Waiting...

Well I'm back, and on my birthday too. It's been about 3 and a half months since I last made a blog post on here. And in those ast 3 and a half months I have completed Army Basic Training making the transition from a civilian to soldier, and have made it through half of my EMT Basic training which is only a quarter of my AIT (Advanced Individual Training).

I have been on the internet, but have not had a computer with internet so I would be able to post comments or blogs. And I gotta say: It feels pretty damn good. I missed Giant Bomb, I missed the community, and am glad to have it back.

As of right now I am waiting to see my orders for my first duty station, fingers crossed for Germany (Big Red One!), Italy (173rd Airborne Infantry!), or Ft. Campbell, KY (Air Assault Infantry Baby!!!) they are supposed to be released this week or the next. Granted once again 4 weeks done out of the 16 total, but still it's motivation.

Anyways, rather than make a wall of text, PM if you have any questions, I don't know it all, but if you have questions about Basic Training, what Combat Medic School is like, or how much it sucks to be around only dudes for 3 months straight then PM me.

Damn it's good to be back!

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3 Days till I'm no longer a civilian

So almost a year ago I enlisted in the Army, signed my soul over to them for four years, at first I was going to head off to Infantry training, then off to Ranger School. However through much miscommunication (Damn recruiters) I changed my MOS to 68W Healthcare Specialist aka Combat Medic just so I could go onto pursue a medical career and become a cardiologist. And come March 26th I ship off to Ft. Benning Georgia in chase of my dreams telling myself that; "The ends justify the means, and it's only four years of the suck."

As the clock ticks down, I look back at what has lead me to this, and what March 26th means for me.

In March of 2011 I was a soon to be graduating Senior looking at attending college. In doing so I approached my father of the possibility of going to either Brown University, or Northeastern University, and how those were the two places that truly felt like home me. He flat out told me he didn't have the money for either and that he planned on going to Utah in June, which happened to be the very month I graduated. He told me that I would either have to A. Go to a state University (U of U of course...) and then one day transfer when I have the money or B. Join the military and figure things out for myself.

Now no offense to anyone who attends a State University but I absolutely detest State University's. I hate huge sprawling campuses, professors who don't even know a quarter of their students names, ginormous lecture halls, and despairing empty buildings (Looking at you U Mass). Plus I don't want to stay in Utah, I know that place, I know what that road leads too, and I want the unknown, I want to chase my own dreams, not the one that's the most convenient. So naturally I joined the Army 3 weeks later as an active duty 11x for four and a half years.

This decision to join the military isn't one that's surprising at all, quite the contrary actually, it's been tradition in my fathers family for every male to join the military when they come of age, and as of late it's become a thing the females in our family have begun to do too. My father is a Colonel in the Army, all but one of my fathers brothers has been in some type of service, Joe: Former Navy Seal, Larry: Former Army Ranger, my Father: Former Delta Force, the one that didn't was only because he had diabetes and he even tried to lie and join (MEPS figured it out). My aunts husband is a former Airforce PJ, my grandfather is a former Airforce Pilot, and his brother is a former Army Ranger who served in Vietnam. My great grandfather and his brothers all lied about their age so they could fight in WWI, and my great grandfather fought in Italy in WWII. My 4 male cousins follow in as 2 Marines who were the first wave into Iraq (both of which suffer severe PTSD now), 1 is a former Navy sailor who was discharged for false medication charges that were trumped up by his mother (Yes she is that batshit crazy) that were later retracted after he was discharged, and he is seeking another enlistment. The fourth son is too young but is looking at the Marine Corps Reserve for college. My brother is a Combat Medic for the Army going on his 3rd year, and now it's my turn. Hell even my mother was an Army MP.

Many people would see this as one generation as brainwashing the next to fight but that couldn't be any farther from the truth, my family had no idea when my brother joined till the day he was leaving for BCT, and my father didn't know till I called him after I signed my contract. My mother even went into panic because of it, and has spent the past year trying to convince me to not board the plane and have my brother go AWOL. My father was so furious that he went to my Recruiter and threatened to reprimand him for "enlisting a senior officers son without informing the him" of which he never followed through and such rules don't even exist, even still he eventually went to apologize for it and say he knew the man was only doing his job, my recruiter understood and even told my father he would of reacted the same and tried to convince me to tell my father before I signed (He did indeed try to convince me to talk to my family beforehand).

