Ugh! 12 hours left in Chicago.
I so want to go home.
I'm sick of reading this material and trying to cram study for a certification test that I really don't care that much about.
I'm far more concerned about the information I've received and the contacts I've made.
That's where the success of this trip really shines.
What sucks is that some of the people want to take the test early to get the hell out of here.
That means I could be sitting in O'Hare for hours and hours since my flight doesn't leave until after 6pm.
In other news, the... and I use this term lightly... "restaurant" here in the hotel is just the king of mediocrity. I ate dinner there last night and I totally regret not going to Chipotle again.
While trying to read my material and eat I had to listen to this military recruiter guy feed all kinds of bullshit to three 18-year olds.
Now I have absolutely nothing against the military but you all should know by now how much I hate marketing and marketing tactics. Hearing marketing platitudes spouted anywhere just drives me to want to skewer the manipulator.
This recruiter was obviously chosen because of his age and appearance but what was just awful about it was the way he was putting things into a skewed perspective, going so far as to use hip-hop slang and more or less was telling them that if they signed up the odds of them going to the Middle East were practically nil.
Troop deployment and soldiers being sent back to Iraq again and again after their tours are up has been so f'd up in this clusterfuck invasion that even these 3 kids have to know that this recruiter is spouting some major shit.
From the reports I've read, most of the branches have major issues with enlisting new soldiers and the Army is the branch that has been hit worse.
It was pretty sad that he had to resort to basically saying "you won't go to the Middle East if you enlist" when anybody should know that once you sign your life to the military you will go where they tell you when they tell you!
There was a brief time when I considered a career in the military but I would have likely been kicked out. It is virtually impossible for me to blindly follow any authority that has not earned my respect and that doesn't quite fit into the military way of doing things.
Oh well. I just wish people wouldn't lie or tell skewed possibilities to sell something, regardless of what they are trying to sell.