Taken at the farm, on Saturday 11 October 2008.
The prison camp is deserted now, since the wardens allowed us a 4-day weekend for Memorial Day. Anyone with any money or means of transportation has left the place, either flying home or going somewhere not here – except me (and a few other sorry bastards). Not having to see my classmates for four whole days is vacation enough for me!
On Friday I drove down to see the Muir Woods and the Golden Gate Bridge – I felt like quite the tourist, what with my “huge” camera and everything. On the way back I stopped at Travis AFB to rummage around at the PX (in true active-duty fashion; not that I needed anything, but you can’t be on orders and not go into a nearby PX) . I ate at the Popeye’s chicken there and I reminisced about eating at the Popeye’s on Fort Hood that was right across the street from our SEN site during that sweaty Texas summer. Was that really four years ago already? It was. Christ…
I then swung by the post museum (every military base has one) – it was closed by the time I got there, but I was still able to walk around and gawk at the aircraft. They had a B-52D there, but I didn’t post a photo of it because B-52s just don’t photograph well. It’s too hard to get the proper sense of scale.
I didn’t spend a lot of time at Travis, but it seemed to me that the hype talk about Air Force installations being vastly superior to Army ones is mostly that – hype. It seemed just as junky as any Army post, with the same squat tan-painted cinder block buildings and brown signs with white lettering announcing cryptic building names like “KC-10 COMBAS Facility.” (That’s sort of made up, but I saw a sign like that – I know what a KC-10 is, but the long acronym after it was mysterious.)
Anyway, blah blah. Here are some pictures!
Yesterday I made a solo trip to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is the subject of many of Ansel Adams’ most famous images, and like thousands (if not millions) before me, I tried my hand at photographing some of the famous scenery there.
Here are the images. Note that they may look screwy because the screen on my laptop is about as suitable for image editing as an Etch-a-Sketch – the colors are all wrong, the brightness is too high so things look washed out, and the LCD matrix is all bruised from being taken to the war. (I’m still using the same laptop I used in Iraq, amazingly enough. It’s 4 years old this month!) When I get home, I’ll give these images the proper treatment, but for now, this’ll have to do.
Last weekend, I went with a few of my elite Signal Corps classmates to San Francisco. It was windy and cold (well, cold for this place – about 50 degrees F) and we basically just walked a lot. Still, I took some pictures…
A couple of pictures of the prison camp known as BT Collins:
This is the little cat that lives behind the barracks building. The building staff leaves food and water for him/her, and this morning I even saw some leftover ribs from last night (though I imagine the local dogs appreciate that more than the cat).
The two photos above show the post-cyberpocalyptic fence that surrounds this postage stamp of a compound. Friendly, eh?
All the neighborhood cats love to come hang out with our two cats (seen in the background here). I guess they’re just interesting and popular (what do they say about pets taking after their owners? Har har…). A frequent visitor is this black and white kitty, which has six toes on each paw and has been coming around since he was a kitten. He doesn’t seem to fight with Eddy or Mouse, but he doesn’t seem to like them either – they all usually just end up staring at each other and sitting in silence.