Gael

Female
from Oklahoma City, OK

  • Activity

    • Huh.

      7 years ago

      Gael

      Yep.. that pretty much cleared things up. =)

    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      7 years ago

      Gael

      Oh, Amphib ops. It's actually pretty interesting, but the Navy CDR running this period of instuction is kind of a dick, and that makes it hard to stay motivated. Other news with me. I've learned to say "yut" and "kill" and how to bark "Oo-rah." Actually bark it. There is no way to type out what that sounds like that I can determine.

      Let's see... what else is new. Well I went to Atlantic City with some of the Marines. That was A LOT of fun, but I can't talk about much of it. =)

      Comm school starts next week. It's going to be a ton of work, I think, but I'm still looking forward to it. And since we're in the capstone PE for Amphib Ops, I think I confused some Marines in Starbucks this morning. We decided to have an S-6 offsite (I'm RLT S-6, and my BN S-6s and I are pretty much done with our planning) and I got a really funny look from a couple of Marines when I started talking about trying to work an embark plan for the Bataan and that we needed to pass approx grids up to MEB for our CP ashore for para 5 of the order. I know that was complete greek to many of you who still read this, but trust me. Coming from an AF chick, it was especially funny. I think my DLPT for Marine Speak is about a 2/2+ at this stage.

      Speaking of Navy people... I had a really really odd encounter with a LCDR yesterday. I was up at MEB trying to straighten out the LCAVAT (assigning gear to landing craft for you non-Marines) and this LCDR kept eyeballing me. Eventually he walked over to grab his cover and leave for the day. He stood next to me and waited for me to make eye contact before he leaned over to grab his cover and said "this brings back some memories, eh?" I was thinking "what the hell are you talking about?" but only mumbled "ha, something like that." At which point he finished grabbing his cover and departed. Wierd. I don't know the guy from Adam.

      Let's see.. what else is new. Well this Marine that I thought was cute way back in the beginning of the course turns out to be a Comm guy, so we'll be spending a lot of time together over the next 2 months. He's also single, so we got to talking yesterday and he invited me to hit a DC dance club on Saturday with him and some of the international officers. Then later invited me to meet him at BWW just to hang out. So I went, and it was extremely casual between us. He's a pretty good guy and he flirted with me a little, but it was kind of mixed signals. Lots of eye contact and positive body language, and I flirted back trying not to come on too strong, but I left there not entirely certain of how he percieves this whole thing. Nevertheless, we stayed there until midnight (that's 5 hours, for those keeping track.) Today he suggested we get dinner "up north" tomorrow (friday) if I don't have anything going on, then we had a short text conversation about cooking and favorite foods. After everything you guys have said, I'm forcing myself to take everything at face value and not read into any of it, since girls are the only ones with a subtext feature. I think if we do dinner tomorrow, that will make things more clear, since it should be just us. (One of his buddies showed up and hung out for a little while yesterday.) I have a strategy in mind, (with a branch plan or two, lol) so I guess we'll see.

    • Checking in

      7 years ago

      Gael

      Hmm. So it's been a minute since I posted. Just wanted to say I'm still alive... the Marines haven't killed me yet. But they are starting to grow on me. I even have a Marine coffee mug now... mostly because they kept threatening to steal my AF one (and also it's only $0.50 to get a coffee refill using the Marine mug at MCX.)

      We're into Amphibious ops now which is probably about the most out of my element I could possibly get during this training. Still cool though.

      Got follow-on orders to Hurlburt. Kinda funny that I will be working for my last sq commander again, but hey, it's AFSOC so I'll take it.. even if it looks like staff work for a little while.

      PS. Almost forgot. I couldn't remember if I mentioned this before but the Marines in my CG awarded me a new callsign: Honey Badger.

    • Quotables

      7 years ago

      Gael

      There are many interesting things said by Marine officers within the halls of EWS, but few are as entertaining as a certain combat engineer major from Georgia. His CG is keeping a quote book. I would love to get my hands on it sometime. Here are a few tidbits from today's otherwise rather dry lesson.

      "Some tanker is gonna look down and say 'man, this wheel is all messed up. I must have run over some wire ten miles back.' That's not the kind of obstacle I want to build. I want to kill the tank, not annoy his maintenance officer."

      "You can't yell 'Abatis!' every time you see a tree."

      "So you beat off the enemy in the defense... wait.. that was phrased poorly."

      "You can't walk into a room and yell 'Titties!' and not expect a reaction."

      "Spain? That's just like the US only with bulls."

