hob's online journal
Closer to Being a Homeowner!
September 22, 2005: Well, Miss Chancy's experiences
be damned, I'm happy so far with my quest for a house. Have I actually
seen a house yet? Nope. But I have contacted a real estate agent who seems
to have quite a good system set up for people who are looking for houses
from out-of-state. Plus, I went through LendingTree.com and got prequalified
for a loan! Yep, multiple banks will actually think about giving me money.
SWEET! So as I find out more from my agent, I'll pass it on to you guys.
I'm so stoked! She said that if we can narrow down the houses to about
10-12, in October we'll drive around the town and look at them. I can't
wait! Colorado Springs, here I come!
What I Did and Learned on my Summer Vacation
September 18, 2005: I went from updating nearly daily to not updating for 12 days!!!!! WTF!? Anyways, I've been out of Vegas for a bit visiting my Dad and Pat, and at the end of the week before I left, I just think I didn't update because I was lazy. My bad!
Well, the trip to St. Croix was a lot of fun. It was short in duration,
but that was okay, because the weather was just a tad muggy for me. I
left on the night of Friday, 9 Sep. I managed to see my Mom and Harv that
day, as they had come up for the weekend. I met up with them at Bally's,
and we had a good Italian dinner. I then played a little bit of craps
at Bally's (and lost), and then afterwards got a cab over to the Airport.
The next day, we had a nice brunch at Ruggin's, a restaurant right on
the north coast of St. Croix. Very sweet view. Then went to the Easternmost
point of the United States, which is located on Point Udall of St. Croix.
The next day, Monday, Pat went to work, so Dad took me to the beach where
Christopher Columbus made his first landing on St. Croix during his second
voyage to the Americas. We had a good talk about the Air Force and my
On Tuesday, we headed off to the south side of the island, where Fredericksted
is located. This is the city where cruise ships used to come in, but with
St. Croix not really having that much for cruisegoers to do and with it
being a tad more criminal, the cruise ships have stopped. But the beaches
on that side are beautiful. We went to a beach next to a bar called Rhythm's,
and it really was a beautiful spot. I did the thing where you do 7 forward
flips in the water for good luck - you're supposed to do that during one
of the holidays, but I'm not exactly in the Caribbean every day now, so
I did it then.
On Wednesday, I signed up for an all-day catamaran sail and snorkel tour
to Buck Island, which is on the north shore of the island. It was an awesome
trip, with a bunch of fun people on the boat and the snorkeling outstanding.
Fortunately the rain stayed on the island and not out on our sail, which
was nice. The reef at Buck Island is beautiful and clear, with the national
park service also putting little informative plaques along the bottom
of the sea so you can read about what you're swimming above. Very nice.
Then had a great BBQ (hamburgers, hot dogs and mahi-mahi, which I had
all of - YUM) after all the swimming and sailing, and best of all, they
had Rum Punch.
On my last day, Thursday, on the island, I went with Dad and Mike (a
family friend who was staying with the folks as well while he was down)
down to Christiansted to walk around the town. It was dead.
Anyways, before I forget about my travel story, I didn't eat at all on
any of the flights back to Vegas, got picked up by Dave at the airport,
we went to Sam's Town for a little time with dice (and won!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeehaw!), but then went to work afterwards, as something had come up and
had to be taken care of. I just didn't realize it would take 4 hours to
do it. So I got to bed at 5:30am (PST), but which was really 8:30 (Hobie-Standard
Time), meaning I'd been up for 26 hours. Unreal. I finally ate the next
day at lunchtime, after not even really sleeping that well.
And now, this weekend, I've been just putzing around, finally watching Survivor's premiere at the Schofields (outstanding beginning episode - I'm psyched about this season. I'll probably get a page up and running this week), playing a little bit more craps, buying stuff at Best Buy, and overall just being a bum. Sweet. And now I'm killing about 4-5 hours updating my site and pictures. You're welcome!!!!!! ;-)
Oh, by the way, C-Money sent an email out requesting people send gift cards to places like Target out to her so she can collect and distribute them to folks out there who've pretty much lost everything due to flooding. If you'd like to help, please do, as you know they'll be appreciated. If you want to do this, let me know and I'll send you her address (not going to put it up here for privacy reasons).
