Ramblings of a Deployed Mind (Father’s Day Edition)
From the confines of Camp Leatherneck
It’s another Sunday in the A-Stan…no it’s not; it’s freaking FATHER’S DAY! HAPPY FATHER’S DAY DAD, I LOVE YOU. You raised a pretty awesome kid in me, if I do say so myself. I got your Father’s Day box by the way…AWESOME!! THANK YOU!! I hope you enjoy your day with your kids! Wait…Chris and I are here, Mike is busy playing Doctor in Delaware and Tammy is fishing in Florida… I guess you’re assed out! Have a good day anyway!
So I got to travel the beautiful countryside again this week and got another few meals in with my kid brother, Chris. He seems to have settled in nicely with the hopeful chance that he gets to move out of his current closet into a bigger one, with a tad more accommodations, such as a place to hang things, internet, etc. It’s always good to see him. Conducted a lot of business with my Army and Air Force counter parts in Bagram, so that’s always good too; keeping up relations with people from other services who dis-like their job as much as me is always comforting. Chris doesn’t know it, but I only come to Bagram to get my coffee fill at Green Bean Coffee…don’t tell him. It’s also very nice to be able to run in 70-80 degree weather, unlike the 90-110’s that we have here…ugh! It is always nice getting back home here…I believe we have the best room accommodations in the RC(SW). Not as good as the Air Forces barracks or anything, but I miss my own room, my blanket, my Bear (Love-a-licious), and just being by myself for 6 hours a day (sleep time).
As most of you know, my little Kirstin-bear was in the emergency room this week. She was in there overnight for some procedures, but apparently she was just an absolute champ about the whole thing! I expect nothing less from my little trooper! I want to also thank ALL OF YOU that helped Kirstin reach her goal of $2,000 for her Chrone’s & Colitis Walk that went yesterday in Raleigh, NC! She ended up raising close to $2,200 because of people that love her! THANK YOU! For those of you that have children with illnesses, you know the helpless feeling of watching your child in pain and most of you would do whatever it takes for them. Kirstin will overcome this and go on to do great things. Her mother stated that they plan on doing this every year and with a different design on the shirt every year. I can’t wait to see my t-shirt, as I’ve been told its being sent here! Again, she is fine right now and thank you for all of you that helped.
So I’m hearing my buddy Brian is on his way back after being delayed in the states. I’m sure leaving your wife and new daughter sucks, but he’ll be in good hands here. I’ll keep him so busy he won’t have time to think about anything else…JUST KIDDING people! We kinda miss him here a little and I miss having someone to run with. Speaking of which…DEAR NIKE, this is the THIRD Nike + that has shit the bed on me in 16 months…FUCK YOU! I can’t wait until my Garmin Forerunner 610 gets here…it’s supposed to do everything but wipe my butt from what I’ve heard.
So we’re about hitting the “routine stage” of the deployment. The food is already becoming the same, we finally have our daily, weekly, monthly schedules down and things are settling down. If there is one thing I hate is being reactive. Proactive is the way to be…why not, I have a year here, why not make it the best for the crew replacing me in 9 months (insert sigh). Besides, I know I’ll have my Master’s plan to keep me freakin busy all year, so maybe I should just relax and go with the flow. So a few weeks back I was given a nickname: Eeyore. Now anyone that knows me, knows that I am not a laid back, tired, draggin’ ass kinda guy…so how I got that one…I’ll never know. So last week, a few of me Brit mates were jabbing on and one said that I remind him of Sid from Ice Age. Seriously?!?! Although I’ll take it over Eeyore any day! Thanks a lot Blokes!
Anyway, I am out of here and will talk to everyone next weekend. BTW, the most requested item of the week: SMALL REFRIGERATORS. For a while they were selling those tiny refrigerators and now they’re not stocking them anymore…first come, first served sucks! They are about $50…anyway, if anyone finds a nice small refrigerator on a website that ships to FPO/APO address, shoot me the website please!!! J Have a great week all!
MSGT JOEL WEBER
II MEF FWD C6
FPO AE 09510-3920