tFMechanic

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  • Activity

    • Far away and feeling it. . .

      3 months ago

      tFMechanic

      Man, so much to catch up on (assuming any of my old pals still read these). Highlights since last time - two more deployments, selected for promotion, now in Korea.


      New locations are always interesting, especially outside the US. Lots to see and do, but sometimes an introvert just needs to kick back and game for a while. Been doing mostly singleplayer stuff lately as the time difference is kinda brutal - 14 hours from here to back stateside. Makes finding time for coop/mp hard, which really stinks at times like now - jumped into some MCC mp on a whim and having some real fun but I miss sharing that with friends. I hope to hell that when MCC comes out for PC it'll be cross compatible, maybe then some of my pc only compatriots will be able/willing to join in.

    • Really? It's hot in Africa?

      2 years ago

      tFMechanic

      Well, finally home from 4 months overseas and partially settled in. My plans to move in with a buddy of mine fell through so I'm back in the same apartment complex I was before. I still need to move in my actual furniture but for now I've got the place bare bones livable.


      On top of needing to finish the move-in, I'm heading back to my office in a few hours for what's bound to be a hectic day of post-deployment appointments and general check-in with my command. I'm sure the finance office will love me when I bring them the memo for all the special pays and stuff I should have been getting but wasn't - nothing like the holidays to process some dude's back-pay.


      On the bright side my pals are planning a welcome home party for tomorrow night. Lots of booze and shenanigans to be had there without a doubt. I've also got plans on making myself a proper setup for my PC (desk and monitors as opposed to just hooking it up to the TV). Goal is to have a really nice cockpit kind of setup for Elite:Dangerous.


      That's it for now. Hope to see y'all online at some point!

    • Back on the East Coast!

      3 years ago

      tFMechanic

      So I've finally got myself settled here in Maryland, and damn what a change it is. It's nice being back in a 'normal' time zone, where I'm not so far behind everyone else. I'm still adapting back to cold weather as well - it just didn't happen back in Hawaii.

      New work center sounds promising - I've got a lot of training to do but everyone who works there promises the chance to kill bad guys, so that's a big plus. Can't really say more than that.

      I got a bunch of trade credit at Gamestop for stuff, so I decided to waste it on a PS4; I'm tFMechanic on PSN as well, so if anybody wants to add me go ahead. I'll still probably be on XB1 predominantly. It's where my friends already are and it's what I'm used to, but there are PS titles that I've always kinda wanted to play.

      That's the big items in my life right now, how's everyone else doing?

    • Tempus Fugit. . .

      3 years ago

      tFMechanic

      . . . Holy crap though, it does. Hard to believe I've been living in Hawaii for almost three years now. I've really enjoyed my time out here, all the friends I've made and places I've been; and while I will miss t-shirt and shorts weather year round I'm quite ready to move on to my next duty station.

      No idea what kind of professional changes await me in Maryland. Ft Meade is so much more massive in terms of both personnel and mission scope. Not to mention that, in addition to learning my particular job there, I'm also going to start shouldering the responsibilities of an NCO. Not that I'm complaining - I knew full well what I might be getting myself into when I signed for my promotion testing; and besides, my professional time here in Hawaii has been marked more than once by my having to rise to unexpected challenge. Given that experience I'm sure I'll be okay.

      In the meantime I really need to stop procrastinating on doing my outprocessing stuff. I'm only moving myself and my stuff, so it's all pretty straightforward but I still need to make the arrangements to move my household goods and ship my vehicle. Man, a guy really starts feeling like an adult thinking about it all - when the hell did that happen? I remember turning 18, graduating high school, and still feeling for all the world like a dumb, unprepared kid. Now I'm 25 and managing all my own various expenses (phone, internet, auto loan, auto insurance, rent, utilities, etc), planning a cross country move (with a stop along the way for my older brother's wedding), and thinking ahead career wise all at the same time. I guess growing up can just kinda sneak up on you when you aren't looking.


      Man, all that's way too heavy for a Saturday night. Somebody come play Halo with me.