      My other entertainment today was watching a good third of the student body stiff-legging it through the halls. All fellow post-marathon sufferers. I can barely walk and my FacAd wanted me to wear the Alien costume in base housing. While it would have been fantastic to scare everyone, stilts seem like a terrible idea at the moment.

    • PAIN... in my legs.

      7 years ago

      Gael

      Well, just completed my first (and almost certainly my last) marathon yesterday. Marine Corps Marathon was a lot of fun for the first 15 miles or so... then it started to hurt. The bizarre part was that speaking from a cardio standpoint, I don't recall ever really being that tired except for maybe one of the hills. It was the muscles in my legs that started being incooperative. Didn't help that the weather turned bad this weekend, with snow on Saturday and starting the race at 35 degrees. But I finished, and that's the important part. I was a full hour slower than what I was aiming for, which initially pissed me off. However most of the people I talked to (casual runners/beginners.. not these 2-hour marathon types) had similar results so I think the weather played a huge role in that respect. Mom and my brother Sean came out here to cheer me on and forced me to keep going at mile 17 when I really, really didn't want to. At the time I was mad, but now I'm happy they did it. It'll be nice when I can walk normally again, though. =)

    • Alien visits the Marines

      7 years ago

      Gael

      Well the suit is at what I call an 80% solution. Not where I personally want it to be, but good enough to take out on the town, so to speak. EWS Halloween party was last night where the thing debuted. At an even 6'6", I was the tallest thing there. Ha! Walking down the stairs in stilts was interesting, but once I got into the main hall, literally everyone stopped what they were doing and just stared at me. Same thing would happen when I walked into different CG rooms. Then the photos started. It was like being a celebrity... or Mickey Mouse at Disney. One person after another. Then there was much frustration by partygoers trying to figure out who the hell I was under the suit. I stayed in character of course. =) 90 minutes into the party and I had to loose the stilts... they were starting to hurt. When I take this rig to DC, I need more padding and elastic in the supports. When the elastic started to wear out, it was like walking with a cut achielles tendon.

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      Alien and Red Dawn... this guy was flirting with me ALL NIGHT. Ha!
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      Alien found Waldo. Look how tall this freakin thing is!!
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      My CG. Funniest part of this photo... in real life I'm the shortest one in the class. =)
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    • FINALLY... feels like progress

      7 years ago

      Gael

      Got the jaws formed. Had to scrap the original clay sculpt because it didn't survive the transfer from Oklahoma well and I didn't feel up to attempting something quite this complex as my first cast. Solution - moldable plastic - deceptively difficult. I feel like the end might be in sight!! Need to finish the head and might need to extend the lower jaw before attaching, but progress is still progress! All four back vents are now ready to be attached. Haven't decided if I'm attempting that tonight or if it should wait for tomorrow. Enjoy the pics!

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      Still have some finishing work to do on the body, but much closer now
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      And now with the jaws, unpainted and obviously unattached.
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      And the back... need to deal with the extra fabric from the ribs.
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    • 'nother update

      7 years ago

      Gael

      Wow. didn't realize how long it's been since I posted an update to this. Pics will come up tomorrow, but the suit looks far less tron and a lot more Borg at the moment. Ha! If I can't get the head and tail working, looks like I have an alternative costume option. =)

      On that note, thighs (front and back) are COMPLETE. Torso is complete enough... upgrades can happen if I get time. Single joint fingers are ready to go, but I haven't assembled them much beyond attaching them to the hands. I want to see if I have time to machine the second joint, but once I start costuming over them it's a done deal. One back vent is complete. Front of the arms are complete enough. I also now have a spine, upper and lower teeth, and about 40% of a lower jaw. Thank goodness for moldable plastic!!! Will need to order a ton more of it to finish the head and tail, however. Tomorrow I should be able to finish and attach the ribs, and I would love to finish the bottom jaw. That is depending on how long it takes me to get in two more modules of JTAC primer and knock out an 18 mile run. Way too much going on right now.

      If I get this done on time, it will really be a miracle. Current deadline - 21 Oct.

    • Alien update

      7 years ago

      Gael

      Progress.. Here's how the bodysuit looks as of right now. Still a long way to go, but I'm almost done with the abdomen, and that seems to be the most time consuming piece right now. Sternum is just layed in place for visual reference so I know where to position stuff in relation to the ribs.

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      Kinda Tron-esque. =)

    • 7 years ago

      Gael
  • Comments (746)

    • GoldenZephyr

      4 years ago

      Happy Birthday! smiley13.gif

    • GoldenZephyr

      5 years ago

      Happy Birthday!

