In the picture below, you see Aaron from Texas. He has picked up a couple of nicknames already, Texas being one of them but most people seem to call him Hoss. I think of all of us, he is the proudest to be here. Certainly, he is the only one to get a license plate to memorialize attending the National Academy class 246. In addition to that, he is one heck of a cook and a very hospitable guy. He has kind of taken over The Grove, but in a good way. Tonight he had a campfire going and ribs and sausages on his grill.
Before heading out to the Grove, I did swim 1.5 miles. There were only two of us in the pool and it seemed wasteful not to push for the extra half mile under those circumstances. I was feeling the PT workout from this morning, though, and it was not easy.
There was a pretty good group out at The Grove this evening. There would probably have been more but the class trip to Philadelphia leaves early tomorrow morning, so a lot of people turned in early.
I realized tonight we spend a lot of time rushing from place to place here. I rush to breakfast and then to class (partly because I hit to snooze button more than once), you rush between classes, rush to change for PT and rush to shower and change back into uniform afterwards, it all seems rushed all the time. The Grove is the unrushed place. There was a hat passed to collect money for the food, so it was kind of like church, too.
Anyhow, it was a good evening spent socializing and relaxing. I should be spending more time doing this, I know a big part of this experience is getting to know officers from around the world and we don’t do that in the classroom. I am getting close to the finish line with my swimming and this weekend, if I stick to it, should put most of my projects and papers into the OUT box. Hopefully more of the second half of my time here will be spent on the socializing.