On Wednesday we're going to have dinner at the Captain's house with two other couples. This will be a regular dining experience, I imagine, for the rest of my life. I went with Ben once before--last year--and found the experience quite enjoyable, once I became comfortable with my surroundings. We will arrive at the house, help set the table with the food the Captain's wife will prepare for us, then we will all sit down to eat and talk, all of this lasting a couple of hours. It is customary at military dinners to not sit next to your partner (in order to encourage you to talk with others). But this is the only custom I never look forward to with these dinners. There are so many things I'm still learning about the military lifestyle.