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It is about 1030 am. In about 2 hours, I will get in my truck and head south. A four-hour drive filled with anticipation and curiosity. My destination; FDIC 2012. It has been roughly 55 weeks since the last time we did this. Each week I put aside just a few dollars to pay for the 7 days of life at the convention, living in the hotel, eating at the restaurants and sharing stories with a few thousand of my brothers and sisters.

I always mentally prepare for an event. Whether it is the combat challenge, a test or training session, I like to come up with mission statement, just for me. FDIC 2012 gets, "Break down the box, understand its parts then build a better box." This week I want to get back to the basics, understand where to take them next, and then apply to new skills. Thinking outside the box just does not do it. We should have better boxes.

For those headed our today, tomorrow or any day this week, get there safe, let's learn, share and laugh, then take it home to be the best we can be....are you ready?

I am ready, FDIC "let's do this!"


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