My Alto-hime was so Yakk DECULTRE that I simply had to have a Hime-Custom of my own. I blame ghostlightning for this he made me jealous. At least that extra scratch I get for being an E-5 will cover it.
So yeah my VF-25F Hime-Custom arrived earlier this month and given a small sliver of time I can finally post a picture and proudly declare how I broke my first New Year’s resolution to hold off on model kit purchases. If only I had GODLY free hand skills I would paint a pinup based on one of them ero-stickers, but alas my skills are not so great. It was a good start to a new year, and oddly enough January has been a month chock full of pleasant surprises. I made E-5 (Sergeant/Petty Officer 2nd Class/Air Force Staff Sergeant, take a good guess why don’t you) on the first of January and did not find out about it until a drill weekend, I guess I should have checked the promotion lists when they got published, but being a cynic I didn’t even bother. I also get to update all my uniforms with new rank insignia, but hey it’s an expense I’ll gladly pay with that new raise I get by default and through the promotion, I also have to add my first bean stripe for the years I spent eating beans since I enlisted. Seeing as how I am in a fair mood for this month I also wish to ramble about what a good start to this year I have been blessed with.
So yeah Inauguration Day has come and gone and my new boss has already added to the cacophony of pleasant surprises this month. I never did think that I would live to see a person of color (a.k.a. COMBO BREAKER) be elected to the Presidency in my life time. You learn a couple things when you join the military one of them being how Churchill was right when he said, “Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” One of the reasons why I liked LOGH so damn much was because I could appreciate Yang Wenli’s problems. I promised to tell some of you what I thought for all these years, true to my word if you wanted to know here it is.
How I Threw My Vote Away, Twice
I wish, if only more people voted Libertarian…
So the eight years of neo-conservatism have passed, and personally I feel very much relieved, my old boss is a good and decent man as a private citizen, but I confess that I never, rightly or wrongly, voted for him. Patton supposedly once remarked, “I am in the pay of the United States government. If I vote against the administration I am voting against my commander-in-chief. If I vote for the administration in office I am being bought.” I did not like the idea of being bought so I voted Libertarian on both occasions (inb4 I threw my vote away) so that they could get recognition, besides I don’t think much of neo-conservative dogma as it is now. I still wonder about the big “what ifs,” like what if we listened to General Shinseki or what if enough of us doubted Powell on WMDs. I believed in General (retired) Powell and I still believe that he is an honest man. He was an army man and on that alone I did not doubt him even slightly. I still would by the man a drink. I don’t believe that he lied, but even the best of us can get duped by the CIA, hell Kennedy was. On a personal level my biggest regret was that we could not trade the CIA (why Made in USA ain’t all that great) for the Mossad. The only thing I am thankful for after all this time is that with Mr. Gates at the helm things seem to be as they should, it never really seemed like that to me (then again I am so low on the totem pole I probably wasn’t aware of all that was right) when his predecessor got all high and mighty at times. Well farewell and Good Day to them all.
I gots one.
With President Obama it seems that at least now the Army might be issuing less waivers than they used to, maybe this new crop of Born Again Patriots were prompted by Obamania or their pockets. I am a humanist though when it comes to mein kamraden heck we’re all in the same boat now I hope they all work hard and give it their all. My only hope is that no matter what the Military Brass says that they will not pay dearly for going against the highest office in the land, like Shinseki did. I hope this new spirit of public service will prompt the best and brightest to go into government instead of Wall Street for the time being. The overall problem of previous years was that the best and brightest never went into government, instead they chose to make bigger scratch in the private sector, hopefully if public service becomes desirable again then the US will be better off in the future for some time before the tide shifts.
Me and My Circumstances
Like this kid right here, some of us were just born to be Soldaten.
