Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Office Pranks

If I had my own cubicle at work it would be worth the time to do this to my colleagues.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

The UN Scandal

moveamericaforward.org has started a petition to kick the UN out of the United States and halt funding until a full audit can be conducted. I was tempted to sign but isolationism is not the right thing to do. The UN is losing credibility and it is becoming even more ineffective. I hope they can help with the Iraqi elections and legitimize the winner and the country. But, with member countries like Iran and Syria I am not sure they will even be able to accomplish that.

The UN is a great organization in theory and I think it really could do better with more oversight and transparency. But, the corruption is so deep it will require some major house cleaning.

I used to be a liberal until I realized how elitist intellectuals in their ivory towers are only good at pontificating and rarely act on anything they believe. The biggest problem I foresee is moral relativism preventing future actions. I will have to find a few good examples. But things like this abound: In Iran a nine year old girl can be sentenced to death. This is wrong, there is nothing relative about it, yet many support Iran's right to execute immoral laws. Thankfully Iran has not sentenced anyone to death by stoning in some time. But it is still an option in their legal system.

Enough ranting for now. Too much studying makes me write crazy things like this.

Another Scientific breakthrough

Paralyzed woman walks again after stem cell therapy

Friday, November 26, 2004

T-day

Rikki and I just returned from an enjoyable thanksgiving with Graw W. Everything went well, the traffic down and back was minimal and only took about an hour (with minimal usage of ludicrous speed). Gram made a feast for the 7 of us (Lawrence, Roger, Betty, & Gene). There was enough food to feed at least thrice our number. Everything was great of course and the leftovers were even better. I counted 5 pies for desert and there may have been even more. Rikki brought the chocolate pie with oreo cookie crust. Gram also made scotcheroos and had some of Mom's fudge (the strawberry jello salad recipe was also from Mom, very good). Once reaching satiety we wobbled out front and watched Angel and Misty tear up the lawn. Angel had not been out in the open to run in a while so she took full advantage of it. The copious amounts of triptophan we consumed sent everyone home and forced us to take a short nap. The rest of the day was spent relaxing while Angel basked in all the attention she could get. She is such a ham. Lawrence took a great picture we will turn into christmas cards for everyone.

We spent the night but left the next morning. We would have liked to stay longer but Rikki had to do her christmas shopping (all online) and I have 3 final events to prepare for that will require all of my attention (1 test, 2 flights). Gram sent us off with leftovers and a few recipes. We were invited down for Christmas and we plan to go back down to work on the family tree once I finish up with my training.

Thanksgiving may now be my favorite holiday. Every nation should have a holiday to give thanks for what they consider is important in their lives. I give thanks and am eternally grateful for life's opportunities and the ability to share them with my family and friends. I am also indebted to everyone who has sacrificed to make my life so rich with opportunities. Thanks Rikki for keeping me going and putting up with the Navy. Thanks Mom & Dad for getting me to where I am today. Thanks Chris & Tobin for setting a high standard and torturing me as the youngest to prepare me for survival school.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Hawaii

The hotel was very nice. The rooms ranged from 275-1000$ per night (government rate was about half of that). Of course the students got the cheap rooms and the instructors got the nice 600$ rooms twice the size of ours plus a balcony. For breakfast we walked down to the Halekoa the Navy will put us up in this hotel until we get into base housing. The hotel is for military only so we made it into the breakfast buffet. The food was great, especially the fresh fruit, and was only 10$. On the way back we walked along waikiki beach . The next few days we spent touring the island. We hiked diamond head, drove up to north shore, tried some shaved ice and fresh shrimp, and watched a Hawaiian wedding on the beach.

I would write more but I'm burnt out. I got back tuesday morning at 0200 and was scheduled for my instrument checkride at 1 p.m. and then scheduled again this morning at 0500. I think I have finally caught up on sleep but need to hit the books again.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Hawaii Bound

My day started with a 0600 brief for the 6 day cross country flight to Hawaii. We had a full crew of 21 including 2 instructor pilots and 3 of my classmates. The plane was packed with all of our luggage (even a surfboard, but surprisingly no golf clubs). I should have packed more, I tried to keep it light. It took a little longer than expected to complete the preflight. The plane they gave us was not very promising. But everything worked out and we were off deck only about 30 minutes late. The first leg was 6.5 hours to North Island California.

