Thursday, December 12, 2013

Interlude

Winter is in full force here in Maryland.  M kept looking out the window Sunday morning, hoping for snow.  Which fell, dropping nearly three inches on us by one o'clock in the afternoon.  I looked crossly at the icky cold stuff, and sternly admonished her: You have brought this white pestilence upon us.

My current earworm has a silly video, but I find the song itself very...well, it won't go away.

 


The band is One Republic.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

For All These Things...

I made it back from Captain's Career Course a little over two weeks ago, and have been busy at my civilian job since.  I don't love my current job, but it pays the bills.  Without hopefully sounding too much like a motivational speaker, one of the things that can really transform a life is an attitude of thankfulness.

We in the US have it so good compared to most of the rest of the world.  Even with the economic setbacks we have had in recent years, and despite some idiotic political policies that will be coming home to roost (pay people to have more children?  Sure!  Why not?), we still have a lot for which to be thankful.

I am thankful for all the good things in my life, for warmth and companionship and love.  Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.

 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Running Silently

I know I've been very quiet for a while. I started a new job, and have sometimes been working a lot of hours. I'm also leaving tomorrow for a month at Fort Bragg. I'll see you when I see you~ please take care of yourselves in the meantime.


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Life: the Long Run


Sorry I've been so...gone lately, but we have moved a bit further from DC.

I was running two nights ago, and thought that maybe life is like a run. At the beginning, you think, "This sucks!"  Halfway through, you think, "I didn't realize x miles was so far!"   And at the end, you think, "Well, that wasn't too bad."

 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Why We Fight

There has been a good deal of rhetoric, and quite a few studies, about why people fight in wars.  I think there are actually two questions to answer here.  The first is, "Why does anyone volunteer to fight in a war?"  The second is, "Why do troops fight in battle?"  I think the answers are very different.

People volunteer to fight for their country because of patriotism, a search for adventure, and sometimes, even just because it's a way to survive financially or support a family.  In the moment of battle, though, troops fight because of training and love for their fellow troops.  "You don't fight for your country, you fight for your buddy next to you."

I think this picture from Friday illustrates this vital sense of team spirit and cooperation...which sounds very PC, doesn't it?  But when the chips are down, you fight and bleed for your brothers and sisters in green.  It's that simple.

 

Army Training, Sir!

We all have rituals we do before certain things.  Some of these rituals are a way of psyching ourselves up for whatever challenge we're about to go through, and some actions are just things we check off a "pre-flight" list we have based on past experiences.  Ensuring I have all the needed toiletries before a couple of weeks of active duty is definitely one of the latter for me.

 

Friday, August 2, 2013


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