My fingers are TIRED...Don't try this at home! *crosspost*
Sun, 27 Oct 1996 00:16:54 -0500
Hi Folks! I'm crossposting this only because I don't want to post the same
message over to seventeen different forums between the time I turn this machine
off here and the time I get back to my room, undress, and throw myself on the
twin bed and start snoring!!
It's 0543 (did YOU turn your clock back one hour (if you needed to)???)
and I've been here in the Personnel cell of the Operations center for 13 hours
straight. I first went to where I *thought* my office was, and after not
in there, I came over here, signed myself in, and found a computer that would
accept my Zip Drive (not all do).
Then I connected, signed on, and started the long haul of retreiving, reading
and answering 4322 messages. Yes'm, that's FOUR THOUSAND, THREE
HUNDRED, and TWENTY-TWO electronic mail postings over a 15-day period.
* I HEARD FROM MY DAUGHTER!!! Amanda wrote me (as all children
do, asking for money...BIG money for a trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring)
and really made my day...she told me she loved me and missed me. That's enough
to melt even the coldest of stone hearts...I know, I know, some of it was
up" talk....but it was GREAT to hear from her!!
Now, if she can ONLY send me her sizes so that I can get her a couple of really
nice new outfits....she's at that age that she really needs something
wear to school...but not TOO stunning!! She's still *too young* for that!!
* I GOT TWENTY-SEVEN postings asking "where are you and how come you're
not posting anymore", followed by three private messages that a "Lieutenant
Lardie" and a "Sergeant Major Henry" were looking for you and we told them that
you were in the field" messages. Thanks, Mike and Bill, I appreciate you
word out and reminding everyone that I only had to go "do the Army thing" for a
couple of weeks.
* I heard from the guy that I was going to hire to create a new database package
for Scouters. He can't do it, even though I have everything ready for him to
Oh well...can't have everything!
* I hope that everyone (minus Don Bryson, whom I am STILL trying to get the
flap for from Don Scobie!) got what they asked me to send. If not, please
me* since my mind's been totally on "Army Public Affairs stuff" and not on
stuff until late in the evenings, and that was after "honies stuff".
* Reading about uniforming. This seemed to be our topic dejour over the past
couple of weeks. Many of them I've already posted separately, so I won't waste
ions here re-answering those. Someone did ask me if I have been to the Council
office in Heidelberg, and unfortunately, the answer is "no, I haven't. I am
a trip there sometime after things slow down for me here, which is somewhere
mid-November". I also noted that some of the topics I've talked about
to come here are now coming out, like the khakitans for all female Scouters
to wear them.
* Reading about politics. I thought I subscribed to Scouting forums, and
spent almost an hour reading political thought. Oh well, someone will probably
complain that this posting isn't in the "charter" either...
* Catching up on everyone's busy days and evenings....either this year is
busier than the past couple of years, or because we've streamlined the BSA's
so much, we're all busier than before. Don't forget to take a break, be
with your families
and most importantly, that you do your best in whatever you do...there's
there counting up points, so as long as you're trying your best and doing
what the program
expects of you, this is FUN!!
* answering lots of personal requests and "second time askings". Again, I'm
the long delay...I had email access for two days of the exercise, and then,
I must have
broken something or caused something to break, because after the third day
exercise, we lost ALL email access....which meant that we had to rely on the
machine and I wrote (longhanded!!) daily letters back to Jessica.
Dr. Steve, I tried as hard as I could to reach you before your Court of
share it with us and tell us how it went off....John Pannell and Don Izard
both had bead
presentations...and we picked up some more GREAT Scouters to sit around the
fire and share their experiences and thoughts and feelings with us all. I
hope that those
that had great (and awful!!) experiences would not keep it in but please
share it with
all of us here...believe it or not, there's SOMEONE here that has NEVER seen a
Court of Honor nor a Wood Badge bead presentation....we owe it to those folks to
at least give a general outline of what goes on during them!!!
I got the Legend strip and a VIGIL button patch (I'm returning it; I'm not a
Honor member of our Order; I'm a Brotherhood member); thanks!! I also
really nice patches from a Scout in Florida, and will be sending Dee one of
CSPs she gave me as a present (what a rip!! *heheheeee* It's okay, because
she gave me
two, and as long as I'm getting a coffeemug in trade, I don't care!! *broad
week. I also need to find out how I did with the auction, so that I know
money to set aside for some really nice-sounding old patches and books!!
Does anyone have a large NOAC shirt and pocket patch for trade or purchase??
missed out going to NOAC this year...I've also put in my "bid" for helping
to staff the
Army's part of the Jamboree operations next year.
I want you all to know...all three lists but in particular to my fellow
Scouters @ Scouts-L,
that there wasn't a day that went by that I wasn't thinking, researching or
stuff to share with all of you. I have really missed the daily chat, the
is shared, and the experience of helping others while I'm helping myself. I
want to thank
Cathy Porter, the Hendra family, and Kathie Cervany for writing Jessica
while I was out
in the rain and cold, making sure that she still feels a part of the
"family" here. It was
cold at Grafenwehr (yeah Charlie, I was down at Camp Aachen and came up for
coffee @ the Burger King four times while there!) and I did learn a lot
coordination, and leading and following, all which I'll be posting here when
I get back
I've got to go and catch the bus....Thank you all for your patience, for
sharing and for
listening/reading from me and others here. Hopefully, I'll be able to work
regular scheldue and have a regular office soon....
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
(Brigade) Signal Officer, TF 21, 21st Theater Army Area Command
Kaiserslautern, Federal Republic of Germany
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