I’ve been sitting here trying to find something witty to type but it’s just not coming to me.
I blame Cisco.
Sitting in a Cisco routing class listening to a monotone instructor talk about PPP, Frame Relay, ATM (no, not that ATM you sick little monkey!), and frame encapsulation really dries up all those creative juices. Fortunately, I’m proud to say that I haven’t fallen asleep…….yet. But that might have something to do with my constant eating, drinking water and supplementation that I’ve delved into the past couple of days.
Something I’ve found quite puzzeling is now that I’m trying to loose weight again, it (fat) seems to be melting off of me with little to no effort. I weighed myself on Monday at 220 lbs. Tuesday I weighed in at 217 lbs. This morning I weighed myself using the same scale at 215.6 lbs. Five lbs. in two days? Is that healthy? Healthy or not, whatever it is I’m doing, I need to keep doing. Tip: Eating “clean” does wonders.
I was going to write something about some information that the Mrs. told me last night, but I decided not to. Let’s just say that some of the decisions that some people make in their lives need to be a little more thought out before they act on them. And people wonder why there are so many people so dependent on the Gubmint these days. Luckily, I fought my way out of that same situation many years ago and looking back on it now, I wonder why I made the decision in the first place.
Anyways, I just thought I’d put something down while I have the ability to still recall my name. Oh the power of Cisco……
No, I’m not dead. I didn’t get captured by terrorists or aliens or the border patrol. I’ve just been preoccupied with life. There have been times in the past where I’ve had many-a blogs started up only to completely abandon them a few months later. When I started “The Short Bus” – as I affectionately call this here blog – I promised myself that I would do whatever I could to keep it going. It’s still up but I must say that my performance has been somewhat wanting.
It’s not a big blog with multiple posters to keep the tens of readers that I do have intruiged. It’s just little ol’ me and my thoughts. A lot has happened since Novemeber when I made my last post. I am now an officer in the US Army and I’ve experience so many changes in that short amount of time that I guess you could say that I’m a new man. Better? Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that.
There are some things that need to change about my writing habits, however. I can say that in the past I’ve been quite a bit political and have expressed my views without fear of retribution. This needs to change seeing as how my newly found path in my career prevents me from doing so. Of course I could always do what I want regarding this blog, but to be on the safe side, I’ll tone it down a bit.
There’s always something to write about. It may not be what most people want to read, but hey, I don’t really care. And as long as the bitch I call my muse hangs around for a while, then I’ll be sure to produce more magical and intruiging readings for your daily pleasure.
Hopefully you’ll stick around and not give up on me. And I’ll try to do the same in return.
Just thought I’d pop in and throw out a Happy Thanksgiving to all 10 of my readers! I hope everyone has a wonderful time with friends or family or both and pig out on tons of food. Be sure to toss the ball around with the boys in the yard and help momma make that feast or clean up afterwards. Then take a nap watching football with Papa. Take care all and again, Happy Thanksgiving!
I’m in the Army. Those that know me and who follow my writtings on here already know that. And for those that are in the Army or have served previously know that sometimes there come those occasions when you have to ask yourself, “Are you freaking kidding me?”
Every organization has it’s stupid policies and the Army…….(laugh to myself)……is no exception.
Usually during Physical Training (PT) formation, the Platoon Sergeants (PLT Daddy’s/Momma’s) put out pertinent information that relates to our daily activities. Make sure you make it to this promotion ceremony on Friday. Don’t forget to donate to Toys for Tots©. All leave forms need to be in by such and such date…..etc. This morning’s information was a gem.
When we formed up and were waiting for 1SG to take charge of the company and fall us in, he called the PLT Sergeants to the back to brief them on today’s announcements. When our PLT Daddy came back, he did his duty to tell us the most ridiculous piece of crap that I could stand to take at 0530 on a Monday morning.
Everyone knows that the H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine is being distributed nationwide and it will soon be available here on Fort Gordon. Now, the seasonal flu shot is mandatory and there is no getting out of it. It seems that it’s no different with the Swine Flu shot. Apparently we are on 24 hour “recall” with regards to the Swine Flu shot.
