My journals have lost their appeal, it seems. Aside from a very small minority, no one is left on either one. Without the connection to people it really does lose it's meaning, does it not? Anyways, guess this and the other are going the way of the infinite internet dead letter box... Fun while it lasted but it really did end years ago, I guess.
Exit stage left, quietly.
Testing Testing... mmmK!
So, looks like I haven't forgotten my password here... Yay!! Doesn't matter though, its 2009 so I'm on the other one anyways :D
Music: Client: Radio
This space for rent.
Just about everything is taken care of and done and gone. Only thing left is to get a few forms mailed off, and to get Monkeychild's B-day card out as well (it's her b-day today). Seems like everything is in line and ready. I'm supposed to check-in at the Patrick AFB terminal by 7:30. Manifests, roll calls, rental turn-ins, luggage inspections, this and that, and should be heading out for the plane by 11:30, should be in the air and heading south to Antigua by 1 PM. Four hours to there, 90 minute layover, and then the big push out to Ascension...probably 8-10 hours. So on that note, peace out cubscout!
Music: Client: Everything Must End
This is from a new article a read today, "Kentucky spends more than $18,600 to house one inmate for a year, or roughly $51 a day. In California, each inmate costs an average of $46,104 to incarcerate." WTF mate?! You have got to be kidding me. To think, I know people that make (or are worth) 2/3 or less than that of your average Californian inmate. Got that warm fuzzy now?
Music: Din Fin: Through The Looking Glass
Stolen From Caitlin
I think I've done this bloody thing like four or five times now. Seems to pop up every other year or so.
create your own visited states map
Edit: Whoa. Now there is alot of driving. My arse hurts just remembering it.
So I wasn't able to get my new CAC (ID) card today. The DEERS server is having mucho issues a "collision" with two of my previous card issues. Apparently the one that was issued at Ft. Benning and the one that was issued in the embassy at Baghdad have dates that are in error. Dunno how that works, and I am wondering why they wouldn't have showed up on the computers when the embassy issued my last card. Anyways, so what this means is bleh! Really. I can't log on to the air force computers, I can't finish some of my training, and I can't do a few other things either. CSR may have to send me down range without one, which will be a serious pain in the arse.
*sigh* It ain't easy bein the king.
Music: Morcheeba: The Sea
And On n On
So I decided to eat lunch alfresco. Sandwich at the beach, whatev.
Music: Manuel de Falla: Spanish Dance
Back To Work
And so I'm here.
Did I mention that said use of movers ended up costing me ~1300? Yeah. Another reason to not be a lazy arse.
I want a cookie :(
Flight for Florida is in the morning. Not much of an issue. Doing a quickie last load of laundry, but other than that everything is set. Greta is curled up next to me asleep under the sheet; poor thing, I doubt she understands why I keep leaving her. Will miss that silly pooch.
Somehow, even with all my worldy possessions in storage and living out of a single bag, I still feel like I am forgetting something... WTF might it be?
I still want a cookie.
Music: Patti Rothberg: Shadows Of Me
Moving Day is here again. I always love this time of year! *end joyfull sarcasm* Anyways, yeah. Have spent most of the morning gettings the last dredges of junk ready to be re-admitted to storage. Have discovered using movers is more a pain in the hind end than doing it one's self. I could have been out of here in 2 days, tops, but its taken me 4-5 to get things ready to be moved by someone else. Asinine idea. To think, that I am also paying these guys 90-95 bucks an hour to do it. *sigh* Fudge it.
So once again I am down to a bag's worth of possessions, read as clothes and the puter. Having a box sent out to me once I've gotten there, with my biggie camera and my coffee. Probably wont be able to brew a cup in my room but, at least, I will be able to have a cup of goodness at work.
I hit Florida on the 30th, and should be back outside the country by April 7th. Bye bye, blackbird.
Music: Lightnin' Hopkins: Sittin' Down Thinkin'
I'm amused in an odd fashion. For the first time in months, I was told that I look like Kevin Bacon. Ahhh, its just like old time... :P
Closest I've Been To A Fight I Never Had...
Had a rather interesting evening yesterday. Everyone got together for Keith's b-day bash. Was really good, had everyone all in the same spot for the first time in 12-13 years. Odd seeing how much we all had, or had not, changed.