Whenever anyone says or thinks: I support the cause but let someones kid do it rather than me or my kids. That just happens to my family

I thought about all these things before I signed, but I signed nonetheless, telling myself that the ends justify the means that that it's only four years of the suck. I am scared of these next four years, but I'm chasing my dream, and I intend of achieving it.

My job choice to become an 11x with Option 40 (Ranger contract) at first was one purely motivated by that male need to be alpha dog and the fact that all of the men in my family have done some badass job in the military at one point or another. Of course down the line I realized that I didn't want to hurt anyone, in fact I preferred to help people over hurting them. Don't misunderstand me though, I have been in a lot of fights in my life (16 in fact on my school records) and obviously being an alpha male runs in my family so stubbornness and confidence are plentiful me. But I don't want a job that involves purposefully going out to kill or maim people who just simply have different views than mine. I comprehend the idea of "It was him or me" but at the same time I also understand that those people simply have not ever had the same opportunities and we have, and not experienced the freedoms as us. And their vision of what is right and what is wrong have been blurred through years of religious zealots preaching to them, and the entire Western world using them for its own benefit. So on November 12th, three days before my ship date, my eyesight results came through showing I was ineligible for Option 40. I took advantage of this opportunity and changed my MOS to Combat Medic, seeing as Medics help not only their comrades, but also innocent civilians and even at times enemy combatants. Along with opportunities to go to Nursing school, Ranger School, Airborne School, etc, etc. They even carry weapons just in case things become extremely hairy.

Another oddity that many people seem to not understand is that almost everyone in my family are Democrats, the only one who differs is my mother, the rest of us are Democrats. With the only exception of beliefs being; Gun control (We all love the 2nd Amendment), and taxing the middle class and upper class more than the lower class. But to be brutally honest my family has actually quite enjoyed Obama with a few exceptions on his treatment of US troops, we do in fact believe that his administration needs to take better care of injured soldiers that way massacres like the one that happened a few weeks ago do not happen again, and that he as our Commander and Chief needs to take the blunt of responsibility for it.

Anyways...... Recently I even broke up with my gf who I've been with for 8 months. I quit my job so I can prepare this weekend for shipping, and have contacted all those I know to say I'll be off the grid for a certain amount of time. In case anyone is wondering: yeah I'm scared shitless, despite everyone in my family having done it, but nonetheless, I signed my name and plan on fulfilling my promise.

Sorry for any grammatical errors, have not had enough coffee as of late.

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Error E 68 you just gave me a sigh of relief

So for the past week, my Xbox Arcade has been a dick to me, almost 4 times a day it will give me the red half ring of overheating. All this started around the time I bought Skyrim, so naturally I thought that maybe just downloading it would help me, so I downloaded it to my Hard Drive, and if anything, the problem began to persist even more. Seriously I would turn on my Xbox for 10 minutes and then I would get the overheating ring, I would quickly rush over to see if my Xbox was really overheating and would find my Xbox actually to be quite cool (since my house is usually around 59 degrees in the morning). It stumped me, and then the horrid thoughts of actually having to go and spend money on getting a new Xbox if the problem persists, as currently my next paycheck is meant to pay for this years contact lens supply and eye exam. So I could be without my Xbox for two months, and up here in the mountains of Utah, an Xbox can be your only solitude at times....

Then today as I'm attempting to play Skyrim again (love the damn game), I'm booting my Xbox up and all of a sudden I get the E 68 message. For those of you that do not know what the E 68 message is, it pertains to ones Hard Drive, whether it be the power supply to the Hard Drive or whether there is something internally wrong with the Hard Drive I don't know, what I am sure of though is that it is about your Hard Drive. However none of that mattered to me because that meant that my Xbox was perfectly fine! And furthermore I have a spare Hard Drive! I was so damn happy that I didn't have to drop another $300 on the exact same hardware that I bought 4 years ago, so I know you don't get much of this but thank you Error E 68, thank you.

PS Watch me come back in a week to announce that my Xbox has officially died.... Knowing my luck....

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Rihanna is not that attractive.

So a few days back I was having a discussion with my girlfriend and a few of her friends on which celebrities are attractive. No, I'm not gay, despite what that first sentence just implied.... Dick...