Are you kidding me?
Since when do Army units implement the 24 hour recall for a damn vaccine shot? Especially when 99.9999999% of the people in the Army aren’t in the danger zone (i.e. small children and senior citizens). From what I’ve been hearing and the research I’ve been doing, the H1N1 virus affects those demographic groups the most. Most of the soldiers I know in the Army are 1)between the age of 25 and 40, 2)are physcially fit, and 3)aren’t in the medical support field. This pretty much tells me that there are a lot more people out there that should get the shot than those of us that are in my unit. I find it absolutely ridiculous that they would put us on some gay alert for that shot.
There was once upon a time in the Army when personnel would go on alert for legitimate reasons such as cold war exercises and terrorist threat exercises. But since this unit can’t seem to find any good reason to waste our time properly, this seems to fit the bill quite nicely. I, for one, am going to refuse to take the shot as much as I can without getting in too much trouble. I’m not in any target demographic and I don’t feel that the shot will do much to ward off the infection. But that’s my opinion. If you decide to get the shot, by all means, get it. I just think it’s ridiculous that they put us on 24 hour alert for something that I don’t think we need.
I’m sitting here watching ESPN and they’re doing a segment about Brett Favre and they’re analyzing how he’s been so effective in the Vikings’ Offense. Then it hits me. This man is absolutely amazing! Sure, Brett might have gotten himself a bad rap for waffeling this summer when he was trying to decide whether to retire or not, but in the end, he landed a great deal in Minnesota and he’s happy being where he’s supposed to be: on the football field.
The year Brett is having defies nature. At 40 years old he is one of the top three quarterbacks in the league and week after week he and the Vikings have found a way to win to hold a 6-0 record thus far in the 2009 season. Mike Sando over at ESPN even placed Brett towards the top of the MVP watch list.
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I don’t know about you, but everytime I see a 50-yard laser come from Brett’s arm land perfectly into the arms of the receiver downfield, I shake my head in awe and wonder how he does it. Keep it up Brett. You’re giving us a great show.
Apparently sometime since January, the Executive Branch of our Gubmint has become the all knowing deciding factor on public opinions regarding what is and what is not a news organization. Recently, the White House and the Obama administration attempted to lable Fox News as something other than a news organization and that they encouraged the “real” news organizations to not treat them as such.
Good thing we have people like Jake Tapper, one of the most honest White House correspondents in the business. This is sheer comedy gold.
Tapper: It’s escaped none of our notice that the White House has decided in the last few weeks to declare one of our sister organizations “not a news organization” and to tell the rest of us not to treat them like a news organization. Can you explain why it’s appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one –
Gibbs: Jake, we render, we render an opinion based on some of their coverage and the fairness that, the fairness of that coverage.
Tapper: But that’s a pretty sweeping declaration that they are “not a news organization.” How are they any different from, say –
Gibbs: ABC –
Tapper: ABC. MSNBC. Univision. I mean how are they any different?
Gibbs: You and I should watch sometime around 9 o’clock tonight. Or 5 o’clock this afternoon.
Tapper: I’m not talking about their opinion programming or issues you have with certain reports. I’m talking about saying thousands of individuals who work for a media organization, do not work for a “news organization” — why is that appropriate for the White House to say?
Gibbs: That’s our opinion.
For reals? I mean, you are the White House Spokesman! That’s the best you can do?
Sure it’s pretty funny simply because the White House is starting to look like a bunch of bumbeling idiots who couldn’t govern an ant hill, but this is quite frightening. It’s entirely inappropriate for the Executive Branch to make pronouncements on the credibility of a private news organization, especially when they try to wheedle other news organizations to try to ignore them.
Something has to be done about this. Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are being targeted by an administration that can’t face the tough questions and the cold hard truth. It’s time that people took the blinders off and started looking around and actually started analyzing the actions that this Prez and his cronies are partaking in. I mean, it was easy as hell for the Left to do just that for the past eight years; what’s with the double standard?
(h/t Ed Morrissey over at HA)