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Fuzzy Math

Have you ever noticed how fascinated people are with the moving aspect of military life?

Bet you move a lot?

How many times have you moved?

Do you like moving all the time?

Those questions, or some variation of them, are almost always asked. When I get the question, I usually count with my fingers while saying aloud:

From Ft. Sill to Ft. Benning (one), From Ft. Benning to Ft. Hood (two), From Ft. Hood to Ft. Benning (three) and on and on. When I arrive at the current duty station, I look to see how many fingers (and toes) I have counted and that's the answer I give.

But today I realized that my math skills need some work. Actually, I realized that in second grade, but I digress.....

I don't think I've been counting the times we've been at duty stations and moved WHILE stationed there. There are various reasons this could occur; a landlord decides to sell the house or move back in, we find something we liked better and the price was right, new housing opened up, a promotion means you can afford something bigger, an expanding family, etc.

Today, I got my abacus out and worked on my fuzzy math. Okay, not really, I don't own an abacus, but it sounded good. Anyway, I found that I have overlooked three moves. They were not PCS moves, but they were moves nonetheless. Are moves like childbirth - You forget the pain as the years pass? I think they are. I don't recall any horror stories from these self-induced moves, but I'm pretty darn sure they were painful at the time.

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