- In the first place, my employer was kind enough to grant me the leave of absence I needed so badly in order finish my bachelors degree at Utah State University this semester (thanks ADP!).
- Second, I ACTUALLY DID IT!!! I had to complete a Science of Sound class, which turned out to be more of a physics/math class than the "history of music" class I hoped it was (be warned!) - I haven't taken a math class in years and I had to hire a tutor to help me get started. Still, I was able to finish the entire class in about 1.5 weeks, which is amazing to me.
- I also finished my Senior thesis, which is another story...
I am very happy to be done - life seems to have so much savor now. My dad says that life just gets harder, but I have to echo my sister's sentiments - next year I won't be working 4/10's so I can get up at 5 AM every Thursday to drive to Logan and "play Army" all day, while I write my senior thesis and finish a physics class.
I commission at 10:00 AM, May 2nd, at Utah State University - my long suffering wife and my patient mother will be pinning the gold bars on me, Sgt First Class Lawrell Cook (the man who was perservering enough to make sure I got into LTC at Ft. Knox at the last minute back in 2005!) will give me my first salute, and Lt. Colonel (Retired) S. Rand Curtis (who is everything I want to be as an officer) will adminster the officer's oath to me.
I'm almost sad to be leaving the USU ROTC - even though most of the men and women I've met there have moved on. They are all over the world now - in various bases in across the United States as well as Germany, Korea, Alaska, Iraq, Afghanistan, and probably other places I don't know about. We all went through the same initiation:
- Looking for that blasted missing land nav stake at Temple Fork
- Suffering near cardiac arrest as we crossed a freezing river/lake under a zodiac boat
- Turning around at the 1 mile mark by Aggie Village during the APFT
- Having Jacob Harris kick you off "his" computer in the cadet lounge
- Playing Halo and talking trash in the cadet lounge
- Trying to hoist a ruck sack up the side of a cliff for the Jim Bridger Challenge
- Having LTC Curtis greet you with "Hello Handsome!" and then seconds later comment that your ears, hands, face, or nose is the "freakiest body appendage in our organization"
- Listening to Clint Edwards and/or myself muse on the benefits of a Red Dawn or Zombie Uprising scenario
- Being brainwashed into thinking that no real man would play Ultimate Frisbee or wear ankle socks