It's official...I've gone against my credo...ended my vendetta...crossed into the dark side...I've started playing WoW. The game I've said I will never play, I have started playing. And I must say...it's kinda fun, lol.
10 years agoCaboose1117
So here I am, sitting in my room, being bored to death, decided to update my journal, seeing how it hasn't been done in a longggg ass time. I made it through Basic Training! YEY! It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. It actually turned out to be rather fun and exciting. Looking back on it, the things we did were really quite fun. Yes, aside from a few things which SUCKED, I had fun in basic. Now what sucked? The people (I hated 98% of my platoon with a passion), no news from the outside world, being away from family, friends, and no electronics (so no games, lol). I got some pictures from graduation day, just waiting for mom to send them down, and heres a video of our Family Day ceremony. I'm somewhere in the second group of people from the left. Anyway, moving on. Remember the journal about my eye being fucked up? Well guess what, it still is. They almost kicked me out of the Army for it too. I can still see out of it, so that's a big plus, but take a look at this (it's the right eye):
Cool ain't it? Not really, it kinda sucks in the sun, and since I can't wear sunglasses in uniform here I got to keep it closed almost all the time outside or it'll get bleached out. But here's the kicker. I went to the eye doctor once I got down here, and she has no idea whats wrong with it. She said it could be nerve damage, muscle damage, she didn't know. So I got another appointment scheduled to see a specialist. Hopefully he can let me know what's going on with it.
So where is here? Here is Pensacola Florida, I'm stationed at a Navy base here for my AIT follow-on training. It's...interesting going from a Army base to a Navy one. It's not bad, the foods defiantly A LOT better than up at Jackson. It's just the different terms for everything and all the Navy ranks I gotta learn...but other than that it's pretty good.
Well, there's your update. I'll probably go into more detail about basic here sometime, but right now I'm really tired, and I'm going to go to bed...good night.
11 years agoCaboose1117
So, Wednesday I want paintballing with a few of my friends. Everything was going good, played a few matches, had alot of fun. On our 5th game, Me, Mel, and Aaron were the first ones out. So we were waiting around by the cars messing around. They had a zipline set up over a river so I decided to give it a shot. Went over alright, and I was over on the other side when I start getting shot at. I don't have my mask on. I find out that Mel is fooling around and starts shooting. She doesn't hit me and I duck behind some bushes, and yell at her saying that that was a dumb move. She stops, so I step out and begin my slide back across the river. She starts shooting at me again...and hits me. Right in the eye. I manage to hang on to the zipline, get to the other side, and collapse. Mel and Aaron rush over there and by that time some others are getting hit so they start coming over. They clean it up and take me to the hospital. At the hospital I get a CT scan, and get checked by there eye doctor. My eye has two abrasions on it, and is 85% filled with blood, and he can't see the retina to tell if it's detacheid or not. But the globe itself isn't ruptured from what he could tell. We make another appointment for the next morning, and he gives me some drops to be taken every 4 hours, and tells me that I have to keep my head up as much as possible to help it drain, which means sleeping in my chair. Which isn't bad because my chairs a Lazy-Boy. So the next day comes, my head is sore because I'm not use to sleeping like that, and my eye hurts from one of the drops, the dilating drop burns like hell and I had to get three of those. We go back to the doctor and get some good news. One abrasion is completely healed, the other is almost healed, and I only have 30% blood in my eye. The doc there tells me to go up to the cities and get a ultrasound of my eye. Ok, fine. So I go up there and after waiting around for a very very long time, I finely get in and get the ultrasound. The ultrasound revels that my retina is not detached and from what he could tell it's not ripped, which is good. Today I went and saw the doctor again and she didn't have any new information for me. She said that the blood was starting to layer on the bottom and it just had to work it's way out. My vision is starting to come back, I just got to keep from moving around alot or I'll stir up the blood again and it'll cloud over. So really all I need to do know is keep my activity down, keep my head up, and give it time. There is one problem with the time part though...I leave for basic on Wednesday. Hopefully it'll be better by then, but if it isn't, then I got a problem. If the Army wont take me because of this...then I'm in trouble, because I have no idea what to do or even how to start...So hopefully it'll be better by then. I'm doing everything that I can to speed it's recovery, but idk, hope it will be enough.
EDIT: For your viewing pleasure, MY EYE:
12 years agoCaboose1117
We've heard about it. We've read about it. We've even seen video's for it. But now it's here for our playing enjoyment. Now of course, everyone is going to have there likes/and dislikes about it. Here are my top ten likes and dislikes about the beta.
1)The game play is just as good, and sometimes better than Halo 2. I always thought that it was impossible to improve upon perfection, but Bungie has done it.
2)The new assault rifle kicks some major -blam-
3)The controls are great. It took a little to get use to, but now that I'm use to it, it just seams.....right.
4)The Mongoose kicks some major butt. I can just see a campaign mission where the Chief is escaping a covenant/flood hoard or some huge explosion on one of these like in The Maw
5)The new weapons are fun
6)I like the equipment, it really adds a new level to the game. You can be chasing someone down with the assault rifle, and the person drops a bubble shield, and you suddenly have to rethink tactics
7)The graphics are really good. There not Gears of War, but this is a beta.
8)The film feature is going to be really cool.
9)I love the brute shot. I love the fact that it now has six grenades instead of four.
10)I love how the terrain affects the game play in Snowbound. I'm a huge fan of winter environments, and I love how the grenades sink in to the snow and not just bounce on top of them like it was white concrete.
