- February 7, 2014
More Adventures In Drill Weekend
In all fairness, the sign which designates the Inspector Instructor SgtMaj’s parking spot has been knocked down for some time. The sign being down doesn’t really bother me. The Marines who work with me daily know its my spot and we have plenty of parking in any case. On drill weekends though, 300 cars show up and parking becomes a premium commodity. Suddenly that one spot without a sign on it must be up for grabs because no one has parked in it yet.
My ego generally doesn’t suffer very much when my parking spot is taken. Mostly I regard it as an opportunity to have a little fun at the offending Marine’s expense.
The first time my spot was taken I got on the intercom and announced: “Attention in the HTC. If you own a green truck with Pennsylvania license plates and are parked in the I&I SgtMaj’s parking spot. He’d like to use it now. Thanks!”
A young officer who was checking in to the battalion that weekend immediately began sprinting down the passageway to move his truck. The battalion commander approached me.
“Those dang Reserve officers are always screwing with you, eh SgtMaj?”
“Don’t worry sir,” I replied. “I just parked in your spot instead.”
Another time I pulled in and a different truck occupying my spot. This time I just parked right in front of the offender blocking him in. Because I like variety, this time I didn’t make an announcement and merely waited.
Later that afternoon an announcement came over the PA: “If you own a truck with Kansas plates could you please move it. You are blocking someone.”
I immediately snatched my phone to make an announcement: “If you are being blocked by a truck with Kansas plates, report to the SgtMaj’s office.”
It was the battalion medical officer.
What adventures await this drill weekend? Stay tuned!