I figure Weston is wearing some kind of outfit involving khaki by now….
This is Weston with his recruiter. We were stopped at a rest area somewhere along I-79 in Pennsylvania, not far from Pittsburgh. After we left home Monday morning, we went to Morgantown, to the recruitment center, and Weston rode up to Pittsburgh with the recruiter and a couple of other recruits. I followed behind in my car. Coincidentally, another Army guy was stopped at the same rest area, and right after this picture was taken, Weston’s recruiter started telling the other Army guy about how they call Weston “99-20” –he took the ASVAB (military entrance exam) in 20 minutes and scored a 99. (I think they have like three hours to take the test. If only Weston hadn’t rushed, maybe another five minutes, he could have gotten a 100, ha ha. Edited to add: I just discovered that 99 is actually the highest score you can get on the ASVAB.) Weston is very shy about his brains, so he wasn’t enjoying this story, and then I piped in, “And he’s a National Merit Scholar, too!” and then Weston decided he needed to pee, after all, and went into the rest area. After he warned the recruiter that he was going to end up on the internet because his mother has a blog. I took the opportunity to grill the recruiter on what I can and can’t say about Weston. I can say he’s in the Army and he’s in boot camp at Fort Sill, but I can’t say what his job is going to be in the Army because it’s too secret squirrel. At least the Army will be taking advantage of his brain power.
I stayed at the hotel where they keep the recruits and took Weston out to dinner. Tuesday morning, I headed over to the federal building where they do the official swearing-in.
Pittsburgh is a very nice, pretty city, by the way. I’ve never been to Pittsburgh before and I liked it–though I was there less than 24 hours.
I spent a few hours waiting around, and then got to watch Weston sworn in to the Army.
This, above, is the real swearing in. Afterward, they do a sort of mock swearing in for picture-taking.
I got a 15-second phone call, which is all they’re allowed, after he arrived at Fort Sill. Not sure when I’ll hear from him again–he said 7 to 10 days. I don’t have an address yet to write him, but will write him every day just like I did when Ross was in Navy boot camp. And he’s been warned that he better write me back!
He’s in the Army now….
P.S. We had big storms and a power outage that prevented me from getting back to posting yesterday morning. The grass is growing and it’s too wet to mow. Make it stop!