What's New? The pictures above of my St. Croix trip, plus the bonus pics here of what me and Pony did to Schofield's desk when he was gone for two weeks, an updated Quest for Dice page, and some new DVDs! OH yeah, as I mentioned yesterday on the guestbook, here's the latest Harry Potter trailer (~5MB). AWESOME!
I'm Updating, I'm Updating
September 6, 2005: The most recent email from C-Money:
Sorry I haven't sent an update in a few days, but we got a small reprieve from work and the base to get the boys out of here.
Steve and I left Sunday to drive up to Shreveport, LA to meet up with our friend. Wow... the area along the coast is very devastated. The trees are all starting to die (I'm thinking from all the salt water). Even the ones that are still standing are turning brown and losing leaves. The roads were clear, tho. We took 10 west to 55 and then headed north to 20, then west again. Gas was scarce and where they did have gas, the lines were pretty long. They moved pretty quickly tho. It was funny, but once we got into LA, gas was okay. No lines, a little pricey ($2.89 - Hobie Note: WAIT A SECOND!!!! It's $2.89 in the midst of the destruction, and it's $3.09 out here in Las Vegas??? WTF?!?!?!??????? Anyways, back to our story....), but they had it.
When we got back to Keesler, things had changed (yet again) and now almost the whole squadron is back (before we left, we had about 40 people and were telling the others to find the closest base and sign in there). Well, that changed. Now we have Steve's Communication Squadron and all the instructors that are now out of a job here working to get the connectivity back up. A lot of what we can do is based on the local community being back up, so it's still going slow, but the small victories are encouraging.
We went out to the house to find the power back on in our neighborhood and turned the AC back on to circulate the air (it was starting to smell stagnant). We put our poor, baby trees back to standing up straight (if the magnolia tree survives this, it deserves to live in Biloxi...that's 2 hurricanes since we planted it).
We are staying in billeting for now, until the gas scare goes away. The building is right across the street from work, so we won't be using any gas. The Red Horse team here has almost got the base looking normal. Anyone need any pine wood??? It's piled up as far as the eyes can see! The chow halls are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner now. Still slim pickins but at least it's NOT an MRE.
We should be moving out into the community soon to help with the locals. In fact, we have started already and it will be hard work for a while. Rebuilding is the thing for everyone.
Thanks for all the kind words and prayers from everyone. We are receiving the blessings little by little and it is encouraging! I'll update again when there's more to tell.
C-Money survives! Awesome.
So as for me and my dramaticless life in Vegas, the 4-day weekend was so nice. Didn't do all that much, but I did have fun. On Friday, Dave and I went out to the Strip and wandered around, collecting some dice, playing some craps, and just overall having a good night. He broke even, I lost, but what else is new? On Saturday, I slept in and totally forgot I was supposed to give blood at 10:30 that morning! Oops! I decided I'd go in anyways because I'm sure I could wait and donate still, and that was the case, as they were happy to stick a needle in me and suck out my blood. I actually learned something that day too: My blood type (AB+) is a universal donor for plasma and platelets, which I did not know. I had known that my blood type is a universal recipient for blood, but beyond that I didn't know how much worth me giving blood was. It does explain why the San Antonio blood center called me every single time it was time for me to give blood again though, and they always wanted platelets (which takes a long time, but it's worth it). So that was my Saturday afternoon, and my excuse to not exercise for the rest of the weekend, as I was in a weakened state!!!! I'll believe anything I tell myself. Seriously. A hearty meal was recommended for that evening, so I decided Outback was in order, and I called up the Schofields for some dining company. Afterwards, we ended back up at their place, played video games all night (Mario Party and Mario Kart are seriously addicting), and I crashed over there, coming back home the next day. I then finally went to my apartment complex's pool and laid out in the sun for a few hours. After that, I decided it was time to drink 6 Alaskan beers, which you can see the result of on the guestbook. I was so damn drunk from those. I remember flipping the channels and seeing that the Grudge was just starting in High-Def, and I decided to watch it. WTF???? I can't even believe how the movie ended - but beyond that, I can't really remember how it got to that point. Vague scary scenes of EXTREMELY creepy Japanese people are what I remember. And lots of scared white people. Very odd. I may have to rewatch it just to actually put it all together. Then yesterday was a total blah day, going to Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, and playing the Sims 2 for an inordinate amount of time. That game is truly electronic crack. And now it's today. I went in to work for a bit, got the car washed, and now I'm home doing not much. I like 'not much'. It suits me well.
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