Okay, so this is really weird for me, but hey to all from USMA CBT 2007! Probably (at least it should be) the first and only electronic contact any New Cadet will make with the outside world! Basically, I'm laid up here in the hospital (KACH) with a screwed-up foot; separated two joints and tore a bunch of ligaments on the run-dodge-jump course in the Warrrior's Challenge 9 July. I'm getting surgery tomorrow morning, then recovery time here before they send me home on medical leave until next summer. Man, this sucks! I was moved to transient barracks this Monday, then this morning packed up all my stuff in my flight bag and some barracks bags (since I'm coming back next summer I have to take EVERYthing home!). They moved me into the hospital, which is actually very nice and comfortable (if anyone ever has to come here, you're in for very good service, no matter how slow it can be!). My roommate here at KACH is a Buckner injury; he's got his computer here so I've got some Internet access for at least today! Oh, and TV! What a blessing! Actually, I'd rather be back in the barracks with a good foot, marching through issue points, pushing my way through PT smoke sessions, and sitting through endless briefings in Robinson Auditorium, though. Hospitals aren't fun; transient barracks are awful. Trans barracks are mainly for people who are resigning; at last count there were about 18 in the barracks when I left, and from what I hear there are at least 26 resignations awaiting approval. I think I was the only one there who was being sent home on medical leave. The attitude there is terrible; there is very little motivation to do anything at all. The cadre running it allow those who are not currently out-processing to spend much of the day sleeping, with some cleaning detail and the occasional trip to the gym, bookstore or C-store. Meals are in Washington Hall in a secluded corner; they don't want the quitters to "interact" with the others in any way, so as to possibly influence others to quit. I was glad to get out of there quickly. But enough about the trans barracks. They were torture, end of story. If I can, I will answer any questions anyone has; I can't guarantee I'll get back online after tonight, but from what I hear, the hospital may have a few computers for patient use somewhere that I can use after my surgery. I hear a lot through the New Cadet grapevine (and yes, there actually is a little bit of time for spreading news and gossip through the regiment!). Questions, anyone?