Some lessons learned over the last week and while on my trip to Virginia

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1) Nothing in the world beats great friends. Doug, Beverly, Meg, and Molly let me visit anytime I want and we always have a good time. We've been friends for so long we are like family and always pick up right where we left off.

2) When someone says "thank you", especially at a restaurant to wait staff, the correct response should be "you're welcome", not "no problem".

3) I continue to be amazed at how adaptable and resilient the military is. I arrived at US Joint Forces Command the day after it was announced that it was going to be closed and expected to see a campus of depressed people. It was obvious that people are concerned and a little worried but they remained professional and mission-focused. Personally I think most of them will keep their jobs. There will be new wiring diagrams and some signs will change but the mission is important. Once the reviews are complete I can see most people moving to DISA or another organization. The facilities are also an investment so I wouldn't be surprised to see many people even keep their same offices. Just my opinion though.

4) Emergency flashers are to be used for emergencies, not while driving down the road. People of Alabama: Rain is NOT an emergency. Your driving in the left lane with your flashers flashing slowed me down and destroyed my night vision. I could see your tail lights just fine thank you. And for those who chose to pull over to the side of the road: what we experienced were isolated thunderstorms. That means they are only occurring over a small portion of the area. While you were sitting on the side of the road (creating a traffic hazard) waiting for the storm to move over you at 15 MPH, I continued to drive at about 65 MPH. Roughly 90 seconds after I passed you I was out of the rain.

5) To the people of Alabama and Georgia: When driving along the Interstate and see a policeman sitting in the median, there is no need to apply your brakes. He has a device called radar (or perhaps a laser) and it works at the speed of light. That means that by the time you see him, his radar or laser beam has seen you, been bounced back to his device, and while you are thinking to apply the brakes, the policeman is looking at your speed displayed on his device. In other words, if he wanted to catch you, you have already been caught. Slamming on your brakes only draws attention to yourself and risks causing an accident.

6) I am not opposed to driving while talking on a cell phone. I am however opposed to allowing people to drive who can't think and breathe at the same time. If you fall into the category of not being able to multi-task, then do not talk on the phone and drive. I am amazed at how people slow down when they talk on the phone and then speed up when the conversation ends.

7) Is it just me or have truck drivers become more rude over the years? I remember when they used to share the road and now they think the own it. Noting is more frustrating than having one truck in the right lane driving at 69 MPH and another in the left lane driving at 69.1 MPH. Come on truck drivers, share the road!

8) I-20 in Alabama has become one big construction zone although I didn't see much construction--just lowered speed limits. Recommendation: avoid Alabama if possible.

9) I have figured out a solution to border security in Arizona. We should move half of the policemen sitting in the median of I-85 in North Carolina to Arizona and put them on border patrol. It would help Arizona and I don't think North Carolina would suffer because I only the policemen sitting in the median--didn't see them writing any tickets. They could put mock police cars in the median and get the same effect.

10) Screaming kids at restaurants are not as cute as their parent's think they are.

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