Due to the holidays and travel, my family usually exchanges gifts prior to Christmas before doing it with extended family over the holidays.I struggled with what to get the wife for Christmas until one day she saw the new iPod Nano and loved the color of the blue one. EUREKA! Within hours I was on line and ready to hit the “Buy” button. I stopped and realized that she already had the previous iPod Nano. However could I justify this purchase? I want to start jogging to get into shape and that was the reason why I bought the Nike+ shoe the previous year to use with her Nano. I never did because she was always using it. This way, she could have the new one and I could use the old one for running! DONE! “BUY!” With that out of the way, we exchanged gifts and she was right pleased with what I bought her. The issue never came up about her already having the previous one, I was pleased. She then handed me my gift. A box. Hmmm whatever could it be. I tore open the paper to find in the box the AppleTV. I was stoked but yet somehow reserved. I had never considered the AppleTV before. I knew what it did and had never really placed it on my “Must Have” list. She saw the less than exuberant look on my face and said “If you want, you can return it and get something else.” I sat there for a second taking a mental inventory of everything in the Apple store before realizing that there was nothing else I wanted that I didn’t already have. As a matter of fact, I actually have more than I need. Gen2 iPod, Gen1 iPod Shuffle, Gen2 iPod Shuffle, Gen2 iPod Nano, Gen3 iPod Nano, Nike+ Sensor, iPod Video, iPhone, G5, MacBook Pro, iLife ’08, iWork ’08, Aperture, Final Cut Pro Studio and now the AppleTV. I suppose I could make room for the Mac Pro and the new iMac 24″, but I really can’t justify that. So I aske myself…. when is enough, enough? I’ll tell you after the MacWorld Expo in January!
Its that time of the year when the world begins to reflect on yet another year past. There are some pleased, some regrets and some down right ready to throw in the towel.
Most look forward though. It would be difficult to figure out when that “switch” occurs, that moment when the focus shifts from what needs to get done now, to what we want to get done next year.
It has been my experience that looking forward is more proactive in terms of accomplishing goals. Sure looking back to determine where mistakes have been made is fine. The time should only be spent at that point taking what you can from the past before turning back around and marching forward.
The horizon of life is before us all. Sure there are clouds on the horizon, but identifying them and leveraging experience to lead you through them is key. We no not where we may be going, but does it really matter? After all, it is the moment that should make life truly worth living.
As long as we develop and push on to the way-points we set before us, the course should be relatively painless. I am not going to make any type of resolutions this year other than to continue my path towards the horizon. Keeping it both in sight and level.
This time next week I will be up packing the bags getting ready for another trip. In terms of travel, this year hasn’t been that bad. Sure worse than 2006 when I only had the Alaska cruise, but 2007 has seen a trip to North Carolina, Tokyo, Hong Kong and next week to England for the holidays.
I have to admit, I love to travel. I get very antsy when I am in one place for too long without seeing a change of routine or scenery. Lets see what 2008 will have to offer. I can possibly foresee a couple of trips. One to Asia again and there is a household rumor of a trip to the Caribbean (PR) again with the kids this time.
Oh there is the January trip to Vermont, forgot about that one. (Note to self) Must get out the Snowboard and Goggles and get ready!
December 10th, 1985 saw the release of a bunch of hard-charging “shower-shoes” onto this world as the members of Platoon 2097 stepped off of the Parade Deck of Parris Island, South Carolina (a.k.a., The land that God Forgot).
Among that gaggle of green, amphibious goo, was one Private First Class Jones. That was a long time ago, but that date continues to resonate across my body and soul to this day as this was the day I entered into a life-long fraternity, a brother-hood, a family unlike any other.
Although having celebrated my 18th Birthday at Parris Island, we were on our path to becoming men on December 10th the minute we lined up on the yellow foot prints on September 12th, 1985. Despite the fact that it has been 22 years, to the day, I still recall it as if it were only yesterday. Snippets include:
- Private Bernard strong arming Private Hoffman for his Chits
- Private Jiminez playing pop-goes-the-weasle for Sergeant Galbreath
- 3rd Phase Movie Night – “Rambo, First Blood”
And that graduation, the pride, the honor coursing through all of us. I don’t think any of us were cognizant of the pain and struggle that we had been through. All that mattered now was getting off of the island and introducing the world to this new group of warriors fresh out of the “Pit.”
There are only two days that remind me of the significance of the phrase “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.” November 10th, the Marine Corps Birthday, and today, December 10th. To all my brothers from Platoon 2097 onwards that I may have lost contact with over the years, know this, you are still with me as you were then. When we cross paths, it will be as if we never lost contact. It was an honor to serve with each and everyone of you.
My Journey as a Marine (9/12/85 ~ 8/4/93)
- Platoon 2097 (Recruit)
- Charlie Battery, 1stBn, 10thMar, 2ndMarDiv (2512-Field Wireman)
- HQ Battery, 1stBn, 10thMar, 2ndMarDiv (2512-Field Wireman/0121-Personnel Clerk)
- JPAO, MCB, Camp Lejeune (4313-Marine Broadcast Journalist)
- AFPBS Det. 5, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan (4313-Marine Broadcast Journalist)
- FEN (AFN), MCAS Iwakuni, Japan (4313-Marine Broadcast Journalist)