now imagine me making that shouting sound effect used when they show middle-easterners on the Simpsons
(if you don't know it [link]
but seriously, I wear this while sleeping in Sinai because we don't use central heating in Egypt & my work station is on top of a windy hill between 2 mountains (& my bed is under an impassible-to-seal window).
a quick word to my friends:
I have been very busy the past couple of weeks to reply notes or favor/download your work, my sincere apologies.
during that time I've met with reserve officers academy staff (the "committee inspection" as we call it here) formed of 4 top ranking Generals. in this inspection a nominated 1st Lieutenant like me should state his name, degree & the phrase "I do accept" (= I accept my nomination) or be silent if he doesn't want to serve for 3 years as a reserve 1st Lieutenant & wants to serve for a single year as a private. it doesn't matter if you remain silent or not, the committee has the final word on the nomination according to the needs of the army but it's a final review to see who has real tendency to serve in the army.
that is not the best part, the best part is after 50 guys being reviewed (we stand in lines of 20 guys per line), saying their names, degrees & if they want to join or not, and after 10-15 guys saying "I do want" my turn came up. I shouted my name, degree & "I do want Sir!". my eyes were fixed up & center then I took a glimpse of the highest ranking general sitting in front of me, he says "Good Hashem, you'll be accepted", I'm the only guy he replied or mentioned by name!
it made me so happy.
on other news, I've submitted my papers in the military academy to join as a"regular" officer, I'll get my examination schedule on the 23rd.
I've hitchhiked to my job station in Sinai last week (missed the only bus going there in the morning). took me 19 hours to get there in a 0-3°C desert night jumping from one pickup to another wearing very light clothes, even a bus I took along the journey for 6 hours was drafty like it has no roof at all... coldest night of my life!
I wonder how those WW2 soldiers managed to lift a single finger to fight in European snow while I couldn't stand a single night shivering at not-so-low temperature. R.I.P. all of them (Allies or Axis).
but I did enjoy this night, listened to the audio book of "Rita Hayworth & the Shawshank Redemption", the coldness added to the drama of the story which I'm a big fan of.
I'll try to reply your notes soon.