21 Jan 2007

Howdy, All!

It’s been a pretty good couple of weeks. I missed work on Thursday night because I got stuck in ice out of town, and I’ve got jury duty next week; also, I’ve found out that I will definitely NOT be attending OCS this year :). But otherwise it’s been pretty good (Oh, and I left my cell phone in my locker at drill, which is why I haven’t answered if you’ve been trying to call). Here are some highlights:

–I have completed my break with Poetry.com. I am now posting my writing on FanStory.com; my portfolio is available at URL: http://www.fanstory.com/selectprofileportfolio.jsp. It will be several weeks before I post anything new, however, so if you’ve read my work before there’s no rush. Unlike Poetry.com , FanStory is a paid service which provides feedback on your work, allows you to sell it through their site (if it has been “recognized”), and helps promote your work for professional publication. Of the three poems I have posted, two have already achieved “recognized” status, and I think that “Natasha” has a shot at winning their Valentine’s day competition.

–I have opened a store at CafePress. So far I offer only one item, a tee shirt reading “Your PINAY mind tricks won’t work on me.” (“Pinay” is a woman from the Phillipines) I intend to eventually include some Yiu Dai Su’un merchandise, and of course my “clubs”–“KPASA (“Knowledegable People Against Stupid Acronyms”) and PETPV (People for the Ethical Treatment of Plants and Vegetables”). Yes, there’s a sort of “humor” theme to my store 🙂 ! It’s free to set up, and I might actually sell something! My URL there is http://www.cafepress.com/kpasa.

–Overtime appears to be over at work, so I’ll be able to get back on my more normal training schedule now. Also, I’m scheduled to take a physical agility test on Monday, the 29th as part of my interview for a job as a Park Ranger for the state of Missouri. If hired, I’ll be working in LaClede county (that pretty much means Lebanon, if you weren’t certain on the geography). Any sort of happy thoughts on my behalf would be much appreciated! This is an escape clause from my “going back on active duty” plan…

–I got a letter from John Mitchel, one of my friends from Ft Polk, from whom I have not heard since. It’s good to know that he hasn’t completely disappeared!

I hope that everyone is enjoying their new year!

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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