Monday, January 20, 2014

Thirty-Eight Years Ago?!

I saw the date on the calendar yesterday and realized that date fell on the same day of the week as it did in 1976 (yet the calendar for 2014 isn’t same as 1976, because 1976 was a leap year). How do I know that? Because on this date in 1976, on a Monday, I raised my hand and joined the U.S. Army.

Thirty-eight years ago! Talk about feeling OLD.

Strange how much I remember of those two days, though (considering a lot of my life is a blur!!). On Sunday, the 19th, I attended the St. Francis Pro-Am Celebrity Golf Tournament held at the Montecito Country Club (Santa Barbara). I loved going to this tournament and not just because I loved golf. It was the only time I got up close and personal to some celebrities (Bob Hope was there one year) and some of my favorite pros (not Jack Nicklaus, though - he was my favorite-favorite!). I don’t know when they stopped holding this tournament, because I can’t find any information on it, so it was probably awhile ago (and that didn’t help in making me feel any younger, either).

My parents drove me down to the Los Angeles recruitment center after. I remember the ratty hotel the Army put me up in (I wasn’t about to venture outside alone, that’s for sure) and my roommate, Kathy Spoon (we ended up being in the same platoon during basic training--pure luck!). The next day after swearing in, I found out I wasn’t going to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina (as I was originally told), but to Ft. McClellan, Alabama. Yeah, I freaked a little. I had no idea where Ft. McClellan was located. But I had a new friend, so the trip wasn’t all bad.

If I could go back, would I do it all over again? Yep. I really enjoyed my stint in the Army. Of course, the world was a lot different in the 70s than it is now. If I were an 18-year-old today, I’m not so sure I’d be brave enough to join. Kudos to those who do!

At the Central Ohio Fiction Writers meeting I attended Saturday, I was given a gift for my first sale! Isn’t that just the coolest thing ever?
Pen states: Stacy McKitrick, First Sale, COFW 2013.

So, did you serve in the Armed Forces? If not, did you ever THINK about serving?




Maria Zannini said...

The world is much different today though I'm not sure it's for the better.

This year I celebrate 39 years married--so I understand feeling 'old'.

PS That was very nice of your friends to commemorate your first sale. Very nice indeed. :)

JeffO said...

Congratulations on your first sale, and what nice friends you have!

Never thought seriously about the armed forces--I would have had to shave the 'stache, or at least make it regulation--can't have that!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - I'm not sure about the world being better, either. But then, maybe EVERY generation thinks that, too! :)

Jeff - My husband has a moustache. Had one in the Army, too. Only shaved it when he had his professional picture taken because he didn't want anyone to ding him if they thought it was out of regulation. It did grow back, you know! :)

Sandra Cox said...

Kudos to you. I have nothing but admiration for those that do. The thought of turning over control to 'the powers that be' always made me nervous.But if everyone felt like I did we'd sure be in a bind. The pen is lovely. A forever memento.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Sandra - I was going to join with a friend, but she turned out to be like you - not able to give them control of her life (or more accurately, become government property). Of course, she waited until the last second to tell me!

Samantha MacDouglas said...

I was kind of in the military. I was an Air Force brat for 20 years. :). I gave a lot of thought to joining, but when I realized I wouldn't make a good pilot, I decided to pursue my first love (writing) instead. It's great you were in the army.

Many congratulations on your first sale!!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Samantha - I almost joined the Air Force, but their weight restriction was lower than the Army's and I was lucky to have lost what I had at the time!