As part of my new job, I have to take a class in Fort Bliss.
And I have to drive down there by myself. That’s a round trip of 170 km a day! Thank goodness I drive a compact. Also, thank goodness I use a radar detector.
Fort Bliss has so many neat services (gyms, pools, stores, etc.) that I almost look forward to moving down there. One thing that scares me is driving in El Paso. While getting on the on-ramp on my way home, I saw a car side-swipe a truck and lose a left mirror. You’ve gotta keep your wits about you!

As part of my new job, I have to take a class in Fort Bliss.

And I have to drive down there by myself. That’s a round trip of 170 km a day! Thank goodness I drive a compact. Also, thank goodness I use a radar detector.

Fort Bliss has so many neat services (gyms, pools, stores, etc.) that I almost look forward to moving down there. One thing that scares me is driving in El Paso. While getting on the on-ramp on my way home, I saw a car side-swipe a truck and lose a left mirror. You’ve gotta keep your wits about you!

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the Columbine massacre.
I was in seventh grade when it happened. Two high school seniors from a Denver suburb showed up to school with weapons and ammunition and mercilessly gunned down dozens of their peers. At the time, it was the worst school shooting in history. The massacre sparked widespread moral panic: social conservatives blamed society’s alienation from traditional values. Liberals decried the availability of deadly weapons. Video games, bullying, and of course shock-rocker Marilyn Manson all received their fair share of negative press.
When I was a senior in high school, I read this article about what really motivated Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold to commit mass murder. It turned out that all the pundits, politicians, and pontificators…got it wrong.
After reading about Eric Harris’ psychopathy and superiority complex. I looked up archived versions of his personal website. Despite the vulgarity and terrible spelling, his rants proved rather entertaining…and surprisingly relatable. In fact, after reading Harris’ website, I decided to start my own “rant” site. 
And that’s how I got into blogging. 
Few people who enjoy reading my experiences realize that the angry rants of a teenage psychopathic murderer inspired me to create my first blog. I feel a strange kinship with Eric, as we shared many of the same gripes and frustrations in our teen years.
Thankfully, I had the knowledge and direction to choose a better path.

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the Columbine massacre.

I was in seventh grade when it happened. Two high school seniors from a Denver suburb showed up to school with weapons and ammunition and mercilessly gunned down dozens of their peers. At the time, it was the worst school shooting in history. The massacre sparked widespread moral panic: social conservatives blamed society’s alienation from traditional values. Liberals decried the availability of deadly weapons. Video games, bullying, and of course shock-rocker Marilyn Manson all received their fair share of negative press.

When I was a senior in high school, I read this article about what really motivated Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold to commit mass murder. It turned out that all the pundits, politicians, and pontificators…got it wrong.

After reading about Eric Harris’ psychopathy and superiority complex. I looked up archived versions of his personal website. Despite the vulgarity and terrible spelling, his rants proved rather entertaining…and surprisingly relatable. In fact, after reading Harris’ website, I decided to start my own “rant” site. 

And that’s how I got into blogging. 

Few people who enjoy reading my experiences realize that the angry rants of a teenage psychopathic murderer inspired me to create my first blog. I feel a strange kinship with Eric, as we shared many of the same gripes and frustrations in our teen years.

Thankfully, I had the knowledge and direction to choose a better path.

El otro día vi estas galletas el Walmart, en el estante que lleva todas las dulces mexicanas. 

Acertadamente nombrada “nostalgia” porque las galletas “Marías” me traen recuerdos de mi misión. Allá en Uruguay, siempre comíamos estas galletas con dulce de membrillo. Ojalá hubiera algo parecido en los EEUU, pero aquí no creo que exista.

Pensándolo bien, quizás es mejor que no lo tengamos. De otro manera, yo me engordaría :-)

El otro día vi estas galletas el Walmart, en el estante que lleva todas las dulces mexicanas.

