21.1.10

The Good Life

For the first time in months I have a place to call home and by months, I mean months. After many nights sleeping in hotel rooms across 2 continents and on the worst twin mattress, I can finally relax in the once empty apartment that I have been paying for these past 5 months. With my recent delivery of my household goods I have been given the opportunity to do all of the things that I have been missing since my personal belongings were packed away and shipped off to Germany.

Yesterday was by far the most exciting day that I have had in weeks and I am glad that I was given the chance to take time off from work and just manage the moving of my HHGs into my loft. But the most exciting part of it all is that I was able to have a peaceful, undisturbed sleep in MY own bed, the bed that I have longed for for months now. Last night's sleep was one of a deep slumber that shocked my body into a very painful morning of having to pry myself from the clutches of my comfortable bed.

Among my indulgence of my bed, I am overwhelmed with all of the activities that I can now occupy my time with when I'm not out gallavanting across the country. One that I am excited about is the chance to play my acoustic drum set again, course by now all of my calluses have worn off and it will be painful to begin playing again but the excitement far outways my thought of pain. To once again have that connection with music is exciting and energizing, to be able to feel the beat that is within me played out in a multitude of calculated smashes, crashes and bangs. I'm sure that all of my neighbors will be happy to hear it all but hopefully I won't be getting to many complaints for noise.

Overall yesterday was a great day for me to relax and get everything settled into my new living quarters for the next couple of years. I just hope now that the next time I PCS to another base it won't take this long for me to get my possessions because I'm not sure I have the patience to go this long again with out my things. But time will only tell, for now I'm enjoying the fact that my stuff is finally here.

16.1.10

Goody, Like Two Shoes

Well, here I am again takling the world one week at a time and this past week was a tough one to tackle.

It all began with the training being implemented and having a hard time getting everyone squared away with it. But have no fear it will all get worked out when everyone gets used to it, all we need is time to smooth our the rough edges. Now the really hard part was the part where my car decided to have some fun with me, it was pretty funny at first but more of a thorn in my side as the week progressed.

It all started when I had started my car after grabbing lunch at the KMCC (Kaiserslautern Military Community Center, giagantic mall pretty much) and after I had stopped to drop something off at the office for my Capt, I discovered that my car would not shut off and that I was able to pull the key out of the ignition. I figured that this was going to be a huge problem that was fixable only by a mechanic but I figured why not see if someone knew how to remedy the situation without me spending a large sum of money. But to my dismay no one knew and I had figured that the cellinoid within the ignition switch was broken and that it needed to be replaced, but unbeknownst to me I had to make a trip to a dealership so that they could order the specific parts and repair it there.

Well crap there goes half a paycheck which didn't end up actually being the case and I only spent half of what I thought the cost was originally going to be. So this ended up being a plus in a week where I spent the better part of it carless and stranded without means of getting around. This of course led to the one thing that I hate having to do and that is asking people for help. I know some of you might be thinking that I'm just personifying the typical "male ego", but imposing on others is something that I have always hated doing. However I am always thankful for it when someone does lend that helpful hand, which in this case came from my Capt and is wife.

I really appreciate all that those two did for me while I was carless and will one day repay them for their gratuitous act. It is people like this that I have been meeting lately in the Air Force and now I have come to appreciate and realize why this Air Force is the greatess air force in the world. Not to many people will take the time out of their day to go more than out of their way to lend someone a helping hand but still there are those diamonds in the ruff.

8.1.10

I Love the Smell of JP8 in the Morning

Mornings should be left to the early riser and not for the night owls but I guess we all have to make some sacrifices in our lives to pursue a fulfilling life/career. As I have come to realize, and I have realized this before, this profession that I have entered is going to be one that will strain me physically and mentally; first starting with the hours at which I work, second at the strain that it will put on my body/mind and spirit and lastly the strain that is put on my relationships with friends, family and the possibility of hopefully one day meeting "the one". But after this first week of actual work, I have realized that I am prepared to do this job for as long as I can because lets face it...ITS AWESOME!

Its not everyday that you can be able to say that you get to be in charge of almost 70 people, pumping thousand to even millions of gallons of fuel to either the storage tanks or planes, or even that you get to be around some of the smartest people (officers and enlisted alike) that the world can offer. This job has great potential but also has greatly unpromising consequences. What I mean by this is the way that I am scheduled to deploy downrange (Iraq/Afghanistan), which has just been kicked into a high gear now that my career field has just been slotted into the E-Band of the Air Force's deployment schedule. Basically what this is saying is that every 6 months out of the year I have a high probability of being deployed. This to me will put a damper on me being able to truly get to know someone for about the first 10-12 years of my career. That is the only fear that I have about my career, outside of this I absolutely love anything and everything about it.

This first week of being an LRO has been one of the best, even though that I have not been doing anything to do with fuels (the section that I'm assigned to), it still has been an experience that will help further my understanding and knowledge of this diverse and challenging career field. What it is I have been doing is really hard to explain but in the easiest way to describe it was: to help/provide input to modify and change a wing based training plan/schedule.  What makes this frustrating for me is that it has nothing to do with what I have been assigned to do as well as the vague details of what was wanting accomplished and a short return time for the finished product. Along with this was an intense but useful scrutiny of the product that was completed per the bosses requests. Now I hope this is not coming across as whining, all that I am trying to say is that it was just really frustrating due to the time schedule. It was a great experience for me to learn how to run with the tools that I'm given to accomplish tasks on short notices. I know that this will be the bedrock for future taskings such as the one that I have currently been given but yet I wasn't expecting this so soon.

Still this career field that I'm in is full of learning to change and complete tasks on the fly without any real direction and I'm seeing it as only opportunities for the future. As I continue to look forward to the ever-changing adaptation that has become the LRO career, I wonder where I will be at in 5,10 or even 20 years. Will I still be in the Air Force? or will I be holding a position in a civilian job? I do not know the answers to these questions but for now I'm looking forward to this path that I am on. I am excited for where I am at and to continue to live abroad while I am in my vibrant youth, experiencing anything and everything that I can possibly experience.