I haven’t put finger to Word in a while now. We took a sweet family vacation to the upper peninsula of Michigan a few weeks ago and now I am going to school up here in Great Lakes. I usually jot down some notes in my Bieber book and transfer them onto the computer. There has been a lack of computer access, so here I am, thumbing away on my phone, hoping to avoid misspelled words and typos. I have plenty to transcribe from my book, but was avoiding using my phone for this. There is a lot I want to publish, but with the moving prep and traveling over the past couple months, it has been a low priority. I have been at Great Lakes for a couple weeks now, going to school for the man. The flight up here was nice. There was time for a pre-flight beer (hydration is key) and I was stoked about checking 3 bags with no extra cost. The flight was also delayed for about 45 minutes, so I was able to get a good jump on a book. It’s called Where Do You Get Your Ideas From? by Fred White. It was a bargain book I picked up at Barnes & Noble. It has gone over some basic ways to keep your mind engaged and creativity flowing. It’s interactive with exercises to get the juices flowing. With all the free time I have right now, figured it wouldn’t hurt. We will see how it pans out.

Since arriving, I’ve had the pleasure of reconnecting with some guys I served with at past commands and build some new relationships with those I have met. Last weekend, I made my way to go see a movie. I figured it would be simple. Walk to the front gate, catch an Uber, and enjoy my evening. While I did enjoy my evening, it turned out to be the most expensive movie I have ever seen. The man has a funny way of restricting operations of certain businesses and Uber is on of them. I went to schedule a ride and was given to options, UBER black or premium. The black was $70! I assumed it was because I was scheduling a ride vs looking for one on the spot, no big deal. I ventured out to the main gate, periodically checking for Uber availability. The price kept dropping, but only by a dollar here and there. Nothing significant. When I reached the main gate area, the price had come down to around $60, and no Uber X option. I saw some people get dropped off in Uber’s but no pick ups. After about 10 min of observing and refreshing my Uber app, I decided to call a cab (the movie wasn’t going to wait for me after all). I struck up a conversation with the driver as soon as he picked me up. He was a Navy vet who enjoyed motorcycles (he looked the part) and we swapped some sea stories. We talked about Uber and I found out how it had been banned from picking people up due to a few instances where the driver had been a crook. It’s always fun and interesting to hear what the completion (cab driver) has to say about their opposition. After a quick detour due to the flooding that occurred earlier that week, he dropped me off at the theatre. I always base my cab/Uber rides on how the conversation goes. I gave it an eight out of ten.

They had a bar at the theatre, which was a win. A couple whiskey/gingers later and I was off to see my movie. I stopped by the concession stand and picked up a chicken and waffle sandwich. It was a good pickup. Tender fried chicken in between two waffles with curly fries. I watched the new Spider-man movie. It was entertaining and I liked the new spin they put on the story and character without losing the audience. It was dark when I exited the theatre, maybe around 9. I was able to grab an Uber to ride back to base.

My driver was one of the more interesting people I have met in my Uber travels. We talked about his life and where he wants to go. I asked if he drove part time and what he did as a day job. “Boy, do I have a story to tell you,” he responded. Besides driving for Uber on the side, he sold insurance, is a published poet, has some songs on iTunes, and was in the process of casting a play he had written to premier next year. The songs on iTunes are part of an album he is putting together and his book on amazon is a collection of poems he has written. He was pumped to tell me about all his endeavors; his enthusiasm got me excited to check out his work. His book is called Listen 411 and his play is called a A Youth Served, check them out. I wished him well once he dropped me off and began the trek back to my hotel room.

It was good to get some “me” time outside of my hotel room. It cost me more to get a ride there and back than it did for the movie, but it was worth it. I appreciated the opportunity to meet these two gentlemen and and hope the best for them. It’s always good to get out of your comfort zone and strike up random conversations with those you don’t know. You may find a new perspective or meet the love of your life (or your next ex).

Do work, be rad

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