Friday, June 23, 2006
Any Time, Any Task
Another weekend approaches. Friday is "Opening Night" for new movies here, and the Disney/Pixar picture Cars just opened. I caught the first showing along with several of the other Navy folks here. I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed a "G" movie, even without kids. (As I type this, the wife and kids are attending the same movie back home!) Very amusing flick. (I *really* liked the "One Man Band" short clip at the beginning!) In my continuing series of pictures, we'll move right outside the office building door. One of the ubiquitous structures around here are concrete barriers. They surround all the housing units, many buildings, and pretty much anything that needs to be protected from mortar attacks. The troops, of course, don't like to see plain grey concrete barriers everywhere so they use them as canvas for their artwork. This barrier outside the 181st Transportation Battalion was painted by one of their current soldiers. There's another 181st Trans painting over by the DFAC, pictured here. It's from the group that was here for the initial OIF, and as you can see from the picture, their mission has changed quite a bit! They aren't exactly breaking down doors on a regular basis. I'm apparently famous among some of the other folks in our Navy unit. One of the petty officers was talking to me today and asking a bit about my home command, career, etc. He recognized my profile from this website and said, "You're Desert Periscope, aren't you?" He said he'd tell all his friends that he'd met me. But he didn't ask for my autograph. I finally finished my analysis project, and I'm embarking on another programming project in Excel. Yep... teach me a new toy and I'll find all sorts of nails to hit with a sledgehammer!