Today was the Band’s Change of Command ceremony. My guys came with me when I headed to work for our 0800 formation. At 0830 the Garrison Commander presented the outgoing band commander with her award. I read the citation, and boy was I nervous. Maybe someday I’ll get over that. Then I "switched hats" and began greeting guests as they arrived and showed the VIPs to their seats. I was one of the two ushers. And then the ceremony started and I "switched hats" again and became one of the gift/flower presenters. I presented the outgoing commander’s husband with a 3 liter bottle of beer (Chief had bought it for him) and a small bouquet of flowers for her daughter. Then the other usher/gift presenter presented flowers to the wife of the incoming commander. After the ceremony was done, there were some light refreshments and then we got everything cleaned up – canopy, chairs, lectern, etc. And then that was it for the day. We headed home and Ryan took a nap and I took a shower. Then we headed to Tucson to do a little bit of shopping before going to Red Robin for Ryan’s birthday dinner. His burger was free! The food was very good as always. I got quite a bit of stitching done on the drive there and back. Then when we got home, I got changed and went out on a bike ride. I went about 13 miles – my longest solo ride so far. I would have gone a little more, but it was getting dark and I don’t have clear lenses – just sunglasses.
Today’s high: 82