Monday, October 20, 2008

Extradited Back to NY…

Moreira
Just like with Ellett, I never thought I’d see the day when Danny left. I grew used to him living across from the shared bathroom. I can’t count the number times I’ve had to pace him on a PT test or when he was trying to get me to take another shot, long after I had enough alcohol. I’m going to miss having that bypass around.
♪...PUSH YOU CROSS THAT LINE,
JUST STAY DOWN THIS TIME.
HIDE IN YOURSELF
CRAWL IN YOURSELF
YOU’LL HAVE YOUR TIME.

GOD I’LL MAKE THEM PAY
TAKE IT BACK ONE DAY.
I’LL END THIS DAY.
I’LL SPLATTER COLOR ON THIS GRAY…♪
Song of the Moment: “The Day That Never Comes” by Metallica

Friday, October 03, 2008

A Boss Emeritus

I hate having uncompensated, extra responsibility placed being placed on my shoulders. I was supposed to only fill the job for three weeks, but the powers that be were probably too busy or lazy to find a replacement. Luckily the majority of 1st is made up of people who keep out of trouble, so the extra week really wasn’t that bad. It’ll be nice to be able to do my own thing again without having to worry about anyone.

Though most of 1st was relatively squared away, I still had one or two that gave me the occasional headache, and Ellett was one of them. He was a nice guy, but having to pick him up from Bailey’s during odd hours during the day/night was a little annoying. I was surprised to hear that he was out processing today, since Ellett’s been a permanent fixture at GAFB ever since I got here. I wish him well for wherever he goes.

This crazy girl came up to our table during breakfast on Thursday complaining the blood drive wouldn’t take her donation because her time in Europe may have given her Mad Cow Disease. I was fighting the urge not to laugh and say, “If the shoe fits…”
♪…WAITING ON THE ONE
THE DAY THAT NEVER COMES…♪
Song of the Moment: “The Day That Never Comes” by Metallica

Sunday, September 28, 2008

“Armydillos” and Other Idiocy

I don’t remember the last time I had a normal weekend. It’s been one thing after another every week for at least a month. I’d like something routine… something normal for a change soon.

Went to B Dub’s on Thursday with a couple of the guys from class and ate way too much. Jack coincidentally was one of the Buffalo Wild Wings down in Atlanta at the same time. I miss Atlanta.

Friday marked my first paintball outing, which went relatively well despite the thorns, poor vegetation, and welts. We had this one guy dress up like he was some SAS trooper like in CoD4, only to have him be one of the first to quit playing after he learned that his shirt seemed to be a thorn and briar magnet on the course.

Saturday saw me getting up ass early (for a weekend) for the “Armydillo” fun run. “Armydillo.” I wonder which idiot came up with that name. I shelled out the money to run rather than volunteer with the event since it offered the earlier exit. All I had to do is run two miles while carrying a stick with a blue cloth on top.

I bought a magazine for the first time in years. It was the most recent issue of Guitar World, with interviews with James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett. After years of reading almost exclusively from computer screens, it was almost refreshing to sit down in a waiting room and read text from an actual piece of paper.

I went and visited Cat on Saturday night. She reminds me of something... what pretty’s like? My past? I’m not entirely sure. I’m not entirely sure if I care enough.

They tried to give my Designated Mormon an alcoholic drink last night. The waitress must’ve thought she heard “with Coke” as opposed to just “Coke” when she took his order.

Double Dave’s today with a couple of my classmates was fun, though I’m going to have limit these lunches and dinners at buffets to once a week. Texas is making me fat.
♪…THESE DAYS DRIFT ON INSIDE A FOG
THICK AND SUFFOCATING.
HIS SINKING LIFE, OUTSIDE IT’S HELL.
INSIDE, INTOXICATING…♪
Song of the Moment: "The Unforgiven III" by Metallica

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Not Too Bad for a Comeback...

Recommended Reading: Hasty, Kelly. "Metallica Scores Fifth Straight No. 1 Album." Billboard. 17 Sep. 2008.
Metallica is the first group to see five of its albums bow at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Previously, the act was tied with the Beatles, U2 and the Dave Matthews Band, with four each. It is also Metallica's fifth consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 and its seventh release to start with more than 300,000 since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data.
There are tons of opinions on this band an their music, but I think they've earned everything they've gotten so far, whether it be platinum records, sold out arenas, Grammies, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, etc. I could've put my faith in far worse bands or artists over the last 11 years.
...SMASHING THROUGH THE BOUNDARIES, LUNACY HAS FOUND ME
CANNOT STOP THE BATTERY...
Song of the Moment: "Battery" by Metallica

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Song Trilogy

I don't know many songs with sequels, much less enough to make a trilogy. Classical music often builds symphonies in numerous movements around a common musical theme. Megadeth's got their "Return to Hangar" for "Hangar 18." Here's some excerpts from my favorite "musical trilogy:"
♪WITH TIME, THE CHILD DRAWS IN
THIS WHIPPING BOY DONE WRONG
DEPRIVED OF ALL HIS THOUGHTS
THE YOUNG MAN STRUGGLES ON AND ON, HE'S KNOWN
A VOW UNTO HIS OWN
THAT NEVER FROM THIS DAY
HIS WILL THEY'LL TAKE AWAY...♪

