Fellow Readers… (Whomever that may be…)
Just some updates. July was a busy month for me. My little baby had to have surgery, so we were flown Hawaii where Doctors at Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) operated on my little girl. The surgery went well, and we are very thankful.
It was very nice to visit Hawaii, but I was glad, as always, to get back home. My Dad was fortunate enough to make it over to be with Audrey and I during the surgery. This was the first time he had flown since around 1966. Airports and aircraft have changed dramatically since then, huh?
I’m back to work now, and actually looked forward to coming to work for the first time in a long time. The weather is raining, as usual this time in the pacific. August is just around the corner, and school will be starting.
Sabayon Linux 3.5 was released while I was gone. I’m downloading it now, and will install it when it’s done downloading or later on this week. Probably won’t be done downloading until later on this week. My ISP sucks over here.
As far as my website goes, I plan on redoing it once again. It needs a new look. I’m pretty much tired of the look. And since I have more time now, I plan on hand coding my new site. As soon as I come up with a color scheme, I’ll get busy.
Enough for now… I’ll try to post more later and include some photo’s I took in Hawaii…
Another Day down, and that much closer to the baby’s surgery. Audrey is scheduled for surgery on the 9th of July. Audrey and I fly into Hawaii on the 6th, and our appointments start the next day. Not only do I have the surgery to worry about, but I’m also concerned with the financial aspects as well. I can’t really afford to send Cathy, John, Matthew & Jaymie there to be with Audrey. If the duration of stay was 1 week or less I would consider letting the kids stay here in Misawa with friends, but that is out of the question, due to the fact that we will probably be there for atleast one month. Additionally, I’m trying to buy my Dad tickets to fly from Atlanta to Hawaii so he can spend some time with the kids. He hasn’t seen them in 2 years. Even though I have not promised the kids that he will be there, some reason they seem to be expecting him to be there. I keep telling them I will try, and attempted to explain to them that this is going to cost a lot of money and we have to be carefull not to spend too much.
This weekend we are planning another offroad trip to the mountains. This time there will be some new people attending. We are meeting up at the BX parking lot at 6:50 am and departing for the mountains at 7:am and meeting up with our Japanese Counterparts at 8:am at redbridge camping area. Can’t wait for this, looks like it’s going to be a good turnout, so we should have lots of fun.
Another thing to add… It is awesome that I don’t have any school work to deal with after work! I’m taking a summer break. Depending on work, probably a fall break. I’m thinking of starting back to shool in late October.
Finals are finally done!!! I will not be taking classes this summer. Things are just too hectic around the house, with Audrey having surgery and all. Now that this class is over, I’ll have time to do some things I have been putting off. Not that I can list anything now. But, I’ll have time to do stuff anyway. Like wax my vehicle… uhh… work on my website… well… after I get back from Hawaii that is.
My friend David is deploying soon, so this weekend we will be going back out to the mountains for some trail riding. A couple of our Japanese friends from the Jimny Club will be there. I wish all the guys from the last trip could show up, that would be awesome! But, it will be lots of fun anyway.
As for other updates, this is the last week of school for the kids. Jaymie’s last day was earlier for SureStart (pre-K). She has done Awesome and I forsee no problems in Kindergarten. Work is the same… working long hours with no evidence of accomplishment. Morale is… wait… what is that? But, that’s ok. There is light at the end of the Tunnel in August.
Another Friday is here. It seems like time just cruises along at turbo speeds. It’s hard to believe that I have been living in Japan for 14 months now. It seems like it was only last week I was at the Passenger terminal waiting on our bags to get unloaded from the plane. A lot has happened within these 14 months. I have traveled all over the Country, seen lots of stuff, made new friends, and most importantly explored a new culture – a culture rich in traditions and history.
Speaking of history. Today is my oldest brother’s birthday. He was killed in a car accident Christmas of 1997. So today my thoughts are with him, and his family. I was stationed in Korea at the time. I remember my 1st Sergeant giving me the call. I ended up not going home for the funeral. Looking back, I probably should have went, but that was going to be several thousand dollars out of pocket. The military don’t pay for your plane tickets if there’s a death in the Family. But there is help available. The Air Force Aid Society will lend you the money but I would have had to pay it back, and I didn’t want to do that. I know it sounds bad, but that’s the decision I made. Anyway, Happy Birthday Brother!
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