Anyways.... My gf and her friends at random brought up the celebrity "Rihanna" whom of which you may know from either her singing career, modeling, or maybe your like me and you know her as "The chick that got beat by the douche Chris Brown, then pulled a 180 and almost married him? That idiot?" In that case, thank you, I'm not the weirdest person on this website. And all of them began to discuss how sexy she was, how graceful she was, and how they all wished they had a body like hers. Now I'm an O+ male (If you noticed that then a tip of the hat to you sir) so I definitely can make a distinction between which women are sexy and which aren't, albeit only through my tastes but eh.... So as naturally I started to visualize Rihanna in my head and see if there was any appeal there, and I gotta say that woman, while cute, is not as attractive as everyone makes her out to be. Say.... Beyonce, Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift (Don't lie to me), the Olsen Twins, Hillary Duff, and Stifflers mom before she got fat. I even began to ask all my guy friends later on if they felt the same about Rihanna and I gotta be honest; I can't find any guy that thinks Rihanna is that attractive.

Now this actually got me and my friends thinking about certain female celebrities and that the media tries to portray a few female celebrities as higly attractive, and in actuality aren't all that attractive, such as; Snookie, The Kardashians, Niki Minaj (friends suggestion, I've never actually seen a photo of her), Lady Gaga, and Madonna.

Now once again, these are my opinion.... And a few of my friends... But let's overlook that for right now.... A lot of girls I find attractive, many of my peers don't, such as; Miley Cyrus, yep I wanna wreck that pony. But 16 guys all agree that Rihanna (WHO WAS VOTED THE WORLDS SEXIEST WOMAN ALIVE) isn't actually all that sexy, I don't know but, maybe something is a little off.... Maybe....

I know it's kind of a doucher blog, but hey according to everyone who has commented my profile picture, I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to do. Plus it's Giant Bomb, seriously the amount of weird discussions we have on here.....

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Well there went $200 dollars worth of games.....

Alright so today I was going through my video game collection as I've gotten tired of playing only Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 2. As I was going through my games I found my BFBC Gold Edition, BFBC2 Ultimate Edition, CoD WaW, and CoD MW2. As soon as I opened up the cases I discovered that all of which have huge cracks down the center, don't ask me how they got there, I have no clue. All I have now is CoD 4 which I've received almost every achievement for and beaten the campaign like 20 times, Dragon Age 1 and 2, Dead Space, Ghost Recon AW, Mass Effect 2, and Oblivion, all my other games were taken by my older brother. Now don't get me wrong I love all the games that I have and have been logging a lot of time in on all of them (although my Oblivion profile was deleted.... fail). However I miss my shooters and no longer have a game that has a great online community and isn't filled with hackers, looking at you CoD 4.

So now I'm planning on taking $100 dollars off my next paycheck and have decided to go and buy;

BFBC because it's my favorite game of all time

CoD WaW because I GET TO KILL THINGS ALONGSIDE KIEFER SUTHERLAND!!! Which could only be beat by being able to kill things alongside Clint Eastwood. And yes it is highly immature of me to love it for that reason but in all honesty it's kinda the only reason I bought that game in the first place.

And Skyrim.... yep.... after approximately 50 hours on Oblivion I shoulda seen that one coming....

Now on the paycheck after that I'm debating whether I should go out and purchase MW3, for the campaign or should I wait for the price to drop? And for those of you who are looking at the Battlefield games I own and wondering why I'm not considering BF3, I'm already receiving it. I'm giving a friend of mine a 25 GB hard drive that I don't use and in exchange he's giving BF3 to me. Now it is MY preference that I enjoy BF3's multiplayer experience, because I like the squad gameplay, that's just my preference. I realize that others enjoy MW3's online experience over BF3's, and that's perfectly legitimate, however I prefer CoD's campaign over BF3's. And I'm asking those of you who have played MW3's campaign whether or not it's worth it to purchase the game at full price strictly for the campaign or if I should simply wait.

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And once again there went $200 worth of games....