Anyways, while we were moving on to more refined locale to continue our festive libations, I see a couple of guys start to stare at me from the corner of my eyes, and a few moments later we all hear this loud drunken "HEY!" ...Oh joy. Actually, turns it, it was two soldiers from 1st Cav. They both remembered and recognized me from FOB Prosperity. I was rather impressed. Felt bad for the guys, as the cav already has their marching orders for the next rotation. Looks like the cav is keeping their tradition of minimum time back in the rear.
Moving joys continue.
Finalized my moving arrangements. $95 an hour for the movers, bleh! But, on the flip side, the warehouse storage is 50 a month. Hmmm. Evens out in the end I guess, between moving myself and higher costing self storage vs movers+warehouse storage. Gods know I do not want to move my stone furniture.
Still debating on the bike and jeep. Keith offered to take care of the bike for me; he's taking care of James's right now while he's away on the boat. Might work. Jeep I am not sure of yet.
Finally got my taxes off today. Would be nice to have my return in before I leave, but I'm not going to hold my breath on that one. Daddy needs a new pair of shoes!
Music: She Wants Revenge: True Romance
Time for to leave again, for parts unknown. Well, known, just not by many people. The new gig is on a schnazzy little rock out in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. Probably leave Texas NLT the end of March, perhaps much sooner. Gave Austin one last shot, but it has changed too much, it's not the cozy little laid back city I left. Don't know where I'll move to once I come back, but rest assured, it won't be here. I will more than likely be gone longer this time than on my last contract. I am thinking no less than one year, probably no more than two. Will just have to wait and see...
Music: The Cranberries: Promises
Happy New Years
Also known as my 2006 year in review. Format nabbed from Caitlin.
January: Navy, suckin.
February: Navy, suckin.
March: Released back into the wild.
April: Sitting confused in the wild. Re-united with long time friends that I havent seen in literally a decade.
May: Job hunting
June: Job hunting, Imogen Heap concert @ Stubb's...and a very cold motorcycle ride to Manor brrrr!!
July: Welcome to Iraq *boom*
August: Big badda booms
September: I love 12 hour work days 7 days a week.
October: No more 130 degree heat... its now 120 degrees.
November: And then one day, it got cold. No, really.
December: Ding dong the witch is dead..er um Ding dong Saddam is dead.
Yep, that was my life this year. Rinse, repeat.
Oh, and in keeping with tradition, I'm switching back to my other blog for 2007. You remember where it is right...? ;) If not, I'll be back in 2008... Gods...2008?! Eww.
Finally dawned on my why all my rank stuff has been messed up online and stuff... Didn't think about till I was talking with the Senior Chief that runs part of out gig here.... All my stuff has been saying PO1/E-5... But PO1 is E-6... Apparently I got frocked to E-6 somehow...wierd. Go me! lol, how bout them apples, Im ET1 Whitwell... :P
Stolen from Sam
I find this somehow amusing and horribly disturbing all at the same time. Don't worry 'bout it!
Guess that settles it...?
Another stolen quiz from Jill...thats like 3 now?
1. Who was your first dance date?
Can't remember. Some girl at the one school dance (in middle school I believe) I ever went to.
2. Who was your first roommate
Devon & Kyle
3. What alcoholic beverage did you first drink?
PBR, on accident (I still blame this on my Father :P )
4. What was your first job?
Concessionist at a theatre
5. What was your first car?
1984 Ford LTD LX...vroom vroom
6. When did you go to your first funeral?
6 or 7th grade...
8. Who was your first grade Teacher?
Not a clue.
9. Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane?
Texas, I think.
10. When you snuck out of your house for the first time, who was it with?
Always snuck out by myself.
11. Who was your first best friend and are you still friends with them?
Matthew Solomon. Hadnt talked to him since grade school.
12. Where was your first sleepover?
13. Who is the first person you talk to in the morning?
Glaring at my alarm clock count?
14. Whose wedding were you in the first time?
David and Mardi's
15. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Hit the snooze.
16. What was the first concert you ever went to?
They Might Be Giants
17. First tattoo and piercing?
Tattoo- ankh and star on left arm. Piercing, cartilage ring in left ear.
