It Has Arrived

So…

It’s here, the giant iMac, I picked it up today.

Joelle: “Aren’t you going to the Post Office?”

Brent: “Why? The tracking says it’s still in New York”

Joelle: “Honey, I think it’s not going to get updated again. I think that’s the NY FPO — it’ll just be here.”

Brent: “You think so really?”

Joelle: “Yes.”

Brent: “Ok, I’m going to go.”

10 Minutes pass as I drive out to the Navy side with Moka, I figured why not just take her with me. I get 2 yellow slips for packages and I’m trying not to be to excited.

The guy brings out the first box, it’s just a little one, I was thinking coffee. The next box is gigantic and looks promising…the guy tells me, “it’s heavy.” I wrestled it out to my car and as I’m fumbling for my keys I notice the B&H tape on the seams of the box. I’m trying not to be too excited, after all it could be Joelle’s iLife software I ordered at the same time…right?

The box is in the car and the next 15 minutes are the most agonizingly slow and I am behind the slowest drivers on the base. At least school isn’t in session so I can go 40 through there instead of the normal 25, remember, I’m in Japan, that is 25 kph (kilometers per hour)…that’s like 16 miles per hour or something.

I made it to the house with the computer and it’s already set up. My screen…ya…it’s huge…in fact, maybe even gigantic. I have to actually move my head to see from one side of my screen to the other. I wish I had my pictures on so I could see them but that’ll have to wait. Poor me, I have to work tonight, and tomorrow night. It’ll have to wait until Wednesday afternoon, but it’s something to look forward to. I might not even come home and sleep after my watch on Wednesday morning… Maybe I’ll just come home and play with my new computer.

Wow, B&H Photo is super fast.

(Shout out to Aviva for suggesting I try them since Mac won’t ship to us here.)

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The Rocket

Living in Okinawa we, sometimes, have a little delay in our mail.  Today, Jake got to open his final birthday present, the “Stomp Rocket Ultra” with 4 foam tipped rockets, soars up to 200ft.  Air powered rockets, No battery, No fuel required, Ready to fly in seconds, Adult Supervision Recommended, (hmmmmmmm)Ages 8 and up(that should be ok, after all the rockets are foam tipped so how bad could it get, right?).

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Whoa, that was sweet.  Not quite 200ft. but still…nice.  Hey Jake, try it from the chair. (ages 8 and up my arse.)

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Very cool, still not quite 200 feet but not bad for a kid who weighs 37 pounds.  What I don’t have pictures of is Jake and I came into the house after this, Quinn was awake and he and Jake were shooting rockets all over the house.  Jake shot one that went into the kitchen and I thought, “I gotta try this” Jake runs to get the one he just shot I get one of the remaining 3, put it on the air pipe and mash the air pedal.  Jake now 4 is much faster than I anticipated and I end up shooting him, I am not kidding you, right between the eyes.  Did I say Adult supervision recommended, for who?  Jake of course is more of a man than I am, no tears, and then, as I am groveling, he says…it’s ok dad, it was an accident. I can only hope that we can continue over the years to learn this kind of grace from each other.  Thanks buddy for your wonderful heart.