♪...COME LAY BESIDE ME, THIS WON'T HURT, I SWEAR
SHE LOVES ME NOT, SHE LOVES ME STILL, BUT SHE'LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN
SHE LAY BESIDE ME BUT SHE'LL BE THERE WHEN I'M GONE
BLACK HEART SCARRING DARKER STILL, YES, SHE'LL BE THERE WHEN I'M GONE
YES, SHE'LL BE THERE WHEN I'M GONE
DEAD SURE SHE'LL BE THERE...♪

♪HOW COULD HE KNOW THAT THIS NEW DAWN'S LIGHT
WOULD CHANGE HIS LIFE FOREVER?
SET SAIL TO SEA, BUT PULLED OFF COURSE
BY THE LIGHT OF GOLDEN TREASURE.
WAS HE THE ONE CAUSING PAIN
WITH HIS CARELESS DREAMING?
BEEN AFRAID, ALWAYS AFRAID,
OF THE THINGS HE'S FEELING.
HE COULD JUST BE GONE.
HE WOULD JUST SAIL ON
HE'LL JUST SAIL ON...♪
Song of the Moment: "The Unforgiven III" by Metallica

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Drunk Texting Craziness

I love how text messages on the iPhone are displayed much like an instant messaging program. Here are some drunk texts from last night...
JOE: Whr u at?
ME: Rock bar!
ME: What aboufht you,
JOE: Hip hop. Whats tqere?
ME: I let Gould tedlct drunk!
JOE: ?
ME: Whwtavoght DS Barragan?
JOE: Whr r u?
JOE: Whr r u?
JOE: Im outside of grahms. Help me
ME: Gfl, con ebtt
ME: No,, clue!
JOE: What?
JOE: ? Fukr
ME: Wherees agos?
JOE: ? Fukr. Gng home. Had f un. Laters

ME: Who is this?
GIRL: My name is ((blank))
ME: Sirryz. Nwew phone.
GIRL: Oh no problem
ME: Sorry. You're the hottest girl in the platoon. Ok no supposed to let you know that.
GIRL: That does not really say to much petersen ha
ME: I know.
GIRL: Ha so you are being mean then
ME: Nah, have fun tonight!
GIRL: Ha you too
ME: Stop tecmintingng me and have some fun!
GIRL: I'm having'! Fun. This is your night.
ME: More of yours!!!

ME: Buzzed
ME: Yeah buddy.
ROB: Lol
ROB: Unforgiven 3. Album premiers on 4 sept on xm 50
ME: I'm a Metalica fan! Keep Rawkin' hard!.
ROB: Word!
ME: Yeah buddy!
ROB: DEATHCORE!
ME: He'll Yeah!
ROB: Goin to bed. Laterz bro
ME: Laterz., maama?
ME: Gpddannit, girl!
ME: Youvevgpt it off base!
ME: Whatreypy up to?
ME: Upte UPI hottttt to be dumpedd ?222333;3pefef!?????
ME: Drynki!


Yeah, I really couldn't have made that up on my own. I should stop drinking with Joe. I have a tendency to do stupid shit like this when I'm hanging out with him. I still feel a little drunk.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Rabid Strippers and Other Randomness...

Another post full of random things I felt like writing about. Just bear with me or not.

I missed Aaron and Britteny's wedding on the 9th, and I'm still feeling pretty bad about that. I'll probably make one down here, though, barring calamity/training events at the end of the month. I'll have to call my Mom to send me my suits.

Passed the test I washed back on, so I'm on track for San Antonio in a couple months. I don't like the idea of being stuck state-side, but there's some good people there that I wouldn't mind seeing again.

Beat Cooper with Mary Poppins in Soul Calibur IV. I don't know how he lives with the shame.

Found one of the DS's on MySpace while my suite-mate and I were screwing around with the search on that site. Her handle's something along the lines of "brown_eyed_goddess." I think it's befitting that she likens herself to a brown-eye, especially considering her personality.

This hot, Puerto Rican stripper decided to try and take a chunk out of my belly with her teeth. I'll have to go in to the doctor on Monday to test for STDS/Rabies.

Went out and bought most of Stevie Ray Vaughan's studio albums, and my rock playlist is up to almost 500 songs. I'm still trying to rebuild my music library, so suggestions would be great.

It's raining for the first time in months, and the sink's back-loggin' again. This time it flooded all the way to my carpet. I'm tempted to take pictures of my barracks room and send it out to the media and cause another Fort Bragg barracks stink.
WELL, THERE'S FLOODIN' DOWN IN TEXAS...
Song of the Moment: "Texas Flood" by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Monday, July 14, 2008

Batty

Dark Knight Poster

This hasn't been a bad summer so far when it comes to movies. I loved Iron Man and enjoyed The Incredible Hulk, Hancock, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Wanted, and Get Smart, but this is the one I've been waiting for. I've already gotten an advanced screening ticket (PT is going to suck on Friday) and I'm hoping that my expectations don't ruin this one. Yes, I know, I'm a geek.
"You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villian."
Movie of the Moment: The Dark Knight starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger

Monday, July 07, 2008

Quick Update

Ever since Martinez moved out I've had a rash of good roommates. They only stay for a week or two, but I'm enjoying while it lasts. It'll be hard getting used to asshole roommates gain.

