23 August 2006

Howdy, All!

Just to let everybody know, I’ll be gone for most of September. I’ll be attending the two-week National Guard version of a school which used to be called “Platoon Leader’s Development Course”, and was required for promotion to Sergeant, but is now called “Warrior Leader Development Course” and is required for promotion to Staff Sergeant. I still have to find out how that affects drill. Of course, I’ll have to take another APFT before I go.

If I haven’t mentioned it alread, there’s a national campaign going on called “Red Shirt Friday.” To the best of my knowledge it is indefinite in scope. If you support the War on Terrorism–wear a red shirt on Fridays. Easy, huh?
The maintenance guys say that they’re done with the repairs to my apartment. Now, I’m no plumber, but it seems to me that if the wall in BEDROOM has mildewed from leaking waterpipes, caulking the baseboards in my bathroom may not entirely fix the problem. But I guess we’ll see. I’ve purchased a new book case and CD case to ensure nothing perishable is on the floor in the event of further Keystone capers.

I’ve applied for another Federal job–this time as an AGR Training Technician for the MP unit here in Columbia. I was a bit put off by the hiring questionaire; they seem to want someone who’s already BEEN a training technician. I gues we’ll see what’s up with that, too.

I haven’t heard from the Freemasons since the call that they had started their background check. Maybe I should give them a ring?

That’s all for today–I’ve got to run (literally–APFT coming up and all). If you’re in to such things, remember to say a prayer for Kevin–not only that he stays safe in Muslim Central, but that the 100 hour work weeks let up a bit. And keep your thoughts with Rachelle, too.


Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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