Thursday, November 19, 2009

Words of Wisdom

Donny called me the other night and offered a little insight into what it's like in an military training facility.

On the weapons requirement:

I have to have my M-16 and my 9mm on me at all times. If I want to go outside, I have to have two weapons. If I'm eating, two weapons. Even if I'm in the bathroom, two weapons. Basically the only time I don't have to be armed is when I'm in the shower . . . with 15 other men . . . who I don't know . . . who are naked.

On communal showers:

You're in the shower and you turn around and some guy is standing there and your first instinct is to say, "Hey! What are you doing in here?" But then you look around and see you're in a big room with twenty shower heads and a dozen men and you say, calmly and a little sadly to yourself, "Oh. Yeah. I remember."

On the threat of being court marshaled and discharged:

Oh, yeah, that'd be awful. I'd have to go home. To my wife and kid. Where it's safe. Sheesh! I really want to avoid that at all cost.

On the applicability of his training:

I had to take training on Maintaining a Dominant Physical Stance. So, basically, How to Look Tough. The cool thing about this is it's something I can totally use when I get back home. "Oh, you won't give me a loan?" (strike pose) "How about now, buddy?!"


Mom said...

I love my son-in-law...

Amy Brinton said...

Did you notice that your running ad is about "pear trees"? It must have been that Steinmart post.

Donny cracks me up. It's even better to imagine these things in his voice.

The Hathorns said...

Donny needs to teach me the dominant physical stance for bedtime at our house.
He always finds the humor in a situation :)

Anonymous said...

On communal showers:

It amazed me that back in the day when I went to the MTC they had these. I showered late at night. No one needs to see my rolls. Or Willy.

Celestial Soldier said...

Apparently in the Provo MTC they call the communal showers the Tree of Life; there are several poles with 5 or 6 showerheads each. I went straight to Brasil... with private showers.

As for the menacing stance it reminded me of this:

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