Saturday, June 30, 2007

Very Superstitious

Just overheard at the shoppette:

Little Boy: (Picking his nose)
Mom: Stop that!
Little Boy: But, WHY?
Mom: Because...evil spirits will enter you. Ya know?

When this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you're gonna see some serious shit.

Movie in the Park
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
During the summer, there are Friday night movies in the park in SLC. Right now, they're doing a string of 80s classics. Last night, Tiffany, Brian, and I went to watch Back to the Future. I hadn't seen it in a really long time, and forgot how great (and funny) it really is. It was a nice, mellow Friday, and a perfect way to unwind from a crazy week. Thanks to Tiffany and Brian for inviting me.

When the Sun Goes Down

Growing up in Kentucky, it was practically state law to like country music. I went through various phases, and still like it on some level; but I rarely go to country music shows. When I was in Vegas in March hanging with my friend Dan (who doesn't really appreciate country music very much, either), he said a buddy of his took him to see Kenny Chesney, and he thought it was one of the most entertaining shows he'd ever seen. Based on his recommendation, I went to see Kenny last night with Nick Fuoss and Nick Sorrentino.
The show was at the amphitheatre in West Valley, and it was completely sold out. The traffic was horrible, which resulted in us missing the first opener, Pat Green, but arrived just in time to see Sugarland, who sounded pretty good, though I didn't recognise many of their songs.

Kenny Chesney
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
When Kenny finally came out, the sun was just setting, and the crowd went crazy. We could barely hear the first song through all the screaming. Again, I didn't know too many of his songs, but the beer made me not really care. The entire show was so full of energy, it almost made me tired from watching. But at the same time, his laid back attitude really projected onto everyone. The weather was perfect, and we all danced around in the grass for two hours. Thanks to Dan for the great recommendation, and thanks to Nick and Nick for going with me.


I got really upset at work today with a couple guys who were being really selfish and inconsiderate. It didn't even involve me directly, but their actions totally ruined my afternoon. I didn't say anything yet, and I'm not sure if I will; but I couldn't even look at them after lunch, despite being pretty good friends with one of them. They didn't even realise they'd done anything wrong. I thought that I might be blowing things out of proportion, so I decided to go about my normal work routine and thought maybe I'd cool off after an hour or so. No such luck.
Anyway, I'm feeling very emotional right now, even after hitting the gym, so I'm just going to chill out for a while, and head down to SLC later to watch a movie in the park with some friends. I'm hoping for a nice mellow weekend, because Monday is going to be chaos.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Accoustic Abomination

This is probably the most pathetic yet hysterical thing I've ever seen:

Maybe it's just a joke, but if it's not, someone needs to give this guy a big hug and tell him the words "God" and "hate" should never be used in the same sentence.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Conveniently Inconvenienced

Assigned seating in a movie theatre.
Worst. Idea. Ever.

Big Mac

When I got back from the desert and was told I'd be working water operations, I was totally cool with it. The boss told me it's a job that requires someone who knows what needs to be done and can be left to do it without worry. Originally, there were three of us on my shift, but Jim left to work in training, leaving just Johnny McLaughlin (a civilian) and me.
When I first got to Utah, Johnny was still active duty and in my shop for a few months. I never really had much interaction with him, so I didn't really have an opinion about working with him after my deployment. However, I was told by people, "Don't worry. He's not near as much of an asshole as he used to be." This left me a little apprehensive.
But now, I can't think of anyone I'd rather work with. We both enjoy our job, and rarely does a moment go by that he doesn't make me laugh. He's done a great job training me on what needs to be done, and I feel lucky to get to work with him. Since we're on day shift, we're in a more high-profile position, which probably prompts us to work a little harder, but it almost seems like we aren't even at work. Johnny works weekends, so he has Thursday and Friday off, making those the longest days for me.
Water operations could have the tendency to get monotonous, but, thanks to Johnny, my days are filled with jokes about peanut butter and purple trucks. This is the first time in a great while that I've really looked forward to going to work.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


