23 Oct 2006

Weeeelllll, howdy, everybody!

I’ve been a bit busy since the last time I wrote, although things are so quiet currently that I spent the weekend cleaning my apartment. Not a quick run-around with the vacuum, but a serious spring-cleaning-meets-Marine-Corps-field-day type ordeal. I’m still not actually done–although I now own several fewer useless and trivial items. And several dozen fewer tee shirts. 🙂
Two weekends ago was drill. I had actually obtained permission to miss this drill to attend the funeral of the young Specialist who died during my WLC class, but at the last moment the new Battalion Commander decided that it was much more important that I attend his change-of-command ceremony. There was a big picnic Saturday night, but I’m afraid I didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy it very much: firstly, because no one told me to bring civilian attire to the three-day drill (usually pointless), and secondly, some idiot decided to burn off the extra smoke grenades during the AAR after my MOUT training session, and the smoke made me very ill. I was in bed by 1800 with a headache so bad it made my teeth hurt. So the moral is, don’t breathe grenade smoke. It sucks.
If I haven’t told you already, I was initiated as a Freemason. This is something that I’ve been off-and-on interested in since I was 16, but more seriously of late. Two days ago I met one of my fellow Masons outside the Lodge for the first time–I nearly didn’t recognize him. It was kinda weird. One of my co-workers found out that I was a new Freemason; he asked, “So don’t you have to plan to kill Superman now?” I told him we already had.
The next session of classes doesn’t start at Columbia College until the beginning of January, so I’ve got a little time to putter around with other things. I had a job interview last week for a Security Assistant position at Ike Skelton (it’s actually a part of the intelligence office, not the security office–if I get the job, I might start going to seminars with Kevin); I’m waiting to hear back. I also have a job interview for a Training NCO spot here in Columbia this Friday. Not nearly as cool as the other job, but I’ll take what I can get.

No movie reviews this time, I’m afraid–pickings remain slim. I was going to see “Flags of Our Fathers” this weekend, but elected not to at the last moment. I read some reviews and it appears to have pretty much everything I’m NOT interested in seeing in a movie–not to mention that it’s less about the flag-raising at Mt. Suribachi than it is about the PR scramble afterwards. Maybe it’ll be a video rental, someday after I get around to watching “Saving Private Ryan.” So I’m back to waiting for “Slither” to come out on DVD for Halloween and the “Ghost Rider” movie in the cinema…sometime soon?

That’s about it for now–I’m settling down to have dinner and watch the $4.88 DVD of the Daryl Hannah remake of “Attack of the 50 ft. Woman.” What–like none of you have ever accused me of having bad taste in movies? 🙂

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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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