Back in the U.S.

Posted June 18th, 2010 by Rob

So I am back at Fort Dix. It’s a pretty surreal feeling being here again and knowing that our deployment is all over. I got here yesterday around 12pm after two days of nonstop travel. Today I woke up around 3am, and I’m reminded of the jetlag I had while I was home on leave. It should go away after a few days. It feels great to be back, with grass, trees, TV, Dunkin Donuts, a real shower, no dust in the air, etc. Of course almost all of the company is still in Iraq, so I won’t be totally happy until they’re all here too. My job is to make connections here so that when the rest of the unit arrives, we’ll be able to go through all the medical, administrative, equipment turn-in, and other processes quickly.

I pre-ordered a new iPhone today. The website says it won’t ship until July 14th (the release date is June 24th), but getting it just a few days late beats making an unnecessary trip to the Apple Store in West Hartford where there may or may not be any in stock. Plus I won’t be home until the beginning of July anyway. I hope the purchase goes through, but I’m naturally pessimistic because of my recent NewEgg rejection and past problems with AT&T and Apple.

According to Apple, all I’ll have to do is plug the new device into my computer and supposedly all my music, apps, and the AT&T phone account will be transferred to the new device. I’m increasingly worried that my rickety 4-year old laptop which contains my iTunes will die, so I really need to back up all of my stuff once I get home. I know there are shady methods to do this. Does Apple have a official, approved way to transfer one’s iTunes to a new computer, when upgrading systems?

I’m watching the World Cup right now and the Germany-Serbia ref is ruining the game by issuing out 6 cards so far in the first half (including 2 yellows to one of Germany’s best player). Most of the cards were issued for routine tackles. Serbia just took the lead on the shorthanded Germans. Carigs, do you think we should get robots to officiate these games or place sensors on players’ bodies to determine how “hard” a foul was?

I think we’re going to have a party in Hebron in July (probably the 17th) so I’ll get to see everyone, and of course all the loyal readers of www.therobsmith.com will be invited to attend. I’m looking forward to moving into my new place, getting a new car, seeing all of my family and friends, going back to TicketNetwork, etc.

9 Responses to “Back in the U.S.”

  1. Jim

    First

    Glad to hear you’re back Rob. Let us know when you’re back in CT officially.

    Yeah the ref is terrible in the Germany game. They’ll probably lose to Serbia now because of it. I hate refs who give out too many yellow cards. The only good thing is that he’s consistent with them, but he still sucks.

    How bout those Mets? They own the AL, haha. Too straight road sweeps to some of the top AL teams (Cleveland and the beasts of the AL East Baltimore). Lets hope they can at least take one from the Yankees this weekend, but it’d be nice to take 2. I’ll be at the game Saturday thanks to Judge Dre and we’ll see a Hughes/Pelfrey rematch that I saw at Citi Field where Pelfrey dominated.

    Anyways, I can’t wait for the Hebron party. See you soon.

  2. NON

    Hi Robert, I am so happy you are here in the states, I made phone calls to let people know, I was told how they were praying for you & a couple of your great aunts cried.
    Your place is looking good, it’s been fun shopping for things for you, Mom is doing a nice job.
    You Take Care & Still Stay Safe,

    LOVE YOU LOT, NONNIE

  3. carigs

    I think baseball is the only sport where technology could be used to automate the umpiring at this point, human judgment is still too involved for most calls in other sports.

    Also, I’m pretty sure that you can de-activate itunes on one computer and re-activate it on another to easily move your stuff over.

  4. carigs

    Speaking of blown calls, how about that game winning goal for the US that was called off for some unexplained reason.

  5. Jim P

    Rob, I got a Vodkalucanut on ice for you.

  6. Mom

    I would like to try a Vodkalucanut some time.

  7. Jim

    Vodkahluconuts for everyone on July 17th!

  8. canz

    TICHU TAN

  9. UNCLE DEN

    ROB, WHAT A GREAT FEELING IT HAD TO BE STEPPING OF THE PLANE IN JERSEY. I HAD THE SAME FEELING IN 1971. WE ARE ALL VERY HAPPY YOU ARE SAFE AND BACK IN THE WORLD.LOVE AND GOD BLESS- UNCLE DEN,AUNT NANCY, BEN AND SARAH

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