Monday, November 11, 2013

Sorting Out a Little Confusion and Adding Mass Chaos

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.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Bigger or Better Pass

I have a very exciting story to tell you guys this week. Well, we went on Unity Pass on Saturday and played a game called Bigger or Better. We started off this game with a paperclip and the point of the game is to work your way up to bigger or better things by negotiating. We had no clue how others did it, but some other companies worked their way up to getting a car. We knew that wasn’t going to happen to us, but we started off by making out way to Slusher tower where I met Grandpa Pearcy! He was out on RA duty and he seemed to be intrigued by what we were doing, so being the good RA he is, he told me to tell the others not to make too much of a mess or a racket. We walked all twelve flights of steps and worked our way down, and hit up all five floors of Slusher Wing all within a time limit of forty-five minutes. All in all, we came out with Frisbees, a flat football, a hat, and a traffic cone.
            Our next objective was to hit Pritchard Hall, we went through all the floors looking for someone drunk enough to give us something good. Well, the lesson here is that if you’re looking for someone drunk at eight at night, let’s just say that it’s not going to happen. We did leave the hall with a dress, a bra, a box fan, a lamp, a broken Xbox, and NFS: Hot Pursuit. We finally had to leave and go back to the dorms by nine, and while walking back, we conveniently ran into Cadet Captain Harton. We showed him what we had received and asked for more time, basically we went back online and were told we had till eleven to get something good, or else our pass this weekend would be terrible.
            We got out of the dorms and decided to head straight for Fraternity and Sorority houses where there are bound to be drunks willing to give up something good. We hit up the first sorority house and were told to go straight to The Chase. We took that advice to heart and headed straight there were we came out with a pack of cigarettes, a nice lamp, a rockband guitar, and a box T.V. The morale of the story is that cadets apparently look like cops, because that’s what all of the houses thought we were when we showed up at the doors knocking them down asking for random donations.
            By this time, we were all getting extremely tired and were running out of fraternity houses to run into with drunk people at ten-thirty at night. As we were walking back, we heard pounding and thumping coming from a house, and decided that we should go hit it up. This house was packed with people dressed up in costumes with nothing but beer almost literally flowing out of the house. We nicely asked someone near the door that wasn’t too drunk to get the owner of the house. After a few minutes, he came out and asked what we needed, so we told him the story we told about a million times that night. He said “let me see what I have” and came back saying that he could give us a beer keg… We were all thinking that this could either be a good or a bad thing, so we decided to take the keg. Before we got the chance to say thank you and leave, he said there was something else he would be willing to give up.
            We asked him what that might’ve been and we followed him into another fraternity house full of drunken, green painted body armymen. We went into the attic and he showed us a foosball table… Holy crap, he was going to give us this thing, our pass is going to be great. We were trying to hurry to take it out of the house and when we were halfway to the door, the owner said to “hurry up before someone changes their mind.” We finally got it out the door and basically ran off with this table.
            On our way back, people kept giving us the weirdest looks as it took half of our group to carry this from Roanoke Street back to Brodie Hall. We opened up the side door and the expression that Cadet Captain Harton was something we had never seen before, he overflowed with happiness. He couldn’t believe we went out and actually got this, he took a few double takes just to make sure it was real, actually, all of the upperclassmen did. We got it upstairs, told the upperclassmen the whole story and their mouths were just dropped on the floor.

            Long story short, we are going to have an amazing pass next weekend, and hopefully we will get to wear civilian clothes! Till then, I hope you guys have an awesome week.