I've heard it said there are two types of people in the world: the type who have a small group of close friends; and the kind that have tons of friends, but no one really close. I'm not really sure into which one I fit, because I feel like I have lots of close friends. Consequently, I often feel like I'm neglecting many of them because of various social obligations with other friends. Maybe this causes me to fall into the second group.
Another odd thing is the different circles of friends I have. They all seem so different from each other, and even though I don't really feel like I fit in 100% with any of them, maybe it's beneficial because no matter my mood, I always have a niche into which to fall. Sometimes I think it would be great to combine all my friends together in one giant circle. I've been successful in getting one or two people to "cross over" into other friend territory, but combining entire groups could result in lots of awkward silences.
Mostly, I'm just thankful that God has placed so many great people in my life. I can't think of anything worse than being alone. This world is just too scary to handle by myself. If you feel the same way, call me and we'll have coffee. And then hug.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I'm Bringing Me Down

I'm feeling very frustrated right now, mostly with myself, but I can't really pinpoint exactly why. It's a combination of a sense of failure and guilt and laziness. I hate it and I don't know what to do about it.
Sometimes when I'm feeling this way, I do something to try and make myself feel better; but often, it ends up making me feel worse, and it's a downward spiral until I just give up and fall asleep. I wish someone would call, but I don't have the enthusiasm to call anyone myself. I considered getting drunk or going back to the gym and running again. I think I'm just going to go to bed.

Point of No Return

I never thought I'd say this, but part of me doesn't want to go to Italy. Several jobs are opening up here on base in the coming months, and I've entertained the thought of applying. There's something appealing about having a steady job and buying a house and developing some roots here in Utah. Even more appealing is never having to wear a gas mask ever again.
However, I know once I get to Italy, I'm going to fall in love with it and have the time of my life. My re-enlistment is Monday morning; and after that, there's no looking back.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

My Inner Nerd

Thanks to Caleb and Tanya, I now have a minor addiction to Settlers of Catan. Before long, I'm going to be playing this every Friday night in my basement with Urkel and Comic Book Guy.

Same Old Song

Very uncharacteristically of me, I've been skipping a few concerts to which I've already bought tickets. Just in the past few weeks, I've missed The Faint, MxPx, True Colors Tour, and the Deftones. I've seen MxPx and the Deftones before, but I really don't have an excuse for the other two, other than just losing interest or having something better to do the night of the show. The tickets were relatively inexpensive, so it's not the money that bothers me. But live music is one of the things for which I truly have a passion, and I kinda feel it slipping away. Hopefully, I'll get it back soon because I'm not sure how close I'll be to any major venues in Italy.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Fatboy Slim

After slacking off for a while, I finally got back into running last week. I've been keeping up surprisingly well, but I'm gonna have to step it up even more to get rid of the flab I've gained. I'd like to have a nice flat stomach by the end of the summer, but I'll be content if I can get it by February. You see, there are nude beaches in Italy, and if you don't think I'm gonna go at least once, you're crazy.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Headless Chicken

Since I received notice of my PCS to Italy, I've had tons of paperwork to do. I don't understand why I have to do so much out-processing now when I don't leave for seven months. There's medical and dental clearances, forms for dependents (of which, I have none), weapons qualifications, security clearances, and the list goes on and on. Most significantly, I'll be re-enlisting on the morning of July 2nd. It's not really a huge deal, but some people tend to make a big deal out of it anyway; so, if anyone would like to attend, let me know.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting

Saturday night, John, Brian, and I went to a roller derby. Yes, an actual roller derby with girls on roller skates fighting. Salt Lake City has it's own league with four different teams. There are bouts going on all summer, and luckily, Brian scored free tickets to Saturday's match-up of the Bomber Babes versus the Sisters of No Mercy. The Bomber Babes were decked out in camoflage and the Sisters wore little nun's habits with mini-skirts. Plus, they had great names like "Attilah the Nun" and "Sophonda Pain." I didn't really understand the rules of the game (Who knew there were actual rules?), but it was so fun to watch anyway.

The Cyber Sluts & Me
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
Also in attendance were the Cyber Sluts. They host a monthly bingo night at the First Baptist Church, of all places. I've never been, but I've heard it's a blast. They were a total hoot. Thanks to Brian for asking me to go to the derby. Total punk-rock fun!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I Hear Bells

Tanya & Caleb
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
Yesterday, I had coffee with Caleb and Tanya who revealed a great surprise. They're engaged! They went to Canada last week and Caleb proposed. If you see them, give them a big hug and ask them to tell you the story. It's pretty funny stuff. Congratulations, you guys!

