05JUN2011: MSgt Joel Weber

Ramblings of a Deployed Mind
From the confines of Camp Leatherneck

ALMAR/ALFAM/ALFRDS

I say this every week, but it’s been another quick on and I don’t know where the week went. I suppose in the grand scheme of things, this is exactly what I want…but at the end of the day, my mind is still running, thinking, worrying about the next days projects and work load. Sometimes I wish my job was just to sit around and be reactive…but that’s just not who I am. I could probably, very easily, do the very bare minimum and just sit here until my time is up and move on….but I hate that. I hate when people are in positions to make changes and do not. I understand that Afghanistan is a temporary thing and that we’ll probably be leaving soon, but that doesn’t negate the fact that we still have Marines patrolling the streets and roads. If I can make my aspect of their job easier, I’m going to try. I’m just tired of the arguments and ass chewings I’ve received…

So my last “Ramblings” was late because I was traveling and became quite overwhelmed with work and school. In fact, I’m a week late on my final for school and the next class has already started (which I haven’t even looked at yet)….so this week is already starting off on the wrong foot. I’ve been knocking school out of the ball park, but it left me to stay at work till 0200 on most days and now it’s just all catching up with me. I may re-evaluate the next semester if I can’t seem to catch up. I did get the rare opportunity to spend time with my younger brother Chris, whom is stationed in Bagram AFB up north. He is just settling in up there, but it was nice to spend time with family, even if it’s in Afghanistan.

On an extremely good note, Brian made it home two days before Sarah Ann was born, so he got to see everything. We are wishing him, his wife, and his new daughter nothing but the best while he is home on R&R…he most certainly deserves all the time he can have at home. He did post some pictures and she is a beautiful little girl…I’lll spare the line that “thank God she looks like her Mom” bit…Oooopppsss, there it went!

Kara turned 11 on Tuesday…O-M-Gee!!! My little baby is 11!!! Oh where has the time gone. I did get to talk to her late Tuesday night (around 0430 here) and she’s already the typical pre-teen…always have better things to do than talk to her Dad. But I enjoyed every second of the conversation. I didn’t get to talk to them all weekend because her mother took her and Kirstin away for the weekend to Great Wolf Lodge.

I’m not sure if I mentioned it last week, but we had a weight-in. I weighed 200lbs prior to deployment, 197 in April and then I got weighed in at 187 the other day…I think the scales are a bit off, cause my “huge” frame hasn’t change and my pony keg is still around.

So some people have been asking if we need anything out here…the correct answer, no. The wanting answer yes, lol. Pretzel logs, a body pillow, and Kool-Aid packets if available.

Anyway, it’s off to church for me and then back to work. I’m sure if I catch up on my life out here, I’ll be able to write more next weekend.

MSGT JOEL WEBER
II MEF FWD C-6
UNIT 73920
FPO AE 09510-3920



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