Original article posted by chamblin:
The word of the day is succinct. Itâ€™s cool. Look it up. If you can guess the movie, 12 million points. Iâ€™m feeling moreâ€¦ benevolent today than normal. And less like I hate everything. Donâ€™t give in to hate. That leads to the Dark Side.
Itâ€™s been raining here. Lots. So far our X-wings havenâ€™t sunk into the mud. But thatâ€™s probably because we park them on gravel.
So Iâ€™ve been reading The Miracle of Forgiveness. Itâ€™s really good. If you havenâ€™t read it, do so. Some people will tell you that it will just make you feel bad about yourself. I say, â€œBalderdash!â€? If it makes you feel lousy, then you probably need to read it. Thereâ€™s no lazy way to be perfect and thatâ€™s what we need to be. You know who you are.
Weâ€™ve had a few days off here and there and I spent them at the mall. I got to play Skee-ball at Chuck E. Cheese. That was fun. Thereâ€™s also a game with a laser pistol. And a video projector in the mall. I won a trophy. It was fun. I also saw the Easter Bunny in the mall. I asked him if heâ€™d seen Mall Rats. He nodded and started to back away. If youâ€™ve seen Mall Rats, this will probably be funny. If you havenâ€™t seen it, donâ€™t. Itâ€™s rated R and for very good reason. The part with the Easter Bunny is still funny.
As far as how training is going, itâ€™s going. Itâ€™s mostly over. Hooray! In the last two weeks I learned how to drive with night vision goggles, extract myself from a minefield, and we went to the gas chamber, to name a few. It all sounds cool, but donâ€™t be fooled by clever packaging. Busy work is busy work, even if you try calling it something like â€œAdvanced Combat Training! Or an equally misleading term.
I saw something the other day that none of you will ever see outside of a movie. I saw a tall, good-looking blonde girl in jeans and a sweater come into the cafÃ© to check her e-mail. She was carrying a laptop and an M-16. I know the guys are jealous.
Well, itâ€™s time for me to wind down now. Weâ€™re going to the range tomorrow. Weâ€™re engaging targets from 30m away in buddy teams. Itâ€™ll be fun. Remember, â€œHe who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.â€? I like random advice.
The man who likes random advice,