My husband has been in the Air Force for almost fifteen years now. We've always lived on the military base and I've learned some things over the years.
1. Your husband will be like, "There's a F-16!" or, "There goes a C-17." Meanwhile, you're like, "There's an airplane." (Unless you're a good military wife. Then you might know them all too. But to me, an airplane is an airplane and odds are, many of them have woken me up from my sleep so I'm not really a fan.)
2. You think you scored a parking spot in the front--and then you see it's reserved for a Colonel.
3. When in a hurry, you wonder why everyone has suddenly stopped. Are they zombies? Then you realize, crap, it's retreat. (For the non-military folks, at 5 Monday-Friday the National Anthem will go off. Everyone has to stop and pay respects. You'll notice the military people standing ramrod straight, fists balled at their side as they face the closest flag.) (And in case you're wondering, reveille goes off at 7 AM and Taps is heard at 10 PM.)
4. To know if you want to eat in the food court for lunch, that you have to get there at 1030. Otherwise the lines will be insane. Especially if Popeyes lives in the food court.
5. You'll be nosy and want to know why the ambulance, two security forces vehicles, and the firetruck is in front of someone's house. Yup, they all show up if you call 911, which I have thanks to Natalie getting a hole in her head. I noticed people standing outside watching. I can't blame them. I watch from the window if I notice them in front of someone's house, I'm not going to lie.
6. The spouses page for the base is probably filled with some drama. You'll get someone asking about a cheating spouse, or another bashing a fellow wife for talking "trash" about her. It'll make you feel old because you're so beyond that BS and will remind the "young" wives that coming online and calling someone the C-world isn't going to solve a thing.
7. You'll hear random booms and bangs. You'll wonder if the Mythbusters show is in town but then realize it's probably just the soldiers firing their weapons. Or someone is doing airplane stuff.
Have you lived on a military base before?