a brilliant way to boost morale of writers, and readers while doing something fun, so here goes,

      @Will Star, after you let me know that my avatar had been stolen, I filed ECMA complaints and after I found out the company that used it for selling goldplated computer part connections I had my attorney send them a letter, and subsequently I was unable to relocate my photo, via Google or the computer game company. So big thanks, for giving me a heads up, had they asked sure I would've approved it, due to the number of times that it had been sold at Pioneer Day celebrations. People actually walked up and offered me a $20 bill if I would be in a photo with them. It helped pay for my well. I thank you for the good words.

      @PegCole17 I think I may have read a hub or two from you but I'm not positive I did add you to my RSS feed and will be giving you a look, and picking out a few read.

      Thank you

      .@ femmeflashpoint LOL, I'm not going to say anything about the proposal that you made, my old horse his name is John, seven is a wild mule I reckon a Mustang studded his mama., It was seven that brought his sweetie pie around, and she is a burro and the mama, of the little one, I named baby James, if he hadn't kicked me in the nuts, I would he used to James Taylor's Sweet baby James. LOL.

      That green and black bandanna was a borrowed one from Debb, when we went to see the occupy Wall Street crowd in Sacramento. Best I can tell they were a bunch idiots. I normally wear red and black or black and white do rags. Anyway,

      I thank you for the good words I'm sure I'll be talking to you soon.


      @ Hyphenbird, how could I not smile at such a comment that you left in the first 25 words or so,

      I love you as well, and need to get by and read what's new at your place, thank you for the kind words

      @ Becky, I got a thank you for sparking the idea of me taken a comment that was generated by hub I read and putting it into a hub, that I believe turned out well. It took me a bit to get comfortable writing it and then publishing it. It struck me as one of those things that the Bible tells us don't let our right hand know what her left hand is doing.

      I thank you for the offer to type, for me, I think you'd probably enjoy it, but right now I'm not typing I'm just talking it's taken a while to train this voice recognition program Dragon naturally speaking for Windows and Dragon dictate, for Mac systems seems to be working great and I'll be running into you soon I'm sure,

      I thank you for the good words. E

      @MartieCoetser, I remember when you got here in the story that you told in multiple parts it seemed you were kind of down,

      but the last hub I read of yours and then viewed the video, it looked like a whole new you with a big smile, having fun.

      Thanks to you for making my day with that last hub, and a good words today.

      @always exploring, I got a thank you for the kind words, and all the enjoyment I get when I read over at your place. I've got to go back and check out that new style that you just wrote I'm struggling to remember what it was called but it was cool and may be difficult counting letters to make it start out and end up at a point and then back down in the shape of an arrow.

      I'll see you at your place or at the café after I get caught up with answering all the comments. Much thanks Peace and love, dust

      @Nell Rose, good to see you here appreciate the kind words and I hope sometime that somebody buys a winning lottery ticket, and we can all meet up for a campfire, barbecue and tale telling contest. Again I thank you the


      @Docmo 1

      @fpherj48 I thank all 4 of you, I haven't read any of your hubs that I can remember but I think I'll gone by your profiles and followed as well as added you to my RSS feed.

      @car51 I went by yourplace 51 and found, you look like you're reading, passed away I started out it was six or eight months for everyone thought about writing a hub. I put you on my RSS feed and followed you as well. So when you get ready, I'll be notified.

      Thanks to all three of you,


      @mckbirdbks, Mike I got thank you for the good words that you left and all the help you've given, your great friend, I'm glad we met, I'll probably be rolling through California, pretty soon, I'll give you a shout to let you know, but I'm sure we'll be in touch before that anyway, I really appreciate you,

      May the blessings be,


      @lord de cross, I thank you for your kind comments and have read some of your hubs though I can't remember who directed me there, I think I got to your RSS feed and have added it so I can get notifications of of hubs when you publish. I know you got some, as they show up in my RSS feed by date and I can go back and read some that you've written in earlier times.

      Thank you.

      Maria, I thank you for putting this all together and leaving me with a bunch of comments to answer both here and on my hubs. It's really been fun. I'll be e-mailing you with a couple of other men that really contribute to some great hub's.


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      50 Caliber 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Maria, and all the familiar people up there, that took the time to read this and leave some wonderful comments. It would be a big task for me to go up there, and single every one of you out for, commen on such fine responses to this interview, didn't really know what to expect and is turned out to surpass any ideas that I might've had about it before hand.

      It's a humbling experience to say the least, it actually is one of the things in life that I've found, hard for me to accept. I'm trying to figure a way to say, what it is I think, or feel about being pushed out front, of a group of writers who actually are artists with word and I'm not. I only saw a couple above that I haven't read at least one of their hubs a term that I really don't like. I like the words, poem, essay, article, and message, instead of hub.

      I know that's the name of this site, but it doesn't have to be the description of what it is that you all right and I read.

