Friday, April 17, 2009

The other half

Figured that would be a good title for it since I'm finally writing something for the first time in a long while. Been busy, which is good. Let us see...what's been going on..

Work - Work is work. I'm not thrilled with where I am right now, but I expected as much seeing as I'm back blue side. I'm having to do compentencies for things I already know how to do and can teach most of the people in the clinic to do. If I don't know how to do an IV by now, I need a different rate. Sadly, I know some other second classes that have yet to start one, which makes me wonder what they've been doing all of this time. I guess as the saying goes, "The Marines of Corspman, the Navy has Hospitalman."

It's different working with females again. Most of the section is female. About 1 male to every 10 females. For a single guy, this is a great ratio. For me, it just means that I'm having to put up with drama that I had forgot comes hand in hand with blueside commands.

I have a co-worker that has been complaining about not being able to move from the clinic and how she can't get orders anywhere and about how she wants to deploy anywhere for any amount of time, just as long as it gets her out of the clinic. Well, she finally got orders, deployable like she wanted, and now she is boohooing because she going to be away from her family. Umm...that's kinda what happens when you pick sea billets. What did she think expect...seriously?

Everyone is lazy and wants to just point blame at people instead of stepping up and doing something about it. No one wants to help each other. I miss being with the Marines. I miss the comradery. I miss the loyalty. I miss knowing that someone has my back if something came down the pipe and I didn't know about it. Ok...enough whinging.

Bike - As you've all know I have my scooter and I love it. I changed the oil the first time and that was an experience. I know little to nothing about cars or the maintanence that is involved with them other than changing the tire and taking it in to get it serviced every 3000 miles. Oh, and I can add wiper fluid on most models, lol.

So this was pretty exciting for me. Getting to do "guy" stuff, lol. I managed to change it with only minor complications. I managed to put the oil pan bolt back on with putting the spring and filter back on first, but didn't realize this until after I had already put a quart of oil back in the bike. Great learning lesson, lol.

I finished a motorcyle safety course a week or so ago. Great class! I got a lot out of the class. Highly recommend it for anyone that rides. You won't regret it. Military has now made it mando every 3 years, annual if you own a sports bike. Which makes me wonder in a year or so, when (and if) I decide to upgrade do I go for a cruiser or a sports bike? Hog or crotch rocket?

This Saturday I'm going on a bike ride with a bunch of other bikers. It's a habitat for humanity ride. I have a feeling I'm going to be the odd man out with my scooter, but I don't mind. I'll be able to keep up with no problem too. Plus, I might make some friends out there.

Well, I think that'll do for now. Long enough post as is. Thanks for reading and enjoy the weekend!

-Senor Tortuga