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[#] Tue Nov 05 2013 11:59:08 EST from Ladyhawke

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Waves at 'Bella!



[#] Wed Dec 18 2013 21:53:35 EST from Sig

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Effective 1 January, I will have broken the E7th seal.

[#] Wed Dec 18 2013 23:11:52 EST from ax25

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Congrats on E7!



[#] Thu Dec 19 2013 05:24:00 EST from triLcat

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cool!
That's SFC?

My dad was military, now retired. Chaplain.  



[#] Thu Dec 19 2013 09:54:11 EST from Ladyhawke

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Grats in advance, Sig!



[#] Thu Dec 19 2013 22:42:25 EST from fleeb

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Oh, grats on that. In the Army, that should indeed be Sergeant First Class, unless my memory is off or the grade has changed.

There used to be Specialist 7 ranks (enlisted rank soldiers who were not non-commissioned officers), but those went away in late 1985. I saw the ceremony where we laterally promoted the SP5-SP8 ranks to their respective NCO ranks.

[#] Thu Dec 19 2013 23:17:37 EST from ax25

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I became a spec twice.  The MP was lenient on me :-)



[#] Fri Dec 20 2013 06:10:33 EST from fleeb

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Ouch.

[#] Fri Dec 20 2013 22:57:28 EST from Sig

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It is indeed SFC. Because I live in a Navy community, I usually explain it as "like Chief, but without any of the prestige, respect, or privileges."
But I'll take the pay.

One way or another, it will be my last E rank. I see no point in ruining my life and morale chasing after one of very few E8 positions; I've spent too much time with them, and they're all miserable. If my master plan to become civilian-employable within two years bears fruit, I will be able to submit a packet and apply to be a warrant officer, which sounds much more entertaining.

[#] Fri Dec 20 2013 22:57:48 EST from Sig

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And thank you. I'm very pleased about this.

[#] Sat Dec 21 2013 06:13:52 EST from fleeb

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Oh, yeah, warrent officer ought to be really cool. You get to do that technical thing you do without any of the horrible headaches.

Unless you're a bandsmen, in which case, you have to fulfill a leadership position.

[#] Sat Dec 21 2013 17:33:44 EST from Sig

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We have a lot of warrant slots (well, relatively speaking) which have been empty for a while. For years, we had none at all, but that's slowly changing.
Providing training, guidance, and unsolicited advice is really playing to my strengths, so I'm somewhat hopeful that it works out that way. However, there are pretty much zero full time jobs available for warrants in my field, so I need a civilian career before that can happen. Work is in progress.

[#] Mon Dec 23 2013 14:03:24 EST from wizard of aahz

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Congrats Sig.. I scored a refurbished Samsung Tablet.. All sorts of fun.

[#] Thu Mar 27 2014 14:25:13 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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IBM 3151.


[#] Thu Mar 27 2014 15:42:20 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Wow.

Well, now that nearly all the HW units are gone, you should hold onto that....



[#] Sun Mar 30 2014 17:50:39 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I've always loved the 3151. The mainframe-like font, the clicky keyboard ... it's like having a mainframe terminal but without the cumbersome operating system. I haven't turned it on yet so I don't know what kind of shape the screen is in.

[#] Mon Mar 31 2014 08:43:47 EDT from fleeb

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I'd expect it to be square, like most screens. But surely you don't need to turn it on to see.

[#] Tue Apr 01 2014 11:02:50 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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In the same place as the 3151, I also scored a 14 inch Sony Trinitron monitor.
This is the kind of screen we drooled over back in the days when I did analog television production work. Despite being 20+ years old, it's still got a beautiful sharp display with rich colors. Last night my son's TV blew itself up and the Sony took its place.

[#] Tue Apr 01 2014 12:13:15 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Did his television have help blowing itself up or was it just a video suicide?

[#] Tue Apr 01 2014 17:49:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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It's been a long slow death.