Just to get my thoughts out

Today, I don’t really have a whole lot to talk about, but I did want to get some thoughts out in a blog…just to get out! Anyway, the neighborhood is quiet today and the kids aren’t out too much because of the rain. Krystal and her son David came over today to see if Casey could have a play-date. It was so cute! David really loves that puppy! Krystal asked me this afternoon about the litter of puppies that we had heard about from the German vet and he is going to get more information for me and I shall call him back tomorrow to get more information. How exciting!

MythBusters is on TV right now and David Letterman is on another channel. I’m not really interested in that right now. I’ve got laundry strewn all over this house and Rob leaves for the field sometime this week. I really need to get this house in order. I can’t have people in this house the way it looks right now.

What am I going to fix for supper tonight? I could have chicken, but it’s frozen. Perhaps I’ll do a stir-fry or something. I need to give Rob a break–he’s been working so hard lately.

Gizmo and Casey were wrestling today and it was SO cute to watch, too bad that I didn’t get it on film…Gizmo was on the bottom and Casey had pinned him down.

Life is pretty good today. Hum, what to write about…Let’s check the news and see if I have any opinions about stuff that’s going on…

http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/news/2007/09/muni_wifi

This is a story about how cities were trying to get city-wide Wi-Fi access for free.


This is a great idea, but it’s really too bad that it can’t be done…That would be quite and undertaking though. Can you imagine going to every single US city and getting free Wi-Fi access? If that’s the case, then why would people buy it for their homes, if you could get it for free somewhere? Well, Perhaps users that want to have access outside of their homes and businesses should pick up the tab and then when you are roaming outside your home, you can use a log-in that is specific to the Wi-Fi available, kind of like what cell-phone companies do to allow access to the network via the users phone. The infomation is stored on the sim card and the phone companies know how you’re using your phone.

It’s interesting because this brings to mind the fact that I have a foreign IP address and I can’t access certain things because I’m in Germany and it’s only available to US residents. Netflix, for example, offers 17 hours of free online viewing–that is, for US residents only. What I think is that there could be a log-in at that site and a verification process as long as you have a .mil address and are stationed overseas to have the opportunity view these things online. I can’t even get on FOX or CBS or NBC who frequently have the shows available to watch online, but not at foreign IP addresses. Why can’t they just do that for us? I would love to write to them and ask if they could do that. They frequently donate shows to AFN or sell it at a very low cost, so I don’t know why they wouldn’t be able to do the way that I suggest…

In other news:

President Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq yesterday, his thrid since he’s been in office. Apparently, if progress keeps going like it is now, there might be a reduction in forces, but he gave no indication of how many troops would be going home or when the reduction might take place.

This is pretty interesting. The surge of the troops was only supposed to be temporary anyway, based on the timeline that Congress was trying to place on the funding bill. In addition, the Secretary of Defense, Gates said that all troops have to spend 15 months in theater with a year of dwelltime.

I know several women whose husbands got extended while they were in Iraq. The families are tired of the deployments and Americans in general are getting tired of the war. It’s funny though, a few months ago a study came out and said that families that have been through deployments were more likely to have a successful marriage than those who don’t–Air Force being the exception…that is to say that the rate of deployment had a positive affect on the divorce rate–the longer the trooper was deployed the less likely the couple will get divorced. There were 2 exceptions: Army officer marriages and any rank in the Air Force. I thought it was interesting. I found the text at http://myarmylifetoo.com/. I blogged about it on myspace.com but I don’t remember how far back I did it, so I can’t refer to it.

Anyway, I think this is enough for today. Have a great one and thanks for reading. 🙂

Goings on

I’ve been playing around with this site and I simply can’t decide which template to use. I think I’ll settle for this one…at least for today. (and if you’re reading this after I’ve changed my mind, I’ve probably already changed it a hundred more times since then!!! LOL!)

It’s been really crazy today and the day has barely started. I overslept…if that’s even possible. LOL! I haven’t had to get up at a certain time since January and this morning, I totally screwed the pooch on that. I was supposed to get up and go meet with the PAO and learn a little bit more about my job and so on. Well, I wasn’t out of bed until 9 and didn’t get coffee on until 930. I was on my way out the door to take the puppy for a business walk, when I looked at my calendar and said, “CRAP!” I had to wait until 10 to call and let them know what happened to me this morning. He told me that he didn’t want to stress me out which is good.

Rob is going to the field sometime pretty soon for a couple of weeks. This ought to be interesting. I don’t think that I will be stuck at home the whole time, but the majority of the time, I probably will be. It seems like I have a lot of stuff to do, but then again, I have nothing to do.

I want to type more in this blog and it seems like I’ve put a lot of words down, but I know that I haven’t. I was watching Jeopardy on TV today…some of those questions were pretty easy and some I had no clue about…

Yesterday President Bush made a trip to Iraq to see the Soldiers and that seems pretty cool. He seems so casual, not business-like at all. I can’t say that I blame him though…those stuffy suits and such would be awful.

I had a conversation with the FRSA from our unit today and he brought up some good points about how families are being inundated with tons of information and that there is just so much of it that they don’t want to be bothered with it anymore. He’s right. Families might be overwhelmed with so much info that they’re not even trying to get the info anymore. But that’s a good point…I could consolidate the information and make it easier to access. Perhaps linking the sites where people can get the information would be more helpful than anything. I need to take note of that.

Okay, well now that I realize that I didn’t lose this after all, I guess I’ll publish this 🙂

Thanks for reading 🙂