Thursday, January 6, 2011


Happy New Year everyone.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Save a Life.

I recently received an email from the Bone Marrow Registry. I sent them a saliva sample back in 2007, and they think I might be a positive match for a Leukemia patient. I'm going to provide them with blood samples to help them confirm whether or not I may be able to help. I've heard how much these transfusions hurt, but I don’t care if it does or not... I'm excited to maybe help save someone's life. Here's a copy of the email:

Dear Benjamin,

As a result of donating a sample to the DoD Bone Marrow Registry in April of 2007, while you were with the Navy, you have now been identified as a preliminary match for a patient in need of a marrow transplant. At this time, there is about a 30 percent chance that you could be the closest match for the patient. If you are still interested and available to continue at this time, we would first need to go over a brief health questionnaire over the phone, to make sure there isn't anything that will defer you from being a donor. We would then set up an appointment for you to have additional samples drawn at a lab convenient to you. It takes anywhere from four to thirteen weeks to determine the best match. If you are found to be the best match and go on to donate, the procedure would take place within the next six months.

If current work circumstances (scheduled deployments w/in next 6 mos., unpredictable schedule, etc.) make it difficult for you to continue at this time but you wish to remain in the registry, please let us know the length of time for which you will be unavailable; we will inactivate you in the registry for this specified period of time; however, it can always be changed should you become available sooner or need to extend the time. Of course, if you are no longer interested in the program, we will remove you from the registry.

If this is not Benjamin Drapiza born April of 1984, please let me know. Thank you.


Mariam M. Jabbie

CT Coordinator

CW Bill Young/Department of Defense

Marrow Donor Program

1800 627 7693/ 301 984 1515 Ext 306

This transmission may contain information that is Confidential or Legally Privileged and must be treated accordingly. It is covered under the Privacy Act, 5 USC 552(a), and/or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (PL 104-191) and its various implementing regulations and must be protected in accordance with those provisions. This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) or entity(ies) listed above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, or distribution of this information is strictly prohibited. This correspondence is being provided to you after appropriate authorization from the patient or under circumstances that don't require patient authorization. You, the recipient, are obligated to maintain it in a safe, secure and confidential manner. Redisclosure without additional patient consent or as permitted by law is prohibited. Unauthorized redisclosure or failure to maintain confidentiality subjects you to application of appropriate sanction. If you have received this correspondence in error, please notify the sender at once and destroy any copies you have made.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


It was many days/weeks/months ago since any of us "Fy$" boys wrote on this blog, in fact I was the last to post something... it's either because of the lack of motivation, or possibly the fact that most of them have their own personal blogs to write on. I, myself don’t have one so I guess I’ll ramble on about my thoughts and feelings on here since I’m sure nobody ever goes on here anymore anyway.

I'm currently underway somewhere in the middle of the pacific ocean, running drills, getting our qualifications and making sure that the ships "readiness" is up to par. this stuff is really boring... I really have no purpose on board this gigantic floating naval vessel. I’m an electrician, and yes I do work on the 400HZ distribution that gives power to the Aircraft and Helicopters, but what am I really doing here? That question haunts me ever single day. I know why I joined the Navy back in 2006, and I remember telling myself I was doing the right thing by re-enlisting last December… but in the end is it really worth it?? I have no wife, no kids… I don’t need to support anyone but myself at the moment. I could understand if I was married with a child, then I would at least know I was doing this “job” for the security and stability of my family. Well, I have a little over a year to decide if I should still do this, hopefully by then I’ll either a) have a need to support others than myself or b) have another career choice in mind with a clear path to success.

Friday, July 2, 2010

It's been awhile since I've posted anything on here... A lot has happened since my last post, and truthfully I wasn't even going to post anything but, as I logged in the first thing that came up as i pressed enter after i typed the URL was a picture of Jason. 2 years ago tomorrow was the last time I saw him. He came down from the bay to come kick it for the 4th of July weekend... I remember it like it was yesterday... We prefaded at Jerms house the rolled out to downtown. We had so much fun at HOB for the block party... I was so faded... Lol the next day on the 4th we headed out to the beach... As we rolled up we thought we would have trouble finding parking, but sure enough someone was leaving as we pulled up. We had so much fun playing football, wrestling in the water, we even played a game of "who has the worst feet"(inside joke) LMAO. Afterwards we chilled at Jordy's had a BBQ and watched the fireworks. Perfect weekend, I couldn't have asked for a better one... Well I just thought I would share my memories with you all. Rest in paradise my friend, I'll make sure to have a jäger bomb for you tonight. Jason your spirit lives on with us everyday. FY$ LA FAMILIA FOREVER

Monday, April 5, 2010

Viewing Info


I found this on

Stockton, CA

Jason L. Joiner

January 18, 1983 - March 28, 2010

Jason Joiner, age 27 of Stockton, California passed away on March 28, 2010. Jason was born in Hayward, California where he completed his high school diploma, and went on to attend courses at The College of San Mateo. At the age of 15, Jason started his first job in sales and went on to become a top salesman as a manger with several wireless companies and , he often was awarded for top sales. Jason was passionate about training his Siberian huskies and spending time with his family and friends. he loved skating, snowboarding and traveling.

He is survived by his father

Stephen Rodriguez and four brothers: Jesse, Dominic, Chris and


A viewing will be open to the public on Monday April 5, 2010 at Sutter Street Memorial Chapel from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday April 6, 2010 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. followed by a service at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday April 7, 2010 with interment at Stockton Rural Cemetery to follow.