This morning started off with the Brass Quintet I’m in (Desert BBQ) playing at a Naturalization Ceremony at the Al Faw Palace. There were 186 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines from 60 countries that became US citizens. It was a really neat ceremony, and there was a TON of media there, including a guy from the CBS Evening News. Our BQ played well. It was quite a lengthy ceremony as they read each name individually and they were presented their Certificate of Naturalization, a coin from GEN Odierno, and a US flag (which was donated by AAFES). We left for the ceremony at 0830 and got back to the band hall around 1100. I spent the rest of the morning doing a few e-mails and other things in my office. I went home at lunch for a change, and then back at 1300 for another 20 minutes in my office.
We had salsa rehearsal and that went well. I really enjoy playing in that group and I can’t wait til our next gig, whenever that may be. Then it was back to my office for another about 20 minutes before I headed over to the call center to use the phones to call Ryan & Robbie before they went to school for the day. It’s always nice talking to them. Robbie is so cute on the phone. Then I did a bit of Christmas shopping at some of the little gift shops in the area and then back to my office for the last half hour of the day. I didn’t really get a lot of supply stuff done today, but it was still a really good day.
I went to dinner with my friend JM from Joyful Noez. We went to Popeye’s. It was nice not going to the chow hall for a change and just sitting and talking. Then it was home and shower and change into PTs and I crocheted the evening away. I finished one project and started another. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish that one tomorrow night.
Today’s high: 75