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Appalachian Intellectual. To me that means plain thinking. I am A Non Commissioned Officer in the Army Reserves. Let me say...My views expressed here are mine and not those of The U.S. Army, Army Reserve or my fellow brethren in The National Guard. This is entirely Sua Sponte. This is My Thinking. I'm single and in my mid 30's. Politicaly, I'm a Libertarian. (Again, Sua Sponte.I do not represent the Libertarian Party.)I love my native Appalachia, Rock n Roll and...I love God.
I started blogging for two reasons. I was concerned about the changes to the area I live in, Southern Appalachia and I was about to go to the war. I was in Iraq in 06 and 07 and now Kuwait in 11 and 12. Blogging was a means of documenting my experiences and hoping it would help gain clarity. I don't feel that way about it any more. It's said people write blogs because they are frustrated, that's why people read them too. That makes us sound apocalyptic. Are we? Let it be said, what I say here is of my own thinking. This is entirely Sua Sponte and not an official representation of the U.S. Military or the U.S. Government as a whole.
Our tour is done...It’s over. We are now waiting for the word to leave, which could come any day. It’s someone else’s now. A friend asked me today how I felt. “Strange”, I told him. He paused and then said, “me too”. Soon we’ll be back in
Today it was 116 on Taji, it will be the mid 120’s in
CHOI TO THE WORLD!
May is the month I’m on the verge of going home, but it sucks. It’s turning hot, the wind blew vigorously through yesterday, kicking up the dust and blowing everything over. At times you would have to brace yourself in it as it blew dust in your eyes. It spit rain, then the sun came with the wind persisting. It burned the skin. The oven became a frying pan. Everything back home is coming to life while here it dies in the heat. The weather sucks. I’ve been accused of being an optimist and a pessimist both, but that don’t shake me…I’m a realist. My year in
A Small Weird World
The 104th Division from the west coast is relieving us. The other day I went to make contact with my replacement while he was going through some preliminary training and one friendly incoming NCO asked me where I was from. I relayed
My replacement has arrived. Today me and the Lt. ( he will remain with them for a few months) sat in the chow hall and talked to them about what to expect from our experience. We didn’t paint them a rose garden. But I found myself looking back over the last year laughing and smiling.
I’m so short if I jumped off a step ladder I better have a chute. I’ve even got big plans…Drive myself over to
In the meantime Twister has been working over my way(no, not Taji but Trashylvania) and asked if he could use my place a few days a week to ease the drive…What are Ranger Buddies for? I’ve had the run of his place while he has been out skirt chasing. Well, this started back in March and he just moved in, well, he didn’t move in, but you know what I'm saying...your smart...even if you bought your brother in laws lemon mini van or had a bad experience with a ball gag...Of course I messed up my mothers phone number. No, this doesn't make me a bad son, it's a 883 to 884 thing. I don't do number quotes to well sometimes. I'm imperfect. OK, back to Twister using house of Rockabilly Hill Billy Nerd. It sure took him a while to get around to it. The good thing about this is there will be a hot water heater full of hot water waiting on me. I'm going to sit my naked hairy butt down in my tub, look up at my sky light and think to myself...Something. There that is two big plans. Dabgummit I'm on a roll!
Oh, my Step Son got married. I got a wedding picture of them on the banks of Little River. That makes me feel odd...It was all smiles, wish I could have seen them.
The weather is turning hot and the air is dry. It's been running about 106-108 or so. The Iraqis are taking off from 1130-1530 during the day. That's their summer schedule. My trucks air condition belt sounds like a whipped dog on meth. Weapons get real dusty here, I'm having to wipe mine down about every other day.