The Navy isn’t all rainbows and butterflies…

…but sometimes it is. I see a lot of butterflies on the trails I run on behind the RV park, and the isolated thunderstorms even brought a rainbow into view out my bay window. I also saw a two foot aligator and a three foot snake on my run today. I guess it’s warm enough for the reptiles to start becoming active.

I had a great visit from my Dad and younger brother Dan a couple weekends ago. They came down to pick up the truck and helped install a window AC unit for the Tiny House. I’m definitely appreciating it now that things are getting warmer! We also were able to spend some great time together – just hanging out and even going to the shotgun range at the Air Force base nearby.

I can’t believe I’ve already been in Power School for two months. It’s incredible how quickly the time goes when you’re so busy. Only four more months to graduation!

French Cafe, Avenue Q, and Act of Valor

What a fun night. Got to go with some of my classmates to a very cool French cafe, and then we went to the musical Avenue Q at the Dock Street Theatre in downtown Charleston. My classmates and I shared a box right above stage right, and it was great to see down into the pit where the orchestra was. I had a clear view of the clarinetist who reminded me of my brother, Tim, who still plays clarinet for the orchestra at our church back home. It was fun to finally see Avenue Q for myself, especially after hearing references to so many of the songs from my college roommates who saw it together, but who I didn’t join, probably for some poor reason (like studying), however important it may have seemed at the time. I’m really trying to focus on enjoying Charleston and while still prioritizing my studies and maintain a perspective on what’s most important.

I also had a chance to see Act of Valor, and it was…pretty disappointing. Poor cinematography all around and a plot and script that just left you feeling like it totally lacked depth. Some of the technology (especially the submarine) was cool, but that didn’t make up for the rest of the movie that felt more like a recruitment advertisement than an actual movie with a story line. The producers had so much potential, and I wanted to like the movie so much because of all the men and women it portrayed who deserve our utmost admiration for the sacrifices they’ve made, but the movie just didn’t do them justice.