I Just Found My Journal Entries from Basic Officer Training from 2004; Here’s What I Wrote

As I have written before, I was in Air Force ROTC from 2002 – 2005 at The Ohio State University. The first chapter of my book recalls my selection to pilot training, a surprising and devastating discharge because of a minor medical condition, and my eventual commission in the US Navy Reserve in 2009. AsContinue reading “I Just Found My Journal Entries from Basic Officer Training from 2004; Here’s What I Wrote”

28 Fun Things to Do at Home While Self-Isolating, Quarantining, or Just Staying the Hell Away from People

Just a few ideas we in the Schaffel household thought of… Not fun, but necessary things to do: Clean everything, especially things you don’t usually think of. Clean your oven, the inside of your refrigerator, the tops of your fan blades, around light bulbs, your screened devices. Scrub your bathtub. Clean behind things. Get underContinue reading “28 Fun Things to Do at Home While Self-Isolating, Quarantining, or Just Staying the Hell Away from People”

My Thoughts on How Banks and Investors Can Ease the Pain on Renters and Homeowners During The Coronavirus Global Pandemic

I don’t understand a lot of things about Coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19), but I understand a few. I can see that is spreads very quickly–and seemingly easily–and it does so because it is a new strain of a virus for which humans have no built-up immunity. I can also see the economicContinue reading “My Thoughts on How Banks and Investors Can Ease the Pain on Renters and Homeowners During The Coronavirus Global Pandemic”

A List of All the People We Should Be Thanking During The Coronavirus Pandemic

I wanted to put together a list of jobs that people are doing that they can’t do from home. For these people, there is no teleworking. They’re keeping us safe and alive. I’ve missed many, many people, so add your comments below and let’s see how big of a list we can generate to showContinue reading “A List of All the People We Should Be Thanking During The Coronavirus Pandemic”

Want to Get on TV at a Sports Event? Follow These 8 Steps I’ve Learned from Experience

Every year since 2002 (except 2003), I have attended the Ohio State-Michigan football game, either in Columbus or “that state up north.” In college, it was about the game. Ohio State had to win…if they didn’t, we were devastated. Now, it’s about friends and tradition. The same group of us has gone together every year,Continue reading “Want to Get on TV at a Sports Event? Follow These 8 Steps I’ve Learned from Experience”

In Basic Officer Training, I Just Couldn’t Shut Up, and It Cost Me an Award and Could Have Cost Me My Future Career

Everyone who knows me would agree I’m an extrovert, as I get my energy from being around and interacting with other people. In basic training, you don’t get that opportunity. Your interactions are limited and controlled, and most of what you say is a response to something from a drill instructor or flight captain. ItContinue reading “In Basic Officer Training, I Just Couldn’t Shut Up, and It Cost Me an Award and Could Have Cost Me My Future Career”

How NOT To Tell Your Boss You’ve Applied to Another Job: A Story of How My Arrogance and Ignorance Got the Best of Me

It took me a couple tries to get into the CIA. The first time I applied, I didn’t hear anything, but the second time was different. I received an email from a man who wanted to interview me, and because I already had a professional career, I secretly called my grandfather from my cell phoneContinue reading “How NOT To Tell Your Boss You’ve Applied to Another Job: A Story of How My Arrogance and Ignorance Got the Best of Me”

It’s Time to Reveal My New Career! [Begin Drum Roll…]

I know the build up has been intense, and I didn’t reveal much when I shared the news that I resigned from the CIA on February 28th. And I didn’t reveal much because I was both nervous that for some illogical reason the new position wouldn’t work out and because I was a bit tooContinue reading “It’s Time to Reveal My New Career! [Begin Drum Roll…]”

Ancestral Recall: The Extensive Military History of Service of My Ancestors From the French and Indian War to the Present Day

Going back 10 generations of ancestors, it took 8,190 of them to make me, and considering human beings have a seeming propensity for armed conflict, I was almost certain to find records my ancestors’ service in various battles and wars. Going back as far as I can, the first ancestor with a military record isContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: The Extensive Military History of Service of My Ancestors From the French and Indian War to the Present Day”

Ancestral Recall: Yes, My 7th-Great-Grandfather, Colonel Joseph Belt, Has a Historical Marker in DC

When digging into the Odell/Doubleday line of my ancestry, I noticed a suggested ancestor whose name was Joseph Belt. Along with the suggestion came a picture, which is rare for someone who lived in the early 1700s. As I clicked on it, I found that it was a picture of a historical marker. The markerContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: Yes, My 7th-Great-Grandfather, Colonel Joseph Belt, Has a Historical Marker in DC”