My Reserve unit had an APFT this past weekend, and it was the first in years when I didn’t have to fast for two or three days in order to stay under my maximum allowed weight. Granted, I just barely made it, but I didn’t have to take any extreme measures to bring that about, I was already there. In the physical events, I did 84% on push-ups, 94% on sit-ups (60% is passing for both), and finished my 2½-mile walk six minutes faster than needed to pass. (There’s no percentile on an alternate event, you either pass or not … but I passed at a level for soldiers 35 years younger than I am.)
Last year, my wife arranged for the local Elks lodge to host the summer Family Day event. She said afterward she heard a lot of complaints from people about the lodge’s inadequacies … but, this year, the same people want to return there, and have asked her if she can negotiate a lower price.
My over-the-road training is almost complete. One more week will give me the requisite hours, then I’ll return to the main terminal for a brief skills test, then I’ll start drawing conventional assignments. It’s been nearly ten years since I worked for anybody but the Army; I’ll have to re-accustom myself to being a civilian and a wage-earner at the same time.
I finished my last segment of “Reversible Error”, and now only sroni’s remaining parts keep the story from being ready to post. And, as I predicted, my Hunger Games fic — “A Breath on the Embers” — is now posted HERE.
More new stuff as it arises and I get to it.