Alright so today I was going through my video game collection as I've gotten tired of playing only Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 2. As I was going through my games I found my BFBC Gold Edition, BFBC2 Ultimate Edition, CoD WaW, and CoD MW2. As soon as I opened up the cases I discovered that all of which have huge cracks down the center, don't ask me how they got there, I have no clue. All I have now is CoD 4 which I've received almost every achievement for and beaten the campaign like 20 times, Dragon Age 1 and 2, Dead Space, Ghost Recon AW, Mass Effect 2, and Oblivion, all my other games were taken by my older brother. Now don't get me wrong I love all the games that I have and have been logging a lot of time in on all of them (although my Oblivion profile was deleted.... fail). However I miss my shooters and no longer have a game that has a great online community and isn't filled with hackers, looking at you CoD 4.

So now I'm planning on taking $100 dollars off my next paycheck and have decided to go and buy;

BFBC because it's my favorite game of all time

CoD WaW because I GET TO KILL THINGS ALONGSIDE KIEFER SUTHERLAND!!! Which could only be beat by being able to kill things alongside Clint Eastwood. And yes it is highly immature of me to love it for that reason but in all honesty it's kinda the only reason I bought that game in the first place.

And Skyrim.... yep.... after approximately 50 hours on Oblivion I shoulda seen that one coming....

Now on the paycheck after that I'm debating whether I should go out and purchase MW3, for the campaign or should I wait for the price to drop? And for those of you who are looking at the Battlefield games I own and wondering why I'm not considering BF3, I'm already receiving it. I'm giving a friend of mine a 25 GB hard drive that I don't use and in exchange he's giving BF3 to me. Now it is MY preference that I enjoy BF3's multiplayer experience, because I like the squad gameplay, that's just my preference. I realize that others enjoy MW3's online experience over BF3's, and that's perfectly legitimate, however I prefer CoD's campaign over BF3's. And I'm asking those of you who have played MW3's campaign whether or not it's worth it to purchase the game at full price strictly for the campaign or if I should simply wait.

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A cuban, a shot of jack, a liter of beer, and life....

In the past 25 days I have toured all throughout Europe... I have been to Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, I have seen what many Americans have always desire to see, and now I am here in Rome, smoking a Cuban cigar, I had a shot of jack, and am polishing off a liter of Carlsburg beer. I have made friends all over the world, fallen into what seems like love, but overall I have had the time of my life. As soon as I return I am going to Basic training for the US Army... but these past 25 days have mean everything to me, they have truly put my life into perspective.

I came to Europe to put my life into perspective, but it has done so much more for me.... I won't ever forget these days, I would, in detail, put down my experience, what I've seen, and the names of those that I will never forget, but that would take far to many "walls of text" so I will say this; Thank you Europe and all those that live here. I love you all, and I will never forget you for this life changing experience.

Sorry for any grammatical errors, I probably should mention the other like.... 5 liters of beer I've had... so please excuse me.

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Why I think Volunteer Service should not be required as a Grade

So this is my final year in High School, it's almost all over, and Spring Break begins tomorrow for kids in my county. However a lot of us will spend it trying to get required volunteer service hours in order to pass this quarter, approximately 5 hours the 1st Semester, and 10 this Semester, so 15 in total. Now to most people this would seem like a good idea, it helps kids understand the community and teaches them to be caring individuals. However I happen to be one of those kids running around trying to get service hours and am suddenly realizing I'm screwed.... FIrst let me explain the rules for these service hours;


1. Must be 15 hours total, 5 the first semester, 10 the second semester (already mentioned this).
2. All hours must be done in the county of Fairfax, VA.
3. Must have have a document signed by an official witness to your volunteer service.
4. No service can be done for religious reasons.
5. Hours can be done at any point in time from the ending of the students Junior year, to the end of Spring Break.
And that about covers it.

Now these are easy to follow rules, they aren't that difficult, however I have some serious problems with that second rule. I've done approximately 12 hours over this past summer, but all of those hours were earned in Rhode Island, so therefore they will not count and will not help me with my volunteer hours. 

Now a lot of people will look at this and go "Well that's plenty of time to do those hours, just don't be lazy" and I will agree that most kids were just plain lazy, however in my situation and for a number of other people, it's not that easy. This year my parents have almost divorced twice, I've spent the entire year trying to figure out how to pay for college since my parents can't afford it, I've been too busy trying to pass all my other classes, since my family is military we are constantly traveling around the US. A shit load of family members are sick and/or dying, my parents are getting ready to move back to Utah the day after I graduate so for this past semester we've been getting prepped, I was on the Robotics Team for my school, was the co-driver and did a large amount of designing and building. My little brother needs constant help over his homework since my parents don't get home till around 7:30 PM from work. Now this is not to say that I did not do any hours, I did manage to garner 7 hours the first semester by volunteering to help during the Congressional elections, so I'm not lazy, I've been trying, however it's just volunteering obviously is not on my "Top Things To Do" list.

