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  1. I used to be able to sing. Not anymore. I sound terrible. lol
  2. Yeah, software devs like to change things at times. We used to confuse the hell out of our customer base on XMB by calling modifications "hacks."
  3. Group, club, same thing. IPS used to call them groups, so I went with groups. lol
  4. Guessing it's an apartment complex? I don't suppose you can go up and talk to them...? This is one of the reasons I get irked at side-by-side living. That and I know I'd be a disruption too, just never listen "quietly" to anything.
  5. It is just after 1900 hrs here. But, I digress. I have been having on/off problems sleeping myself of late. Not sure what that's all about (think it's my arm/wrist or something though). Should get into a music fight with them. Turn your music up louder.
  6. As I get more and more into anime, I am sure I'll start lampooning something with anime. Right now I could go on and on about how tacky I thought Soul Eater's ending was, how gut wrenching Chrono Crusade's ending was, or how I really despite Hetalia despite the fact it's supposed to be a historical concoction. However, until that time comes - I figured I'd let people get a glimpse of my day-to-day, and my thought process therein. A historian, that is a Federal Historian (read: Golf-Sierra 0-1-7-0) is rarely "just" a historian. They have functions that reach far beyond that of what you would associate with a historian. It is not my intent nor duty to tell you about those things. However, different historians in different commands or agencies get tasked with different responsibilities. In my case, I fulfill the role as a (as in one of a few) installation historian. In of itself, as a historian in a senior command on any post, that means you get tasked to give tours to the public and to other agencies on the post. That's right, one of your tasks is to be a glorified tour guide. In my case, that could mean a number of things. Whether you're running people through the post museum, the officer's living quarters, or packed on a bus and blabbering on about the post as you drive around it, you're going to be talking with hopes that they might get ten percent of what you're saying. I've found children to be the most difficult audience. Why? Short attention spans, poor self-discipline, no respect, and lack of understanding. Trying to explain force projection or materiel integration to a 9 year old probably makes about as much sense as explaining geography to a flamingo. The next hardest group is the elderly. This becomes especially trying when all they want to talk about is how "awful war is." I get that ma'am, and I agree, but I don't sign the deployment orders - someone else does, and they also sign mine. Bus tours can be whirlwinds, and today was no exception - thus the reason I write this pilot entry. Today we bused around twenty-eight Rosie the Riveter's and their families and talked about the role of women workers during the World Wars. Rosie the Riveter became an American icon in 1942, and has remained an icon for female industrial workers ever since. Originally, "Rosie" was attributed to Women Ordnance Workers or "WOWs." In 1942, this term applied exclusively to women who were working in U.S. Army depots, but by the time the nation had fully mobilized in the middle of 1942 into the beginning of 1943, this term expanded to include any women in the defense industry. That included women working in private foundries, factories, and production lines. As companies such as Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors revamped their production lines to produce more and more war materiel, the number of men leaving their factory jobs for the front lines increased. The result is that many women had to step in to fill the shoes of the men who were deploying. My grandmother and grandfather were examples of ordnance workers in the private sector. In 1942, my grandmother worked at Indiana Steel Works in Valparaiso, Indiana. My grandfather was too old to deploy - so he too got a job in manufacturing. Indiana Steel produced metal slabs for use in aircraft, tanks, and armored cars. The role of a steel grinder, my grandmother's role, was to grind down smaller and misshapen steel for melting so that it could be molded to a usable shape or form. For the tour, the Rosie's were packed on buses, and away we went. On our installation, WOW's were employed to manufacture belt links, assemble machine guns, rifle M1903 Springfield's (in World War I) and M1 Garand's (in World War II), aid with the transport of materiel, and even load ammunition. The installation was able to claim many progressive firsts, including the first use of WOW's outside of the office, the first woman to be authorized to drive heavy machinery, and the first installation to hire minority women employees. The catch for this tour however: it was to be no more than 15 minutes. Sadly, when you have as much history and content to discuss as this, such a tour is nearly impossible. While it was enjoyable to be in their company, I am truly glad to be done with it. Hopefully they at least got a few bits of information about themselves, or others who had not worked at this site in the past. Such is the challenge of all tours...
  7. Yes, the sanctity of the donut must not be violated with such atrocities as jelly filling. That's blasphemy of the highest order.
  8. I had a bagel. Does this count? I feel like it should. It's certainly donut shaped and it had blueberries in it.
  9. Anytime a Detroit team makes the playoffs of any sport, I become very loudly into sports. But it's been a while since that happened. Tigers, 2014 I think.
  10. Lived. Weekend for the next 36 hours, and then back at it again. @brycec - where the hell have you been? Why do you smell like Chick Fil A?
  11. Acquired a USAF dress blue jacket at the thrift store on post today. Not a bad find for $35 with all of the service medals. The guy was a squad leader, and a lieutenant colonel.
  12. I'm not entirely sure police would do anything. You live in their home. You give up some independent privileges with that. I'm sure there is good intention there somewhere, but it just isn't helpful. The best evasion to being controlled is to be uncontrollable, but you have to be able to back that up...
