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Thursday, April 3, 2014

BLS

Hey all,

It's me again! Oh yea I'm the only one who posts here so of course it is.
Anyways, here I am in Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, deployed once again. Things sure have changed. Even though I was only here for a couple weeks last time, I can still tell the huge difference. I've finally started hitting the gym more; arms day every day, rah? So yeah I'm sore and all that, it makes life a little more difficult.

I hadn't really planned this out but I finally just got an idea. So since this deployment is a bit less stressful as the last, I've decided to do a few things to the side, some nostalgic things, some fitness, and some artsy things. Starting with nostalgic: On the way out of the States, we stopped in New Hampshire. The airport was crowded full of some old military retirees and other folk who just generally support the military. It was a surprising welcome that none of us saw coming. They held a little ceremony, thanking us and wishing us their best, It was really great. Getting to the point, among all the people was a table where some of them were handing out nifty little nick-knacks. I took a yo-yo and instantly was nostalgic. It's been almost a month since then and my yo-yo skill level is going through the roof. With the help of Andre Boulay's helpful videos full of tips and tricks, I have been practicing with a nice yo-yo to perform intermediate to advanced tricks. The gist of this is that I aim to become at least a low-expert level player.

Fitness... I kind of already touched up on this but I'll go into detail a bit. Two years ago in Sangin, Afghanistan, in my platoon was a man we called "Q". Q's technique to working out was simple: arms day every day (as I previously mentioned). Now that worked out for him, but I want to make a small addition to get the extra testosterone flowing through my system. I'll just do arms every other day, with a little abs at the end of each daily workout. The odd days will need to be legs, as much as I don't want to do legs days considering the amount of walking around I'll be doing out here.

The final thing on my mind, for now of course, is my digital artwork. I suck. I haven't made anything in a long time. I haven't animated anything in an even longer amount of time than that. Basically, I want to. I have the tools in front of me, at my disposal, all I need to do is make the move. I'll be starting out with a refresher. I'm going to attempt to make a much higher resolution image of our Company logo, for the sake of being able to put it on things larger than paper. The Company First Sergeant wants to make rugs, for example, but the only image we have is way too small. The artists were unable to see the precise detail in our image and, thus, were unable to make the design.

Well folks, that's all I have for now. I'll continue to try to remember to maybe be able to hopefully have a chance to update this blog more.

Out.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hobbies... So Many Hobbies!

So,

Just got back from my old hometown where I stayed for almost a week. Got to see old friends and such, all in all it was a great time. My best friends cousin, who is also a friend of mine got married so I attended the wedding. It was full of good times, happy times, and sad times. I cried a little.

But I've now decided to go a bit farther into my music making hobby. Soon I will be picking up an APC40 controller so that this can all become possible. I've got some great ideas in mind. To add to that, I less recently bought a new guitar with a paint job that I've been drooling over for a decade, the ESP LTD Deluxe  EC-1000 in a beautiful silver sunburst, check Musician's Friend. Brought my old amplifier and a couple pedals, Boss digital delay and distortion, back from Texas to the barracks in California, which I have all hooked up to an Alesis mixer which I also purchased with the guitar.

To note on another hobby, I've recently taken interest into Arduino micro-controllers. If you're not sure what that is, in a nutshell think of every household appliance you own. In them there is a small computer chip in them which tells it what to do and when to do it. However, these are stand-alone chips which cannot be modified. The Arduino is the same thing, but a bit more powerful and open-source, so I can program it to my liking. It can control servos, or 180 degree motors which can be set to a static or dynamic position using a knob, or potentiometer, as well as run motors, LED lights, speakers, or any basic electronic device you can imagine.

The servos that I just mentioned are handy in yet ANOTHER hobby which I've taken liking into. This would be RC airplanes. I was always a rocket guy, and still am, but I have a buddy on base who I've gone "flying" with who builds planes and flies them often. Learning in Arduino not only allows me to progress into this, but to have a complete understanding in the entire concept of building the planes. Unfortunately, this is something I cannot rush into due to the risk of laying out a lot of money on a plane I may build wrong, or just straight up crash on the first flight, so It's going to be a while before I get started on that.

Thanks a lot for reading if you still hang around. I definitely plan to take this blog farther. Also check out my twitter if you please, I may just give out some quick little updates now and then on how these things are going. If you have any questions, comments, recommendations, or just wish to know more, there's a handy little box below where you may do this. :)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHark

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

You haven't heard from me in a while. If you read before, you know that I have joined the Marine Corps.

I've been in roughly a year and a half now, and my last post was before I joined, I know, I'm sorry.
Anyways, I recently got back from a combat deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan and I'm hoping to start back up with posts coming fairly often now, potentially telling my story from beginning to end, boot camp, infantry school, the fleet, all the way through Afghanistan and the future. Don't give up on me just yet, I promise to have something for yall soon.

For now, I'm really tired and I want to sleep.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I'm Not Like Most People

I promise I'll get back to the unemotional crap soon, I just want to get a little feedback on some stuff.

I'm not like most people. That's a big thing to say, yet everyone says it. We all say we're different, but whose to judge who is and who isn't.
We're all the same. We eat the same food, drive the same cars, get the same education and work the same jobs.
We're all different too, though. Our minds aren't the same. We all have different views on ethics, politics, religion, and different appreciations for different things. We all face different experiences in our lives.

