Monday, July 27, 2009

Checking In, Beginning Week 3!

Time is sure going by! Looooong days but fast weeks. One of the highlights of last week was the M-16 training. I still have to practice getting it assembled and disassembled in under 4 minutes. Maybe I can tap my inner Forrest Gump. I did a computer simulated exercise and got the rank of marksman. I was pretty fun! I will officially qualify when I start my field training next week.



Another fun moment this last week was Saturday night when I went to a dueling piano bar called Howl At The Moon on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. The pianos were going non-stop and they occasionally added in some drums or a guitar too. The crowd sang along to all of the songs. I loved the contest of choosing the cheesiest song from the 1980's. It tied with "Rock Me Amadeus" and "Gloria". At one point they had all the prior and active service military come on stage and sing along to "I'm Proud To Be An American" and it was pretty awesome.

Today I was waiting to do some medical in-processing (get immunizations, put medical info into the system, and do a vision exam). I arrived at 7 with over 150 other people after a 5:45 formation before breakfast. It took over 3 hours to get the computer system back up again and when all was said and done, I got out 6 1/2 hours later. During this time, I played a few games of tic tac toe and the dot game with the captain next to me, checked my Facebook about a dozen times, chit-chatted with a few other people surrounding me, and attempted to write my first post via phone. Unfortunately, the online access wasn't that great so I'm just doing it now before I touch-up my powerpoint presentation on STDs for tomorrow. Ahhhh, STDs. Fortunately I don't have to give it before lunch. I made it out with a Tb test, a polio vaccine (weird military protocol...), my second Hep A, and the easiest and quickest vision test ever. I thought for sure I would have trouble with that one, but I could use my good eye. At least I don't have to wear ugly "Birth Control" glasses when I'm in the field.

More to come...

6 comments:

GramsCookies said...

Hey Jennette,,
Your getting closer to us... It sounds like your doing great. Now you can teach me to shoot so I can get the grass snakes here... We are enjoying the change of life,,sitting on front porch watching the different birds...

Mitchell4 said...

6 1/2 hours. oh that's horrible. It's so strange seeing you with a M-16.
Those dueling pianos are so cool. I went with Lara to one. Gool luck with your power point presentation. It could be worse. Steph is taking her bar exam tomorrow thru Tuesday. She is nervous but she thinks she'll pass. Your looking great. Thanks for keeping us posted.

Quixotic Healer said...

Ha ha, and, pray tell, WHAT are "Birth Control Glasses"?

Mr. Hall said...

You are looking pretty B A Jennette! Awesome! Don't mess with an Anderson (I think we learned that from The Matrix and now we are learning it in reality).

Jennette said...

Hey Mitchells! It's good to know you're settling in well. Hopefully I can make a stop some weekend (probably not until September) to your side of Texas. Mary, Birth Control Glasses are a nickname for BCGs (I think Ballistic Combat? Glasses?) that issued safety glasses. They're supposedly so ugly that they double as birth control. And Brett, as my Norwegian friend Erik Ghibbsson said, "Don't worry, she's tough, she's a quarter Viking!"

Bonnie's World said...

ha ha u look awesome