Hello all again, just wanted to clear up some confusion on the last blog that i posted last week. To respond to all of your questions, let me start with responding to each person.
Maddie: The guy handed over the keg, but after he gave us the Foosball table, he wanted his beer back. I will explain the pass a bit later in this blog. All the stuff we had, we split it between each of us, if we wanted it, then we could have it. We don't want to give up anything that we received, you will have no luck there.
Grandpa Pearcy: At first we weren't having any luck finding things, just little stuff like Frisbees, glow sticks, and just not good stuff to trade or hand off to. The success was all in negotiating and basically tricking people into giving up the good stuff. I'm not a particular charmer myself, so, my skills were a little useless.
Andrew: We don't get any special privileges usually, but it has been known to happen once or twice before. I found out that we didn't get anything special even after getting something special for the TC. The object was bigger or better, but we happened to hit both qualifications on the table. To explain the keg again, we gave it up for the Foosball table, as well as a box TV. We don't plan on trading this thing, we have every intention to keep this right with us.
Now on to a different topic, I will talk about my time this weekend at Army FTX (field training exercise). We froze our butts off doing things such as land navigation, eating MRE's (Meal Ready to Eat), and standing at attention for about thirty to forty-five minutes in 20 degree or less temperatures. The only time we got to warm up was when we went to bad at 1 to 12 in the morning. We didn't really get much sleep, maybe getting a total of 4 hours to sleep each night.
The total amount of sleep I received over this weekend was roughly 6 hours of sleep over a three day period. I'm pretty frickin tired, but I have to keep pushing forward and make it through the rest of this week. The after effects of being in a 20 degree, wind driven mountain is that everything I wear inside of a normal temperature building feels like i'm being burned with a blowtorch. The positive side of this is that everything I eat taste like it came from heaven. If any of you have eaten an MRE, then you know exactly what i'm talking about.
I will wrap this up by saying that my weekend wasn't a complete waste, we got to experience what the actual Army is like and how it works. All in all, it was a fun time, but I wouldn't do it unless I had a cold weather proof jacket.