Sunday - February 16, 2003
This & That
Itís been a quiet weekend so far. Iíve
been trying to get caught up on the next town hall newsletter but itís hard
when the information I get is so sparse and sketchy. Jerry Barber, the
zealous town hall president, has been nagging me to attend the town hall
meetings but Iíve been resistant. Theyíre only once a month but itís really
hard for me to drive back into town for a 7:30 meeting on a work night. My
day starts at 4 a.m. and by 7:30 p.m. Iím thinking about sleep. Another
reason I donít attend is that Iím trying not to get sucked into doing more
jobs. I guess thatís a bad attitude but I have a problem saying no and the
existing town hall officers are always looking for new volunteers.
It was a wet week and for the first time in two years I can hear frogs
croaking around the property. Iím not sure where these frogs go during the
dry times but itís good to have them back. The creek is still dry and if
things donít get flowing soon, Iím afraid their stay will be a short one. We
moved to the country to experience wild life but with the drought, most of
the interesting animals are staying at the wetter, higher elevations.
Iíve really been in the mood for a good movie. Iíve kind of lost touch with
whatís happening on the Hollywood scene and I donít recognize most of the
popular actors these days. I guess my tastes lean toward escapist movies but
even those havenít drawn my attention. The last movie I liked was ďSignsĒ
and boy did I take a lot of heat for recommending that! Ok, ok , the
plot was full of holes but I liked it anyway. Lately Iíve been trying to
Ebert & Roeper to get a hint of whatís happening at the movies.
Interestingly enough, Ebert had ďSignsĒ on his top ten list for 2002. Hmmm.
sign also sparked my interest in the movie "About Schmidt" so Iíll
be looking forward to seeing that when I get the chance. Old Jack has come a
long way since ďEasy RiderĒ.
Nov 17, 1966 - Thursday
Tonight I had a Civil Air Patrol meeting. This is the organization that
teaches flying instructions. This is how I plan to get most of my training
for a pilotís license. The C.A.P. is a very militaristic unit so Iím going
to get a lot of training in marching and various military training. The main
goal of the C.A,P. is to teach leadership and to interest people in the Air
Our meetings have been every Thursday night from 7 to 9. Somehow the
commanding officer was looking over the applications of the cadets and I was
chosen to be a flight leader. I only have two other cadets higher than me so
I have to be able to take charge and be a general good leader. This is hard
for me but I think Iíll enjoy it.
One of the things that is required of me and the other cadets is that we
memorize certain things. Iím not sure of the purpose but they do the same
thing in the Air Force Academy. For example an officer will walk up to one
of us and ask us to give him ďthe how of the cow.Ē The person he asks
immediately recites this little poem as fast as he can, ďSir, the cow. She
walks, she talks, she full of caulk, the lacteal fluid extracted from the
female of the bovine species is highly prolific to the nth degree. Sir!Ē If
the poor cadet canít recite this, he ends up doing push ups or reporting to
telephone poles all day.
One thing that Iím really looking forward to is the survival school weíll go
through. Iíve always wanted to learn how to live off the land.
After the meeting I was taking a bunch of the guys home and since many were
in the same history class we decided to pay our teacher a visit. The teacher
wants us to learn the Star Spangled Banner so we drove up in front of his
house and sung as loud as we could, the first verse. I then sped off honking
the horn. I donít know what reaction this brought but tomorrow I should find