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I Don’t Think So

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Wednesday

Quote of the Day: “The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how much I play, I’ll never be as good as a wall. I played a wall once. They’re fucking relentless.”

- Mitch Hedburg

Remember when I talked about living in the bachelor quarters when I moved to San Diego? Well, I checked and sure enough, I can use 10 days of something called TLE. Basically, they reimburse me up to $128 per day to stay in a hotel for 10 whole days.

So it seems like a good idea to use those 10 days when I get there, thus knocking off 10 days I will have to stay in the barracks.

So I called up the Holiday Inn that I normally stay at when I go to San Diego and the conversation went something like this:

Me: What are your rates?
Them: Our regular rooms are $120 per night.
Me: Do they have a microwave and fridge?
Them: No. But our suites have those amenities.

(Since when is a microwave and fridge extra?)

Me: How much are those?
Them: $140
Me: SHIT! (in my head).

Then it occurred to me that I could stay in the BOQ for those 10 days and get nowhere NEAR the max charge. Of course this thought hit me when I was on the phone with Holiday Inn guy who was trying desperately to get me to commit, even trying to check around for other Holiday Inns in the area that had the extraordinary extravagance of a microwave and fridge.

I called the BOQ and they had a two-room suite with a queen bed, microwave and fridge for $25. Or I could slum it with a studio for $20.

I quickly made reservations but then remembered that I would not have high speed internet even for the ten days.

Hmmmm, I had a choice. I could go without a fridge and microwave but have high speed for ten days OR I could pay $14 out of pocket per day for everything. Or I could get a nice room on the base mere minutes walking distance from work but give up high speed internet.

Looks like I will be doing all my internetting in my office. How depressing.

I also talked to the bachelor quarters manager and Houston, we might have a problem.

It seems they don’t have Officer geo-bachelor quarters so they put us in the senior enlisted geo-bachelor quarters. Now I used to be enlisted and still have a healthy respect for enlisted, especially senior enlisted. Furthermore, I can understand that they don’t have separate geo-bachelor quarters for Officers because there are so few that would use it (currently NONE on MCRD).

I then asked THE question. I asked if they ran out of rooms and started doubling up people in a room, would they put a senior enlisted in with an officer. They said they would if it came to that.

OK, stop.

Like I said, I’m a big fan of the senior enlisted but this is where I draw the line. I know a lot, and I mean A LOT, of officers who would have a big case of the ass about officers being thrown in the senior enlisted barracks but I don’t know any officer who would let this room cohabitation happen. Even in war when Marines are the closest in proximity and brotherhood, officers and enlisted have separate tents. If there are no tents, there are different areas.

In my nearly decade as an officer, I can’t think of many instances that I’ve felt the need to claim the privileges historically afforded an officer, probably because of my enlisted background. But this is one situation that I would go to the mat over and not just because it benefits me. To me, it infringes on the necessary and accepted separation of enlisted and officers. I believed that as enlisted and still do as an officer.

All I know is that there better be 6 to a room before they come knocking at my door. Even then, it’ll take the CG to tell me to shut the f#%^# up before I drop it.

Check it out, I’m making waves before I even show up.

Free Advice for Today: “Carry your own alarm clock when traveling. Hotel wake-up calls are sometimes unreliable.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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