Monthly Archives: May 2017

So You’re PCSing to Fort Sill, OK

Below, I’m going to link you to a bunch of websites, possibly places you’ve already checked out. But before I do, I just want to share a few things.

If you’ve read reviews or forum posts about Lawton and you’re getting nervous, I totally understand, but please remember how important reasonable expectations are, and take it from me: Lawton just isn’t that bad. It’s not great. It’s not a place I would have picked on my own as somewhere to settle down. But we’ve been here since January 2013 and in four years, I only have three significant complaints:

  1. I wish city government would invest a little more in updating old infrastructure without forcing residents to threaten lawsuits;
  2. I wish the guy who drives our trash truck was less of a whiny brat who doesn’t like to do his job;
  3. I wish the lights on Cache weren’t set to 36 mph when the speed limit is 40 mph.

So here are the links I’d use if I were helping someone research moving here.

Want to know where to live? Start with this map. If you’re not planning to live on post, sticking to the edges of town is the best idea, and for the best value, safest neighborhoods, and quickest commute to Fort Sill, you really can’t go wrong with the east side.

Want to know about the weather? Start with the climate data. It averages things out, so you don’t see specifics, but Weather Underground lets you look at data from a custom date range. Winter is cold and sometimes snowy, spring is wet and windy and stormy, and summer is hot and windy.

Here’s the local news and they’re on Facebook, too.

Fun things to do? There’s enough locally to keep you busy for a while, like the Wildlife Refuge, Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area, Lake Lawtonka, Museum of the Great Plains, and Comanche National Museum & Cultural Center. Or just check out this page.

Grocery shopping? Just the commissary, Country Mart, Walmart (inlcuding a Neighborhood Market), and one Aldi. But if you’re willing to go out of town, OKC has a Trader Joe’s and Wichita Falls has several options, including a Natural Grocers and a Market Street. Oh! I forgot about the farmer’s market.

Clothing and home goods are a little better; there’s Walmart, of course, but there’s also Target, Ross, TJ Maxx, department stores like Dillard’s and JC Penney in the mall and Kohl’s. The nice thing is that Lawton is expanding and building. We’re getting more and more each year, better variety and nicer things.

Curious about cost of living? Go here. We can support a family of four comfortably on VA benefits.

And that’s the thing. When my husband was medically discharged last year, we were all set to move to Ohio this summer, but we decided to stick around for a while. We’re comfortable here. We’re not unhappy with the place. There are opportunities for us–we close on a house next week that we’re planning to have back on the market by the end of the summer, he’s building a network of partners and customers for a renovation and construction business, he can start an engineering degree at Cameron University. There are worse places we could live.

I really love Ultimate Captain America.

Blogging is hard. I must have brainstormed and rejected a dozen post ideas to jump back into this before I asked myself (in frustration) why I couldn’t just write a blog post about how great Ults Cap is. I gush about him all the time in my fandom life. My husband even got me one of those nifty metal posters of him. If I love him, I should write about him, right? So I guess I’m writing about how great Ults Cap is.

He’s really great.

In fact, of every version of Captain America, the one from the 1610 timeline is my favorite. God, I love him. I love what a dick he is. I love that he plays a role, the one everyone seems to expect of him. I love how he hides his pain… mostly by being an even bigger dick. I love what an arrogant asshole he can be. And I love how he is, under it all, very clearly Steve Rogers.

I love him so much, in fact, that I’ve written a lot of fanfiction about him. And that’s where this blog post becomes relevant. I joke that my fics end up as love letters to him. The story that I’m editing right now, R&R, started out as a love letter to Ultimate Captain America. Then I realized how well the two characters as they appeared fit in with another story I’d drafted, an original, and it occurred to me that I could use this love letter and turn it into a love story.

So I did.

I’m about 6600 words into editing, and as of now the story is right around 14k long. It’s a nice length for a bedtime story. I figure, once I’m done and I’ve hammered out the details to match the other story, it should be around 15k words, and that’s not bad at all.

I only wish editing didn’t take so long.

But that’s something to address another time.

Anyway, if you’re ever inclined to watch the fangirl in me lose her shit, check out Fuck Yeah Ults Cap on tumblr. I try to keep the fangirling to a minimum, mostly because my friends have heard it all before, but sometimes… sometimes I just can’t help myself.

I really love him.