"He was thirty-seven and already a lieutenant colonel. He might have made brigadier general or even higher. That was my dream as a kid. I had this image in my mind of standing in a Marine Corps uniform with a general's star on my shoulder. It's funny, I can still see the picture of myself that I held in my mind for so long. It's amazing how clear your dreams are when you're a kid and how complicated life gets after that. How a single ambition turns into a hundred desires and details-most of which are about what you want and who you want to be."