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It's been a hell of a long week. One of my co-workers died Tuesday evening at home. Nothing remarkable, he just sat down on his couch and died. I'm going to miss having him around the shop.
Wednesday was Veteran's Day. My company provided a catered lunch to all of us veterans who work there, a gesture that moves me to tears...
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3 and a half years until I can retire from the National Guard. That time cannot come soon enough. I really don't know if I can stick it out that long. It's probably not PC for me to say this, because as a 16 year veteran I'm supposed to be super-dooper hoaah and patriotic and stuff but: I hate being in the...
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I just got home from Annual Training about 9 pm last night. So glad to be home! Now comes the next part, packing up everything to get it moved this weekend. Thankfully I got to be home a day earlier than was originally projected, so I have more time than I thought I would.

Overall, Annual Training was pretty good. It was frustrating in some...
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I'm heading out this morning to make up some drill time and then Saturday I'll be gone for the rest of August doing my Annual Training for the Ohio Army National Guard. When I get back, I'll immediately be moving in to packing all of my stuff up and moving it into a new home. This one will be closer to work...
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Still waiting on the parts I need so I can put my truck back together. I'm supposed to get a phone call from the dealership when the parts are in, so I can go pick them up. The tricky part is going to be getting to the dealership.
I'll be thankful when this mess is over and my only means of conveyance is...
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My rear brake rotor disintegrated as I was driving home from work yesterday. The whole thing locked up and then the mounting bracket sheared off of the axle. I managed to limp my truck home, but it was quite nerve wracking. I got a new rotor, new calipers, and new brake pads, but I need the bracket itself that attaches to the axle. Because my...
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Taking a day off from working out was definitely the right call yesterday. I feel so much more refreshed and recharged today.

If there's one thing I would change about work, it would be the complete lack of music. Luckily I carry a soundtrack around in my head for whatever I'm doing at the moment. Lately I've had the Honest Trailer for...
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It's very common to hate Mondays. I hate Wednesdays. Wednesdays find me tired and usually cranky. I let myself sleep in on Wednesdays, until 4:45 am. I get up, take Max the Dog out, pack my lunch and shovel something resembling food down my gullet in less than 30 minutes. It helps a lot that I don't have to lay out a...
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