    • KJS101abn

      5 years ago

      Hey Its Kevin Strang. Look me up on FB

    • lostone

      7 years ago

      Hey trouble, just wanted to say hi, and see if you're on F'n Facebook

    • Foxfire22 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      aaaaaabsss.

    • Foxfire22 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Haha, now your showing off, I really am impressed. Let me know when u post the photo of your abs.

    • Foxfire22 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Everyday!? Your my hero.

    • Foxfire22 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Hey! my abs are killing me, lol. i only managed half the crunches and was finished before the first gael pull up. ill work on it though.u seriously did 100 crunches and 200 oblique crunches??! i want a picture of your abs, right now please.

    • Whiskeyj4ck

      8 years ago

      I completely understand the source of your irritation!

      I've been with my wife for 17 years and there are stretches...

    • Whiskeyj4ck

      8 years ago

      The air sourced debris was undoubtedly the wiser choice given the options!

      And "Hand-job" as a call sign is the winner of the day. Derogatory handles are a true sign of respect, I am not on board with the new commander's outlook on this one.

      I have worked in the past with a guy dubbed "Porno" and another dubbed "D.T." (short of Dink Toucher). I had to fire Porno, but D.T. was a good shit.

    • Whiskeyj4ck

      8 years ago

      In Canada we don't have Latinos... or Machismo, well we have polite machismo.
      Isn't a Fig a desert Kiwi? Seriously, it's amazing that you can find someone in that kind of situation.

    • Batpez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      haha cool

    • Batpez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      ok then they're crazy tall!

    • bigvig FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Rampant

      8 years ago

      That's awesome.

      I'm glad to see you're all right, feeling good and kicking butt.

      Don't take any crap from the marines. If they give you any lip, just put one of your ninja movies on them. smiley8.gif

    • bigvig FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Rampant

      8 years ago

      Great to see you online!

      Did you finally manage to tan a little bit and not burn while you were deployed? smiley0.gif

    • quartermann

      8 years ago

      Got you on Facebook! (You know this.)

      Wish I had a better grasp of the military realm, however. I'm so lost most of the time with it that I have no idea how to comment!

      At any rate, thanks for the service as usual. :-)

    • Whiskeyj4ck

      8 years ago

      4 weeks and no sign of new funny nicknames...We are all expecting great things in your next journal.

    • Whiskeyj4ck

      8 years ago

      My wife and boy would get a huge kick out of a picture. I never thought sugar cubes would be a novelty?!

      Cheez-its or Cheez-Nips - I thought they were made in the same factory and just loaded into different boxes... smiley0.gif

    • Whiskeyj4ck

      8 years ago

      Glad to help out. Let me know when you need more Tims.

      BTW - My wife was shocked that it got to you so soon, good on the mail folks.

    • GoldenZephyr

      8 years ago

      They look like they're enjoying it! I'm glad I could help out! How long are you guys going to be out there? I'll get started on the next one soon.

    • GoldenZephyr

      8 years ago

      It's all good. Kind of how the old piece of field gear goes: you get a good piece of gear (usually something you forgot or didn't know to bring) from the guy leaving and you pass it on to the guy who replaces you. Everyone sent me stuff while I was in Stan last winter. I'm just paying forward the gifts I've received.

    • GoldenZephyr

      8 years ago

      You won't find any blow up dolls or rooffied cheerleaders in the box but it's a good as it's going to get. Yeah, there are more goodies in the second box along with the Dallas Cowgirls. I sent them at the same time so it should only be a few days apart. I put everything on your list in there and a couple of extras that I liked having while I was there a few months ago. I kind of figured things would go fast but they only make the boxes so big. Shipping containers have to get trucked through Pakistan from what I hear so mailing boxes every few months will have to do! smiley1.gifsmiley13.gif

    • GoldenZephyr

      9 years ago

      Did you get both boxes? I had to split it up between two boxes. And do me a favor and get a picture with the Airmen and the gear/cowgirls. ;)

    • bigvig FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Rampant

      9 years ago

      Law keeps cigarettes from U.S. troops in combat zones
      bit.ly/d9PB6e


      Has this affected you and your airmen yet?

    • quartermann

      9 years ago

      So, yeah... just a bit of a random question here.

      Are you thinking you'll be making this gig a career choice? :-)

    • bikemancs

      9 years ago

      Hey, not a problem, like I've said, I'm a REMF. I'll help out whoever I can!