  13. Archduke Ferdinand just died again from this post.
  14. Woke up with a headache. Can't stay in bed, have to go to work...
  15. Knee surgeries have age requirements that I don't meet. It is currently 40, and I am 29. Couple that with the other serious injury that has a recovery time between 14 and 18 months, and you have yourself a cocktail for a miserable 2-3 years of constant pain. It is what it is. Back pain is slowly descending on me too. It's just life, it hits everyone at different times.
  16. In my young days (6-13) I played about everything. Basketball, Baseball, Soccer...we started our own street hockey league at one point. Dodgeball too. However, at 14 - I started to have some really bad knee problems. I won't bore you with the details, but it's one of two injuries/issues that made me combat ineligible. Floating knees, who knew? From then on, I can't do anything super big sport wise. I do walks and the occasional minute-three minute burst-jogs, and I recently tried dodgeball again. But, unfortunately, the walking thing is about all I can do anymore.
  17. I know, I know..."there's a tech post!" Yes...there is. However, we are anime-fans. There-to-fore we buy stuff. Lots of stuff. You know...blu-rays, figures, questionable eastern erotic plush pillows (I am just GLARING at you Mr. Elon Musk!)... So, what's the latest that you have added to your acquisition? Doesn't have to be tech, doesn't have to be anime. Me? I added a light. Just a light. With USB ports. And a bulb. - Oh and I guess I bought a nightstand with it.
  18. So - AF milestone achieved. I posted in a group. Yay me. Also, yay Kaga. Also, hi Kaga. Also, where is my partner in crime?
  19. It is absolutely imperative, I feel, that the subject matter of the Normandy Invasion be presented in any location where history may be observed. Yesterday, 6 June 2019, marked the 75th anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Normandy in what we commonly call D-Day. This is a milestone for us as historians, but also as a society. The 75th anniversary marks the last major milestone anniversary where any survivors will be among us. It signifies a great triumph, but also a harrowing reminder of mortality. Rather than dwell on the sadness accompanied with that fact, let us instead look back on a day where 160,000 soldiers put everything on the line for freedom. In mid-1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill communicated with top naval commanders within the British Navy to "prepare for an invasion" of Europe. Such a feat of this magnitude would prove elusive and perilous. Germany had long since established a bastion of defensive positions on the French coastline. Attacks on the British mainland were becoming a growing concern. However, within that concern, the southern coastline of Britain had been transformed into a defensive network that was capable of rivaling the German threat. "The whole of south Britain is a haven for our defense", said Churchill, "you've got to turn it into a springboard for our attack." Upon the Japanese surprise attack on Allied assets in the Pacific in December of 1941, Churchill recounted that he had slept with the greatest amount of peace the following evening. "I slept the peace of the saved", he recounted. The Japanese had launched several assaults in the Pacific against American, French, and British assets. This included movements in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and most notoriously, Pearl Harbor and the Hawaiian Islands. Had Germany and Italy not opted to show good faith for the Japanese, the Americans may not have entered the war in Europe. However, in the days that followed the surprise attack in the Pacific, the rest of the Axis Powers declared war on the United States. In the course of a week, the United States entered the war on the side of the Allies. Much to the miscalculation of the Axis powers, the Americans were capable of leveraging a rapid response to the attacks and were able to mount an unrivaled mass of resources and war materiel. The United States public, having been able to readily identify the enemy in the Pacific as Japan, was not as enthusiastic about fighting in Europe against an enemy that had not immediately been intimately known. However, this changed when German U-Boats began to shell the coastline of American cities. Upon the first arrival of troops in Britain in 1942, the presumption was an immediate and direct assault on the European mainland. The British military, however, was not confident in the American's ability to wage this new brand of war. In addition, severe losses at the evacuation of Dunkirk had led them to be more than just somewhat cautious. It was decided that the Allied effort would instead be focused across North Africa. Initial plans called for the invasion of Europe to begin in 1943. This did indeed occur, but it did so in the boot of Italy in September of 1943. The Allies were still wanting to launch campaigns into France, but were unable to do so due to the vast logistical issues they faced. The Tehran Conference in December of 1943 solidified that the invasion of France would instead take place in May of 1944. A large number of resources were to be mounted to successfully execute a successful campaign against the German Army. The Allies had been conducting widespread strategic bombing of German resources, including Luftwaffe targets across the interior of Germany. By late 1943, their focus began to shift to elements in France and West Germany. The Americans were able to maintain air superiority due to the deployment of faster and more experienced pilots and aircraft. In addition, American bombing campaigns utilized broader areas of air coverage allowing more bombers to penetrate German air defense networks. By the time of the Normandy invasion, the Luftwaffe only had a force of less than twenty percent of its original strength. It was so weak, in fact, that most German aircraft flew single passes on the beaches before retreating to Germany. In the weeks leading up to the invasion, GEN Dwight D. Eisenhower was appointed as the Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces. Under his direction, he had ordered GEN Omar Bradley to conduct operations with the U.S. First Army on the day of landing. Meanwhile, GEN George S. Patton was instructed