Mindless musings on my thoughts, experiences, and hopes.

Sunday, March 30, 2003

Phew, all that is usually played on TVs around here is CNN and Al-Jazeera and being constantly subjected to the "War on Iraq," constantly is driving me mad. On top of that, I'm definitely burned out on Arabic studies and need to buckle down for the last few months that are left. To top that off, this weekend I was going to study and the weather has been about 80 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. So, of course, the only thing I can do is go to the beach. I think it would be criminal to waste such beautiful weather. It would just be plain wrong. I think later this afternoon, I'll hit the books, but till then I'm off to the beach. Oh yeah, I was surfing the web and came across a great critical thinking paper on Saved By the Bell...Screech and all. Not to mention a personal expose on the pits and falls of entering high school. Very good reading! I imagine the author is definitely on their way to bigger and greater graduate studies at Duke or some other top-notch institution of learning.

Sunday, March 23, 2003

I think the past 10 months of arabic is wearing on me. I can't seem to get motivated to study much anymore. Now it's like punishment for me to sit down, focus, and actually study. I have to pass 2 more tests and I should be in the clear for the rest of the class (3 tests after that). So the end is on the horizon and I hope to get back home soon.

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Not much going on, just that I may lose even more freedom if the threat level increases here. Grrrrrrrrrr. May have to pull extra duties. Oh well. Oh yeah, my uncle and aunt gave me the Norah Jones CD. She has a great mellow sound and a very pretty voice. If you don't have it, pick it up, especially if you like jazz/blues/folk/mellow music. Well, I hope I have a weekend to do whatever, but I just plan on studying and the such. About 5 months left.....

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Boy have I done a lot since my last blog. Spent a full week in DC and visited my girlfriend, family, and friends. Lex, sorry I didn't see ya, but you actually had an evening off when I stopped by your work. I even went to my civilian job and worked for a few hours; my boss had some questions on a risk assessment I did 2 years ago. I miss work, I must also be sick for saying that. Anyway, I already miss my girlfriend a ton and can't wait to get back to her. I also got the results on my mid-term arabic tests, a B- and a B, which is terrible, but actually one of the higher grades, so I'm in the clear and still near the top...definitely not a the top though. Well I have tons of homework to do, my teacher actually gave me 2x what she gave other students to translate. I'll thank her tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

It's Mardis Gras and my birthday, not a bad deal. And Ash Wednesday tomorrow. I just wish I could party as Mardis Gras should be partied. Another good thing is that Mardis Gras does mean spring isn't too far off and St. Patrick's Day will be here soon. Sweet.

Counting down the days till vacation on Friday.....

Sunday, March 02, 2003

I think I'm going to talk with that group of people, just for fun.
It's nice sunny Sunday here in Monterey today, rather warm too, about 60-65 degrees. Not much going on today, went to church and now I'm goofing on the internet. I'll be working on my presentation on Palestinians in a few, but other than that just chill'n. Some people next to me are complaining about the death and mayhem the army unleashes on innocent people, kind of hard to hear the military spoken about in such one dimensional terms. No doubt there are a lot of issues, pros/cons about the military, but the military is not an entity in itself, it's run by the leaders elected by the people. One of the only militaries in the world that ultimately answer to the citizens. No doubt there's good and bad in everything though. I'll leave it at that. Other news, just waiting for Friday when I go on a week of vacation!

Saturday, March 01, 2003

Wow, March already and my birthday this year is on Mardi Gras, not a bad deal. Then two days later on March 6 I have my one year anniversary in the army and I'm still in training. My program is one of the longest training programs in the army and it's is starting to get on my nerves, but that started about a year ago! So I have six months of training left here and I don't know what happens to me after that. Whether I receive additional training or what. Maybe off to North Carolina? I hope so anyway!!

This week will be packed with tests galore and presentations, but come Friday I'm on vacation for a week, so Friday afternoon I won't care about those tests at all. I hope I get to visit everyone when I'm on break, so be on the lookout!

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