The one that get's me the most is when people tell me I should start dating around to sort of play the field and understand how women work. To me, that's just wrong. A relationship is what you have with someone that you care for and love with all your heart. The one you think about every night when you lay in bed, keeping you up for hours, smiling. Why would I want to have a relationship with someone you don't expect to spend your entire life with. Not that I would want to spend my entire life with anyone in the first place. That would be just horrible.

Back home, the only thing I hear from my parents is how they're always arguing, getting mad at each other for what seems to be the stupidest reasons. Sure they're still together and claim to be happy for that, but how can they say that when they live every day in what seems to be agony. Friends get girlfriends, tell them they want to be together forever and get tattoos of each other's names. They break up soon after as if they didn't expect it coming. They cry for a few days then head off to find another one as if a girlfriend is just an expendable friend. This happens with children in high school, what makes them think they're ready to spend their entire life with that one person? Relationships are a joke, people need variety and freedom. They don't want their significant other holding them back from doing what they really want to do.

Overall, to me it seems like trying to bind yourself to one person for your life is just the worst mistake ever. It can only lead to sadness and most of your paycheck being redirected to the person you now hate for breaking your sad little heart.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Story

I've been running dry on some new posts lately if its not obvious. I think it's probably because I'm pumped and ready to head to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in 33 days for boot camp. I'm quite anxious, but also very nervous.

I thought today I would just introduce you formally to who I am and what makes me who I am. My name is Garrett Land and I like to think of myself as the master of common sense. It's not exactly a trait most people would think of to have, but alas it is my superpower. What I mean by this is that I hold my positions of judgement to be of the highest quality. I hold my ethics to the highest standards, rendering me the 'nice guy'. My daily goal is to simply go to sleep at night with only friends and no enemies. I want everyone to be glad that I'm the one around them, and not someone else.

It's very difficult to be the nice guy, it really is. I feel like my hard effort put out to remain the nice guy goes unnoticed. Not only that, but despite how nice I act around people, I still can't get a date. Some might call this the 'friend zone' but I simply believe that all of the female race prioritizes the douche-bags over the nice guys. Here I am, almost 20 years old, and I've never had a girlfriend, or for that matter any girl to call a good friend, as if they try to avoid me. I try to tell myself that I'm not the only one, that there's far more out there who are older and more unlucky, but I have yet to find proof.

"My mind is pure man! I don't fall victim to the female race. I'm here, sans girlfriend, to help you guys out."

All of this makes me who I am, however. The fact that I've never had a girlfriend means that I still have the most pure mind of them all. From the outside I get to see what makes relationships work or fall apart. I have no significant other to sway my opinions otherwise. Because of this, I have pure ethical relationship advice to dispense to any of my friends in need. Whether they heed it or not I'm not sure, but I try nonetheless.

Growing up I've always been the 'undercover geek'. I don't really look like a geek, unless the glasses give it away entirely, but other than that I'm pretty normal. After long days at school and not talking to anyone I sat around (I wasn't really shy, I just didn't like most people), I would go home and boot up my favorite MMO (not World of Warcraft) and play it until I slept. I hated this lifestyle horribly. I felt like Dr. House who after a while detected his problem of hallucinations resulting from Vicodin, except I didn't have hallucinations, and I was addicted to video games, not drugs. I knew this had to change.

January 3, 2011 I enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in hopes of not only reaching physical and mental peak, but being forced away from all of my bad habits that I wanted so dearly to get away from. The many challenges offered to you in becoming a Marine seemed like exactly what could help me in all the ways that I needed. I would learn to work well with others and be a great team member. I would be able to be in shape for the first time in my life, and not just IN shape, but strong in so many ways physically and mentally.

So here I am today, telling my tale. I leave off to boot camp on March 28th of 2011 to change my life and everything in it.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

P90X

Today, just like any other day, I did P90X. Let me tell you something, P90X is serious business. There was a point when I thought it was just another lame DVD workout program that didn't really do anything besides help you lose a couple pounds. I couldn't have been more wrong about it. Not only is each workout extremely challenging, but the whole idea of "muscle confusion" actually makes sense.
A lot of fitness specialists can stand behind me in saying that repeating the same workout over and over will result in something commonly called "muscle memory", which means exactly that. Your muscles learn what you're doing to them, and instead of giving you big, strong muscle, they just sort of stay right where they are, making you feel no stronger each day. With Tony Horton's "muscle confusion" technique, the workout is mixed up right about the time your muscles start to get what's going on. Obvious changes in size and form can be expected in as little as three to four weeks.
Today I did "Shoulders and Arms" workout, which is as Horton says, your glamor muscles. Definitely not to be taken lightly, however. This program covers every muscle you can think of. Separate workouts cover all the way from your legs to your back and abs, and all the way to your chest, shoulders, and arms. It even involves a plyometric excersize, as well as cardiovascular, and even yoga and kenpo (which is extremely fun by the way).
If you feel like your lacking muscle, look no farther. Don't settle for any other weak DVD program when you can go extreme.

Pic related. It's my living room all rigged up for P90X.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dead West

Up next is something very interesting. I have a good friend across the state from me who has a hobby that's quite rare you might say. Texas in general is filled with hundreds of ghost towns and each of them have different stories as to why they were suddenly abandoned. Now we all know how dusty and boring west Texas is, so he focuses on the pretty east Texas country. My friend's name is Caleb, and this is his hobby.
Prior to each town visit, he will usually be researching history of these old town or talking to locals nearby the site to find out exactly how to get to the towns and other lesser known information. You can't simply walk right into Mord... I mean ghost towns. They don't exactly build highways right through them.
Anyways, it's not my story to tell. I highly recommend you take a visit to his page and comment on his journeys.