Saturday, October 2, 2010

September 30th letter received 10/2/10

So, it's been a couple weeks since my last update. When they put on my second cast, they covered my entire right thumb, making it impossible to hold an ink stick. I've been a little unmotivated to write since then. BUT the good news is that I got my cast off yesterday, and the doctor says everything looks to be good. If all goes well, I should be out of here in early November. It's a little frustrating to think that I will have to spend my birthday here, but I suppose I'm too old to go trick or treating these days.

Things around the squadbay have been pretty boring as usual. We've got a total of 20 recruits now in P.E.B., and I've been easily annoyed by our newer recruits...just another sign of my age. Most recruits are surprised to know that I'm 28, but to my surprise they didn't give me a hard time because of it until I got to P.E.B. Most of the day here is spent talking about women, food, and making fun of each other. It's a healthy environment.

Yesterday during evening hygiene, one of the sinks in the head (bathroom) busted off the wall and a high pressure stream of hot water spewed out of the pipe nearly injuring a couple of our recruits. The water was shooting out of the pipes so hard that it damaged a bulkhead (wall) nearly 8 feet away. They ended up having to turn the water off in the entire building to fix the pipe. It was a great morale booster for our platoon.

The temperature around the Island has almost been tolerable the past two weeks. I can tell that Fall is close at hand. It will be a nice change from the sweltering heat and black flags. Coming to bootcamp in the Summer was a bad idea.

I hope that all is well with all the friends and family that have been keeping up with my progress. Thanks for the support.

Rct. Hughes, Chris