Because It Was There!

Mt. Olympus Hike
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
Saturday, Nick, John, Brian, and I made the trek up Mt. Olympus, a popular hiking destination for Salt Lakers. John and Brian are pretty regular hikers, and had no problems. Nick and I lagged behind a bit, and thought several times about turning back.

Mt. Olympus Hike
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
The distance of the hike wasn't any longer than last week's hike up Adams Canyon. But it was steeper. Much steeper.

Wasatch Range
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
The main trail ended at a saddle, but continuing to the summit required some vigorous rock climbing. I'm so glad we didn't stop, because the view from the summit was exhilarating.

Mt. Olympus Hike
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
The ascent took three hours, while the descent took about two. It was probably the most difficult hike I've done since Mt. Fuji, but I really enjoyed it. And I'm not nearly as sore today as I thought I'd be. If you'd like to check out the entire photo stream, go here. And yeah, give another round of applause to God.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Pieces of the People We Love, Redux

Traits I inherited from my Dad:

His level-headedness
His belief that honesty is the best policy
His patience
His devotion to his friends
His desire to have fun
His blue eyes and jet-black hair
His ability to see two sides to every story
His capacity to love

Happy Father's Day, Pop

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Who wouldn't want Carl on their answering machine?

Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
The more I listen to National Public Radio, the more I like it. And one of my favourite programs (as I may have mentioned) is Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! Normally, the show is taped in Chicago, but occasionally, they travel to other cities. Such was the case last night at Kingsbury Hall on the U of U campus, for which John, Ryan, Brian, and I were in attendance.
You might think watching a crew tape a radio show would be boring, but it was quite the opposite. The three panelists featured were my favourites, Mo Rocca, Paula Poundstone, and Tom Bodett. The celebrity guest featured on "Not My Job" was Utah's own Donny Osmond. And seeing Carl Kasell and Peter Sagal in person was great. I've rarely laughed that much in my life.
The whole taping took over two hours, and it's amazing how they edit it down to a 45 minute show. If you'd like to listen, and I think you should, check your local NPR station for when they'll broadcast it this weekend. Or, you can always download the podcast on the website or via iTunes anytime after Sunday. Trust me. You'll be glad you did.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Kicking Myself

Tech results came out today, and not only did I not make it, but my test scores were worse than last year. And just like every year, I tell myself I'll study next time; but in reality, I probably won't. Only two people in my entire squadron made it, which eases my pain slightly. Drinking heavily this weekend will ease my pain even more.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Dial Tone

I bought a new cell phone tonight. I've had my Motorola PEBL for a year and a half, and I really love it. But I guess cell phones really aren't meant to last that long. Lately, some of the keys aren't working very well, so when I have to dial a number that's not in my phonebook, it takes a while. And don't even think about sending a text message unless you have twenty minutes to spare. T-Mobile, my provider, no longer carries the PEBL, and claiming it on the insurance for which I pay $5.99 a month would cost me another $75. (What a rip-off!) So after doing a little online research, I broke down and upgraded to a Motorola RIZR. I know I'm leaving for Italy in eight months, but I needed a new phone and this upgrade wasn't too expensive. Plus, it cost a helluva lot less than Option B.
What is "Option B," you ask? Option B would be waiting until the 29th for the release of the iPhone, something that I've been anticipating since January. Even now, when I look at the website, I still want one. I'm tempted to take my RIZR back to the T-Mobile store, and camp outside the nearest AT&T store for 16 days just so I can be the first in line. But I know it's not practical to pay $500 for a phone, especially when a) I may not be able to use it overseas, b) it's the first generation, and c) it's just plain ridiculous. I'm sure I'll see one after the release and I'll drool over it and kick myself for not waiting. But deep down, I know I've made the right call. Sorry, Apple, but you'll have to release the next generation iPod to get any more money from me.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Song Remains the Same

