Sunday, February 1, 2009

February Isn't Half Bad

If you'll forgive me I think I'll try out my new impulse purchase, a preposterously expensive Nokia E71 smartphone. I can do everything with it, from email to YouTube, and as we have here, even a little live blogging from the base.

February has come, and I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am. My 3 month long 'basic' training draws to a close in 2 weeks. Here's what my schedule looks like: Last week we were in the field, this Shabbat we were on base, we have a week of guard duty around base (easy), and then we go home for the weekend. Sunday we come back to base and then head back out to the field for a short week of intense combat maneuver training, which we've done many times before. Somewhere in there there is a grueling hike to signify our transition. And finally, we have a 'yom tarboot' (culture day) in Jerusalem, museums and talks, and then they'll release us out into the civilian world to do as we please for...gasp...10 days.

That's right, a 10 day vacation! Do you have any idea? I literally can't think of anything else right now.

Oh, and we throw grenades for the first time this week. I'm sure that'll be a post to come. February is looking up!


Esser Agaroth said...


OOOOOH. Let me know how you like it. Can you attach a regular keyboard to it if you want?

Did you get much of a soldier's discount?

Israeli by Day said...

I didn't get a soldier's discount for the phone itself, but my service is pretty cheap. Really cheap, actually.

It has bluetooth and all that crap, so yeah you can attach some type of keyboard to it.

the sabra said...

I thought of you, mr soldier, on shabbat when i was being regaled with army vignettes--crazy punishments..laughing in the face of stern commanders..