That said, I'm taking a few days off work to handle some administrative/logistical stuff and to just unwind.
I've also decided what I'd like to do in the event I'm diagnosed with some kind of critical illness. Based on the angst that developed when my sister was sick and didn't want anyone knowing, I'd prefer that my family (including relatives) and friends know, on two main conditions:
1. No drama. Please. Being sick is bad enough without people adding unnecessary drama to it.
2. Please, PLEASE respect my wishes. If I say no visitors, it doesn't mean bring an entourage with you, no matter how worried you are. There's usually a good reason behind not wanting visitors, and all I ask is that my wishes be respected.
Beyond that, pretty much anything goes, but also don't blow things out of proportion.
Okay, enough of that... time to get off the soapbox and down to brass tacks, as it were.
Sometime in the near future I'll likely be getting the house, as my brother-in-law plans to sell his share of the house (which he inherited from my sister) to me and move out. Once that's done, I'll probably clean up both upstairs and downstairs, move upstairs, and rent out downstairs. This definitely won't be an overnight thing... it'll probably take at least a couple of years, if not longer, to do this. Part of the reason I want to move upstairs is that it'll bring back memories of when I was growing up because my parents and I lived upstairs and we rented out downstairs. Not to mention cleaning up the place won't be a small or easy taks, and I'm not just talking about my junk downstairs (of which, sadly, there is quite a bit)... there's also a lot of stuff upstairs that will probably need to be sold, donated, or just plain thrown out. I do want to keep a handful of stuff, especially anything that belonged to my parents, but there's a lot of stuff that I have that I'm not super attached to and don't mind chucking... just been too lazy to do it.
At some point I'd like to install solar on the house as well as put in split a/c in both upstairs and downstairs, but obviously I'm not gonna make any moves until I actually assume ownership of the house.
Then, somewhere down the line, I'll probably welcome visitors -- and who knows, maybe even have a few parties at the house. But that's looking pretty deep into a crystal ball that's a bit hazy at the moment.
I have posted in the past that I don't unfriend people based on their beliefs, and by "beliefs" I mean political, religious, or otherwise. Not only does that degrade democracy and free thinking, but if you always surround yourself with "yes people" your perspective will get skewed.
FWIW, I did not vote for DT. Nor did I vote for HRC. I actually decided to abstain for the POTUS office on the ballot, but I did so knowing full well what that would imply. I normally don't advocate abstaining, but after weighing my options I decided I'd rather deal with being chastised for not voting than lambasted for voting for either DT or HRC. And let me tell you, it's a very unenviable place to be in.
Posting this from Kilauea Military Camp on the BIg Island. I'm here for the HIANG Commanders Conference... returning to Oahu tomorrow night.
More about Kilauea in a bit.
First, an update on my sister: she got back from Mexico a few weeks ago, and apparently at least one of her tumors shrunk by some 30 percent with the treatment. Thank you to those who've prayed on her behalf!
Also been at my new job for about a couple months. It's interesting and challenging, and I'm slowly getting used to things. I'm also developing a more regular schedule, where I'm at work during the day and (mostly) off at night. I've been splitting my hours, though, so I work in the morning, take off for a couple hours for lunch/PT, then come back in the afternoon and work until early evening (6-7pm). This gives me the advantage of at least having an hour or so to concentrate with less distractions at the end of the day. As for fundage... I'm making roughly the same, perhaps slightly more, than I did at my last job, but without shift work. Instead, I get comp time, especially once I go on standby (a duty that gets rotated every week). Not sure yet when that will happen, but I imagine it'll be within a month or two.
Okay, now back to KMC. My first time to the camp, though definitely not my first time to the volcano. It has been a while, though -- the last time I came it was with araquan back in 2002 or so, which means it's been at least 13-14 years since I was last here. Back then, Halemaumau Crater wasn't active, and you could drive/walk to the lava flow where it crossed the road. Now, though, you can see a nice red glow and smoke from Halemaumau at night, and the road to the lava flow is closed (visitors were apparently having respiratory problems because of the eruption in the crater). Here's a view from one of the lookouts. The pic is a bit deceptive -- this is near the edge of a cliff, behind a protective railing, where there is an EXTREMELY steep drop just beyond all the vegetation.
And here's one from roughly the same location, taken at night:
Definitely awesome to be where there's an active volcano.
And just for good measure, check out what I saw in KMC's parking lot near the flagpole when I got back from viewing the lava flow in the afternoon:
On the travel side, I'll be in California from June 8-22, but will be at Camp Roberts (35°46′48″N 120°47′12″W for those of you keeping track).
And upon my return, I change jobs to a webmaster position over at Hickam. Not going far -- just down the road, so to speak -- so no major moves needed.
Over the past year, I've managed to drop some 30 pounds, mainly through personal training. That in turn has helped me pass the AF fitness test for two years in a row, with my 1.5 mile run time now down to 13:15. My goal now is to keep that run time down, though this past week has been somewhat tough because my right quad has been hurting to where stressing it by doing stuff like weighted lunges has caused me to temporarily limp. It's been slowly getting better, but that's also meant lightening up on the exercises a bit.
A couple months or so ago, I also learned that I got selected for promotion to O-5 in the Guard. For those of you keeping track, that's going from a Major to a Lt Colonel. I'll formally pin on the rank in February.
Another potentially big move is in the works for me job-wise. I won't be leaving the island, but I could be taking an IT-related position (haven't said anything formally yet until the paperwork actually goes through). Right now I'm waiting for the formal notification from the AF Personnel Center, which might be a few weeks owing to the holidays. But it's a move I'm 95 to 99 percent sure I'll probably make. Not that I hate what I'm doing now... it's basically a promotion opportunity that could create more options, careerwise.... especially if Congress keeps passing piecemeal funding resolutions without actually agreeing on a formal budget. :P
This New Year's Eve marks 10 years since Lani adopted me. It's hard to believe it's been that long already, but I for one am grateful that she chose me to be her companion when she did. :)
Oh, and I did get my SWAT Kats swag in the mail. Haven't had time to go through it closely yet though.
With all due respect, I disagree.
If you were asking me if the fandom COULD lead to beastiality, I'd say the answer is yes. If you were asking me if it HAS done so, I'd say yes, more than likely (educated guess there). But where I take issue is the claim that the fandom MUST lead to beastiality. Religion aside, that assertion is plain BS. I use myself as an example: I've been in the fandom since 1993 and have had a fursona since 1994. My link to the fandom is that I like cats, having growin up with three of them and currenlty being owned by one. And while I'll snuggle and play with Lani (by letting her chase a favorite toy), I have never wanted to have sex with her (or even any larger animal). Not only is it physically impossible (or at least highly improbable), I'm pretty sure Lani would claw the living daylights out of me if I ever attempted to violate her in that way.
And FWIW, I'm a Christian myself but I don't believe in beastiality. But to say that the fandom will always lead to it is, IMHO, ignorant at best and downright arrogant at worst.