For those of you who saw my house in Japan, remember how many CDs I had, and how I didn't have enough shelf space for them so I stacked them all the way up my staircase? Yeah, that seems like such a long time ago. I rarely buy CDs anymore. I mean, I still purchase plenty of music; just not so much in a hard-copy form.
The transition from purchasing actual albums in a store to downloading them has been very gradual. Before I bought my computer (and my iPod), I just went down my staircase every morning, trying to decide the correct music for whatever mood I was in that day. Sometimes, I'd take nine or ten CDs with me in my car.
And even after I had my iPod, I held on to CDs for so long. I was so reluctant to download music because I felt that unless I could actually hold onto it, I didn't really own it. I began by downloading a few individual songs, mostly stuff from the 80s where I knew I'd never buy the entire album, but certain songs were nostalgic enough for me to spend 99 cents on. It took a couple months for me to purchase an entire album online. But now, four years later, the only hard CDs I buy are ones from artists that are truly close to my heart. I even downloaded the last Elliott Smith album, but I'll probably purchase the new White Stripes CD when it's released next week. I used to think the ease of buying a CD on made me spend too much money. Turns out I wasn't even prepared for iTunes.
Now, I feel like I could barely live without my iPod. I rarely go anywhere without it. Getting an adapter hard-wired into my truck was probably the best investment I've ever made. I wonder what the next great invention in music technology will be, because I can't really think of any way they could improve on what we've already got. Of course, in 1967, I'm sure people thought it couldn't get much better than the 8-track.

And just because I occasionally need to be humbled, here's a list of the first five individual songs I downloaded:
"Been Caught Stealing" by Jane's Addiction
"She Bop" by Cyndi Lauper
"Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners
"Time of the Season" by The Zombies
"Walk Like An Egyptian" by The Bangles

And the first full album I bought was "Escapology" by Robbie Williams.

Let the mockery begin.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Safety Dance

Last Wednesday, a civilian in my shop climbed up a big rack to grab a piece of pipe. When he jumped off, his wedding ring got caught and ripped all the flesh off his finger bone. He was rushed to the hospital in Salt Lake, but unfortunately, they were unable to save his finger. He's only been working on base for a few months, and I feel really bad for him.
There have been a lot of accidents and mishaps in our squadron lately, and the finger incident spurred a somewhat delayed reaction from our leadership culminating in a big safety day today. Basically, we sat through hours and hours of safety briefings convering everything from heavy lifting to electrical safety to drinking and driving. Now, the entire Air Force has a policy of weekly safety briefings, which have obviously kept me safe for the past ten years; and if seeing someone in your own squadron lose a finger doesn't keep someone from getting complacent while on the job, I seriously doubt a bunch of boring safety briefings are going to do the trick either.

Monday, June 11, 2007

These Boots Are Made For Hiking

Holmes Creek
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
Nick and I went on a great hike today up Adams Canyon. The trail led us along Holmes Creek until we got to a gorgeous waterfall. All in all, it was about seven miles of moderate, but beautiful terrain. I'll post a few pictures, but if you want to see the complete set, you can go here. Enjoy!

Holmes Creek
Originally uploaded by currtdawg

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Me & Nick
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Layton Overlook
Originally uploaded by currtdawg

Adams Canyon
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
The scenery was absolutely breath-taking. Can we all just stop for a second and give God a hand?

Sunday, June 10, 2007

In the Gutter

Originally uploaded by currtdawg
Last night, Brian and I went bowling, where I proved once again that I am the most inconsistent bowler of all time. We got two hours of bowling for a flat rate, and since there was only two of us, we played five games. I also discovered I seemed to do best when Madonna was playing on the jukebox. Thanks to Brian for putting up with my antics.

Me & Brian
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
This guy is a riot, I swear.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Bases Loaded

Baseball Crew
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
Last night, Brian, Kyle, Kyle, Nick, John, Ryan, Nick, Kyle, Richie, and I went to a very exciting Bees game. Luckily, the Bees came from behind in the tenth inning to defeat the Portland Beavers, 4-3. I seriously think the Bees should give me season tickets, because I've yet to attend a game where they've lost.

"You can't get addicted to Vico-doodle!"

