Guess what? MORE guns! (Plus: The value of nothing)

Camp Atterbury, IN —
Me firing the M4 at the rifle range. I was also testing a new toy, a V.I.O. POV wearable camera.
(The lens is the little red circle over my left shoulder.)

Today was the last day for the Army’s “Combatives” class during our training here at Camp Atterbury. (I was happy.) This time, they showed us how to perform those fancy UFC-style moves while wearing our body armor, helmet and other stuff. It’s kind of like boxing while wearing football gear. With all that stuff on, it really drives home the importance of executing the moves properly.

After fight club, we went to the rifle range. It was a perfect opportunity for me to test a new camera I purchased. I often see these graphic videos online, depicting things like IED explosions or live firefights. I often wonder how they obtain the video. I learned that aside from having an embedded journalist (who isn’t required to shoot back,) it’s usually somebody with a wearable camera. Staying true to my commitment to self-preservation, yet obligated to perform my Public Affairs function, I figured that the best way to get pics of our actions (while still keeping both of my hands on my weapons at ALL times,) was to purchase a wearable camera. I shopped around online, and found the V.I.O. POV (point of view) camera.

It works really well (for those interested in a similar gig.) I think it was intended for those extreme sports nuts (who like to record themselves doing stupid things like jumping off of cliffs into elephant dung,) but it’s waterproof, shockproof and fits nicely on my body armor, so I figure it’s fit for combat as well. (I’m not plugging the camera … just stating the facts.)

If our team ever experiences anything interesting, I’ll share the video on this website. (Hope I don’t have any video to show you.)

After the rifle range, do you know what we did next? Nothing. Absolutely NOTHING! You might say: “Darrick, why is that important?” Let me explain …

Have you ever worked hard? Continuously? Without a break? For several weeks? I’ve been at Camp Atterbury for several weeks, and today was only the second day where we actually had time to simply do … NOTHING. There is a lot to be said for doing “nothing.”

Think about it … Which would you rather have? $1000 and no time, or $500 and time to spend it? If I had a choice, I would actually take free time over monetary compensation any day. The military gets it’s money’s worth from every person in the service. Sometimes you get free time, but it’s never guaranteed. Not having much free time here with the Army, doing “nothing” was a real treat. I talked with Muna and Taj, and slept … a lot. Time is money, that’s true. But when you are not afforded any time to do what YOU want to do, time becomes more valuable than money.

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