Let me take a look at your orders.â€ He took a quick look at the orders and said, â€œO. The building you have to report to is about a quarter mile down this street on the right side â€“ big brick building â€“ you canâ€™t miss it. Heâ€™ll get you squared away.â€ I thanked him and began walk in the direction he had indicated. â€ I thought, OK, I knew that this was too good to be true â€“ this must be some kind of trap. Iâ€™ll have someone drive you.â€ OK, Jimbo, this must be some kind of a Twilight-frigginâ€™-Zone thing. Heâ€™ll check you in.â€ I found the orderly room, and, just as promised, Sergeant Perez was there. Youâ€™re a little early, but that is not a problem.â€ Did he say â€œstudents? How can you tell from looking at the orders that I speak German? â€ â€œâ€Yeah, are you going to hang around the base? I donâ€™t think going to California would make much sense. There is no way that white-helmeted, bloused-trousered, pistol packinâ€™staff sergeant MP just said that he would get me a ride because it was too far for me to walk with a heavy bag. The MP got on the phone, and in a minute or two a corporal appeared in an Army car and said, â€œYou the guy who needs a ride? During the short ride to my destination, I couldnâ€™t think of anything to say to the corporal, other than to thank him for the lift. He was a sergeant-first class (three stripes up and two rockers). â€ The sergeant explained, â€œIt says that your MOS (military occupation specialty) is 96C2L29. He emerged from another room with sheets, a pillow and a blanket, and walked me down the hall to a large bay area, with approximately twenty double bunks on each side of the room. â€œI believe youâ€™re the first one here, so you can pick your spot.
Once in Baltimore, I dragged my jam-packed duffel bag off the bus, and asked a few people where I could catch the bus to Fort Holabird.Sitting on a bunk is just not the same as sitting in a real chair.I wonder if today I would find a seat on Greyhound bus quite as wonderful as it seemed then.Weâ€™ll need them next week.â€ He took out a map of the base, and circled things like that mess hall and the PX (Post Exchange â€“ i.e. He said, â€œI think you may have missed dinner at the mess hall, but you can get a burger or something at the PX.â€ A burger? A growing Hurricane Irma is forcing some drastic changes to cruise ship itineraries as it barrels towards the Caribbean and the Florida coast.