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dunker-heeds and off-base life

Flight training proper, in which they teach us the theory and practice of keeping a helicopter in the air and the proper procedures for causing it to interact with the ground both with and without violence, has not yet started. However, we do occasionally get bits of training now; those parts tend to be awesome. Today’s activities consisted of rehearsing, over and over, the procedures involved in finding your way out of a helicopter which has crashed in the ocean and flipped upside down in the middle of the night. Apparently one of a pilot’s standard pieces of equipment is a little scuba bottle, though, so it was pretty fun. Tomorrow is the same thing, but without the scuba bottle–it seems that quite a few pilots decide not to carry the thing, as it saves them 5 lb or so from their gear, so we have to train without it also.

In other news, the internet guy finally came yesterday and hooked up my connection. I realize that broadband internet is technically a luxury and that many people around the world live happily without it. However, the same can be said of indoor plumbing. It is mandatory for my lifestyle and the maintenance of my standard of living. Getting it means that I can finally do away with trips to the metaphorical outhouse, which in literal terms mean southeastern Alabama’s public libraries. I can’t complain too much about the libraries; they do have free public internet service and a large number of books which may be checked out. However, a library which is located 20 minutes away by car and which is only open on weekdays, until 1800, does very little to quench my information thirst.

Most other things here are pretty good. My apartment is still nicely maintained, very spacious, and $200 less monthly than the government bonus for living off-base. It is also still devoid of any sort of furniture. I am told that the movers will probably deliver my stuff no later than next Monday, but there exist stories of people whose household goods did not arrive until weeks after the expected arrival date. I am hoping that I will never be able to tell one of those stories firsthand.

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Comment by para_cynic
2007-09-26 21:35:29

Helicopters excel at inserting troops in difficult terrain, close air support, evacuating wounded, emergency resupply and CRASHING.

Pay careful attention on the “How to Crash Correctly” classes.

Comment by coriolinus
2007-09-26 21:51:25

An actual quote from the instructor today: “The question isn’t whether you’re going to crash. It’s when.”

Comment by para_cynic
2007-09-26 21:58:47

My old Gunny used to say “The enemy ain’t half as likely to kill you as that helicopter is.”


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