The Beav according to Beav

Still crazy after all these years.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I'm Home!

I finally made it home. It was an interesting trip. My 1 hour layover in Tokyo turned into a 5 hour layover in Tokyo which would have been fine except that it took my 5 hour layover in Dallas and turned it into a 1 hour layover. That's 60 minutes to get off the plane, get my luggage, go through Customs, recheck my luggage, get back through security, find my gate and get on the next plane. I managed, but I did a lot of running (anyone remember OJ Simpson commercials?). Not an experience I recommend to anyone.

I would just like to state, for the record, that the Universe is beautiful. As we flew from Korea to get to Tokyo, I looked out and saw the mountainous countryside of Korea. Just gorgeous. Then, after Tokyo, as we crossed the North Pacific in the dark, I look out the window to see the clouds spread as a giant carpet beneath us and the stars twinkling above. I almost didn't recognize the big dipper because there were so many other stars in and around it.

I had a real good samaritan moment while checking in at Tokyo. I had to go to a desk to trade my JAL boarding passes for American Airlines boarding passes. As I waited for the necessary 137 keystrokes, a young Korean man came up to do the same at the counter next to me. It was a difficult process. A Japanese woman speaking English to a Korean man who obviously understood perhaps one word in ten. At one point, she was trying to get his baggage claim stickers, but he had no idea what she was talking about. I quietly asked the woman helping me for my baggage stickers and showed them to him. He quickly grasped the situation and they concluded. It gave me that familiar warm feeling of goodness. Makes me happy to be able to do things like that.

Ages passed, and I finally arrived in Norfolk. My sons had not been told that I was coming home, so they were bored and impatient waiting in the airport. And then down the hallway I come. We all see each other; they run to me; I pick them both up and finish my journey to my loving wife. Life is good. The universe is beautiful.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

So close...I can taste it (Yummy!)

Tomorrow morning, I get on a bus to Incheon. From there, I'll board a plane that will take me to Tokyo, then to Dallas, and finally to Norfolk. Waiting for me will be my lovely wife and my two beautiful boys (though they don't know it yet).

I can't wait.

I get to spend almost a month with them, including Christmas and New Years (and our anniversary). I must be doing something right for Karma to smile on me so brightly.

See you soon, Sweetie.


Friday, December 12, 2008

What, again?

Online Poker

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker!

All bloggers can play in this exclusive online poker tournament.

Registration code: 044900

Yup. Again. I have once again registered to compete against my fellow bloggers in the World Blogger Championship of Online Poker. My hope is to do a bit more like my first year than the years that followed it. I know there are a few of you out there who know how to play. To you I say, log in and join the fun. There is no cost, and the possibilities are huge! Or, if not, log in and watch me play.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Gotta keep one step...

Busy night tonight. After working my 12-hour shift, I'm going over to a friend's house for dinner (he's making home-made gumbo!). I also have to write an Airman of the Quarter package for one of my guys, and mark up (improve) an EPR for one of my other guys. And hopefully get enough sleep to be awake when I start training my new boss tomorrow at 5 AM.

The joys of being an NCO. :-|