So right now I’m sitting in my room at NAS JRB in Belle Chasse, LA watching Fight Club (one of the best movies ever made). I’ve been here since Aug 14th. I’m here in TAD orders as in assistant instructor running a Martial Arts Instructor Course for a group of reservist here. Not a bad gig. Getting paid extra for half a month of being away from my actual job (mos instructor) to run a course that’s basically three weeks of inflicting pain into others. While I would much rather be doing this then what I normally do, it does come with its drawbacks.
First and foremost, I do have a family. At first it was nice to get a break from all the hecticness of home. Having three boys, there is plenty of commotion that goes on. After a couple of days, believe it or not, I miss all the noise, bickering, and smelly diapers….. okay, maybe not the diapers. Luckily this course is only a couple more days and when I get back to Pensacola, I have one day of work and then go straight on a 96! I’m definitely feeling a boys day out that weekend.
Although I do miss my family, I have had a good time since I’ve been here. Last night may have been a little too much though. What do you expect when tell a group of Marines they are gonna have the next day off. That’s right, two vehicles, 9 Marines, Bourbon Street. My first time there and what a time it was. Nothing crazy, just a good time you can only have with Marines. Other than last night, I’ve pretty much kept it quite here. It’s also been good training. I’ve got some good pics and once the course is over, I’ll post some to give everyone an idea of what it is I’m actually doing here. Fun stuff.
Last thought of the night. I miss playing with wood!!!! I had a few things I was working on for some friends before I left. Nothing big, a couple frames and some serving trays. But I had to leave in the middle of it because I had less then a week of notice of this course. Luckily they are close friends I work with so they understand. I cannot wait to get back in the shop though. I was also in the middle of little shop remodel. I happened to get a hold of workbench from a buddy who’s PCSing to Japan early next year. Its not a woodworking workbench but I think that with a few modifications, I can make it work. Moved it into the shop the day before I left and left the garage a mess. Call me crazy but I’m even looking forward to cleaning it all up. With that being said, I think its time to call it a night.
Until next time…..
-- Dan, SSgt/USMC, Jacksonville, NC, http://thefamelesswoodworker.com