I have been eating general issue chow for over four years and one thing I learned is how to really not give a fuck what other people think especially those over zealous “activists” who are pushier than the guys asking if Jesus is in my life. Hell, there are plenty of professional activists, who just don’t get that I can easily tune their bitches and moans as I am not the complaint box for Executive Branch. I live in and am garrisoned in and around San Francisco right across from the People’s Republic of Berkeley. I’ll be frank its hippie central and a base for Code Pink, really living with such neighbors means learning to live with and protect people who really hate your guts. I even have to deal with the spawn of China’s new rich at family gatherings because one branch wanted to host some exchange students (a.k.a. Beijing University rejects). They give me crap too for not being patriotic about the motherland and signing up for the Imperial Forces, as if these spoiled commie pricks would join the PLA instead of exploiting migrant laborers and polluting the Yangtze for their designer brand jeans like a bunch of Capitalist Roaders. At least on the internet I have a “fuck you too” button at my disposal.
I have a project for every Hammel with an International Studies degree, makes this funny because it is false, not because it’s true.
In real life I get crap from plenty of college educated man children who make pigeon hole me based solely on my occupation after taking a single quiz in a poli-sci or international studies class. According to these people I am “clearly” sexist, anti-abortion, racist, homophobic, uneducated, poor, and Republican. Given this maybe being mature is realizing how man is really nothing more than a glorified ape with illusions of grandeur especially International Studies Majors. I think after four years I finally know how it must feel like being a priest at a confessional. Given my level tree, I guess leveling up in life is putting more stat points into “not giving a shit.” Even if me an my ilk are held in utter contempt for some reason we still don’t mind protecting these people, oh we bitch about them in private, but at the end of the day the job will get done and they will be able to sleep soundly without a violent interruption.
Why I Blog
I’d like to think that given these circumstances that my point of view is significantly different from everyone else’s. My reasons, unlike usagijen’s, are simple I have no where else to go to talk about animu, mecha, yuri, and shoujo. Heck my brand of humor is black as the withered husk of my own heart, I have to learn to laugh at just about everything because in truth people who are well off probably have never seen a real shit hole before. Hence why US Army is really a misspelling and it should have been YMRA SU which is short for “Yes My Retarded Ass Signed Up.” In all honesty otaku are blessed with a stable society and a good chance at carving out a living. In four short years I have found that there are some Robotech fans, Naruto fans, Bleach fans, DBZ fans, and Miyazaki fans, but when it comes to things like yuri or Skip Beat! I have yet to run into another comrade who likes either or both. Even so I’d like to leave something behind in case I expire before the lot of you, so if my life is to be short then why shouldn’t I enjoy it as I see fit? Being a cynic means also being a fatalist; I plan for the worst case scenario and before every field trip I make sure I have my will in order over at Legal. That alone probably makes me the odd one out as most people under 25 don’t have a will or even a life insurance policy worth 100K. Besides my reality of listening to every half wit about how I am pulling the IDF’s strings gets tiresome, I’d rather watch anime about yuri, shoujo, and mecha than get yet another lecture on how I am working for “the man” and how I am keeping people “down.” Another thing that is great about having Obama as my Commander in Chief is that since the election those people have one by one finally learned to shut the fuck up, well except a few of those goddamn Hamas huggers who think I am a Zionist too. I plan on doing this until the day I die, so if God wanted me to stop I’d be dead already. Life is too short to get emo over one’s circumstances, for the rest of you failure is not fatal, but for all of us it is always the courage to continue that counts.
Ain’t Nothing Gonna Break My Stride
Wing Zero Custom frowns upon your trigger discipline.
Winter so far has proved to be a pleasant surprise Maria+holic is turning out to be better than I had anticipated, I splurged on a VF-25, I actually made it to E-5, and with President Obama in charge I am no longer a pin cushion for those on the left. I anticipate more surprises in the coming year, some of them will perhaps be pleasant others probably not, but hey things look okay on my end so far. So really unless something really shitty happens this bout of pleasant surprise is only going to persist, I still have a job, I have some yuri anime this season, leveled up on the enlisted tree, and get some extra shillings here and there because base pay goes up, BAH goes up, etc. I wish President Obama the best so that those posers who assumed I was a complaint box for the Republican Party for the past couple years finally get OFF MY LAWN.
Kanako is on the prowl, all is well.
I hope to make it look decent in final form.