    • The Hi life

      6 years ago

      tFMechanic

      Get it? 'Cause Hawaii . . . moving on.

      For the first time in forever I'm actually looking around the RT site. Noticing the somewhat sporadic journals from friends and catching up on new stuff from the crew (new RvB season, RWBY). I go back to work in just a few hours; put in a couple days of leave plus my natural off duty time while my parents were visiting out here. It was really nice getting to spend time with them, especially while going to see some stuff that I hadn't gone to see before (like visiting the big island).

      I know I've told my ToR playing friends this, but I'll explain it here for everyone else: my schedule is 3 days on, 3 days off. When I first got started in my duty section it was 8 hour shifts, but then we had a lot of people leaving so we had to crunch down and start working 12's instead. It's not so bad though, and work is actually going pretty well for me. My shop leadership saw my positive attitude, as opposed to the cynical laziness of a few of the long-timers on the shift, and when they needed someone to take over a leadership spot on the shift they picked me (even though several people on the shift outrank me).

      That feels really cool and is going to look awesome when I go up for early promote. Plus, once I'm finished with my Career Development Course stuff, I only need a couple of college credits to get my Associates from Community College of the Air Force. And the credits I need can be earned by CLEP or DANTES (basically I'd get some study material and take a test on it rather than go through the full college course). If I can get that knocked out I'll be a pretty serious contender for Below The Zone.

      Going back to my work schedule, it's really affected how I spend my free time. Since we started 12 hour shifts my 3 days on basically cycle between work and sleep, and in my 3 days off my attention is divided between multiple media (kindle, xbox, pc, nintendo ds) and spending time with my friends out here. So I'm kinda all over the place. Plus - has it really been nine months since I got out here? Damn but time does fly.

      That's it for now, everybody. Mayhaps I'll see you online in a couple days after my work set.
      -Mech

    • Back online!

      6 years ago

      tFMechanic

      Ok, couple of big news items right now vode. First off, I have survived my first week in Hawaii; I know my last journal talked about going to Korea, but my assignment got switched at the last minute. Such is life. Instead I'm posted to Hickam AFB, Hi for the next couple years; really excited to be here and looking forward to all the great stuff to do!

      Second, as my journal title suggests, I've got myself set up with a proper internet connection again! Oceanic, the local ISP, was really great about getting me set up in a timely fashion. I'm gonna have to do some twisting to be ready for Halo 4, since Amazon doesn't do release day delivery out here; fortunately getting my 'net connection was the only real hurdle leading up to that.

      Thirdly, and this leads back to the other two a bit, I'm in the process of purchasing a vehicle for myself. It's a pretty good deal off the 'lemon lot' on base, a 2006 Pontiac G6 for $8500. My credit is fairly limited so the interest on the loan is a bit high, but USAA has been very accommodating and the monthly payment is well within my ability to pay. Hopefully the expedited check will get here soon so I can move myself around more easily, and go do stuff without having to bug one of my wingmen for a ride.

      That's basically it for now, everybody. Hope y'all are doing well, and hope to see you on live in a week or two for Halo 4!
      -A1C Mechanic

    • Going Dark

      6 years ago

      tFMechanic

      It's that time, vode. I'm finally wrapping up my stay here at Goodfellow. Tomorrow morning I take my final evaluation for the extra training course I'm in, then Friday we graduate. It won't be anything close to what my afsc course graduation was, which is all the better. As soon as that's all said and done I can do my final outprocessing from my training squadron, which is the last step before I'm able to leave. My flight home doesn't leave until Saturday morning, so I'll be in a hotel Friday night.

      As for the title of this journal, it refers to my lessening online status for the next few days. I just sold my TV today (didn't want to bother lugging it to Korea) so no more xbox time until I get set up in the dorms at Osan. I also called to get my internet service disconnected since I'm almost outta here and that's gonna happen sometime tomorrow. So I'm basically gonna be without internet of my own until I get back on my parents' network at home. Fun stuff.