      I hold much admiration for all you and your abilities to pump out writings in each of your own styles, that brought me here, in the first place to read. I've seen many writers come, and I've seen many writers go. Some moved on and are still available to read their work. Anyway I'm getting off track here. I just wanted to thank you all for your participation in Maria's series, "It's Raining Men". It's actually spurred me like an old donkey, into considering putting out a few more hubs. I've got many that I started and never finished, most that I've started and finished, were close to a true incident and easy to embellish a little here and there and then publish all in one afternoon.

      May the blessings be,


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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      My Dear Dusty... wowee, man, these comments are as beautiful as you.

      Mohan-- you are MOST gracious in your remarks as usual. MANY thanks!

      Paula-- You have been PROFOUNDLY impacted by 50's writing and I understand PERFECTLY how you feel.

      Mike-- Your MEANINGFUL MENTIONS of Dusty's character are MAGNIFICENTLY penned.

      LORD-- So happy to see you taking a LOOK at this man of character.

      Thank you all so much. Hi to Dust and have a peaceful day to all...

      Hugs, Maria

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      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      Have seen Dusty on and off, commenting in some of our hubs. His humor is unique. I have learned more about Caliber 50. Thanks Maria! Will have to check his work, and we have to thank him for taking care of some adopted souls.

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      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Dusty is a man who by instinct and intuition knows what the right thing is and sets about doing it. It’s no mean task for one man to disassemble a jeep, rig something to lift the engine, drop the transmission, unbolt the body from the frame, lift the body and rewire the whole thing and put it all back together. I know I would have a bucket of parts left over when done. But over and above ingenuity, he is guided to care for the strays both human and animal that cross his path.

      "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is an 1865 short story by Mark Twain, I just mention this well known title by this well known author because both men are natural story tellers. I am guessing sharing a pipe with Dusty is something much anticipated.

      I won’t go as far as to say he is one of a kind; but he is a kind one.

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      7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Maria....I had seen Dusty briefly, a few times via comments he exchanged on Wesman's hubs, but had not actually met him or been introduced.

      I can see quite clearly, the past few months not knowing Dusty have been my loss. What an incredible man.

      I went to his site before starting this comment. I read the incredibly moving story of "Charlie and Snowball,"....which quite frankly, left me speechless.

      What does one say about a human being capable of such compassion and kindness and generosity? He is a pure and gentle spirit....and I feel honored to now know him and without a doubt, I will follow him proudly.

      Dusty....Pleased to meet you, kind Sir and I am very fascinated by this interview. Your warmth and genuine humanness is so refreshing and real.

      Your surroundings in Arizona sound like Heaven, which is the perfect place for an Angel like yourself.

      I look forward to visiting your site in the near future to read more of your great stories

      Thank you for being a beacon of light and goodness in a world of far too much darkness.........Peace......Paula (aka "Effer")

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      Mar- you have done it again- you've brought Dusty in all his glory, his compassion, his ingenuity, creativity and bottomless heart. I love this series and love to learn about hubbers I know and adore and those I am yet to discover. Dusty is someone I haven't read and I hand my head in shame and need to remedy this asap. Thanks Mar, you and Dusty are one of a kind (or would that be two...?) Hub hugs and chaste kisses.

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Evening, Y'all,

      Well this is a beautiful array of comments for an awesome friend and I thank each of you for taking the time to stop by:

      Will left a WALLOP of a WONDERFUL comment.

      Peggy has PERFECTLY PEGGED some of the POINTS that makes Dusty such a POWERFUL writer.

      femme writes FIERCELY of her FEELINGS, which is FABULOUS...!

      Hyph is HAPPIEST when she HONES in on others' stengths. Thanks for your HONORABLE comments.

      Car51 has CATEGORIZED Dusty as honest, kind and wise... sounds CORRECT!

      femme FOUND her way back to FAWN over your bandana...(LOL)

      Becky's comments are BEAUTIFUL in every way.

      Martie MARVELS at the MAGIC of your humor.

      Sue SUMMARIZES that you SEEM down to earth.

      Ruby shared her RESPECT of you as a person and writer, REALIZING she REACTS with varied emotions.

      Nell Rose is NATURALLY NICE with her remarks and sharing.

      Hope y'all have a peaceful evening and Hi to Dust. Hugs, Maria

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      I would love to sit with Dusty round a campfire and hear his stories, he has such a big character. I don't often cross paths with him, but have sometimes come over for a read. He is the most fascinating man, and with me living in England, he reminds me of those 'ol timers' you see in the films. I also went over to take a look at the video, man in the doorway, and was stunned and humbled, amazing stuff, great article, and fascinating interview, shared as everyone should read this, cheers nell

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I must say that this interview brought tears that continue. I love Dusty. He is really one of a kind. I've been following Dust since I joined H P. His stories are so real. His love of animals is beautiful. We sometimes sit together at the little cafe, ( Emerald Wells ) We play the jukebox, and chat. He always picks up the tab and leaves a generous tip for Em. He sends me the best jokes, makes my day. I learned so much more about him through this interview that strengthens my respect for him. My only complaint, he doesn't write enough. Thank you Mar. Bravo..

