I’m Just A Retired Navy HM

But even I took a vow to protect my patients, which was pretty much everybody. This Nurse, Kaci Hickox, fighting an involuntary quarantine, took a similar vow (Nightingale Pledge). She should have volunteered to be quarantined without being forced to protect those she has vowed to protect. IMHO, she is not a real Nurse. She should never work as a Nurse again. I almost hope she turns positive for Ebola. Almost.


Hospital Corpsman's Pledge

I solemnly pledge myself before God and these witnesses to practice faithfully all of my duties as a member of the Hospital Corps. I hold the care of the sick and injured to be a privilege and sacred trust and will assist the Medical Officer with loyalty and honesty. I will not knowingly permit harm to come to any patient. I will hold all personal matters pertaining to the private lives of patients in strict confidence. I dedicate my heart, mind, and strength to the work before me. I shall do all within my power to show in myself an example of all that is honorable and good throughout my Naval career.


Man, that was a long time ago. April 73 if my failing memory is correct. I didn’t make a very good Hospital Hospital Corpsman (too many Nurses around), but made one damned fine Independent Duty/Field Med Hospital Corpsman. IMHO, of course. And, after the first year, loved being with the Grunts.


News @ 11! (I’ll Be Asleep Though.)

So, basically, I’m in the position that some wives find themselves in. Married forever. Spouse dies. Can’t get a loan for anything because they have no credit. While I don’t blame the “banks” for wanting their money, it still sucks. (Luckily, my spouse hasn’t died and will outlive me by a long time!) Turns out the “bank” was worried about my debt to income ratio. Never mind that I know what I’m doing and will commit to making the payments cause I know that I can. Let’s figure out a lot of other shit and make our own rules. Unfortunately you have to do it or do without. Bastards. I hate not being treated as an adult.


Not much else going on. Raining. Fog just at the tree-top level. It’s like Nature is trying to dump a summer’s worth of rain on us in a couple of weeks before getting to the Winter rain. Burned the rest of the trash while it was raining and finally got that out of the way.

Feeling short of breath today. I smoked way too long.


And that’s pretty much it. Spent the rest of the day just chillin’ and not doing much at all. Watched “Jack The Giant Slayer” and am doing “Ender’s Game” now. Don’t think I’ll finish it tonight.

Thursday Morning Contemplations

So, sitting here at my desk @ 0730 this drizzly Thursday morning, I have to say that there is really only one thing that pisses me off about this Truck. I originally set out to buy a truck on my own; to build up my credit and do something without asking my lovely young bride for money. Too long I’ve had to ask her for the bucks to do anything. (I needed a new truck with better towing too, so it wasn’t just to do something on my own.)


Somehow, and I’m really not too sure how, SWMBO got involved in the financing part and it’s too late to keep her off the paperwork. I know she had to sign off on the old truck to trade it in, but where did it turn to the financial part? I don’t know to blame Haselwood for being Haselwood, or myself for being stupid. But I don’t think I’ll ever be able to change it with this truck. Not even if I refinance at our Credit Union.

So I’m really not a happy camper about that. Otherwise I really like the truck. And other than that Haselwood has been great to deal with; everyone has been nice and they really did give me (what I think was) a great price on a nice truck. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to answer that survey when I get it. If it’s only about Marcus (my Salesman) then no problem. He was pretty good. But, if they ask about “overall experience,,,” (Naw. Who am I trying to kid? Overall it was pretty good. I'm just upset right now about the financing. But, no one held me down and forced me to sign the paperwork either. Maybe I really wanted a new truck and didn’t realize it. Or maybe I am just stupid.)

I have been lusting after a full-sized, “King” cab, 4x4 truck for years.

Time to get off my ass and get my day started!