I've only been at the business of blogging for two weeks, and already I'm wondering if maybe I should have waited a bit. Things typically slow down in summer, and the current heat wave has put the brakes on more than usual. (Have I mentioned we're in the middle of a heat wave?) There's just not a whole lot to write about when life is crippling along like a snail on a salt lick. The following is a little of this, a little of that:
My younger son, a senior at Texas A&M, is graduating from LDAC at Ft. Lewis, WA today. LDAC stands for Leadership Development and Assessment Course (also known as Warrior Forge) and is required of ROTC cadets who wish to commission as 2nd lieutenants when they graduate from college. Later today, he hops a plane to the other side of the country to Ft. Bragg, NC, to train with the Green Berets for a few weeks. Brent was one of only 40 or so cadets from all over the country to be picked for the honor of shadowing and training with this elite group, and the only one from from Texas A&M. Maybe, his summer Army training will be the subject of a later blog, once he's home and I've had a chance to talk to him.
My daughter frequently babysits for the couple across the street. I know that babysitting fees have gone up considerably since the days when I charged 50 cents an hour, but she has lucked into the mother lode of babysitting jobs. They pay her so well, that I'm tempted to ask Kimberly if she will hire me from time to time once Paige leaves for college. Bonus: they have a swimming pool. It's hot, in case you haven't got the message yet.
Paige's college roommate got them bumped from the eighth floor of Chitwood Hall to the second. Suddenly, the move I've been dreading next month seems like a piece of cake. Yes, it will be hot, but we won't have to wait 30 minutes in line with a bunch of other cranky people to use the elevator, or, God forbid, haul bins and bags up seven flights of stairs. I haven't met the roommate yet, but already I like her!
Mitch, my older son, is working in Tyler, Texas this week. Next week, he'll be in Austin. Austin may be home to the Aggies' biggest rival, The University of Texas Longhorns, but there's no denying it's a cool place to visit. The next time I'm down there, I want to see the bats as they fly out of the Congress Avenue bridge. It's reputed to be the largest urban bat colony in North America. I like bats. What's not to like about an animal that consumes annoying skeeters for dinner?
Keep Austin bug-free,
Brent: U. S. Army photo by Jesse Beals
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