      Kinda boring details, I'm sure, but figured I'd throw out the heads up to my friends who still frequent this place. See ya later, everybody.

    • Nearly Done!

      6 years ago

      tFMechanic

      Hi everybody! Or hi to anyone reading my journals nowadays, anyone else can fuck off if they want a hi from me. Anywho, just a quick update from my neck of the woods. I have successfully graduated the 1N2C course here at Goodfellow, making me officially an apprentice level intel analyst. My last journal indicated I was going to Morse school as follow-on training, but that got changed about a week before graduation; now I've got a different set of extra training here at this base before I get moving. Skipping over the details, the short version is I'll be here 'til about the end of September, then going home for recruiter assistance (commonly seen as free leave).

      Still heading across the pacific for my first base, really excited to see what ROK is like. As a side note for anyone interested, I had to qualify on the M4 as part of my prep for PCSing to Osan.

      Hmmmm, not much more than that to talk about. At least, details on anything else would bore you I'm sure.I'll probably upload some pics here soon once I get them; probably not the one from the actual graduation ceremony, but at least the two versions of our class picture. Actually, note to self - ask dad about my flight photo from BMT; he never did send my a digital copy of that thing and I would so like to show it off.

      That's it from me for the time being, vode. Until next time, stay happy, healthy, and motivated.
      -A1C Mechanic

    • Status Report

      7 years ago

      tFMechanic

      Been a while since I put something up here, figured I'd fill everyone in on how things are going here at tech school. First, and most obviously, it is goddamned hot out; I cannot wait to get the fuck outta Texas. Of course it doesn't help that I'm going to Arizona next, but more on that later. Class is going pretty well. I'm not allowed to go into details, but I will say that the hands on stuff we are doing is really cool and I'm excited to get out into my career field. We're proceeding apace and right on schedule for our Aug. 22 grad date.

      After waiting so long, my whole class has assignments now; we had a few with assignments already, but now so do the rest of us. Anyhow, once we're done here at Goodfellow I'll be heading to my first duty station at Osan Air Base, Korea. Before then, and here's where the Arizona thing comes in, those of us going to Osan have to go to Fort Huachuca (Wa-choo-ka) for Morse School. Fun fun. According to our instructor after the first few weeks we'll be convinced we hear morse in everything from bird tweets to the humming of the 'fridge.

      I've got mixed feelings on it all. On the one hand I have no problem going to Korea; I've never been to that part of the world and it would be really cool to go see what all the sights and such are. On the other I'd really like to not go to Arizona, especially if having to go to morse school would keep me from doing recruiter assistance and/or going back home on leave before getting to my first duty station. There is the possibility that I could swap with one of my classmates, in which case I'd be going to Misawa AB Japan.

      I don't know, though. It would be (in my estimation) rather cool to know morse code. There's also a crap ton of incentives for going to Korea. It's a one year remote tour, and once the year is up I'd get Base of Preference afterward. So I could hypothetically go from there to Germany or Italy or anywhere ConUS (stateside); or, if I chose to stay in Korea for another year I'd get an extra $300 a month incentive pay (according to my instructor).

      So yeah, that's kinda where I'm at right now - getting paid to learn cool stuff and trying to decide whether I want to go to Korea or Japan. Life most definitely does not suck.

    • A change in habits

      7 years ago

      tFMechanic

      Not sure how many of my friends still check stuff on here, but I figure I'll write this update anyway. As expected, tech school classes and other responsibilities are keeping me pretty busy of late. Between the length of the duty day and the need to get enough sleep, plus an increasing need to go to study hall, I've got scant few hours during the week to indulge in playing video games.

      This has, as the title suggests, altered how I spend my gaming time. The Old Republic, before a great deal of fun for me, feels more like a chore anymore when I would log on. "Have you done the dailies?" "You need to do hard modes and gear up". It's not a huge thing, but it does pretty much remove me from the activities everyone else is engaging in. For me, that kind of removes the point in playing an mmo. There are a good few games I could be playing that are meant to be singleplayer instead, and they don't require me to bother logging on, then loading the server, etc.