Acertadamente nombrada “nostalgia” porque las galletas “Marías” me traen recuerdos de mi misión. Allá en Uruguay, siempre comíamos estas galletas con dulce de membrillo. Ojalá hubiera algo parecido en los EEUU, pero aquí no creo que exista.

Pensándolo bien, quizás es mejor que no lo tengamos. De otro manera, yo me engordaría :-)

Went shooting with my buddy again today. He has…an arsenal in his car. I got to try his Ruger SR45. Now I want one too.

Afterwards I went on a date with a girl in my ward. Funny thing is, she asked me out. While she’s not exactly my type of gal, and I knew it probably wouldn’t go anywhere, I still acquiesced to a date. My philosophy is that you should give every person a chance unless there’s a major reason not to. Anyways, I came up with a plan of hiking up Baylor Canyon together. Oddly enough, she decided to wear…flip flops. We still made it a ways and did a bit of chatting. I found out she plays rugby for the local university. That’s a first.

After my date, I went to Staples and purchased a 3-ring binder and some plastic sheet protectors. My new project for this summer will be assembling a civil engineering reference book. I’ll make notes with the help of civil engineering textbooks…or whatever notes I can find online (I’m fairly confident I can find it all online, actually!) I haven’t used my degree since I took the FE in October 2010. It’s time to brush up for my transition to the civilian world! 

…whenever that happens.

Here’s some healthy food for you: stew!

Using some goulash flavoring, I cooked this hearty stew consisting of sweet potato, corn, green onions, yellow onions, crushed red pepper, and beef chunks. I served it on brown rice. 

Full of vitamins, fiber and protein, and devoid of processed sugar, it’s a healthy and cost efficient snack. The leftovers were enough to fill five plastic containers, each with an entire lunch’s worth of stew and rice. I did the math, and the costs averages out to less than $2 a pop. And I’ll I have to do is stick them in the microwave. Isn’t that awesome!?

Saves me time and money. It’s tasty and healthy too!

…and I just randomly came up with this recipe!

Tonight I had a Facebook status thread discussion with my coterie of friends. The topic? Obesity.
I asked why obesity only became growing problem around 1980, when fast food and sugary beverages had existed for decades prior. What’re people doing now that they didn’t do before?
My friends offered the following ideas:
Serving sizes. The portions that restaurants and fast food joints serve is greater than in years past. This phenomenon notably includes beverages. Think the 7-11 Big Gulp.
Lack of exercise. People are lazin’ about and watching too much TV. Or Netflix. Or wasting time on…Tumblr?
Lack of available nutritional food. One friend pointed to the trend of how poor people are most affected by obesity, because it’s cheaper for them to just get fast food.
That last one definitely got me thinking. Is healthy food really more expensive? I for one don’t think so. Today I bought some sweet potato, eggs, onions and chicken from the commissary here on post. All healthy food…and all…dirt cheap! It’s much cheaper to buy fresh ingredients than to buy processed garbage from McDonald’s. Also, it’s fun to make…and you can have it whenever you want!
What do you think?

Tonight I had a Facebook status thread discussion with my coterie of friends. The topic? Obesity.

I asked why obesity only became growing problem around 1980, when fast food and sugary beverages had existed for decades prior. What’re people doing now that they didn’t do before?

My friends offered the following ideas:

  • Serving sizes. The portions that restaurants and fast food joints serve is greater than in years past. This phenomenon notably includes beverages. Think the 7-11 Big Gulp.
  • Lack of exercise. People are lazin’ about and watching too much TV. Or Netflix. Or wasting time on…Tumblr?
  • Lack of available nutritional food. One friend pointed to the trend of how poor people are most affected by obesity, because it’s cheaper for them to just get fast food.

That last one definitely got me thinking. Is healthy food really more expensive? I for one don’t think so. Today I bought some sweet potato, eggs, onions and chicken from the commissary here on post. All healthy food…and all…dirt cheap! It’s much cheaper to buy fresh ingredients than to buy processed garbage from McDonald’s. Also, it’s fun to make…and you can have it whenever you want!

What do you think?