1)I don't like where they put the shield bar. I liked it better over the radar. Or even better, go back to the Halo 1 hud, that was my favorite
2)Some of the weapons seam overpowering
3)Some of the weapons seem underpowered.
4)The new menu is a little confusing for me.
5)The controls take some getting use to. I still run up to a vehicle, gun, or the oddball and slam my thumb on X expecting it to do something.
6)Matchmaking seams to take a really long time to find a game
7)I'm still a little up in the air about the third person view when you pick up a chain gun or one of those big rocket launchers. I see where there coming from with that, but still.
8)Some of the new animations seem a little iffy.
9)I don't like how the screen clouds up when your being shot at, you can't see a thing.
10)I would really like some kind of warning sound that plays when your shield is down. There might be one, but I can't hear it.
There you have it, my top 10 likes and dislikes about the beta. Now I realize that it is a beta, and that thing's will change. But I really hope that they, if anything, move the shield bar, I really don't like it there.
12 years agoCaboose1117
Well, summers coming around the corner, which means money. I got three jobs this summer. I'm going to be working as a tour guide, working at the school, and mowing the cemetery. Now comes the big question, what should I buy. I've narrowed it down to 4 things, a upgrade to my desktop, a motorcycle, a guitar, or a laptop. I'm so confused. Everyone's telling me not to get the motorcycle because I'll end up killing my self, but I don't know, there cool. Help, please.
12 years agoCaboose1117
Ok, so last weekend, I went with a friend to go to the Army National Guard Armory near here. The plan was, he was going to get his PT gear, take it home and wash it, and I was going to talk to the recruiter. I've been thinking about joining the Guard for a while now, and I wasn't going to bring it up to my parents yet because I didn't have all the info and I hadn't talked to the Air Force recruiter yet, which is another option that I am thinking of. So I talked to him till about 9 PM, and when I got home, the shit hit the fan...big time. They new that I was thinking about the Guard, Dad didn't really seam to mind it that much, he just wanted me to explore all the options before I signed anything. My mom on the other hand, hated the idea, and was against it almost 100% because there is a chance of me getting shot. So when I walked through the door, I could tell that they weren't that happy. Mom had this look of absolute disgust on her face, and dad just kinda sat there. Mom started the conversation saying "so, what did he say". I went through everything that he told me, all the benefits I will get, all the training and experience I'll get, and (I directed this directly at my mom) that I was thinking of joining either the artillery, (eaither 13B, cannon crewmember, or 13D, Field artillery automated data systems operator), which would be at least 7 miles behind the lines where there is no shooting, or be a signal support system specialist (25U), which puts together, networks, and maintains the computer systems that they use, very non-combat related. Well, this didn't go over very well, she started off on this huge rant, and everything that follows is what came out of her mouth:
"Your just joining the Army because that is what your friends are in"
"Nothing that they tell you is true, he's lying to you just to get you in"
"It doesn't matter what you go into, they'll take you out of there, and put you in what ever job they need you in, and do you know where they'll put you, right in the middle of the streets, right where all the shooting is."
"If you want to go over there, and play cowboys and Indians and get yourself killed, you can go right ahead"
I did not like this at all. I started yelling at her and getting all pissed off because all the info that she's going off of is from the '60's, the Vietnam era, she doesn't seam to understand that this is a new age, and a different Army. And both of the job's that I was thinking of going into are very high priority jobs, where they need a lot of people. There not going to take me out of a job where they are desperate for people, skilled people (13D and 25U) and put them in a situation where they could get killed. She didn't buy this and still stomped her feet saying that they'll put me in what ever job they wanted me in. Now this is the part where it gets weird. I asked her why she was so ageins't me going into a job where I could get hurt, because it obviously didn't bother me, and she said, and I quote "I don't care if you come back without a leg or a arm, but I don't want you to come back with a brain injury, I don't want you coming back and have your brain be a pool of jello". This really confused me. She told me that she read a article in Discover about soldiers coming home with brain injuries, and she didn't want that to happen to me. I told her that I could get a brain injury driving to school the next day, at least over there I got a helmet, I got some protection, but she didn't buy that. All the time dad just sat there, pretty much repeating everything that mom said and saying that I need to explore all the options. By this time I was in a hysterical yelling spree, and just wanted out of the conversation because it was getting to be about 11, and remember, this started at about 9:30, and I was very tired, and very hungry. I finely said that I did not have my mind set in stone yet, and I was going to explore all the other options before I made my decision, and this settled them down a bit and they said that we would talk about this latter when I was more ready. I went to bed incredibly pissed off, and I haven't been too happy with them ever since.
The thing is, my parents don't really understand why I want to join the Army. I want to join the Army because I will be one of the few from my town who decided to get out of a dead-end town, and make something of themselves. I want to walk into a class reunion 20 year's from now wearing my uniform, look at the people who have picked-on me, put me down, and make me feel like shit for almost 9 years, and say, "Remember me, you said I would never be anything, you said that I would never make anything of myself, well, look at me now". I want to be someone who stands up and gives back to this great country that has given me so much. There are so many other reasons that I want to join the Army, but the thing is, my parents don't understand, and that's what makes me the maddest. I'm going to talk to my uncle who is in the Air Force and see if he can set me up with a Air Force recruiter, but I still want to join the Army. I got two years, till I can make decisions about my life without there permission, and if my mind is still set on the Army by then, the second I turn 18, I'm signing that line, and they can't do a thing about it.
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