A quick refueling and we were off to MCAS (marine corps air station) Kaneohe Bay (our future home). 7.5 hours later we landed just over our max crew day of 18 hours. The total flight time of 14 hours is a little longer than it will take by passenger airline, we are slower and do not fly as high. We were met by the squadron duty officer of VP-47 and were given 5 rental vans to make the trip across the island to honolulu. Due to the -5 hour change we made our hotel about 9 p.m. exhausted. We checked into the Sheraton Moana Surfrider hotel right on waikiki beach and called it a night.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Hawaii Fever

I caught a miserable cold that put me down for 3 days. I went to see the flight doc yesterday. He gave me something for my congestion and some antibiotics for my throat. I actually cancelled my first flight ever this morning. I was feeling better, but still in no condition to fly. It was with the XO, they still went and did other training. My extra precautions were to ensure I would be ready for my cross-country flight to Hawaii tomorrow. I feel alot better and think I will be able to handle it without much trouble. Tomorrow is going to be a very long day. I should have Internet access at the hotel so I will be able to post more. This is what I really wanted this blog for, to keep in touch while on deployment/overseas.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Busy Life

Hubby has been posting a lot! I have been so busy lately that I just haven't bothered with it. I have been doing more research on our move to Hawaii and my To Do List seems to grow and expand everyday! I found an online group of Hawaii women and have been asking them questions like crazy! Thank goodness for them is all I have to say! Thank you Hawaii ladies!
Work has been a little hectic. They know that I am leaving in January so I have been trying to get as many office procedures that weren't started that should have been in the last 4 years going. On top of that I am trying to find my replacement and that is not working out as well as I thought at all. I have spoken with the VP-30 Officer Spouses leader to let her know to please spread the word and I haven't heard a thing. I went to FFSC to talk to Spousal Assistant Specialist and he retired so I left it with the receptionist there and I haven't heard from anyone that way either. I REALLY am trying to fill my position with another spouse because the church is more than open to that but my replacement has to be there for a year. Keeping my fingers crossed that something works out!
Nathan is involved in a Christmas play with the squadron. I went to practice with him 2 weeks ago and offered my services. It was taken 2 days for help with stage setup; I will also be setting up the seating arrangement for selling tickets in the auditorium. I also offered to help set up the cast party at the social hall at the church. They need a place to have it so I will check with Pastor and make sure that is ok.
Dance is going well! My flexibility is still not where I would like it to be but the body seems to be toning up nicely, at least I think it is. I would like a nice 6 pack on the stomach but I don't think that will happen. I will have to work out more than once a week and I don't know if I want to work out everyday of the week. We will see!
Outside from all of that I have been reading The 9/11 Report. I highly recommend that everyone out there read this book. Of course there is a lot of information in the book about all the things we haven't heard via the media and how much of it was hush-hush per say. I don't know if that is really the right term to use. Of course there is 125 pages of background info and preface to the book. I am currently on page 71 of the report itself.
I think that is about it right now!

Friday, November 05, 2004

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

4 more years

My prediction was good, I wish I had put some money where my mouth was. I could have made some on calling this race. Bush won the popular by 6%. Kudos to Kerry for conceding. Next election.... Iraq! Now that Bush doesn't have to worry about casualties effecting his popularity I expect a full court press to prepare the country for elections.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

GO VOTE!

I was up at 6:30 this morning and waiting in line by the time the polls opened. My districts polling location was the apartment complex we live in so getting up and walking over was convenient. I was #94 in line to vote and was impressed with the workers and the orderliness. I had to go through a second "screening" because I registered by mail within the last year. After showing my voter registration card and FL drivers license I was directed to a second table where the lady looked something up on the computer. I think it was probably a list of felons and dead people. Glad to see the extra precautions. It was a scantron ballot. Just fill in the circle then feed it into a machine. I feel confident in that system. So no major excitement. The guy in line in front of me was a Navy air traffic controller. He works for "Sea Lord," the people that manage our training areas off the coast, so the 45 minute wait wasn't bad. I can imagine the line is going to be horrendous tonight. Go Vote!