I've had a few ask how Steven is doing so I thought I'd catch everyone up that hasn't been following his soap opera on Facebook. He left last Wednesday on schedule, got to Ft. Leonard Wood and spent the weekend with some basic training buddies who are there for AIT also. He said they had a great fireworks display,, then it went to Hades in a handbag. He was calling me to tell me they had no record of his contract and could I call his recruiter or unit here and get them to scan it into the system, this was yesterday the 5th,, the long Gov't. weekend. I got his recruiter and explained what was happening,, he figured out they were trying to send him through basic training again! They couldn't find his contract because they were looking in the wrong place.. ok,, should be easy to fix right? Wrong. Today I get a call with him telling me they have his basic training records now but NO record or proof of his enlisting in the Army! His recruiter can't find the contract at his office and has run over the MEPS to see if they can find is forms. Steven called me because he knew I have a copy. I insisted on a copy of every piece of paper concerning his enlistment. So I grab my file, find the papers and fly into El Paso to the recruiter's office. His Sgt. isn't there he's still at MEPS looking for papers I have in my hand that need to be faxed to Ft. LW ASAP,, The SFC sitting behind his desk has this conversation with me: "Can I help you?" "Yes, where is Sgt. Snow?" "He isn't here can I help you?" "Yes, these papers need to be faxed ASAP to this number and person at Ft. Leonard Wood because my son is sitting in a liaison's office waiting for proof he enlisted." "Ok, I'll leave them on his desk." "No,,, where is your fax machine and I'll do it myself." "I can fax it for you, just leave it with me and I will take care of it later." "NO! Where is your (*&(^(^&(*&)*) fax machine, it needs to go *^^*^^^ right *&^^^^ NOW!" About this time another recruiter who knows me walks in the door about the time I'm really getting hot under the collar. I explain to him what is going on and he takes the papers, makes two copies, hands me back mine and faxes it. Now why couldn't the idiot I talked to first do this?? Because it's not his job,,, I'm still waiting to hear if everything is straightened out,, but now his training has been pushed back to July 12th instead of the 5th so he'll be there longer than anticipated. He's so excited about his career, and it just seems this comedy of errors in going to go on for far too long.