January 4th, 2007

HALO

Hey listen, don't you let 'em get your mind

Well, this is going to be an interesting couple of days. I talked to P last night as I was going to bed and calmed her down some, as she was all aflutter about her mother repacking all the boxes and generally doing stuff she hadn't been asked to do as opposed to not doing stuff she had been asked to do. Anyhow, by now the truck should have been fully loaded and the apartment cleaned, so all that remains is to get the truck over to my ex's place, unload the furniture (which Karl & Joella will pick up later), and then unload the boxes at my place. The game plan is to ship her computer, or at least its hard drives, to her place out east once she gets settled in, and bring out the rest of the boxes in the later summer/early fall when I do my move. In the meantime I need to loan her my Samsonite suitcase so she can pack her clothes, recover her set of keys to my apartment, have her sign off on some paperwork...and somewhere in all the excitement tonight, get some laundry done, for I am completely out of clean shirts and undies.

Wasted entirely too much time this morning clearing music off the SD card in the TX and adding new music, which effort was largely wasted since I drove in to work. It's a good thing I did, since there was enough mail waiting in the PO box to fill a whole plastic shopping bag and then some. No way I'm getting all that home on the bus along with my normal load of crap. I can see we're going to have a lot of data entry fun in the near future.

Finally (for this post) I picked up John Barnes' Kaleidoscope Century Tuesday and finished it yesterday. It was everything I thought it would be, which means I won't be reading it again; the main character is initially somewhat sympathetic but as you see what he does with his life over the course of the book you kinda wish somebody had killed him slowly and painfully so you wouldn't have to deal with him or his story. Or his buddy/girlfriend. If you enjoyed accounts of the Thirty Years War written by one of the mercenaries who raped and pillaged their way across Germany, or want to know what it was like, this is the book for you. Otherwise, steer clear. I give this book a 8.5 for technical merit and a zero for artistic merit. 'Nuff said.
wombat

Should've joined the Teamsters

Once in a while I get the feeling that I've made the wrong turn somewhere in my life, and finding out that I get to drive the Budget rental truck with all my daughter's crap in it over to her mother's is one of those times. Life would definitely have been different if I'd followed my Uncle Brendan's example and driven trucks for a living - and maybe I wouldn't have gotten stuck driving the rented trucks all the damn time just because I'm good at it. On the other hand, Uncle Brendan isn't exactly living the life of Riley these days, so maybe I made the right choice of careers after some fumbling around on the fringes of Corporate America.

The good news is that we're just going to unload everything at my ex-wife's place, after which maybe I can just go home and do laundry, or drag it all over to the laundromat. Whatever works.
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One of these things is not like the others

Grim at Blackfive has some thoughts on strategy as it applies to the Long War, and Wretchard at the Belmont Club has some related thoughts by way of responding to more Andrew Sullivan whinging about how we ought to pull out and let the Shiites get on with the ethnic cleansing. Not that Saint Andrew would put it quite that way, of course.
Wretchard also speculates that W has decided to go with the Keane/Kagan plan that calls for a surge of troops to be used in the clearing and holding of Baghdad. Be interesting to see if that's what happens.
(Instapundit)

Also in Blackfive, more dog-bites-man news about the heroic conduct of UN peacekeeping forces around the world. If your idea of "heroic" includes raping children, that is. Haven't we wasted enough money on these assholes? I'm all for giving the new Sec-Gen a shot, but this kind of hideous crap has to stop, and I don't think it's going to until we start stringing up some of the Secretariat.

Last, Uber Pig at Enlisted Swine gives his opinion about gays in the military, keying off General Shalikashvili's weekend op-ed on the subject. You might be surprised, you might not. (Via Blackfive, which has more to say about it.)