Military Lemon Lots in the 21st Century

WO1 Jonathan Behuniak inspects a vehicle that he thinks his fiancée might enjoy. (Photo by Sara E. Martin)

WO1 Jonathan Behuniak inspects a vehicle that he thinks his fiancée might enjoy. (Photo by Sara E. Martin)

There is a simple reason why you still find used car “lemon lots” on US military bases all over the world.

We trust our own.

Sure, we can buy and sell big items like cars and motorcycles to civilians on sites like Craigslist and eBay, but those sites have their shortcomings, whether it’s shoddy goods, hefty fees, or flaky buyers and sellers.

When it comes to buying something like a car, trust is paramount. Who can you trust more than a fellow member of the United States Military Community?

Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland explains why service members like Lemon Lots, such as the one at Barksdale AFB (“Base resale lot keeps roads clear“):

Most of the time the cars we get here are being sold due to an Airman’s permanent change of station,” said Tim Jackson, Auto Hobby Shop manager. “Or they [vehicles owner] just want to give other Airmen a chance to buy it first, before trying to sell it off base.”

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Military Brats: All Grown Up

No matter how old you are, if you are a Military Brat, answering “where are you from?” doesn’t get any easier. It’s because of the connection we have with our military community, rather than where we live. I was born in Indianapolis, moved around the Midwest, lived in Germany, and went to high school in San Antonio. I don’t have family in Indiana because my dad was just stationed there. It’s not really my hometown. You get the point! Yet 33 years later, I traveled to Indianapolis for work and visited the home my parents lived in when I was born. Never thought I’d have the chance to do that!

As Military Brats (or military kids), we get excited when we meet one of our own, another person who grew up amid diverse and ever-changing environments. A blog earlier this year suggested that BRAT stands for Bravery, Resilience, Adaptability, and Tolerance. I feel that’s true and yet just a piece of who we are as brats, around the globe. We bring these traits to our work, our family, and the organizations we’re a part of. We aren’t afraid to take ourselves out of our comfort zone and try new things. We now teach our children what we learned overseas or how we pay respect when the National Anthem and Taps are played.

Last year I joined the group: You’re Probably a Military Brat If…  on Facebook. Most notifications and comments bring back a memory: stories of parents, duty stations, German treats, and lost friendships fill the newsfeed daily. A recent post about our ability to detach from relationships and places can be deemed as both a positive and negative characteristic of our community, but reminded me that there is always an understanding and sympathetic shoulder to lean on.

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The Cashless Cloud: Looming Government Shutdown

photoIt’s nothing new to military families. The threat of pay cuts, retractions of annual pay increases, stops on PCS orders, and government shut downs are about as common in our lives as trips to the transportation office and houses full of cardboard boxes.

The looming cloud hanging over us all can feel overwhelming, especially with all the information out there in the media stream. So here are a few helpful articles to help understand what is going on:

Military TimesLooming Government Shutdown: Your Questions Answered

SpouseBuzz: How to React to the No Paycheck Threat

USAA: No-Interest Loan to Military Members if Government Delays Pay

National Military Family Association: What Military Families Need to Know

Reuters: What happens in a U.S. government shutdown? 

Call Dibs is designed by members of the military community to assist in times of transitions and ease the often financial hardships by offering an easy platform to buy, sell and trade. So list a few items today, recycle within the community and make some extra cash!

Call Dibs presents: Top 8 Twitter Techies

As a veteran and military spouse operated startup, Call Dibs finds it important to stay up to date on the latest in technology while providing you the best online military marketplace.  From Twitter to Apps to Tech Blogs, there is a lot of information out there to keep the average person and military member up on top of the tech world.  Whether you are looking for the best gift to buy, new tech tips for personal businesses or just looking to make more connections, check out our list of sources and their Twitter handles (in no particular order).

Follow Call Dibs on Twitter @call_dibs


1. Soldier Knows Best: Mark shares the latest in tech gadgets weekly, attends live presentations on the hottest Playstation or XBox games, and provides tons of YouTube videos on reviews and unboxing of new phones. @soldierknowsbest

2. TechCrunch: Technology news, all the time! If you get stuck trying to figure out what your friend just shared on Facebook and why you should use that new app, website or gadget, visit TechCrunch. @TechCrunch

3. Huffington Post Tech: News, blogs and more.  This is a great one source for checking out the opinions across the spectrum.  The personal stories really help to connect why technology matters to you and your family. @HuffPostTech

4. Military.com: Not just Military news, but a great source for the secruity concerns and techonology impacting our community. Search their site for discounts on software and computers.  @Militarydotcom

5. Zappos’ CEO Tony: Zappos has become more than just an online shoe store.  Follow Tony regarding to learn more about being an entrepreneur, leading a strong business and tech news. @zapppos

