Quote of the Day:
“I’m trying to be as self-sufficient as possible.”
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The past few days have been utterly fun, exhausting, and long.
As hoped, we are currently dominating the majority of medals. What’s funny is that since the Marines have been twice-over champions, the score-keeping is much harder this year.
You would expect that a gold medal (or 1st place finish) would count more towards the overall score of the team. But this time, it just counts as a single point. So it doesn’t matter if you finish 2nd, or even 3rd.
But we are still up by 2 medals.
Today some of our guys are doing their morning training. I’m sitting here, Janis is sick.
I spoke briefly with one of the local Staff Sergeants. Funny thing is, he has all the looks of a total asshole, but when we were talking about Paleo diets, samurai, and injuries - he was actually pretty nice. Very focused on keeping his guys fit, mentally healthy, and even looking cool stuff like equine training for PTSD.
Perhaps the image of the military as I knew it has just been wrong. Actually, I know that it has. These are individuals and people that are trying their best, and they are people, not faceless cogs of a war machine. As my family, and previous thinking as led them to believe.
We also have literally 3 days left. And despite the Army’s very loud cheering, the Air Force superior training facilities (absolutely gorgeous facilities), and all the other teams, we still are working and playing smarter, faster, and stronger overall than the others.
So overall, I feel this team is a great success. But we’ll see. Today’s events are shooting and then the team sports. Tomorrow is Swimming/Team Sports. Saturday’s the closing ceremonies. :)
And the closing party…should be fun. Very very fun :) We’re talking about 3 weeks of no drinking, no partying for these athletes. I can’t imagine not going so crazy.