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      7 years ago

      Hi Maria,

      Great interview. I don't know Dusty but I can see that he is down to earth and real.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Take care :)

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      I always enjoy Dusty's sense of humor.... Example: We'll find his foot in a large glass jar floating in some kinda fluid", and his daughters 'went out for a pack of cigarettes and never came back.'

      I think it must be a pleasure to spend time with Dusty, barbecue and making music - Dusty on his guitar and I will have my piano-accordion and flute...

      I take my hat off for Dusty. In spite of misfortunes he had and still has to deal with, he is a go-getter with a heart of gold.

      Dusty, I am sending you 3 bags filled with hugs and snogs. Keep them cool up there in the desert and it will last for a long time.

      Thanks, Maria, for interviewing our favorite hermit :)

      BTW, Dusty, writing about that past, may heal all wounds. But it is painful - disinfecting, cutting out and off, bleeding.... You know you can handle this. The question is, do you want/have to?

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      Becky Katz 

      7 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      This is one of my favorite people on HubPages. I still an thankful that I talked him into taking a comment back and Ghost deleted it for him so that he could write about Charlie and Snowball. I still go read that beautiful hub for inspiration and love whenever I feel the need. I loved his wild burros and his hunt for them when mama was expecting. His stories always make me feel like I am sitting with him while he tells them. I have offered to type his stories up and admittedly it would not be just to help him out. I would get to read them and that would be a powerful motivator. Beautiful job mar.

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      7 years ago

      By the way, Dusty, I love that green and black bandanna.

      I have three just like it to wear on cycle trips. ;)


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      7 years ago

      As personified in thie interview, Dusty seems to be an honest man of wisdom and integrity with a kind heart. Will look forward to reviewing his Hubs!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      is is the only Hub to make me cry, laugh, pray, rejoice and be inspired all at the same time. Dusty, you are a remarkable human being and I love you. Thank you for being authentic. That word is overused nowadays but you know me well enough to realize I truly mean it. Thank you also for your service and sacrifice. I was one of those people at the airports in the 70's. I am very short and my sign was on a 6 foot stick. It said YOU ARE MY HERO. And you still are. We may never meet in person and that is fine because I will recognize you by your spirit when we meet on the other side of this physical life. Never fear about forgiveness. God promised it and has already done it for ones who are genuinely repentant. You are, I am and we are brother and sister in His eyes.

      Mar, I cannot thank you enough for interviewing this funny, kind, loving, inspirational man. May he be the example for many others. Bless you both.

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      7 years ago


      One more time, you be da bomb!

      Dusty was one of the first writers on the Hub that "fanned" me. I headed to his page to see what this beard-faced leatherneck had written. There I discovered Charlie and Snowball, and went on a gritty and grand adventure in search of a burro, with a horse named Seven and her one-legged rider.

      I've read about his trips to the Emerald Wells Cafe, where they serve him omelettes filled with a dozen eggs, and a whole pound of bacon, and wonder where he puts it all, and why he doesn't have worms and arterial sclerosis, lol. I need to send them a note and ask them to employ some covert ops, switch out his omelettes with 2 yolks per dozen whites, and replace his side of pork with a side of turkey. (Wink)

      Obviously, the old addage that "Marines will eat anything" is true, lol!

      On a more serious note, Dusty's got a heart that's vast with compassion. He's a wounded warrior who still stands tall, in actions, in faith, and in physical accomplishments.

      Thanks to you, Mar, for granting us new discoveries regarding Dusty. You did an awesome job in your presentation of this fine guy, and his literary works, as well as displaying a wider view of the man behind them.


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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Dusty is one of those true life characters who are absolutely unforgetable. His touching stories about real life situations and the way he tells them are a testament to his caliber and character. I was moved to tears by his tale of Charlie and Snowball seeing behind the man with a beard into a heart of tenderness and compassion. It would be a pleasure and an honor to be invited to his campfire and listen to more of his life story.

      Mar, you've done a great job in introducing this incredible man to the community. It was a fascinating read and the video of the Man in the Doorway was truly an unforgetable film.

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I was surfing the net one day, when I happened across Dusty's bearded mug being used to advertize some damn thing! I notified him and don't know what became of it, but that's how unique he is.

      One of the first people I read on Hubpages was 50 caliber, and it was 'The Valley of the Gun", a superb story about the drug war going on right here in Arizona. That man can really write!

      The more I know about Dusty, the more mysterious he gets, and the more I like him. We share a love for the solitude of the desert, a passion for dogs, and a love of old Jeeps. I still regret selling my '76 CJ5.

      Hope to meet you someday, Dusty!

      Up and across the board!


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