Now I'm supposed to fly back out to Rhode Island tomorrow morning for the entirety of Spring Break, so this means that I will not be able to complete my hours by the time we need to bring them in.... Which means I will not fit the requirements..... 

You guys wanna know the biggest bitch of all this? In order to pay for college; Wait for it.....I enlisted in the US Army last week and will be serving for 4 and 1/2 years..... And I'm not gonna pass this quarter because I'm not doing "community service"... Fuck you County of Fairfax.....

Please excuse any and all grammatical errors and for what most would call a "wall of text".
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Is this indoctrination?

Now I'm a guy who believes in the right to free speech, and the right to believe whatever you want to believe, but today I was so fucking pissed at what happened as I was walking home from my High School. 
So like I said, I was walking out of my school, and literally on the sidewalk that serves as the boundary from our school zone, are these full grown male adults passing out what looks to be these orange tiny books. At first I thought "Ah shit, a bunch of people trying to get me to vote for some stupid politician." But as I got closer, I saw them pulling these tiny orange books from large white boxes entitled; "Psalms". That's when I started to think to myself; "No fucking way in hell, they can't do that right next to school property," as me and my friend walk past one of these guys my friend takes one of these tiny orange books, looks at it and hands it to me. I look at it and sure enough guys it says "The New Testament: Psalms", me being dumb still in disbelief starts flipping through the book and true to what the damn tiny book says, it is Psalms.  
Then I look in front of me and see another guy standing by the other road that kids take when leaving the school, and I look back and realize that on every road out of the school there are guys passing out these fucking things. I look at my friend shocked and he says to me; "Dude, they're on the sidewalk, and its off school property, it might be legal, hell even to me this is messed up and I'm Baptist, but we can't do anything about it."  
So I have to ask you guys, is my friend right? Can they seriously do that? I mean if it was the Koran or the Torah that was being passed out, you would have a full on protest! This is bullshit that anyone can do this! These were 6-12 grade kids walking home from school, and on every road that exits from the school zone there were these guys passing out "The New Testament", there is no way in hell that is legal! Guys I'm a Christian myself, I was brought up as a Mormon, my whole family is either Mormon or Baptist (Yes it get's funny but that's not the point), and I find this to be complete bullshit! 
 
Please excuse me for my grammar problems, I'm currently working on a huge research paper for school.

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Why is there such hatred for "Emo" music?

So today I was sitting in my car waiting on my friend, being the chick he is when getting ready I was sitting there for awhile. So to resist the urge to ditch his ass I put on some music to make the whole wait seem less boring so I plugged in my ipod to my speakers and started to play Silverstein, now I'm halfway into the song "Smile In Your Sleep" when my friend finally comes out, he steps in the car, listens for a sec, then looks at me and says, "Why do you listen to such faggy emo music?." Now I listen to all forms of music, but I happen to really like bands such as; SIlverstein, Saosin, Aiden, Senses Fail, A Day to Remember, etc. So I don't get why people have to make such a big deal out of it? My friend loves to listen to Trivium, Cradle of Filth, Children Of Bodom, As I Lay Dying, and bands along that genre of metal, which I enjoy from time to time, although I really can't stand Children of Bodom, so I don't past judgement on him when we are hanging out cause its all a matter of taste. 
What gets to me though is the fact that this isn't the first time I've had to put up with that kind of crap, many kids at my school (most of which are fans of rap) criticize my choice of music because rock is "just a bunch of faggots screaming and making noise" now I don't take any of them seriously since I personally believe that todays modern form of rap shouldn't even be considered music and I think that 80% of the kids at my school could probably receive benefits for having Down Syndrome....  But hey that's just my opinion and I'm not gonna make too big of a deal out of it.  
 
All that being said, how do you guys feel about emo/punk music? I know there is a vast majority of rock lovers on this site, so I'm wondering have you guys ever had to go through the kind of situations I've been in? 
 
Ok for the record guys, I don't follow the emo lifestyle, I just love the music.... ah hell I also love emo chicks I'm guilty of that one too.

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