      Basically I've found console gaming to fit my situation much more nicely, so much so that I've gone ahead and turned off my ToR subscription to save the money. Actually, I've even begun somewhat rebuilding my 360 library, at least the singleplayer focused games. But that's beside the point.

      Not trying to put the ToR thing on anyone, just saying that this is how things are for me at this stage. I'd be more than happy to play games with any of y'all on xbox live, but you won't be seeing me in a galaxy far far away any time soon.
      -A1C Mechanic

      p.s. just hit me, but I'm going to start thinking of changing my gamertag to reflect my status as Intel. May or may not happen, stay tuned.

  • Comments (78)

    • Galaar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Alla till mig!

      7 years ago

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    • Shotgunchief

      7 years ago

      Just a heads up, you're up next in the RP. Josh and I finished my scenario.

      • tFMechanic

        7 years ago

        I saw. check your skype, I've linked to a google doc outlining my scenario

    • QuackJAG

      7 years ago

      Hey man, you'll want to check out my newest journal.

      • tFMechanic

        7 years ago

        I just did, and I accept your apology. You pretty much nailed what it was that had gotten me so upset, and that's really what's important. I've still got my own project ideas to be working on that will keep me busy for a while, but I hope at some point you guys can find a way to let the rest of us in on New Eden.

    • Shotgunchief

      7 years ago

      For sure, though I might not be on until after work tomorrow. I've got class from 10:30 until 5:30 and then work from 6:30 until 9. smiley2.gif

      • tFMechanic

        7 years ago

        Awww. But how will we ever muddle through without you smiley8.gif

    • pimpsniper1

      7 years ago

      Hi mechanic! Lol

    • halosavior

      7 years ago

      I'll probably end up having to sit down and have a chat with Tara, but it's too early in the year to get that deep into a conversation; we just need to wait and really let the floor loosen up a bit.

    • QuackJAG

      8 years ago

      In reply to tFMechanic, #2:

      Bullets were my saving grace! I used them mostly for trading.

      It was nice when some trader would be all like "Hey, I'll give you 87 dollars for 37 bullets."

      I then looked back on my stockpile of 1580 bullets, and knew that I had won. :D

    • Shotgunchief

      8 years ago

      Here.

    • Shotgunchief

      8 years ago

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    • C4liber

      8 years ago

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      I took this picture a long time ago but forgot to upload it! Thought you might like it

    • ChromeQueen Viva la Sponsor

      8 years ago

      zabrak___woman____by_cathy_noonyez-d3e3h

      Its this image that I've had for a while

    • Shotgunchief

      8 years ago

      I know only certain stores are doing it, so you'd have to check and see if yours is. But, it'll almost be like a mini game store in itself. We'll have a register back in the gaming department for ringing people out and we'll (finally) be able to let people pre-order up to a year before a game's release.

      As for the warehouse part of it, I'll be in charge of getting the product off the truck, organizing it, getting it to the floor, setting the ads for the week (Sunday morning), and making sure everything is priced correctly and looking nice.

    • Shotgunchief

      8 years ago

      LOL That's fantastic.

    • Shotgunchief

      8 years ago

      You squeed? Now THAT is something I need to hear.

    • Galaar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Alla till mig!

      8 years ago

      The Grifball and Achievement Hunter communities are going to have a tournament soon. Spread across different games and different formats. Some bum rushes (H3 and Reach), some achievement races, and some other tournaments (list of games that will be included is still undecided). Menz, hawk and GTTex have all said they'll help out organising this thing (including some of the AH admins helping out as well on their side) so hopefully between them we can get it up and running soon. Team Grifball Group and thread.

