Back online!Ok, couple of big news items right now vode. First off, I have survived my first week in Hawaii; I know my last journal talked about going to Korea, but my assignment got switched at the last minute. Such is life. Instead I'm posted to Hickam AFB, Hi for the next couple years; really excited to be here and looking forward to all the great stuff to do!
Second, as my journal title suggests, I've got myself set up with a proper internet connection again! Oceanic, the local ISP, was really great about getting me set up in a timely fashion. I'm gonna have to do some twisting to be ready for Halo 4, since Amazon doesn't do release day delivery out here; fortunately getting my 'net connection was the only real hurdle leading up to that.
Thirdly, and this leads back to the other two a bit, I'm in the process of purchasing a vehicle for myself. It's a pretty good deal off the 'lemon lot' on base, a 2006 Pontiac G6 for $8500. My credit is fairly limited so the interest on the loan is a bit high, but USAA has been very accommodating and the monthly payment is well within my ability to pay. Hopefully the expedited check will get here soon so I can move myself around more easily, and go do stuff without having to bug one of my wingmen for a ride.
That's basically it for now, everybody. Hope y'all are doing well, and hope to see you on live in a week or two for Halo 4! -A1C Mechanic
Going DarkIt's that time, vode. I'm finally wrapping up my stay here at Goodfellow. Tomorrow morning I take my final evaluation for the extra training course I'm in, then Friday we graduate. It won't be anything close to what my afsc course graduation was, which is all the better. As soon as that's all said and done I can do my final outprocessing from my training squadron, which is the last step before I'm able to leave. My flight home doesn't leave until Saturday morning, so I'll be in a hotel Friday night.
As for the title of this journal, it refers to my lessening online status for the next few days. I just sold my TV today (didn't want to bother lugging it to Korea) so no more xbox time until I get set up in the dorms at Osan. I also called to get my internet service disconnected since I'm almost outta here and that's gonna happen sometime tomorrow. So I'm basically gonna be without internet of my own until I get back on my parents' network at home. Fun stuff.
Kinda boring details, I'm sure, but figured I'd throw out the heads up to my friends who still frequent this place. See ya later, everybody.
Nearly Done!Hi everybody! Or hi to anyone reading my journals nowadays, anyone else can fuck off if they want a hi from me. Anywho, just a quick update from my neck of the woods. I have successfully graduated the 1N2C course here at Goodfellow, making me officially an apprentice level intel analyst. My last journal indicated I was going to Morse school as follow-on training, but that got changed about a week before graduation; now I've got a different set of extra training here at this base before I get moving. Skipping over the details, the short version is I'll be here 'til about the end of September, then going home for recruiter assistance (commonly seen as free leave).
Still heading across the pacific for my first base, really excited to see what ROK is like. As a side note for anyone interested, I had to qualify on the M4 as part of my prep for PCSing to Osan.
Hmmmm, not much more than that to talk about. At least, details on anything else would bore you I'm sure.I'll probably upload some pics here soon once I get them; probably not the one from the actual graduation ceremony, but at least the two versions of our class picture. Actually, note to self - ask dad about my flight photo from BMT; he never did send my a digital copy of that thing and I would so like to show it off.
That's it from me for the time being, vode. Until next time, stay happy, healthy, and motivated. -A1C Mechanic
Status ReportBeen a while since I put something up here, figured I'd fill everyone in on how things are going here at tech school. First, and most obviously, it is goddamned hot out; I cannot wait to get the fuck outta Texas. Of course it doesn't help that I'm going to Arizona next, but more on that later. Class is going pretty well. I'm not allowed to go into details, but I will say that the hands on stuff we are doing is really cool and I'm excited to get out into my career field. We're proceeding apace and right on schedule for our Aug. 22 grad date.
