Thanksgiving

Man, has this been a busy week!
I’ll start with Thanksgiving; I got to meet a lot of my in-laws (what do you call the father of your sister-in-law?), and see my brother’s new house. It sits on a beautiful 10-acre lot (with lake) just outside of Mexico, MO. Must be nice to marry money!
Then, of course, there was my OCS physical. One more hurdle jumped, and I’m nearly on my way. I have decided, however, to do the “traditional” National Guard OCS. This means that I won’t leave until February, and I’ll only be gone for two weeks. After that, it’s one weekend a month at FT Leonard Wood for 18 months. This will give me a chance to get my degree before I get my commission, so that I actually qualify for jobs that accept commissions.
I’m also in talks with Grantham University. They can’t wait to have me, and I plan on majoring in business while I’m there. MBA here I come!
My big news, however, was the purchase of a 40-acre plot in Nevada. I’m still waiting for the paperwork to come through; I have to find out whether I can use it to get a USDA conservation subsidy or, if not, whether I want to sell it and how much I can get.
I also put together a bunch of furniture that I had bought and left sitting around. Some of that stuff has really poorly written directions!
I only hope next week is slightly less eventful…

Since this is the last Saturday of the month, here are new goals, and the results of my previous list:
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Previous goals:
Physical–230 APFT (failed to achieve)
Financial–Balance budged (bought land instead)
Professional–expert qualification with rifle and pistol (didn’t go to qualification range)

Uh-oh, I’m zero for three!
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Short Term Goals (31 December 2007)
Educational–Enroll in Columbia College
Financial–01 House Payments to Mom & Dad
———-Pay off Chase
Physical–Push-Up/Sit-Up (35 ea/3 sets, 3/wk)
———-Daily Seven (x15, 3/wk)
———-2 mi run (2:10 split, 17:20 total)
Social–Establish the Jefferson City martial arts group
Spiritual–Find an acceptable Church (probably the Episcopal)

Medium Term Goals (31 March 2008)
Educational–First classes with Columbia College
Financial–Begin stock investment
Physical–Push-Up/Sit UP (50 ea/3 sets, 3/wk)
———-Daily Seven (x25, 3/wk)
———-2 mi run (1:55 split, 15:20 total)
Social–Have tree service remove limbs over my house
Spiritual–Full membership in chosen church

Long-Term Goals (31 December 2008)
Educational–Senior Ranking at Columbia College
Financial–02/03 House payments to Mom & Dad
———-Pay off BoA
Physical–Push-Up/Sit-Up (95 ea/3 sets, 3/wk)
———-Daily Seven (x50, 3/wk)
———-2 mi run (1:30 split, 12:00 total)
Social–Furnish my house
Spiritual–Be Confirmed in the Church

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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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