    • GoldenZephyr

      9 years ago

      Two things,
      -Man LAw says I have to object to Manly Things like guns and accessories being called "pretty" but thank you. It is a beautiful scope, isn't it? I have pictures of other shooters' finished products but I'll have my stock in September and I'm going to assemble it by the end of October. (I have a resident NCO school) Then I'll post pics of the finished GoldenZephyr2010 Assault Rifle.
      - I'd like to double check your mailing address, via PM if you like for privacy, cuz I think the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are showing up this wek and I'll be shipping them out with everything else this weekend.

      Head down,
      Chin up,
      Powder dry.

    • Foxfire22 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      if u ever want to chat u just need to catch me on facebook ;)

    • Whiskeyj4ck

      9 years ago

      Wait... 1984? You were born in 1984? Oh, Hell No!

      I remember doing illegal-ish things BEFORE you were born...Crap I am gettign old.

    • bigvig FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Rampant

      9 years ago

      In hindsight, I should have just sent you the link.

      My bad. Good luck. Have fun.

    • DemoDiver79

      9 years ago

      I KNOW, RIGHT?? I saw that preview and peed my pants a little. Bummer you're gonna miss it! When (approximately) do you hit the "beach"?

    • Aidan_Pryde

      9 years ago

      So I'm curious. I noticed that you had a T-6 Texan II pic, and you expressed interest in applying for UPT? My vote, go for it!

    • Xhyra

      9 years ago

      I see, I should have done that sooner. I think I'm just going to go with AECP with how I'm doing so far.

    • Xhyra

      9 years ago

      Did you go through the Academy?

    • GoldenZephyr

      9 years ago

      Yeah. I tried to find it later on my own. I was a little surprised. "Kat does/did this???? Wait a minute. Kat's a good girl!" All of your scornful stories while a bouncer in college reminded me you'd never do that. Or at least publicize it. (we all have our dirty little secrets or crazy nights in college) smiley13.gif

    • Whiskeyj4ck

      9 years ago

      HaHa! Face on the ground.

      My many dealings with unhappy unionized personnel has taught me the dangers of having your instructions followed with literal intent. Luckily, I have no fear of explicit instructions and a devilish attention to detail. Combine that with my overdeveloped ability to return in kind, and we have a formula for success.

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      Post edited 5/29/10 11:06PM

    • GoldenZephyr

      9 years ago

      +1 Zing indeed! Try searching EPW on youtube and see what you come up with. You'll see why I had trouble with finding all of your videos.

    • Whiskeyj4ck

      9 years ago

      Excellent information. I was looking at the WileyX due to their prescription compatible models and the option to select tints for different lighting conditions. Not to mention that they are cheaper than the oakleys.

      Thanks again!

    • Whiskeyj4ck

      9 years ago

      Softball sized hail? That is like a mortar round!

      I take it back.

    • GoldenZephyr

      9 years ago

      You know what? My last post got better. TransCom scheduled my freedom bird to land at a closed Air Reserve Base. So guess what? My flight was delayed by 12 hours so it would land when the Air Force wasn't on weekend break. Good job. Hope your deployment goes better.

    • Gael

      9 years ago

      In reply to Havoc1, #5:

      Yeah, you've got a point there.

      I don't know about the Army, but for a while there in the AF it was crazy hard to get someone kicked out - even on drug charges. Thanks to my other special child, we learned that the conviction rate for a naked UA (even when it's cocaine) is still only 20%. Even now, we're going through huge force shaping efforts which make the opening of a UIF a guaranteed discharge, but the JAGs hamstring us so much. Sometimes people just need to be let go. It's like they're afraid to fire anybody, and the MEB folks are no better. They're happier to hand out Class C profiles than vacate that position for someone who can actually deploy. Craziness. I do wish flight commanders had a little more leeway to carry out the second word in that title..

    • Batpez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      doing well today?

    • Batpez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      do you have facebook perchance?

    • Batpez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      added. I'm batpez1138

    • Batpez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      may I add you on aim?

    • Batpez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      aww how sad!!

    • Batpez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      what summer plans?
      want to go to rvbto?

    • Batpez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      New Orleanians are creole, not cajun. the cajuns are the ones in the swamps descended from the Acadians.
      but yes. we're awesome. smiley0.gif
      let me know next time you're down here I'll buy you coffee and beignets

    • Batpez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      impressive!
      and even more impressive legs!
      haha yeah... I think of Shreveport as an exile... but I'm from the OPPOSITE end of the state, and anywhere away from New Orleans is an exile. smiley0.gif

    • armeav8r

      9 years ago

      In reply to Gael:

      Yes, I understood. But on your resume' you could call it hostage negotiator. I misunderstood nothing. smiley0.gif

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