I can’t believe I’m drinking a Starbucks coffee while writing this.

Scratch that.

I can’t believe I’m sitting in a Starbucks, drinking a Starbucks coffee while writing this. I’ve been studying for a couple of hours and decided it was time for a short break.

First, I’d like to point out that I really miss the Green Bean. Local coffee shops have such a different atmosphere and the people that work in them seem less stale. But it’s getting harder for me to focus on studying while I’m at home, so I figured sitting in Starbucks would force me to at least put in a few hours. I realize now I should have left the laptop at home and brought something more stimulating, like this morning’s crossword puzzle.

Second, there’s probably only a handful of people who already know this, but I’m studying for the AFOQT (Air Force Officer Qualifying Test). That’s right. The Air Force. As long as I pass the ASVAB and the physical and mental examination, I will at least be enlisted after my trip to the Philippines in March. I’ve been thinking about this all very seriously the last few months and I can’t find anything adverse to my joining. It’s a chance to travel, make some new friends, further my education, and, oh yeah, it’s a job. And available jobs are pretty much nonexistent these days.

Along with all this studying, I’ve been running on alternate mornings and doing some general strength training. I’ve got to be in some kind of shape before Basic Training, right? I used some of the Nautilus machines at the base gym a couple of days ago and I realize my arms are pretty weak. They felt like they were going to fall off yesterday. I’m also taking some lengthy walks here and there, the longest so far being 10 miles in a day. After that failed (err….attempted) hike through Rhode Island, it’s as though walking doesn’t even phase me any more. Oh yeah, for those of you who know Jesse, he’s still planning to walk from LA to Boston, starting in January. You can read about his preparation for the trip at http://jesseandbrucewalkamerica.com and maybe donate a little money to his cause.

So I’m a little broke, and sometimes restless from not working, but I’m enriching my mind with new words (like ailerons) and feeling healthier every day. Hope everyone has a splendid Thanksgiving. Cheers.