Sunday, April 29, 2007

tagged by Big White Hat for "first vinyl"

BWH wanted us to post our first album cover. problem is i don't remember what the first album i bought was. i remember getting a walkman tape player and i know there was a long period of time where tom petty's full moon fever, the traveling wilburies vol. I, cosmic thing by the b-52's and this one lived in my walkman. i had several kenny rogers's albums when i was kid, but my folks bought those. didn't make me love them any less, but...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


this morning i got up considerably earlier than i normally do and was driving to a charity breakfast. on the way i was flipping through the dials and came across the new country station. but instead of playing music, they were playing a recording of the pledge of allegiance, which kind of shocked me and got me to thinking, i can't remember the last time i saw a t.v. station end their broadcast day with the national anthem anymore. they just play infomercials until the next normal broadcast program.

so most of the morning i was thinking about the pledge and about other oaths i've taken. and it's funny how much they mean to me, and how irritated i get when i re-read some of them and see how clearly they state things, but how few people actually follow them. the other thing that was interesting to read was the wikipedia article on the pledge. it's got a neat history.

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all."

the oath of enlistment:

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

the NCO creed:

No one is more professional than I. I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of soldiers. As a Noncommissioned Officer, I realize that I am a member of a time honored corps, which is known as "The Backbone of the Army". I am proud of the Corps of Noncommissioned Officers and will at all times conduct myself so as to bring credit upon the Corps, the Military Service and my country regardless of the situation in which I find myself. I will not use my grade or position to attain pleasure, profit, or personal safety.

Competence is my watchword. My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind -- accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my soldiers. I will strive to remain tactically and technically proficient. I am aware of my role as a Noncommissioned Officer. I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent in that role. All soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. I know my soldiers and I will always place their needs above my own. I will communicate consistently with my soldiers and never leave them uninformed. I will be fair and impartial when recommending both rewards and punishment.

Officers of my unit will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine. I will earn their respect and confidence as well as that of my soldiers. I will be loyal to those with whom I serve; seniors, peers, and subordinates alike. I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders. I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage. I will not forget, nor will I allow my comrades to forget that we are professionals, Noncommissioned Officers, leaders!

we're a volunteer military force. every enlisted soldier took the oath of enlistment, and yet now that we're at war, quite a few seem to have forgotten that oath. when it was time to sign up for the bonus and the college money, they had no problems getting in line for their piece of the pie. but now that it's time to fulfill their end of the bargain... i'm lucky though. i'm with a great, professional unit. because of how often this unit deploys and the tough training they undergo they weed out alot of the uncommitted. even better, they don't ship their problems off to other units, they try to process them out of the army. for the most part i'm surrounded by professionals with a high level of committment. that makes it a pleasure to head into the unit to do military training most days.

about the only sad part about it, is realizing that while i was at ft. bragg on active duty i should've gone through the special forces selection. i always came up with a reason not to go through some of the more grueling aspects of it, but realizing now, the mentality of those "quiet professionals", i would've been much more satisfied with my active duty experience had i done that.

it's interesting to read in a couple different articles online how many people don't remember the pledge of allegiance, the majority of the national anthem or things like that.

i'm not really going anywhere with any of this. just sharing thoughts from the day.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

so a couple days ago i posted this and shortly there after started getting posts and emails from a number of different people who mentioned that they knew the individual in the photo. one of the emails included another photo of the individual and some detailed information, and asked me to post an update to that post and the new photo, which displays her name and rank clearly. originally i was excited by this and was going to do so, but after receiving additional emails from other people that claimed to know her, but that didn't jive with the first and that sounded "off", i unfortunately had to decide to just leave the post stand as it is. the post wasn't originally about that one individual specifically, she was just a symbol for alot of young people caught up in this, and my responsibility for the few that fall into my sphere of influence.

i apologize if this sounds like i'm pointing fingers at anyone, i'm not. i just feel that it's better to post nothing more, than to post something and have it be wrong or have it have a negative impact on her.

thanks for understanding.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

hah, i left out distance...

65lbs + 4 miles + <40 minutes = me with my ass kicked

i'm old. i'm a shitbag. i'm an oxygen/m.r.e. thief. but i'll get better

all this freaking snow kinda-sorta undermined my efforts to stay in shape this winter.

what saved me? big and rich, "right place wrong time" by dr. john, ac/dc, "crazy" by gnarls barkley and some song by nelly.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

hey. i owe some serious postings but i've been down this week with a cold or flu or something and i'm trying to rush some homework through before i get slammed with some work and some military stuff. hopefully i'll be able to get one up tomorrow.

i'm gonna finally use that thing over there on the side, the blogroll. i'm sure i'm gonna forget some people and i apologize. and i'm not doing it all at once. there's no slight intended and it's not because i don't read your stuff. patience please. :)


Monday, April 09, 2007

wow. color me humble...

so lawgirl said i make her think. well, she's actually said a couple more really nice things about me lately, both with the tattoo suggestion and the thinking blog award and it means alot, because i think she's a pretty sharp woman and the fact that i might actually give her reason to pause in the middle of her crazy days and think about something i've written is a huge compliment.

so. quoting from her page:

The meme that comes with this honour goes something like this:1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to five blogs that make you think.2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme. 3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (there is a silver version as well as a gold one.)

so who are my five? well, the bad part about our group of blog friends is that it's a mutual love-fest. so i'm going to try and nominate a couple of people who might be lesser read in the circle.

bigwhitehat i admire the heck out of this guy for several reasons. he's going through the same trials and tribulations as everyone, trying to find the balance in all aspects of life and he's willing to document those trials for all to read. it's really nice to know you're not alone, and being able to read his blogs does that for me. he's a highly religious and moral man, and i like that. i think there are alot of men like him out there, but because they are modest, they tend to not draw alot of attention to themselves. i frequently hear "where have all the good men gone?". they're out there. we're just not noticing them. maybe we should ignore the flash and bling and pay a little more attention to the people that've got some real substance. i also like this guy because he's found the secret of happiness. he finds happiness in the little things. and strings the little things together to make a big happy.

jl4 this guy has been there and done that and is now writing one of the best blogs out there. he's insightful, witty, sarcastic, timely... sometimes he shares a story from his past or his personal life. sometimes he's taking potshots at people who deserve to be called out for their silliness. he does it all well, and frequently makes me stop and rethink my position. or hell, sometimes he makes me think about it for the first time, because i'd made a gut reaction.

cora one of the first blogs i started reading regularly and one of my first readers. she's all over the place with her blogs and i love that. she's also kinda feeds my softer side and gives me hope for a long and happy marriage and a great family. she doesn't make it sound easy, she just makes it sound doable...

courtney, definately... i don't know how or why or when it all happened, but her blog has been a must-read for a long time now. alot of it started for the music, but then when i read her other posts she was always engaging my mind in some way. i'd say we're probably opposites in alot of politics but that makes it more fun and more exciting to read her posts. she had a great series going for awhile, about her town and it made me kinda want to try some of their food. or i'm really scared of it. not 100% sure which yet.

ontheblogbandwagon makes me daydream about chucking my job and catching the first flight anywhere. i dunno what's going on in her life right now, but her most recent post about her breakup just wows the hell out of me. it's a sad topic, for sure and i'm sure she's hurting. but that post just to me embodies a ton of class and maturity that alot of people are lacking.

so. thanks lawgirl. it was relatively painful to try to come up with a list that was ONLY five blogs long, but i was aided by my own procrastination. i didn't want to nominate anyone who had already been nominated.

thanks for reading everyone!