Monday, October 5, 2009

Check a few more off.

Fall training with ROTC from The Arbiter on Vimeo.

Last weekend Andrew Ford and myself went with Boise State's ROTC program to cover their fall training. It was a two day camp out in Idaho City so we just went ahead and flew the blackhawks out there to save some time. For those of you that follow the blog might remember the "List of things for 2009" (HERE)

I will do a full recap at the end of the year for progress but this weekend knocked two out. Multimedia and a helicopter ride. It was a good trip but I also worked my butt off keeping up with these guys.

This is my blog so I can say what I want but there were a few things said that pissed me off a bit and reminded me why I'm not in the service.

This comes at day two at about 6am from one of the colonels.
"Bet you would love a latte right now"
"Eh... coffee yes but not a latte"
"Weird...I would have thought you were a latte boy"
"Why is that?"
"Well I mean you have purple polo glasses on"
"Nope just black coffee for me"
This is a 50 year old man telling me this. Next up we have another 50 something colonel with the punch line. One guy throws a paintball at me and it just bounced off so I pick it back up and throw it at him. Camera in hand and I miss. This tuff guy proceeds to say "Must not have played much ball with your dad growing up... ha?"

Who the hell are you to critique how good of a father he has been. I wouldn't have been raised any different then I was. My Dad was more then willing to drive me all over the country to race bikes and I got pretty good at it. So if you think throwing a ball is how you measure being there for your son then he fails but If you look at everything that man has done for me... he is twice the man then yourself. He has taught me so many lessons and let me figure plenty out on my own. Gave me tools to succeed in life. I don't know what kind of relationship you might have with your son/kids and nor do I care for the same reason you should stay out of my business.

There. I feel better about that now.

I do want to give a big thanks to everyone that did help during that training. I met some great people that will and have done great things for our country and I am very thankful of that.

Here are some photos from the weekend. I put some in that video but I still like to just have a photo to look at. Packs a punch.

And a strong closing shot. Self port in the chopper


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