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What A Difference A Day Makes

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Quote of the Day: “THE ONLY SELFLESS SERVICE OCCURS AFTER YOU REACH YOUR TERMINAL RANK.”

- Unknown

I got this in my mailbox this morning from the monitor:

“We might have an opening at MCRD San Diego, but it will be tight. I’ll have to scrub through and see.”

My first thought was “What the ^%#$&, I don’t want to go past…… San Diego?”

And like a big fat bear who just downed a barrel of honey, I sat back and dreamily let the thought lull me into a prolonged daydream.

San Diego.

Beaches.

Perfect weather year ’round.

Running Mecca of the Known Universe.

Full circle; Ending where I began.

I took this home and discussed it with Carrie. We had questions about the schools (not rumored to be the best) and housing (rumored to be very hard to find and expensive.). I absolutely did not want to commute into San Diego with its infamous traffic snarls.

But no matter how bad the job was, at the end of the day I would still find myself in San Diego California. For Carrie and the kids, there would be tons of stuff to do: Seaworld, the Zoo, beaches, and a million other fun things for them to experience.

We discussed it for a long time and decided that an extra year might be bearable if it was in San Diego. The more we thought about it, the more we were convinced it was something we could do. If I had to do 21 years, this was the place to finish it up (with an extra 2 ½% onto my retirement for good measure, bringing it to 52.5% of my current pay per month for as long as I wake up each morning and take a breath.)

Now all that left is to stress over the “MIGHT have an opening” and the “but it will be tight” (dismissing all the smartass sexual innuendo that introduces. Let’s get serious here, folks, it’s our future!)

Free Advice for Today: “Stop and watch stonemasons at work.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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