...it seems like I've been here much longer than 5 weeks. I feel like I've been doing this routine and seeing the same faces for much longer than a month. I think it's because I haven't seen anyone else or done anything other than Basic Combat Training.
If you're wondering what happened to me and DVD Panache since January, that's it. I joined the Army, and am now stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas with my family. What do I do? The exact thing I joined the Army for, and probably the coolest job available, a broadcast journalist. I'm trained to shoot and edit video, write stories for air and even work a soundboard and act as a radio D.J. On my first day at Ft. Bliss I interviewed a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. On my second day I interviewed the current Sergeant Major of the Army. I've been enjoying myself.
Of course, it wasn't always that way. Basic training was hell, but not for the reasons you may think. The training itself wasn't that bad, it was the complete lack of any stimulation and hours and hours of waiting and repetition that gets to you. There usually wasn't any talking, and the only reading material afforded you was an Army study guide I read through so many times I had to put duct tape on the binding. In need of some -- any -- kind of stimulation, I took up the habit of writing things down. I wrote a lot of things in a small notebook I kept with me at all times: movie quotes, movies I wanted to see after I graduated, names of Twilight Zone episodes, memorable movie credits.
That final one kept me occupied for many hours. I found that since it had been weeks and weeks since I had actually seen a movie, my gallery of mental images slowly faded away. But what still burned strong were the credits, since they can be written down, and jog your memory much more easily. I filled pages with credits that were memorable for me in one way or another, trying to get a good assortment beyond just directors and stars. And through it all I told myself that when I got back I would post screengrabs of these credits.
Well, I'm back. I still have the notebook and grabbed stills of what credits I could. Welcome to my new blog, glad to be here.