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July 24th, 2002
Welcome to no-sex camp, day eight. Today, I had biscuits and gravy for breakfast. Guess who that reminded me of.. We finally found out when and where we're going for BCT. It's tomorrow and it's here in Knox. I wish I never would've heard rumors about us going to Ft. Jackson because I got my hopes up. Oh well. I'm happy that I'm going on the date my contract says.
I talked to Cendy on the phone today. Man, I miss her. I also talked to the answering machine in my house. Man, I miss it. But not as much as I miss my parents and the whole vibe back home.
They finally put us to work today. Maybe they realized that if they didn't do something with us soon we'd all go AWOL*. Or crazy. Mostly crazy. We moved bed parts, mattresses, pillows, sheets, and linens. Talk about a giant human chain. All the moving was probably pointless, as a lot of army things are. I don't see why we had to move 200 mattresses five feet.
We're finally going to basic after eight long days. I'm nervous, yet excited about it. In fact, I can't wait to get out of reception. The next three weeks may not be nothing fun, but after that, it's all downhill. I have no doubt in my mind that I'll make it through.
All my things are packed, I'm in bed, and it's ten more minutes until lights out. I'm ready. I can't wait to start getting in the best shape of my life, blow **** up, and walk in front of all my loved ones during graduation knowing that I made it and seeing the look in their eyes. I also hope to make some close friends. I know I'll be seeing a lot of these faces in Maryland.
*=absent without leave: like quitting your job but 1,000,000 times more serious