“…but not until halfway through morning PT.”
Yes, I’ve skipped many “Tomorrows”. I apologize, but I had a lot to do (like this new thing called “Homework”). So here’s my last week.
So I am now a published author, sort of. I wrote an editorial for the Horizons Newspaper, and it was published. You can read it, as well as the rest of the paper, here: http://media.www.eraunews.com/media/storage/paper917/news/2010/09/29/FinalApproach/Branch.Rivalry-3936775.shtml
On Sunday, I went to Olive Garden with 3 Other ROTC people, two Army, one AF. We had a great time, then went to see Inception.
If you are reading this, drop whatever you’re doing and go see Inception. Twice. It’s the best new movie that’s come out since the first Narnia. I’m going to see it again this weekend.
PT on Monday sucked, mainly because I drank a Monster and ate cookies at midnight the night before. Not cool to do PT in.
Tuesday we had our Robotics Competition for EGR 101. We failed epically, running over one other robot and rarely completing the objective (get golf balls into a hole). Videos to be posted soon.
Wednesday morning, it was off to Pioneer Park for Run Route Orange (5.2 miles). I came really close to blacking out several times, and had to fall out a couple of times, but I ended up finishing only about 20 seconds behind the rest of Charlie. I need to run more. I felt really bad the rest of the morning, but got over it by the end of Physics class.
That afternoon, we did Battle Drill 1-A for Lead Lab. That’s the most fun I’ve had in a LOOOONG time! Basically, it was a “react to contact” drill, where Alpha team provided suppressive fire, and Bravo team flanked the enemy. This is real! This kind of stuff is what makes ROTC so fun.
Yesterday was undoubtedly my most interesting day this week. First, I walk into Economics class late, and the professor is handing out tests. I ask the guy next to me what’s happening, and get this reply:
I didn’t study or anything. I THINK I did well (the classes were really comprehensive), but we’ll see.
I had to go to Career Expo during my lunch break for UNIV 101 class, and managed to get down there for about 15m. I really wish I had stayed longer, because for all the tedious classes we had to go through ABOUT Career Expo, it was kinda awesome. I did get a sweet pin from the CIA, though!
After class, I went to the first “Helicopter Club” meeting. I’ve always been kind of in the dark about what exactly the Helicopter Club did, but I found out yesterday that they are exactly what they sound like: A bunch of people who like helicopters and do helicopter stuff. This afternoon and tomorrow, I’m helping with “flight line” marshaling for the MD Helicopters MD-902 that’s coming to campus. For all of you who don’t know, that’s a super high-tech NOTAR (NO TAil Rotor) helicopter.
Next, the swordfighting club meeting. For the fencers reading this, imagine epee crossed with sabre crossed with theatrical – AKA beating the hell out of each other with bamboo shinais. I won 14 matches, lost 4.
I decided to do laundry at about 10 PM, because my PTs were smelly. Well… I forgot to put my PTs IN. FAIL!!!
This morning, I woke up, dragged myself down to PT – only to find that, instead of the usual push-ups, sit-ups, run, we were playing “Army Ball”.
Imagine touch football. Now add the following elements:
– 60 players
– No running with the ball
– No tagging
– 2 balls
And that’s Army Ball. It was described by one of the cadets as “clusterfuck football”. We all decided it was good.
And here I am.
“I have no idea what’s going on with the little man who turns on the light in this particular refrigerator.”
“If you’re pants are on fire, something’s not right.”
“And this is how most math books read, which is why we put them in a bin and light them on fire to keep warm.”
“Hey, f(0), please stop being equal to 7 and kindly start being equal to 42!”
“When I say ‘Shift Fire!’, you shift your fire… not towards me.”
“So if you took the derivative of that graph, you could calculate the velocity at which our grades go down?”
“Could I use this equation to find YOUR gravitational pull?
“If I was a sphere, yes.”
“Would you like to support breast cancer – ”
“I don’t like breast cancer.”
“When do you accept defeat?”
*All in unison* “NEVER!”
*Mumble* “Only on Tuesdays.”
*All in unison* “I will always place the mission first! I will never accept defeat! I will never quit! I will never leave a fallen comrade! HOOAH!”
*Mumble* “Except for Johnson.”
“I’m GLAD you’re in a class where you’re going to HAVE to become culturally aware!”
P.S. We found this in Honors class – interesting…
“This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.
“Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”