to deploy a phantom Eighth Army at Dover. The Germans were expecting an Allied crossing from Dover to Calais - the shortest point in the English Channel between Britain and France. The Allies created fake radio signals, blew up fake balloons in the shape of tanks, and even mounted fake rubber landing craft in the coastal areas near Dover. A second decoy group was near Edinburgh Castle, and purportedly poised to strike the Germans in Norway. Both diversionary tactics were given the names FORTITUDE NORTH and SOUTH, respectively. The decoy plan was so successful, that over 29 German Army divisions, including Panzer units were concentrated on Calais and Norway all the way up through the Normandy invasion. The Germans were already concerned due to their loss of Rome on 5 June 1944. The American forces swept through the city after the Germans executed a fleeting retreat. However, the American victory in Rome was not meant to make it to the headlines in newspapers around the world. De l'automne Blessent mon cœur D'une langueur monotone. 0530, 6 June 1944 - "Of autmn wound my heart with a monotone in languor." With those words uttered over the air of the BBC radio waves, elements from the United States First Army began their landing assault on the beaches at Utah. Airborne troops from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Battalion's had already parachuted into regions of Normandy the night before. They had cut supply lines, communication lines, and were lying await in ambush to pinch the Germans in and drive them off the beaches. Of the men who deployed that evening, eighty percent lost their lives or were captured. Violent waves and a sea of led and fire awaited these brave first soldiers who stepped off the landing boats at Utah. The Second British Army was the next to follow further to the east, with follow-up landings occurring throughout the morning. The Germans were surprised and caught off guard. They had no reinforcements. They had no communication. They had no supplies. While well stocked, any advanced movements on their position was unable to be checked, ultimately resulting in retreat. By the end of 6 June, the Allies were able to claim OVERLORD as a success. "Viva la France! The liberation of France has begun!" These words were shouted in a cramped news room in Britain in the afternoon of 6 June. Reporters were hard at work typing up their story about the liberation of Rome. One reporter commented that there was an awkward silence of a few moments before the room erupted into the sound of paper being ripped from type-writers and thrown away. By 22 June, the Allies had full control of the coastline that comprised Normandy, as well as the port facilities. They had also taken the city of Caen, a major springboard location for their launch into Paris. A follow-on operation in the southern part of France would launch in August, codenamed DRAGOON. This landing was to secure Monaco and Toulon, launched from the newly established Allied bases in Italy. All but a few fringe states of France would be liberated by the end of 1944. With the Soviet Red Army continuing to put force on German's eastern flank, Germany's days were numbered as it entered into a three-front war. At the end of the landings, over 4,000 Allied troops had lost their lives. Total Allied casualties exceeded 10,000. These included missing, captured, injured, and dead. The German's lost between 5,000 and 10,000 men. The diversionary tactics of the phantom army surely aided in the assault, and the subsequent damage to German morale certainly was palpable. The 1962 film The Longest Day featuring Henry Fonda and John Wayne depicts the events of the landings at Normandy fairly true to form. It is a must-see for any history buff. As this week closes, I do hope all of you at least take a moment to reflect on these brave soldiers who put everything on the line for us to be here today. I also hope it is a somber reminder to all of you to thank those who do serve and have served to preserve freedoms and safety around the world - in all nations, of all nations.
  20. I talked to the garrison coordinator - she didn't seem too worked up about it. Apparently only one person inquired. Still, it's a lapse in duty - and even if that Colonel doesn't get worked up about it, I do (and I notified my boss upon discovery). Things that are "something" don't blow over in my line of work. We'll either find out it was for sure nothing, or that it definitely is something.
  21. Seems parents are either one way or another. They are either in your face and business or hands off. I was raised by a single mom who generally let us wander off and do our own thing, thankfully. Of course, my situation has become different, I'm 29 and the primary care-giver. You didn't ask for advice, but I will say unless their name is on the account, they really don't have the rights to the card. You could call in the card as stolen or lost and have the issuer get you a new one. It's a shame you're going through this. I hope things get better for you soon.
  22. Exhausted. We are in the midst of one of the busiest times of the year at work. I botched on one of my duties yesterday, and am really hoping I don't come into work on Monday to a PO'd Colonel. On the upside - work tomorrow, off Sunday, normal work week + Sunday then, and after that 3 days off (Mon-Wed). COME ON!
  23. I regret to inform you all that I had no donuts today. I am sad.
  24. Actually, a lot of places implement flex scheduling for this reason. We have limited flex options at work, but there's also admin/flex time available to all employees who want to get out of the office for an hour or so outside of lunch. Since the post is so unique, most who do this generally go for jogs, walks, or hit the gym. The turnover rate for professionals in our area is exceptionally low - but there's more than just the ability to flex time that makes it worth it. As for naps at work, I could see that being a thing. I certainly wouldn't pay my employees for it, but I could see excusing an hour a day around lunch time for it.
  25. They're a particularly bad idea for me. Naps are a known trigger for cluster headaches for me. This probably contributes to my naturally sleepy demeanor. It really does suck though.

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