Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 15

24 November 2000

Well, Thanksgiving wasn’t too bad.  The DFAC was completely decorated with big cutouts of turkeys, pilgrims, and the like.  We even had paper tablecloths and placemats!  We were allowed to drink soda and eat dessert, and the CPT, FSG, and LTC served us our food!  After lunch, we were marched to the large classroom.  The FSG put in a video on the soldier’s code of conduct.  Everyone started groaning, but it was just a joke.  He put in some Van Halen videos; probably 90% of the room had no clue who they were!  Then the FSG put in Courage Under Fire, which was really good.  After dinner (more of the same as lunch), we watched Big Momma’s House and Braveheart.  I can’t believe we watched so many movies!  We were up very late.  The classroom was freezing cold, but it was fun anyway. Continue reading “Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 15”

Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 14

19 November 2000
0800 hrs

It’s a rainy cold Sunday here.  DS L*** is on duty, so he’s going to give us a little class later on grenades.  I’m writing in the classroom right now.  It’s cold in here.  I saw a video yesterday on BCT, and it showed part of the Confidence Course.  I’m dreading it, but it’s one of the last roadblocks on the way to graduation.  26 more days.  Must make it. Continue reading “Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 14”

Easy Steak Sandwiches

I made my favorite steak sandwiches for dinner tonight.  They’re ridiculously easy to make, and so delicious.  I start with an onion, thinly sliced, and sauté it in a bit of olive oil until the onion is translucent.  Then I add in thinly sliced ribeye and a few slices of bacon chopped into bits, and cook until the steak is medium-done.  Some ground black pepper finishes off the steak-onion mixture.  For the rolls, this time I tried Cobblestone Mill’s whole wheat sub rolls, which worked well.  I spread them with a mix of mayonnaise and crushed garlic, then place slices of provolone cheese on top of the mayo.  Then, I spoon the steak mixture on top of the cheese and bake at 400° for about 5-8 minutes.  The bread ends up toasty, the cheese melty, and they seem to taste better every time I make them. Continue reading “Easy Steak Sandwiches”

Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 13

15 November 2000
2035 hrs

Yesterday was a very long day.  They’re all very long days.  Only 29 more of them, though!  It started out rainy and gray.  DS H*** had us put on our wet-weather tops, but told us we couldn’t have the hoods up.  We got soaked quickly.  Even worse, some people had their hoods up, and when they didn’t take them off fast enough, DS H*** made us get in the front leaning rest position on the cold, muddy, wet ground.  *grrrrrrrrrowl* Continue reading “Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 13”

23 Days

I will arrive home from Hilton Head Tuesday late afternoon, just in time to teach 3 students.  Starting Wednesday, October 24, there will be 23 days until we leave for India.  I’m setting myself the challenge, and making it public for more accountability, of getting on the elliptical for at least 45 minutes every single one of those 23 days.  I’m also planning to do an extremely thorough house-cleaning over that time period, including those little chores like cleaning the baseboards and fan blades that don’t happen on regular cleaning days.  I also have to re-caulk the shower, which I’m dreading.  I hate caulking! Continue reading “23 Days”

Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 12

7 November 2000

It’s been a while since I’ve written – Sunday afternoon, I believe, and it’s Tuesday night now.  I’m finally starting to feel better.

Sunday I was still feeling really sick, and then in the chow line this disgusting huge fat slug of an asshole blew on the back of my neck.  I just about vomited.  His name is B***, and he makes my stomach turn just looking at him.  What the hell was he thinking, blowing on my neck?  Yuck, yuck yuck!!!  J*** was standing in front of me, and when I told him what B*** did, I had to make him promise not to start a fight with him.  Because he would have, he’s like that.  Anyway, I’m now staying as far away from B*** as possible.  Yesterday, he asked to use some of my weapon oil, and I just said, “No.”  He said, “What the fuck is your problem?” and I completely ignored him. Continue reading “Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 12”

Have Viola, Will Travel

I’m getting ready for another trip down south for gigs.  I’ll leave tomorrow after I teach, drive halfway, and then drive the other four hours Wednesday morning to arrive well in time for my 2:00 rehearsal in Savannah.  Thursday will bring a double (that means 2 rehearsals in one day), Friday will bring a double of Hilton Head Symphony rehearsal in the afternoon and a concert in Savannah at night, Saturday will be a double in Hilton Head, and then Sunday and Monday are wonderfully light, with a concert each day.  We’re playing some fun music in Savannah (it’s a pops concert) – An American in Paris, selections from Porgy and Bess, The Magnificent Seven Suite, selections from On the Town, selections from West Side Story, some marches, selections from The Sound of Music, and a piece I’ve never played before (a true rarity!) – the Savannah River Holiday Overture. Continue reading “Have Viola, Will Travel”

Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 11

1 November 2000

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear Anjali, happy birthday to me.  And many more.

It’s hot out here.  As I thought, I have very little time to write anymore.  It’s been a crazy week.  Monday morning was our 4-mile march, but I think it may have been 5 miles.  Who’s counting, though.  You just keep putting one foot down after the other.  It was freezing when we left (before the sun came up), and we were laden down like pack animals.  I still hurt, especially my feet.  Halfway there they made us put on our stupid gas masks. Continue reading “Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 11”