One of my more peculiar obsessions the last couple of years is noting every pop culture reference that cites Cleveland as a bottomless pit of despair.
I'll be in Afghanistan in less than a month, which means I felt compelled to spend a week in Texas the week before last to see Italian Girl and put in a few cameos with my family. On the latter front, I can safely call home more often, as the odds of getting hit up for money in the near and medium term have dropped precipitously.
My source on the same base in Afghanistan I'm going to be spending a year at tells me that unlike Iraq there is no private internet or wifi - it's all Army/DOD controlled/restricted stuff that you can't plug a personal computer in. Which probably means no blogging and seems to definitely mean no Kindle downloads which is kind of freaking me out, since there are several books that will be released while I'm there that I'd really rather not have to wait for my return (or mid-tour leave).
I want an iPad for my upcoming year long deployment to Afghanistan. Alas, I want one without a camera so I can take it into classified environments. Which poses a problem.
As alluded to previously, when I visited DC for a class in November I discovered upon my arrival that a very good friend from law school who is an Air Force JAG and former co-resident of Colorado Springs was there the same week on vacation, enabling us to hang out a few times.
I'm back, and have been for nearly a month. JRTC was pretty uninteresting.
I'm off to spend my second full month at (and third trip to) Ft. Polk, LA out of the last seven. The food will be bad and I'll have no internet except a one or two bar no 3G connection on my phone (non-ATT customers won't even have that), but at least I won't get much sleep.