18. First celebrity crush?
19. First crush?
20. First TRUE love?
Hmm tricky question with a tricky answer
21. When was your first detention?
Middle School for sure...Im sure I suffered through the equiv in grade school...naughty naughty child I was.
Stolen from Jill
1. How old will you be in five years?
2. Who did you spend at least two hours with today?
Not a soul.
3. How tall are you?
4. What do you look forward to most in the next six weeks?
5. What's the last movie you saw?
Kingdom of Heaven
6. Who was the last person you called?
My lead NCO.
7. Who was the last person to call you?
9. Do you prefer to call or text?
10. Do you have any pets?
11. What were you doing at 12am last night?
Surfing the web.
12. Are your parents married/separated/divorced?
13. When is the last time you saw your mom?
When my family took me to the airport.
14. What color are your eyes?
Blue or green, depends on who is looking.
15. What time did you wake up today?
16. What are you wearing right now?
Jeans & t-shirt.
17. What is your favorite christmas song?
I'll Be Home For Christmas.
18. Where is your favorite place to be?
19. Where is your least favorite place to be?
20. Where would you go if you could go anywhere? Right now?
21. Where do you think you'll be in 10 years?
22. Do you tan or burn?
My tan is a burn. I get nice and dark, then I molt back to a moon tan.
23. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child?
Nothing that I can remember.
24. What was the last thing that really made you laugh?
Mmm I cant recall.
25. How many TVs do you have in your house?
27. Do you have a laptop or desktop computer?
Laptop at the moment, desktop is in storage 7k miles away.
28. Do you sleep with or without clothes on?
Depends on how tired I am by the time I get around to taking a shower.
29. What color are your sheets?
30. How many pillows do you sleep with?
31. What is your favorite season?
32. What do you like about fall?
33. What do you like about winter?
Coat weather, snow, cozy cuddly fires, gluhwein.
34. What do you like about the summer?
When it's over.
35. What do you like about spring?
My garden blooms.
36. How many states have you lived in?
37. What cities/towns have you lived in?
Dallas, Raleigh/Durham, Austin, Pflugerville, Pensacola, San Diego, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, Houston, and a few others.
38. Do you prefer shoes, socks, or bare feet?
39. Are you a social person?
If I am in a good mood, or if I am around people I like.
40. What was the last thing you ate?
These awesome little gummies from Germany...yummy!
41. What is your favorite restaurant?
El Nortino (which doesnt exist anymore)
42. What is your favorite ice cream?
43. What is your favorite dessert?
Its a toss up between my mother's eclair cake or kalua cake, and my great-grandmother's brownie recipe. Any of them I will eat till I am sick...I just cant help myself. :D
44. What is your favorite kind of soup?
Cream of Chicken with Herbs
45. What kind of jelly do you like on your PB & J sandwich?
No PB&J please.
46. Do you like Chinese food?
Its its own yummy food group.
47. Do you like coffee?
Its an affliction of mine, I must admit.
48. How many glasses of water, a day, do you drink on average?
A lot less than the amount of coffee I drink per day.
49. What do you drink in the morning?
Coffee and OJ.
50. whose your celebrity crush?
Claire Forlani or Kiera Knightley
51. Do you sleep on a certain side of the bed?
Usually on the left.
52. Do you know how to play poker?
53. Do you like to cuddle?
Cuddles are good.
54. Have you ever been to Canada?
55. Do you have an addictive personality?
56. Do you eat out or at home more often?
Depends on how lazy I am and how bored I am with eating decently (or cheaply).
58. Do you know anyone with the same birthday as you?
59. Do you want kids?
60. Do you speak any other languages?
Little bit of German, lot less Spanish.
Could almost pretend I was back in the real world, today. Toward the end of the day, I was sitting out in the bay, daydreaming the last few idle hours of work by. Watched these two dragonflies (one of my favorite critters) hunt, buzzing in and out of the bay, buzzing right over my head, and doing there dance for probably an hour. Very calm this afternoon, no gun fire, no sirens, no honking, no jabbering of idiots. Just peaceful, quite, serenity. Just needed to add a hammock and take away the call to prayer broadcast, could be just like home...
Music: Soap Kills: Dub4me
Robin and her mom had to put Lady to sleep this morning.