Imagine, if you would, a town without street addresses. Sprawled across an area approximately 5 x 20 miles (hey, not my fault the US persists in using Imperial Measurements). There are hundreds of buildings. Now exactly how do you find your way around?
The answer, for military posts, is building numbers. The numbers are not randomly assigned but are clumped in areas. The end result is that, given a building number, you know exactly where it is. I don’t have to have been there before, I don’t even have to know specifically where. All I have to do is know that the “47xx” numbers are in a particular section. When I arrive at the general location, all I have to do is look for the large numbers painted on the side of the building. Most likely they are also on the sign posted in front to the building.
Some buildings – such as MACH (Martin Army Community Hospital) do have a number but no one bothers since it is the tallest building on post complete with the name writ large near the top. Others, such as sheds, almost have a conflict between number and a place to set the door.
So, when I registered a number of paperbacks prior dropping them off at the bookshelves, I thought about adding the building number – 4716 to the zone, but decided no. Anyone here at CRC could find them from the description of being on the MWR or Chaplain’s Shelves while someone at the other end of the post really doesn’t need to help themselves to some of the few books that are here given the number of people.
Made it through medical with a few more holes than is particularly fun (took four attempts by four different people – two at CRC and two at the hospital lab) to get blood out of this turnip. Sat through the required JAG briefings.
After dinner (I adore bagels and cream cheese – so much more tasty than MRE scones with cream cheese) I even got off post for a couple of minutes. We are issued uniforms, but not patrol caps. A quick trip to Commando’s, 10 minutes and I had my hat complete with sewn on rank.
Dove – Sharon Miller
1 skein of Opal Hundertwasser knit on 4.0mm needles.
It proved more than useful on Sat as I sat in the freezing chapel with both woollen blazer and the shawl snuggly around my shoulders.