3.14 ….. for those of you who are still mentally working their way through the joke. Go have a piece of pie.
Otherwise, I am scrambling to sort out various projects, track down the in-bound replacement personnel and decide what gets packed, what carried, and which things just need to belong to someone else.
All of this means a bag of trash, a pile of books to be logged through BookCrossing before being dropped off at the USO and a tough decision. Do I spend part of Sat standing in line at the post office to mail out stuff, or do I tuck a Tuff Box in the PM Dets container and see it at the end of the summer when the Connex arrives back in Vilseck?
The people issues are a bit more important – the original right seat/left seat ride was planned for ten days. This presumed that everyone arrived on time- something that none of us truly believe ever happens.
The first indication that no plan ever survives contact with the enemy happened last week when the 44th got held up at Manas for a few days. Then the PROFIS (professional fillers) and Augmentee personnel got stranded in Kuwait.
The overlap which had been hoped to start yesterday or latest today will not happen tomorrow (if everyone actually is on flights arriving before and after midnight tonight). Challenge is accentuated by the fact that I have two MAJs outbound at the crack of dawn on Wed leaving less than 24 hours to get their replacements oriented. All of this leaves aside internal politics, tons of meetings and travel that is not going to happen because of delays and a new requirement that everyone is back by the 17th. According to my calculations, that is Thurs.
The official change over is next Monday – 62nd outbound on Tues, PROFIS on Wed. I am starting to believe that I might actually get home!