If there’s one thing that Monty Python has taught me, it’s the entire script to “Holy Grail.” If there’s another thing, it’s that I should always look on the bright side of life (doo-doot, doo doot doo-doo, doo doot).
So I’m not going to officer’s course in the near future. Which *probably* means I’m not doing it at all. I think I’d have prefered it if it was just because of language, but my sgan aluf (lieut. col., for English speakers) seems to think that from what he sees of me, I’m not good enough at managing other people. Which I disagree with, but obviously I’m going to disagree with him, and I don’t really have any way of *proving* that I’m good at managing people in a way that means anything to him. All I can say is that I think I don’t really get much opportunity to do so in my position (which I don’t), and that part of what he sees as being a closed person is a manifestation of me being uncomfortable with the language, which is going to go away at *some* point, whether it likes it or not.
(note: I fully accept that part of what he sees as me being a closed person is that I’m a goddamn closed person. In most situations, though, I can compensate for that by being confident that I *can* speak in the instances when I *need* to.)
But this post isn’t about complaining. I do think there’s merit in what he says, and he does know the army better than I do. I just disagree. It happens. This post was supposed to be about… wait, gimme a second to scroll up… oh yeah, the bright side of life! Doo-doot, doo doot doo-doo, doo doot!
The decision’s been made. I can make plans for the next couple of months now. And it looks like I’m going to have the time to participate in next semester’s production of (probably) “Blithe Spirit”.
The director, who reads this blog, should know that just because I was turned down for officer training does not mean that I’ve gone insane, and that I used the term “participate in” very deliberately. She and I will discuss what that does and does not mean at some later date. Or possibly in about an hour and a half. Who knows?