Since starting this blog, I have been very hesitant to post any pictures, for fear of publishing anything close to being considered classified; however, I can't containment myself any longer. The reason being that I recently received a care package from my former co-workers at the University's Career Services Department. It was filled with various UT paraphernalia, and I just couldn't wait for everyone to see what my office looks like. Shortly after arriving here, I asked my wife to send me a UT flag to hang in my office. Now, it is accompanied by an array of other accessories, largely provided by my co-workers. I received two football posters, with the upcoming season's schedule; an autographed copy of UT basketball star Dane Bradshaw's book "Vertical Leap"; two large bags of UT dinner mints (buttermint cream); a Lady Vols bumpersticker; numerous UT Career Services note pads and pens, as well as a Career Services mousepad; a nice little Smoky figurine for my desk; a picture of them with Smoky; and several letters of support from them, which had some pictures of their various summer excursions. They also managed to include several issues of Golf Digest, to feed my pseudo-addiction to the sport! Let me tell ya, as soon as I opened the package and saw all of this stuff, I belted the chorus of "Rocky Top". I almost started to tear up with joy; however, I quickly had to suppress it for fear that one of my soldiers might walk in and see me! Gotta keep a strong demeanor in front of them! I would just like to thank all of those who participated in this glorious gift. I thought I heard angels singing as I was putting all this stuff up on the walls! It's so good to get a little piece of home when you're out here and these wonderful people pulled out all of the stops. I am very grateful for all that you have done and cannot wait to show this to my Company First Sergeant, who just so happens to be a HUGE Alabama fan! ROCKY TOP, YOU'LL ALWAYS BE HOME, SWEET HOME TO ME!!!! Take care.