- July 29th, 2006
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Yet another week has passed and as usual new challenges have presented themselves, while others have sorted themselves out. The big ticket item right now unfortunately involves my .mil service. Now, instead of just having to worry about myself, I’m a Team Leader. I get to worry about myself, and four brand new married Privates. On top of that, I have to study for the Promotion Board. Right now I’m nowhere close to ready, so next week I really need to cram. With any luck I can remember half of what I’m supposed to know, and generate enough elloquent “I don’t know” answers to please the board members. If I can’t, I’ll just stay a Specialist even longer.
Canon sent me an email the other day to let me know my Rebel XT had been shipped back to me. Of course they sent the email after the package was delivered, so I missed the chance to actually pick it up. On Monday I will check my mail, and report back on the solution Canon came up with (repair or replace.) Test shots will obviously be required, and then I’ll go out and take some photos around the base again. I have been meaning to walk out into the woods and see what there is worth photographing out there.
For my birthday on the 25th I got to spend $485 on my truck. I figured that was about what it would cost, as my theories about the front brakes were correct. The rotors were both warped, and beyond spec on minimum thickness. Parts and labor have apparently not changed much since it was my job to turn wrenches. In fact, with the 31st falling on a Monday this month – I had to turn back to my toolbox for money this weekend. Looking at my available balance in my checking account is pretty sad right now, so to avoid problems there I did an oil change and tune-up for one of my NCOs. Got me just enough money to put some gas in my truck, fill up my bike, and pay to have my Class A’s updated, dry cleaned, and pressed.
Every once in a while I’ll look up at the stack of programming books I’ve got, and think that I should grab one and go through it again. Funny that I never really work up the motivation to get up and grab one of them. Rarely do I think of an application someone else hasn’t already done, and done well. Even more rarely do I think up applications I have any idea how to put to code. This is probably the single strongest reason for my switch back to Mechanical Engineering from Computer Science. If it has moving parts and I can think it up – there’s a good chance I can build it myself. May as well build a better foundation for that while I can.