Pi Day

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!

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12 Responses to Pi Day

  1. Barbara says:

    translation needed: right seat, left seat? – means a flight with assigned seats?

  2. Carmen says:

    I would keep my fingers crossed for you, if I could figure out how to type at the same time.

    Sounds like it’s cutting it close.

  3. Mary says:

    This is the best email!! The end is nearly within sight!!!

  4. Linda says:

    crossing my fingers and toes that the scheduling dieties get you out of there and home safe. please keep posting updates even if they’re one liners so non-family folks will know where you are and that you are staying safe.

  5. Brad says:

    Will you be able to sleep with the same person in the same room as you, every night?

    Maybe George needs to rent a generator to run outside the door for a few nights to let you down slowly.

  6. Berg says:

    As I have said for year, “a plan is nothing more than a point to deviate from”.


  7. Mark says:

    I know you are getting short. How many days to a wake up?

  8. Alison says:

    Stay safe…

  9. Bob says:

    There’s only so much one can physically accomplish, there will always be something that should have been done, and there’s probably things you’ll have to do, can do, or want to do from the coziness of home and a good Internet connection. Some folks actually prefer written instruction (e-mail to-do’s and how-to’s).

  10. Kris says:

    It’s it amazing how much work there can be to do to get ready to leave from a job you had for a temporary time…and all you had to do was work the whole time? It’s amazing how consuming it all can be.

  11. Mark says:

    Lot of nothing is good. Just as you are getting out the PT test is changing. All those years of ruining my back and neck doing seat ups.
    I also have another job. Let the dog out, let the dog in, let the dog out, let the dog in.

  12. Bruce says:

    You must be close to retirement.

    Two years ago you would have sent this 5hrs 16 min later.

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