6. Veteran Owned: Learn about other Veteran owned businesses and network for free with others connect through the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Air Force and National Guard. Their tweets help any vet with a new business network with others making the leap to owning a business. @VeteranOwned

7. SXSW: Perhaps you’ve seen these letters and thought “should I know what that means?”.  South By Southwest hosts festivals and conferences for Music, Film and Interactive hotness.  Yes, we said hotness, because even though you’re new to the Tech Life, you can learn about some new tech tools before they are released and how to interact with startups if you choose to attend a SXSW event.  @SXSW

8.  CNET Military Tech: CNET is a source for product review, news, free software downloads and has a special Military Tech section.  The free software downloads are a plus for everyone! @CNET

Happy Tweeting!

KGKristin Garcia is a Consultant for Adjacent Applications Inc. and Army Brat.  She was born in Indianapolis, IN while her father was stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison.  Living in Kansas, Oklahoma, Germany and Texas allowed her to ability to meet people from many backgrounds while growing up and continues to love to travel.  She received her BBA from the University of Oklahoma and MAA from the University of the Incarnate Word.  She currently serves as a Mentor Trainer for Western Governors University in Austin, TX.

Cool App-titude

One of the greatest assets of the military community is our desire and ability to continually develop and share new resources designed to assist in the many challenges of military life.

Here at Adjacent Applications, we’re increasingly excited as we near release of our verification system this fall and as word about Call Dibs continues to spread.

Editor and writer Rachel Lilly captured our mission beautifully in the latest issue of Signal Magazine:

“In the military community, moving is often a part of life, and that includes buying and selling items along the way. The free Call Dibs app makes that process easier by providing a convenient space for active duty, Reserve, Guard, veterans, U.S. Defense Department civilians and their families to offload or find goods.”

Call Dibs App Featured in Signal Magazine

Check out the complete feature from Signal Magazine here: Cool App-titude.

Would you like to interview a member of our Call Dibs team or find out more information about us as a veteran-owned start up? Email us at info at calldibsapp.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Erica McMannes Director of Promotions *Proud Army Spouse*

Erica McMannes
Director of Promotions
*Proud Army Spouse*

Friendating as a Military Spouse

It’s not in the Webster’s dictionary and it’s not even in the Urban Dictionary. So let’s define it. Generation upon generation of military spouses can tell you exactly what it is…they may just not realize it yet. Friendating: v. The awkward, yet often necessary, process of making new friends in the military community.

FriendatingI PCSed just 4 weeks ago, at the same time a friend from 3 duty stations ago was PCSing too. Her Facebook post hit home and sent me into a frenzy of “oh my gosh I have to make new friends again” distress.  Finding new friends every 2 – 3 years is like a long string of really healthy relationships that experience an involuntary severance.  It’s hard. It’s sad. Maybe even a few tears with a lot of heartache. These are friends who you learn to depend on and who totally get you and what’s going on in your daily life and then POOF! orders start spilling out of your printer and you know it’s about to start all over again. Read more >

Top 10 Resource Pages for Mil Spouses

As military spouses,  we often hear that there are “tons of resources” available to us. However, finding them and determining which are the most helpful can be challenging. Through our efforts to provide Call Dibs to military families across the globe, our Call Dibs team of MilSpouses has come across some incredibly helpful and very entertaining websites and blogs along the way.

We’ve compiled this list of some sites and blogs that we’ve come to know and love. Some of them mainstream, and others off the beaten path, but all with content pertinent to our lives as military spouses.

Hope you find something that suits you, and please feel free to add any that you like to our comments section, so we can share!

1. FB Group: Oh, the Places We Go

A group for the military community to connect with each other and help one another navigate new places and the military lifestyle. The wall is full of questions and answers about specific duty stations, figuring out Tricare and Space A flights, available homes for sale/rent, tips and tricks for PCSing, and much more.

2. SpouseBuzz

Part of Military.com, SpouseBuzz is a collection of military spouse bloggers.  They write about our lifestyle, issues and problems in our community, and hold an annual summit in Washington, D.C., to make connections to all the different branches and experiences to continue building their site. Read more >

Our Hearts are with Oklahoma


Home is Where the Military Sends You.  It sent our family to Norman, OK in 1981. The Army sent my dad to graduate school at the University of Oklahoma (OU).  Almost two decades later, in 1998, I attended OU to follow in my dad’s footprints.  The spring of 1999, during finals week, Moore, OK experienced the infamous May 3rd Tornado.  I lived on the 11th floor of Walker Tower and was evacuated that evening to the basement.  With the recent tornado in Moore, I’m reminded of all the feelings we had that spring night: Fear, sadness, awe… how could Mother Nature do something so amazing and devastating, so quickly?

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