Bought a new car (with the help of a no-interest-loan from my parents) a couple weeks ago. Joe and I drove it down to SA for the weekend and it was nothing but a smooth ride. I like it.

Speaking of SA, I got to see an old HS friend down there. It was good to see her again but I just felt like such a schmuck during the visit. I guess I can't drink as much as I did in college.
"...YOU'RE GETTING CLOSER
TO PUSHING ME OFF LIFE'S LITTLE LEDGE..."
Song of the Moment: "Loser" by 3 Doors Down

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Texas or Bust... [Part II]

On the way to the California/Arizona I saw a big-ass, orange cloud from about 10 miles aways and I began to worry that there was some sort of chemical spill on I-10. It turned out to be a small forest fire along the interstate, fortunately. The driving got so much better after passing the border. I was thinking about stopping at Fort Huachuca, the training ground for scumbags like Enriquez and Sanchez, but I decided to keep going. By tomorrow I hope to be out of Arizona, through New Mexico, to arrive at El Paso, or even San Angelo if I'm lucky.
"GOT MY WHEELS IN MOTION AND I GOT A PATH TO BEAT..."
Song of the Moment: "Moto Psycho" by Megadeth

Monday, April 07, 2008

Texas or Bust... [Part I]

You might not know this, but this is the first time I've been able to go on a roadtrip on my own for more than 200 miles. When I received my orders for Texas, I was ecstatic because I was going to finally escape the hippie state, California. However, after a week or two of planning and prep, the impending drive down to the Lone Star State seemed more and more daunting. I had underestimated the amount of shit I was going to have to take in the car and after I finished loading it, I was beginning to have my doubts about the whole thing. Orders are orders, though, so I took off after only getting two hours of sleep.

Anyways, 7 hours later, things aren't going too bad. I managed to get out of the metro LA area and found a hotel for the night. I probably could've pushed on for a couple more hours had I gotten more sleep the night before. On the way to LA, I was entertaining calling and briefly visiting my Uncle and one of my friends from high school down there, but that half-baked plan was scrapped after I realized how big the city was. Oh well. Hopefully I can go for 10 to 12 hours tomorrow.
"ON A LONG AND LONESOME HIGHWAY, EAST OF OMAHA
YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE ENGINE MOANING OUT ITS ONE NOTE SONG
YOU CAN THINK ABOUT THE WOMAN, OR THE GIRL YOU KNEW THE NIGHT BEFORE
BUT YOUR THOUGHTS WILL SOON BE WANDERING, THE WAY THEY ALWAYS DO
WHEN YOU'RE RIDING SIXTEEN HOURS AND THERE'S NOTHING MUCH TO DO
YOU DON'T FEEL MUCH LIKE RIDING, YOU JUST WISH THE TRIP WERE THROUGH..."
Song of the Moment: "Turn the Page" by Bob Seger

Monday, March 24, 2008

Engineering Woes...

Recommended Reading: Rowe, Aaron. "Top 5 Reasons It Sucks to Be an Engineering Student." Wired. 23 March 2008.
For many students, earning a degree in engineering is less than enjoyable and far from what they expected. Here are our biggest complaints about the educational rite of passage. Of course, they are sweeping generalizations. Feel free to disagree.

5. Awful Textbooks
Thick, dry, black and white manuscripts are rarely a source of inspiration and sometimes can cause loads of confusion. Often, the text is poorly written and interrupted by lengthy equations with symbols that are different from those used by the professor during lectures.

4. Professors are Rarely Encouraging
During each class, a professor that would rather be tending to his research will waltz up to a blackboard or overhead projector and scribble out equations for an hour without uttering a single sentence to create some excitement.

3. Dearth of Quality Counseling
College students may not have a sense for how to build their resume and they might be clueless about the variety of career opportunities that await them. Unfortunately, some academic advisers do little more than post fliers about internships and hand out a checklist of classes to take. They should make some projections about the future job market, learn about the interests of each young scholar, and offer them tailored advice for how to best prepare themselves.

2. Other Disciplines Have Inflated Grades
Brilliant engineering students may earn surprisingly low grades while slackers in other departments score straight As for writing book reports and throwing together papers about their favorite zombie films.

Some professors view undergraduate education as a type of natural selection, but their analogy is flawed. Many of the brightest students may struggle while mediocre scholars can earn top scores because they have a larger group of supportive friends to or more time to dedicate to studying.

1. Every Assignment Feels the Same
Nearly every homework assignment and test question is a math problem. Only a few courses require creativity or offer hands-on experience.
I saw this article on my news feed from Google and felt that it nailed all my gripes about trying to study as an engineer, especially points 2 and 4.