Wow…what a crazy week of classes. I knew it was going to be tough…but it still definitely exceeded my expectations. The amount of class and studying is pretty intimidating, but I figure I’ll do my best and that’ll have to be enough. They describe it as almost like being on deployment. There is little time to do more than go to class, PT, study, eat, and sleep. Even now I should probably be studying, but I also don’t want to burn out. I just wish I could figure out a way to cram more into my brain and retain it better. It’s not too tough to get the concepts, but the verbatim memorization is tough. The one thing that makes it a little better is the realization everyone else is going through the same thing with you, and you’re in it together. I hope we all so well on our first test on Tuesday!
It’s tough to describe all the awesome experiences this week. I had a significant amount of time to explore the Charleston area, and I’m very thankful to Jim for showing me around and entertaining me with tales from his past the entire way. From the details of flying charter flights for Bob Hope, George H.W. Bush, and the former governor of SC Mark Sanford to reminiscing about his time flying for the Air Force to his dealings with thwarting potential miscreants with his firearms to his NASCAR exposure and opportunities to interact with Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. as well as other prominent drivers…there were some good stories. The cuisine we got to share over the meals was great as well…including Sticky Fingers, Texas Roadhouse, Smokey Bones, Manny’s Neighborhood Grille, TJ’s Beef & Brew, O’Charley’s, and Bighorn. I really enjoyed some local “Low Country” specialties including alligator and shrimp and grits. I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity before school starts next week.