    • i_r_caboos

      8 years ago

      1 pm for you

    • Robotrek

      8 years ago

      Hey, did you hear already about tonights Monday night lunar eclipse, it is supposed to be a full eclipse of the moon, I am not totally sure when it is supposed to be visible for all of us here in the central time zone, but I think it is supposed to begin around 11pm "approx" first the moon will turn sort of orange and then go black, and it will be a long time before it comes back out again, it will be cool.

      info about the eclipse can be read here...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_2010_lunar_eclipse

    • tFMechanic

      8 years ago

      I did, as a matter of fact. it made me very happy to see that much progress towards General in one go.

    • i_r_caboos

      8 years ago

      Did you end up getting 20k in cR last week?

    • Shotgunchief

      8 years ago

      Alright, if you want to hop on Skype I can send it to ya.

      If you're on already, just send me a message because my Skype has been working weird lately and sometimes doesn't acknowledge when people are online.

    • tFMechanic

      8 years ago

      I would like the higher res, please

    • Shotgunchief

      8 years ago

      Hey, got bored after I got off of Reach and decided to Photoshop that one screenshot I took of you.

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      If you want a bigger resolution I can send it to you over Skype.

    • Raptor8999

      9 years ago

      hi

    • SPARTAN_204

      9 years ago

      Thanks, your status will be updated on the group journal.

    • BattleFrag91 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Something

      9 years ago

      So, are you in?

    • Shotgunchief

      9 years ago

      Here you go.

    • Shotgunchief

      9 years ago

      Yep, that's Kaidan.

    • Shotgunchief

      9 years ago

      I beat it on Hardcore, and I just started a new game with the same character and set the difficulty then.

    • Shotgunchief

      9 years ago

      We used 3ds Max.

    • Shotgunchief

      9 years ago

      Yeah, definitely. I can't remember, have you read the books? Because in the second one Anya starts becoming a soldier, so you're right, it could be her.

    • Shotgunchief

      9 years ago

      What, a picture of me in a dress or of me in Mark VI armor? XD

    • i_r_caboos

      9 years ago

      It would be easiest at like, 1 in the morning when there's like, 2 people online. But I can understand that not everyone can do that.

    • Shotgunchief

      9 years ago

      Came from the official xbox e-mail, and it's all good.

      Post edited 3/04/10 5:23PM

    • halosavior

      9 years ago

      haha FU

    • Shotgunchief

      9 years ago

      Hey! Congrats on FU ner vod! smiley0.gif

    • Tetrameth

      9 years ago

      Grats on your FU Day. smile.png

    • SniperEye

      9 years ago

      Congratulations on Featured User

    • mix0master

      9 years ago

      Holy crap, you're the featured user!
      Btw this is Colonel Mevans from xbox live.

    • rotors08

      9 years ago

      Congrats on the FU, you FU.

    • Shotgunchief

      9 years ago

      Do you have Skype? I have an .mp3 of it if you want it. I can also email it to you.

    • i_r_caboos

      9 years ago

      Hey, it's err caboose from Xbox Live.


      Post edited 12/27/09 4:26PM

    • DRUM57IX

      9 years ago

      welcome aboard the Libertarian Nation!!!

    • Shotgunchief

      9 years ago

      I wasn't connecting them or anything, I was just joking around as the name Vergil had been bugging me since the game came out. I couldn't figure out why and I finally did.

    • Shotgunchief

      9 years ago

      Oh yeah, we wouldn't have found them if I hadn't been like, "let's stick to the underground tunnels as much as possible." Only one other person, Hilts, followed me and when we got down there we were like, "Oh my GOD!" It was amazing, especially when the Halo 1 music kicked in. Then two hours later we finally finished it. smiley4.gif

      Was the achievement as much as a bitch for you guys as it was for us?

    • tFMechanic

      10 years ago

      it came out over a week ago in the US. got it, read it, ready to discuss.

    • TheTyper

      10 years ago

      Order 66 came out on paperback a few days ago in the US.

      So if you're in the US, GET IT!

    • pumafan85

      10 years ago

      Congrats on the FU

    • tFMechanic

      10 years ago

      didn't do anything special. far as I'm aware it was totally random. or maybe it was the new avatar (courtesy of Kasil)

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

      10 years ago

      Way to be FU.

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