After waiting so long, my whole class has assignments now; we had a few with assignments already, but now so do the rest of us. Anyhow, once we're done here at Goodfellow I'll be heading to my first duty station at Osan Air Base, Korea. Before then, and here's where the Arizona thing comes in, those of us going to Osan have to go to Fort Huachuca (Wa-choo-ka) for Morse School. Fun fun. According to our instructor after the first few weeks we'll be convinced we hear morse in everything from bird tweets to the humming of the 'fridge.
I've got mixed feelings on it all. On the one hand I have no problem going to Korea; I've never been to that part of the world and it would be really cool to go see what all the sights and such are. On the other I'd really like to not go to Arizona, especially if having to go to morse school would keep me from doing recruiter assistance and/or going back home on leave before getting to my first duty station. There is the possibility that I could swap with one of my classmates, in which case I'd be going to Misawa AB Japan.
I don't know, though. It would be (in my estimation) rather cool to know morse code. There's also a crap ton of incentives for going to Korea. It's a one year remote tour, and once the year is up I'd get Base of Preference afterward. So I could hypothetically go from there to Germany or Italy or anywhere ConUS (stateside); or, if I chose to stay in Korea for another year I'd get an extra $300 a month incentive pay (according to my instructor).
So yeah, that's kinda where I'm at right now - getting paid to learn cool stuff and trying to decide whether I want to go to Korea or Japan. Life most definitely does not suck.
A change in habitsNot sure how many of my friends still check stuff on here, but I figure I'll write this update anyway. As expected, tech school classes and other responsibilities are keeping me pretty busy of late. Between the length of the duty day and the need to get enough sleep, plus an increasing need to go to study hall, I've got scant few hours during the week to indulge in playing video games.
This has, as the title suggests, altered how I spend my gaming time. The Old Republic, before a great deal of fun for me, feels more like a chore anymore when I would log on. "Have you done the dailies?" "You need to do hard modes and gear up". It's not a huge thing, but it does pretty much remove me from the activities everyone else is engaging in. For me, that kind of removes the point in playing an mmo. There are a good few games I could be playing that are meant to be singleplayer instead, and they don't require me to bother logging on, then loading the server, etc.
Basically I've found console gaming to fit my situation much more nicely, so much so that I've gone ahead and turned off my ToR subscription to save the money. Actually, I've even begun somewhat rebuilding my 360 library, at least the singleplayer focused games. But that's beside the point.
Not trying to put the ToR thing on anyone, just saying that this is how things are for me at this stage. I'd be more than happy to play games with any of y'all on xbox live, but you won't be seeing me in a galaxy far far away any time soon. -A1C Mechanic
p.s. just hit me, but I'm going to start thinking of changing my gamertag to reflect my status as Intel. May or may not happen, stay tuned.
Roommate-lessAs of today my roommate has left Goodfellow, leaving this room in my sole occupancy. This pleases me greatly. Not to say Sufia was a bad roommate; he was probably the best I could hope for as a first roommate upon getting to tech school. Still, I'm looking forward to the high level of privacy this weekend will afford me. Plus Avengers!
If I'm really lucky I won't get assigned a newbie come Monday, and the room-to-myself situation will last a bit longer than just the weekend. There is some precedent for this, but it's far from a sure thing.
Anyhow, that's just a quick update of where I'm at. Oh, I also start classes on Wednesday. So that'll be cool.
TMI P.S. - I'm sitting in my underwear listening to a playlist of some of the anime music Ben was awesome enough to provide.
On a music kickSo, it seems since getting out of Basic I'm much more inclined to spending time listening to music than I was before. I've already bought a whole bunch of singles that I like and a pair of albums off Amazon. Actually listening to the Dropkick Murphys album right now . Anyhow, with music contributing so much to my mental well being lately I figured I'd post up a journal to solicit recommendations.
Anyone who sees this may feel free to suggest something. My taste can be a little scattershot, but tends toward rock and its variations (such as my example of Dropkick Murphys above). I'm fairly open to new stuff, so don't feel too constrained if there's something you want to recommend.