July 12th, 2014
So today, Saturday is pretty much a lazy day. Made sure that my credit card bill got paid and checked my bank account to see what has gone through. All those “fun” financial things. Any who, after that went to eat some fried green tomatoes and drink a delicious berry smoothie so I was pretty content. Now I’m currently watching the Brazil vs. Netherlands game. Hoping that Brazil will be able to score at least 1 goal but the Netherlands is currently leading by 2. Let’s see, starting from last time. I would need to look at my schedule but I do know that on the 4th of July we went to downtown Vicksburg to watch the fireworks which was pretty amazing. They had music playing in tune with the fireworks but then the fireworks ended but the music continued to play…so that was a slight fail. Other than that, I can’t remember anything until Monday July 7th where we went to a Joint Field Office (JFO) of Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and FEMA and toured around their office to see the different positions that are available for FEMA Qualification System (FQS). And we also got our teams on Monday too. Found out what Unit Leader we had and what FQS we would be “working” in. I am in Bayou and GIS or Geographical Information System which is a system that stores geographical information
Then Tuesday we got up early to watch the traditional members and FEMA members leave for their next SPIKE (work) sessions. So that was entertaining. I also was able to drive a flatbed truck because they were moving the couches out of the dorm building to bring in new ones. That was a fun adventure and it was nice because I was starting to get bored from watching everything. We also saw how to do the van inspections or what would happen in our van inspections. And Corps members bring a crap load of stuff with them to campus and then they want to bring a shit load of stuff on their SPIKES too so as Team Leaders we’ll be responsible for making sure they don’t bring a lot. Pretty much just need uniforms, couple changes of normal clothes and personal items. So red bag and a regular backpack. That’s about it. Then Wednesday we were able to sleep in until 9am which was super nice. Then we found out that instead of being badged for FEMA on campus on Friday, we would be going to Baton Rouge on Thursday. Holy crap was that a long drive. It’s about 3 hours to then we had to wait for everyone to be badged, given laptops and blackberries. We got done around 5pm so we went out to dinner before we headed back to campus. That van ride was entertaining as hell too. Anyways we got back around 10:30pm and then we got to sleep in until 9am again. But this whole week has been really long. So it’s nice to have today off for relaxation. And hang out watching the 3rd place FIFA game. And looks like the Netherlands is going to be winning over Brazil…and they did. And then tomorrow we’re going to this place called Camp Shelby for Learning Reactionary Course or LRC for leadership “training” or something like that. Soooo that will be an adventure to say the least. And then a week from this Monday, the Corps members will be coming in for their monthly training. That’s going to be an interesting experience as well. I’m not sure if I’m ready for them to be here or not. But it will be what it will be.