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June 18th, 2013


05:03 am
The last time I updated this was the summer of 2011. A lot has changed since then.

Cara II broke up with me and moved back to Baltimore. I got to keep Atticus in the break-up, despite the fact that he was "her" dog. I got fired by my crazy Mormon boss finally, but I was getting mobilized in a month and a half, so I didn't care. I got some temp jobs, which mostly involved shuffling boxes around a gargantuan warehouse for a certain Pacific Northwest sportswear company, while my co-workers openly did meth in the aisles.

I finally got to attend re-training for the Oregon National Guard. I spent about six months between Biloxi, Mississippi and Astoria, Oregon. It's not really what I wanted, but the money was nice.

After finishing the two-month on-the-job training with my unit, it was early Spring. I had invoked the military clause in my lease on our row-house in North Portland, and was faced with the prospect of living in Coos Bay, Oregon with my parents, which is in the ass end of nowhere.

My other option was to try to find a place in Portland, sign a lease, get registered for school, and start college. In ten days, while trying to do this from Coos Bay, which is a five-hour drive from Portland. OUTLOOK NOT SO GOOD.

Well, I pulled it off, although it involved a few sleepovers with some very strange women I met from a certain online dating site, to keep from running back and forth too much. I found a nice, one bedroom apartment a block from campus that allows dogs. I took the placement test and registered for school.

I'm doing a transfer degree at a community college, and I plan to transfer to Portland State as a Business major. I have the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (which was opposed by both Bush and McCain). It covers 100% tuition, there's a $1000 annual stipend for books and fees, AND it pays a monthly housing allowance. This is the same rate given to active-duty military personnel with dependents with the rank of E-5 (Sergeant, or a Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class), based on the cost-of-living of your geographic location. For Portland, this is over $1500 a month, non-taxable.

I've also met someone. It's not serious yet, but she's pretty cool. She is smart, funny, has a great job, owns her own house, is beautiful, loves comic books (She's going to Comic-Con dressed as 1960s mod-Catwoman, and made a life-size Totoro costume). She owns two cats but likes Atticus.

Several of the Portland-based colleges got together and hosted a dinner cruise with prime rib and salmon for the student-veterans, since the cruise line is owned by a retired Naval officer. Tickets are normally $70 a person. For us, it was $5. No, that is not missing a zero.

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Yes, she is that tall.

I also just got my grades posted:

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A new place, a new friend, and a 3.75 GPA isn't a bad way to start things.
Current Location: United States, Oregon, Lake Oswego
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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June 17th, 2013


12:54 am - So...
I've mostly moved to Facebook, with the occasional Instagram photo.

Is this worth keeping?

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July 21st, 2010


04:44 pm - Another year goes by...
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Current Location: United States, Oregon,
Current Mood: Celebratory?

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May 31st, 2010


11:42 am - This is what Memorial Day is really about.
Private First Class Steven J. Walberg



Hometown: Paradise, California, U.S.
Age: 18 years old
Died: April 15, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
MOS: Infantry (Gunner)
Unit: Army, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas
Incident: Killed by enemy sniper fire in Baghdad.

Private First Class Aaron M. Genevie


Hometown: Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Age: 22
Died: April 16, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
MOS: Cavalry Scout (Gunner)
Unit: Army, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Incident: Killed when his vehicle struck an IED in Baghdad.

Private First Class Christopher M. North



Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Age: 21
Died: April 21, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Unit: Army, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
MOS: Cavalry Scout (Driver)
Incident: Killed when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using an IED and small arms fire.

Specialist Robert J. Dixon


Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Age: 27
Died: May 6, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
MOS: Cavalry Scout (Gunner)
Unit: Army, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Incident: Killed when an EFP-IED detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad.

Private William C. Johnson


Hometown: Oxford, North Carolina
Age: 22
Died: June 12, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
MOS: Cavalry Scout (Driver)
Unit: Army, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Incident: Killed by an IED in Baghdad.

Specialist Michael P. Pittman


Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Age: 34
Died: June 15, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
MOS: Cavalry Scout (Driver)
Unit: Army, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Incident: Killed by an IED in Baghdad.

Staff Sergeant Robb L. Rolfing

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Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Age: 29
Died: June 30, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Unit: Army, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colo.
MOS: Special Forces Engineer Sergeant
Incident: Killed by enemy small arms fire in Baghdad.

Specialist Braden J. Long


Hometown: Sherman, Texas
Age: 19
Died: August 4, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
MOS: Cavalry Scout (Gunner)
Unit: Army, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Incident: Killed when his Humvee came under grenade attack in Baghdad.

Specialist Rodney J. Johnson


Hometown: Houston, Texas
Age: 20
Died: September 4, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
MOS: Cavalry Scout (Dismount)
Unit: Army, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Incident: Killed when insurgents attacked his unit with explosives in Baghdad.

Staff Sergeant Courtney Hollinsworth


Hometown: Yonkers, New York
Age: 26
Died: September 9, 2007 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
MOS: Cavalry Scout (Section Leader / Vehicle Commander)
Unit: Army, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Incident: Killed when his Humvee was struck by multiple anti-tank grenades.

Private First Class Howard Jones


Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Age: 35
Died: May 18th, 2008 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
MOS: Infantry (Gunner)
Unit: Army, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Incident: Murdered while on leave from the Iraq Theater of Operations
Current Mood: calmcalm
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May 19th, 2010


12:53 pm - Fun with Wildlife.
This little guy has decided to amuse himself (herself?) by noisily climbing up and down the screen on my living room window, all day.

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Current Mood: amusedamused

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April 15th, 2010


09:44 pm - In honor of Tax Day...
Feeling patriotic? Need to be cheered up? Well here's "The Stars & Stripes Forever," as performed by The Muppets.


Current Mood: amusedamused

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April 2nd, 2010


10:34 am - ...wow

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March 24th, 2010


09:16 pm - Somebody on my friends' list is famous!
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LOL.

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March 17th, 2010


02:08 am - Same as it ever was...

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March 12th, 2010


03:24 pm - Aww.

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