I love to laugh. I mean, who doesn't? But for some reason, I rarely make it to a comedy club. But when I saw that Janeane Garofalo was coming through SLC, I bought a ticket immediately.
Brian joined me at a venue normally used by punk bands, which made the evening really interesting. The first comic was a guy named Chris Fairbanks, who was only medium funny. But I guess that's probably what would work best for the headliners.
Janeane was scheduled to headline, but she ended up coming on next because she said if she went on last, she'd end up talking all night. Even though he went on last, I'll go ahead and talk about Patton Oswalt. His act was a typical comedy routine, but it was very funny. My favourite part was when he compared the Star Wars prequels to Jon Voight's scrotum. I couldn't do it justice, so I'm not going to try. He also did a bit where he talked to different people from the crowd, which had me rolling a couple times.

Janeane Garofalo
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
Janeane was so tiny and cute and she had some great tattoos on her arms, including one of Rosie the Riveter. Her routine veered from the normal stand-up procedure. She didn't really tell any jokes, per se. It was more like talking about people she's met and things she's done. She had a book of notes she had written down since she arrived in SLC the day before. There were some great observations about the city and its people. Her hour-long act was a total stream-of-consciousness conclave that was sometimes political, but always entertaining. I didn't agree with everything she said, but I admire her passion for what she believes.
The whole night gave me more respect for the wit of stand-up comics. It's so impressive how they come up with different stuff every night. Maybe it was good that Janeane let Patton go on first, because I could have listened to her all night and been late for work today.

Friday, June 08, 2007

The Good, The Bad, and The Queen

I'm indifferent when it comes to Oprah Winfrey. She's not really annoying or stupid, and she does a lot of good for the less fortunate. What bothers me is how much people worship her, and how anything she says is considered law. And not just a state or federal law. BIBLICAL LAW. Like she needs a book in the Old Testament right between Leviticus and Numbers telling us "Thou shalt not have poop that doesn't make an 'S' shape," and "Thou shalt sing along with all musical guests whether you know the words or not."
But one of the good things is the book club. I think it's great that she's gotten a bunch of lazy housewives to pick up a book and read, which they'd never do otherwise. I used to be reluctant to read books she'd recommended, but I decided that's just being snobbish. And she's picked out some great ones, most recently Cormac McCarthy's The Road and my personal favourite, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (both of which I read before Oprah told anyone to).
In a mildly related story, a few days ago, my friend Reese told me about something she saw on television that I just HAD to find on the internet. Unfortunately, the only place I've found it is in this Jimmy Kimmel monologue. The best part, which features Oprah, is about five minutes in, so just let it load and then fast-forward to that part (unless you're some kind of masochist who likes to hear Jimmy Kimmel talk). After you see it, you'll know what I'm talking about. Probably the funniest thing I've heard in a long time.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Manic Meteorology

Yesterday: 90 degrees and sunny.
Today: 43 degrees and raining.
Can someone please explain this to me?

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Be Quiet and Drive

A new law went into effect in Utah just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Failure to wear one's safety belt used to be a minor offense, only punishable if pulled over for another reason. But now, it's considered a violation worthy of getting stopped and cited. This doesn't really apply to me directly because the first thing I do when I get in my truck is put on my seatbelt. And if I didn't, a loud noise/flashing light would remind me until I did. Still, I have somewhat of a problem with the law.
I don't think laws should be passed that force people to do things that don't affect other people. Laws against speeding, talking on cell phones while driving, stealing, murder, etc... are all well and good. But seriously, if I'm riding a motorcycle, and I wanna be stupid and not wear a helmet, does that really hurt anyone (besides me)? They're not going to make any laws against suicide, are they? And couldn't those cops be hunting down robbers and killers instead of giving someone a ticket for lack of seatbelt use?
I don't like big government, and I think laws that restrict our daily lives are just wearing us down until we have no more choices at all. Seatbelts and helmets, recreational drugs, gay marriage. As long as I'm not hurting anyone else, is it really any of the government's business?

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Jailhouse Rock

As much as I hate commenting on mindless celebrity bullshit, I just have to say something about Paris Hilton, who began her 23-day jail sentence last night. A heard several comments about how she tried to buy her way out of it, but I don't really see the problem. If I were faced with jail time, I'd use every avenue imaginable to get out of it. What's the big deal about celebrities using their influence to get what they want? I don't hesitate to use my military ID to get a discount on my lunch or a free carwash. Is there really any difference?

