Archive for the ‘The Blog’ Category

Tying Up Loose Ends

Posted: July 14, 2014 in Egypt, Israel, The Army, The Blog
I'm just using this blog post as an excuse to include this picture because it falsely depicts me as a bad ass but its a reputation I hope proliferates via word of mouth.

I’m just using this blog post as an excuse to include this picture because it falsely depicts me as a bad ass but it’s a reputation I hope spreads like wild fire.

It has been an extremely busy two months but I am happy to say that I am back Stateside for the foreseeable future.  Now that the dust of our triumphant return from Egypt has settled, I have decided to quit being lazy and try to tie up a few loose ends from my time overseas.  The next few posts in the coming days/weeks/whenever I feel like it will include my trips to Jerusalem and Kuwait City, as well as a final word on my time in Egypt and at the Red Sea.  Why I didn’t use my down time while deployed to post these updates will remain a mystery to both you and me but better late than never.

Am I right or am I right?

Advertisements

Red Sea

When the blog last left you all, I was running marathons and being awesome.  The bad news is I haven’t ran more than four miles at one time in any sitting since the marathon but the good news is I’m still awesome.  One for two ain’t bad.

The summer didn’t bring much in the way of excitement or anything of significance to report,  I was simply preparing to embark on my next great adventure:  brokering peace in the Middle East.

My successes in South Korea were well documented — it’s no coincidence Kim Jong-Il was extinguished during my watch — and while the mission and the environment in the Sinai are definitely different, I’m hoping that the experiences are just as rewarding.  And once again, I’m hoping to share those experiences with you fine folks.

I landed safely in Egypt a little more than a month ago and have been doing just fine since.  I’m staying busy with work — winning hearts and minds never stops — but I hope to post periodic updates and pictures on the blog when I can so check back once in a while, you just might learn something.

IMG_0228

It’s a rough mission but somebody’s got to do it.

My Bracket

Posted: March 20, 2013 in The Blog

I’ll have some marathon training updates in the near future but until then, it’s everybody’s favorite at-work time waster: March Madness.  March Madness isn’t quite the same without Kentucky — love ’em or hate ’em, that fact is hard to argue — but I still had to do at least one bracket for ol’ time’s sake.  I usually do at least two brackets and always  have one where Kentucky wins it all, except the years where I legitimately think they’ll win it all, like last year, and I only have one bracket……or years they make the *cough cough* NIT *cough cough*, like this year and 2008, and I have a stack full of brackets (leave your Kentucky hate in the comments below, I’m tired of it tarnishing my Facebook wall or clogging up my text message inbox).

I must admit, some picks are wishful thinking, some are fliers, and some reflect my outright bias — I’m sure you can figure those out, feel free to judge me accordingly — but in the interest of full transparency when I inevitably go 63 for 63, I present to you my bracket (post bracket hate in the comments below, too):

(Click image to view full-size).

(Click image to view full-size).

Now you too can follow along as more and more picks are proven to be wrong and I get closer and closer to burning my bracket before the first weekend is out.  It’s inevitable that I’ll threaten to do this no less than 3 times by Sunday but with the onslaught of virtual bracket pools and the gradual disappearance of ol’ fashioned paper brackets, my threats no longer have the same effect.  March Madness has always been my favorite time of the year and I’ll always remember my first bracket — it’s like your first born, you just don’t forget.  Although I won’t get to watch every game, I’ll be looking forward to getting off work and rushing home just to see how my picks are doing.  It’s good to have the tournament back……even if Kentucky got snubbed (so they probably didn’t get snubbed considering they lost to Bob Morris University but that fact will not prohibit me from deeming our absence as a complete injustice).

Enjoy the games everybody!

UPDATE: If you create a bracket on Yahoo! and enable the Friends Leaderboard feature you can see, in real-time, how badly your bracket beats mine.

Reviving The Blog

Posted: February 22, 2013 in The Blog

It has been quite some time since I have posted and I hope all of my friends and family had a great holiday season and start to the New Year.  I would’ve mentioned that sooner but I was out in California fighting for America’s livelihood.

While I may not have given South Korea a proper send off on the blog or gave Texas a proper welcome, I hope to revive the blog with posts of my antics here in Central Texas now that I know my way around, I’m home from the West Coast, and the weather is starting to turn for the better (Ha! Enjoy your freezing February, midwest!).  There’s no promise to the frequency or quality of the posts but if it seems worthy of mentioning I’m going to try my best to write about it. Hopefully adding pictures will make up for my uninteresting ramblings.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Matt