Tuesday, February 20, 2007
This is the end.... my only friend, the end
As of today I am no longer an Executive Officer. With my Commander retiring, my office moving, and my unit evaporating, I no longer have a real job in this Air Force. (My mission of destroying a great unit has succeeded)
At least I'm unemployed for only one more day. I am moving on to less stressful and more enjoyable things tomorrow. Last week was truly one of the craziest in my career, but now it's time to settle down and enjoy life... until I have to move to another base of course. Still not sure what's happening with the move to LA or Boston, but I'm sure the AF will let me know soon enough.
This weekend I finally read Starship Troopers. No, not the crappy movie version, but the real deal. The book was amazing in that it made me realize how much I miss being an actual leader in the military. The Air Force has a unique way of training their Officers to be leaders, and then wasting all of that talent on reading email and powerpoint preparation. After reading this book I'm ready to go enlist in the Army and kill some bugs... it's that good of a book. I highly recommend it.
Today I will spend deleting thousands of files from my work PC, transferring thousands to another PC in another office, shredding documents and embarrassing pictures, and cleaning house. My Blues Brothers concert poster, transformers, GI Joes all have to be packed away, and honestly... I can't wait. Some people were made to be Execs.... I wasn't. I did my job and did it very well, but at a huge personal cost. Zero workout time, much less home time, and professionally I've lost a lot of opportunities on other projects I could have been working on, but I had to get this exec box checked off for the career. Thankfully what should have been an 18 month gig turned into a 5 month quicky, saving my sanity in the process.
So, hopefully these next few months will be a blast. I hope it's the same for you all. The regulars who read this blog (and you know who you are) are really some of the nicest and intelligent people out there, and I wish you only the best for this year.
I never thought it would be so hard to empty out the keg hidden under my desk.
posted by El Capitan at 8:55 AM
Well, I am sure everything will work out for the best. I hope you will get more time for yourself, your workouts and other projects.11:14 AM
And sleep... sleep is a good thing. I miss sleeping.4:28 PM
Cheers to sanity! (Think it's a bit overrated myself, though) :) Good luck with everything!5:26 PM
Sanity (and working out) may be overrated, but sleep isn't! :)
You know that we all wish you to best of everything. Hope you enjoy your next posting (whichever coast) and make lots of new crazy friends. Don't forget your old crazy ones though...
Good luck on whatever comes next. Sleep is very good.7:46 PM
Heh...good on ya for doing the job. I'm an "exec veteran" -- did it for 2 years for a MAJCOM 2-letter, and now doing it for a Group CC. Definitely not for everyone, but it sounds like you made it work.
Keep us posted on your next gig!
Good luck man, enptying a keg by yourself would give a Marine trouble! If you liked Starship Troopers, try Armor by John Steakley a look, great book. Take care and see you around the B-sphere.10:32 PM
Thanks and kudos for a job well done. I really hope the AF dishes up something enjoyable for your next gig…and I really hope you write about it. I need something to daydream about in my spare time…in this lab…with no windows.12:06 PM
Zopher, what lab do you work in?12:07 PM
I work in the gas dynamics laboratory of this guy: http://people.cecs.ucf.edu/epetersen/
I run shock tube experiments, testing ignition delay times for new or previously under-explored fuel blends. It’s interesting, but then again, it’s boring work. I’d rather be flying or working on my grouping at a range or something.