Monday, June 04, 2007

Free Your Mind

Brian's Booth
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
The Utah Pride Festival was this weekend. Brian set up a campaign booth, so I volunteered a couple hours on Saturday and a couple more on Sunday. It was a beautiful weekend, and it was interesting to see so many people out and about, so to speak.

Hells Belles
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
This year's festival was the biggest ever in Utah, and there was a lot going on. There were tons of booths and two stages. Saturday afternoon, I got to see Hell's Belles, an AC/DC tribute band made up totally of lesbians. And that night, En Vogue performed. Suddenly, it was 1993 all over again.

Originally uploaded by currtdawg
There was a small group of protesters at the main entrance. They were ignored, for the most part, which I think frustrated them more than anything.

Brian & Me
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
After En Vogue's show Saturday night, there were a pair of DJs spinning on the main stage, so we stayed and danced for a while. Those gays sure know how to party.

Dykes on Bikes
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Though the festival actually started on Friday, Sunday is always the biggest day, mostly because of the parade. It's the second largest parade in the state, and it's actually quite impressive. Toward the front was the always charming Dykes on Bikes. Gotta love 'em.

Brian's Parade Crew
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
Brian had a good crew marching with him in the parade. I would liked to have marched, too, but the Air Force might have a bit of a problem.

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There were floats from tons of support groups and clubs, including this one from the SLC Metropolitan Community Church. I think it's great that there are solid spiritual communities out there for everyone.

Salt City Derby Girls
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
Mmmmm. Roller derby girls.

Me & John Amaechi
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
The Grand Marshal this year was John Amaechi, the former Utah Jazz player who came out of the closet last February.

Brian & Me
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
This year's theme was "United for Equality." One of the greatest things about Pride is seeing the diversity of everyone there. And, obviously, it's not just gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people. Lots of people show their support, and I'm sure it means a lot. It was a fun weekend, and I'm glad I got to go again. Plus, I was given so many free condoms that, at the rate I'm going now, I'll probably use by November of 2983.

Saturday, June 02, 2007


Brian & Me
Originally uploaded by currtdawg
Brian is running for City Council Representative in District 4 of SLC. It's something he's been working on for a long time, and we're all very excited for him. Campaign season is in full swing and this weekend, there are tons of festivities going on providing great opportunities for him to get out and meet people. Last night, he had a little fundraiser/party at his house with tons of people I'd never met. It was really fun, and I'm looking forward to helping Brian out whenever I can.

Stripes and Bells

Today was an important day for two guys in my shop. First, my good friend Ken sewed on his Staff Sergeant stripe today, and I can honestly say nobody deserves it more. He's the most ambitious, hardest-working guy in the Utilities section who will one day make a great Chief.
Second, the one and only Bobby Gene Davis got married. The ceremony was at 2 this afternoon, and I really had to haul ass this morning to get to attend. It was a simple, brief, but beautiful ceremony, and I'm happy I was there. Bobby is getting ready to leave for Korea in a few weeks, and it's sad his new bride won't be able to go with him; but I'm sure, after he returns in a year, they'll live a long and happy life together. Congratulations and best wishes, Bobby and Crystal!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Ready or Not

Internet, because you have such control over my life, and also because I promised, I'm letting you in on some important news that not many people know yet.
This morning, I found out I'll be moving to Aviano Air Base, Italy in February '08. You honestly have no idea how excited I am about this. When I read the news this morning, I pogo'd around my shop like a hyperactive kid with a Hershey bar.
Of course, there is a certain sadness in that I've really fallen in love with Utah and the many friends I've made here. My report date is eight months away, so I have plenty of time to prepare; but the initial shock is still setting in, so I'm still all abuzz with adrenaline.
Something that really weirds me out is the strangely prophetic dream I had last night. I'm wondering why none of the dreams featuring Gwen Stefani ever turned out this way.
I called my parents and they're both excited for me. Dad, who's already been planning another ski trip out here next Winter said, "I guess we'll have to plan our trip for January." I replied, "OR you can plan it for March...IN THE ALPS!"