Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Night Fire and Muscle Failure

Dear fellow bloggers,

How is everyone doing back at your nice comfy homes? Homes where people treat you like humans and you're allowed to actually talk to people, and eat at your own pace? Sorry, I'm not trying to complain, things are just getting annoying and I'm ready to get the heck out of here. The cool thing is that it is officially August, and I'm done with this stupid place this month. That feels good to say. What feels even better to say is that when you read this I'll only have 3 weeks left. :)

Honestly, things are going good. The best news of the week is that I passed the shooting portion of my training. All I had to do to pass was shoot 23 out of 40 targets. I shot 25. It's all about hitting that minimum. I know I'll do better next time, I'm just glad I passed. Also, we got to do a night fire. Which means we got to play with cool night vision stuff. It's really trippy, you only have it on one eye. So one eye you can't really see out of and the other can. It was pretty cool.

It's been overcast the past two days, which you would think is a nice thing, cause it's cool, right? That's what I thought too, but you see, when it's so hot, the Drill Sgt can't smoke you too long, depending on how hot it is. So when it was overcast, I could see the glimmer in the DS's eyes. They've been waiting for the day that they could have their way with us for as long as they wanted. And, boy howdy, they sure had their way. We got smoked for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. If you have never experienced muscle failure, man, you're missing out. I thought I was going to die. But hey, I'm still here and I'm stronger for it, right?

So that was pretty much the week. I want to thank all of you for reading this and leaving comments. Even though I can't read them, my amazing sister Angie tells me what you guys say, so thank you. I hope all of you are doing good. I'd love to hear from you (hint hint :)) But hey, I'm almost done. Remember to stay tuned next week for an all new edition of my blog. Until next week, God Bless.

PFC Jared N. Harding


  1. I'm all for only achieving the bare minimum what you absolutely have to (j/k). I think it's amazing that you are doing this. I have heard stories from Landon for the past couple years and I can't even imagine what it would be like to have to endure what you guys do. I know I've said it before, but it will make for great stories later on (much later on I'm sure:)

  2. Kudos to you again for all you are doindg! What is "being smoked" ?? Maybe you already explained it in a previous blog post. I'll have to go back and see. Im all for achieving the bare minimum too for the most part but sometimes I go the extra mile. Depends what it is. :) So funny story, I booked a cheap flight from Phoenix to Portland to visit the mish for Sept. Good thing I double checked my flight today, I had accidentally routed myself to Sacramento instead! Luckily I was able to switch destinations for an $18 difference. Then I am flying to SLC the 20-23 and the price went DOWN so I got $11 credited to my Southwest account. Life is great. The traveling life, that is :)