13 September 2010

A Taste of Fame

I've got a few days off from the Army before we leave to complete our pre-deployment training.  There is plenty to do, but I haven't really been motivated to do any of it.  The three weeks I spent in the Idaho desert exhausted me.  I have enjoyed spending time with the wife and the boy, though.

The National Guard and the community set up a picnic for the Guard personnel who are deploying with us.  The news media were there in force, and we had an interview with a reporter that made it onto the local evening news.  It's not anything earth-shattering, but I think we did all right for being such introverted people.  One of the guys at Hobbytown recognized us and mentioned it when we visited the store the other day.
I got a neat package in the mail today.  My shoe order came in after being on backorder for a few weeks, so I got my pair of Nike Trainer 1.2s in the Bo Jackson Kansas City Royals colors.
I'm pretty happy with them.  The blue is certainly very bright.  I think they would go down a lot better if I had a KC jersey or sweatshirt to wear with them, but either way I like them a lot and they are a good complement to the brown leather Bo Jackson's my uncle got for me.  They sort of form a shoe mullet, the brown shoes are the business up front, and the blue ones are the party in the back.

As far as the hobby goes, I haven't done much aside from reading through White Dwarf and reading the first seven books of the Gaunt's Ghosts series by Dan Abnett.  The books are page-turners for sure, and of course they make me want to build my Imperial Guard army.  I also got the original Warhammer 40k Dawn of War computer game with a couple of the expansions.  It should be a good distraction so I can play with Space Marines and Orks without hauling around ten boxes of figures with me.  I've got more than I can fit into my allowed bags anyway, just with all of the gear the Army issues us.  Prepping for a deployment shows just how dependent an army is on a long supply and support chain.


  1. Awww, that news story was so cute. I guess I missed that one. Thanks for posting it.

  2. There's no way to feel blue when you got a new shoe. Ah, your uncle's a poet. And his feet surely show it. For they are Longfellows.

  3. You three did a great job on the news - I know how it feels to always have people mess up the pronuciation of your name - she almost had it right once! We are going to miss you and Bekah knows I will help in any way I can - love you guys!

  4. It was nice to be in the limelight for a minute or two. I think the boy really stole the show.

    Our last name has been mispronounced so much, I usually answer to anything that vaguely resembles it. She didn't do too bad compared to some I've heard.

    We had an ultrasound yesterday and had a look at the twins. It's still a few weeks out from the definitive ultrasound, but we saw some indicators regarding the genders of the babies. Pretty exciting stuff!

  5. Mate: that news article was a real corker, and that's such a great idea with the reading, too.

    I resigned my commission in the Territorial Army (British version of the National Guard) in part because my fiancée (now wife) was adamant that she didn't want me deploying. I regretted it for years, but now I've a baby girl I could hardly imagine it.

    I guess at least that twins are likely to be deliberately induced, so it's a little easier for them to time your leave...?

    All the very best on deployment, Chris: stay safe.