Sunday, June 13, 2010

More Pics... Weekend in San Antonio

Yesterday was a fun day. It started with me going to iHop with the girls in my bay. It was really nice to get a good breakfast and hang out with those crazy females.

Then I went back to the company and ended up sitting with 2 guys I met Friday night, Knoll and Kimrey. They are actually in my platoon, but I never really talked to them before (we were all at the Hacienda Friday night and we talked then... Knoll and I were in an altered mental status due to the beverages served there...). We just hung out at the picnic table for a while and they invited me to go watch the US v. England World Cup game at a bar. We left out to go to Riverwalk. We ended up at Hard Rock Cafe where we ate and had a few drinks.

After that, we decided to go check out the wax museum and Ripley's Believe It Or Not. It's normally 20.00 to get in, but military gets in for 5.00. A great deal.

This is a clock made from real chicken heads. I think it's actually really cool.

Here's a two-headed lamb. Two tracheas and such, but only one lung.

Here's Knoll standing in a giant tire (12 feet tall). Knoll is a cool guy. He's really tall at 6'5" so it was crazy to see him standing next to this big tire... he's over half the tire's height!

Knoll looking at a sculpture of an elk that is made entirely from nails welded together.

After Ripley's we went to eat and drink more at Hooters. It was a really good time. We made it back in time for 2300 bedcheck (Barely! The taxi dropped us off at 2253... we sprinted back to the company, ran upstairs, speed changed into out uniform, and were toe-to-line in time for the check. It has to be some sort of record).
Today Knoll and I are going to North Star Mall and to a movie at the Alamo Draft House... a wonderful theater that you can eat and drink at during the movie. The waiters are great and the good is really good and there are a lot of beers on tap and more in bottles.
I'm knitting when I can... the Copper Penny sock (Tofutsies in a green colorway) I was working on before I left for basic is coming along... about halfway through the foot now.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

AIT Life

I'm finally able to post some pics...

Me, when I first got to AIT. Not a wonderful pic, but it's me anyway.

This is a picture of the Hacienda sign. The Hacienda is a hangout place for those of us in IET. They have a movie theater, pool tables, serve food and beer, and is just a fun place for us to go.

This is part of the company area. We have a really nice set up with weights and basketball. There are also some drink machines and a snack machine.

Here's my bay, where I live. I think there are 30 females per bay side.

My bed. I'm the top bunk. You'd better believe that I don't actually sleep under the covers! It's a pain to make the beds to standard, so I sleep in my sleeping bag and just tighten the blankets up in the morning.

I have more pics, which will come in later posts!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Still Here...

Well, Basic Training went ok. It really wasn't that bad... not what everyone makes you think that it is. I was very fortunate to have a great battery (company for non-artillery) and the best platoon. We did a lot of ruck marching, which sucked, but it only made us stronger, I guess. The 9 weeks went by quick enough and then I was on my way to San Antonio, Texas, for AIT.

I was so excited for AIT... supposedly there would be more freedoms and such, but I got stuck at reception for 2 full weeks. Very disappointing. Had to wait for the next training cycle to start. I'm now in Charlie Company 232nd Med BN. Not the worst company (so they say...), but it's actually worse than Basic. The treatment isn't as good. Not bad, but I think Basic was much better and more regulated. We do get perks, like free weekends (no overnights, unfortunately) and some free time in the evenings, but it's not what I thought that it would be like. We did EMT training for the first 7 weeks and I'm now a nationally registered EMT-B, which is pretty cool. We start "Whiskey" training this week, which is the real Army part. Out in the field, etc. It should be a lot funner than the classroom stuff we've been doing.

I have some pictures, but not much time to put them up, so I will in the next post. My internet access is sporadic, but I'll try to get online to post a little more often now that I have the EMT part out of the way. Just wanted to post a little update on how I'm doing. Hope everyone is fine!