Monday, December 3, 2007

What was I thinking???

Ok so here I am in my small apartment in the Southern Tier town of Salamanca. It's snowing a lot. I mean a lot! There is at least a foot of accumulated snow on the ground, the porch, my RV and my Jeep since I came home from work at 6PM ET. So you may ask why this is an important detail...
Well 22ish years ago I left the boosom of my family and headed off to boot camp in Orlando Florida. It was August, hot, sticky and it rained on and off for the 8 weeks I was there. I slimmed down some 35 lbs, learned what it was to be part of a team and took a lot of crap. Then off to tech school in Pensacola Florida for 8 months and it was still hot but got mild and then hot again before I left for Southern Spain where I experienced more heat, more mild, and more heat. Can you detect a trend here?
Iin the 22 years of Naval service I saw my share of weather. Japan (Northern Japan) was like this and I was pleased to leave that behind me when I went to Hawaii, Virginia and then London. Ok London got cold but there was no real snow and though I spent a Christmas in Prague where it snowed I had a pretty mild three years troopin around Europe and the UK. Then San Diego.

And after all that heat and my retirement I bought the RV and vowed to follow 85 degrees for as long as I could take it. Well the AZ summer came and 115F and I decided to head back east to good old Salamanca NY and here I stayed. It was fun, inexpensive and I got me a job. Well now it's cold and call me a woos or a baby if you like but I am yearning for 85 degrees again and if I can dig myself out in time...

Ah who am I kiddin. I am in training. I want to feel the cold again, run from the car to the house like there is Christmas waiting every day and get warm again. Now if I go to work tomorrow I am gonna have to wear one pair of foot wear and change to another but hey it's all a part of it. Stay warm out there and hope the power does not go out. I got electric heat man!

4 comments:

Jim Wright said...

Well, well, well. I didn't figure you could resist for long. Welcome to the blogosphere, baby.

Janiece Murphy said...

Welcome, fellow Senior Chief, Irish-Person and Jim-Friend.

The siren-song is a bitch, eh?

Steve Buchheit said...

Could be worse, you could be getting Lake Effect snow and needing to get a cement driveway poured (for our fire department, their trucks are out in the snow instead of inside the warm fire hall, they don't particularly like me at the moment).

Plus, Jim said you had Guinness. :)

Good luck with the blog.

Beastly said...

Janiece... Jim who? Well two out of three is prety good odds. Jim and I go further back than I care to or am capable of remembering. and yes Steve I got Guiness (Brilliant) See lake effect snow blog