We've always lived on base housing. I know some people don't like it, but we do. Well, I do. My husband is getting to the point where he'd prefer to live off base. We'll see. For now, we live on base, and here are the things I've noticed that can happen when you do.
1. Airplanes will wake you up at night or in the morning.
I've been woken up at 11 PM. I've also been woken up at 4 AM. I was not pleased, but they have to get their flying in. Once I thought we were having an earthquake and jumped out of bed. Then I realized, no, that's a jet.
2. You'll hear people talking from the sky.
There are intercom systems on base that are used for warnings. Such as when we get a tornado, Lindsay Lohan breaking on base, or letting us know when exercises are being done. Sometimes the gates will pretend as though they had a gate runner so they can be prepared if it really happens. So a person will go, "Exercise, exercise, exercise," on the intercom. It can be startling if this happens before you've had caffeine. I once heard a man speaking overhead and was like, "God?"
3. You won't always be able to leave.
As I mentioned above, the base does exercises. Sometimes this means a gate will be shut down so they can better do an exercise. Other times the gates are shut down because there was a gate runner or because they are looking for someone so they have to look in each car to ensure you aren't the person. Once the gate was shut down due to a missing child. The longest I've had to wait is 40 minutes. Yes, it can be annoying, but I remember that people are only trying to do their jobs to keep us safe.
4. You'll be super close to your neighbor so be nice to them.
We basically share a driveway. If we fought, it would be terribly awkward if we were both going to our vehicles.
5. You might not have enough space if you are a packrat.
I wish we had more room. If Tom makes E-7, we can move into bigger enlisted housing with a DOUBLE GARAGE. Think of all the space! It's my fault though. I need to go through things. I just feel like I need my notebooks from college. I don't know why.
6. You have to keep your garden looking nice.
The base housing we had in England did not have a garden. I liked this. But the one in Wyoming did. I was written up many times for weeds. The housing guy even approached me when I got back from Target once. "It's the weeds. Again," he sighed, handing me my citation. Yes, you can get in trouble if the outside of your house looks frightening. If you get so many, your husband can get in trouble. I got enough to get my husband in trouble but he was in Korea for a year, so they took pity on me. I hate, hate, hate, that I have to take care of plants that I don't even like. And I didn't even put the plants that are pictured in! They might be dead now. Oops. But no citations here yet!