A Haiku

January 17th, 2011

In honor of my return to OEF (and just a little tongue-in-cheek):

Smell the burning trash
Taste the dusty southwest winds
Ah, Afghanistan

And Now a for Something Completely Different…

December 25th, 2010

…a post!

Recently logged in and had to delete a boat load of comments that all appered to be spam.  If you’ve made a real live comment recently, and it doesn’t appear, you have my apologies, I probably deleted it.  Post it again and hopefully, now that I’m trying to log in a bit more often, I’ll see it.

In other news: I’m in Afghanistan again, and it’s cold.  This time I’m with the Brits (actually, a Scots unit to be precise).  Brilliant so far, we’ll see how it all works out in six months.

Hvratska je lijepa zemlja!

April 6th, 2008

Can I just say I love my job?  How can you not love a job where you routinely get to travel to such awesome places as Zagreb, Croatia?  This city is so cool, I’m not really sure how to describe it.  Everything is so laid back, you can walk everywhere (I’ve only been in a car twice so far, and once was to get to the hotel from the airport), there are trees and grass along almost every main street, parks are everywhere, and small shops and cafes/pubs/resteraunts dot the whole city.  And then there are the people.

Last night, after POTUS and SECSTATE had gone wheels up a group of us EOD types decided to go out, explore the city (I should say explore it a bit more since we all tried to get out during the week as much as the mission allowed) and maybe share a drink.  During our revels we met a pair of locals named Zdravka (it took ma about 10 minutes to learn to pronounce that correctly…silly American!) and Sandra who stayed with us for the rest of the evening and talked with us about a variety of subjects including Croatian food (Zagreb Steak = thin beef steak wrapped around stuffing, bacon and cheese…soooooo goooood) and the similarities and differences in certain Croatian modern folk songs (your wife dies/leaves you and you lose your house)  and American country music (your wife leaves you, the dog dies, and you lose your truck).  It was a great evening and the end to a fantastic trip, one that I’m certain I will remember with happiness the rest of my life.  So if you every get the chance to travel to Croatia make sure you get to Zagreb, talk to some of the local folks and have a Zagreb Steak for me, you won’t regret it!

P.S. – Check out some of the pics of local landmarks in the photo album.

Surviving An Alien Attack

April 5th, 2008

From the hilarous folks at How It Should Have Ended:

Getting Better…

April 5th, 2008

So this time it hasn’t taken me quite soooo long to post after returning from a deployment, that’s probably a good thing.  Needless to say I made it back safe and sound, was quickly distracted by shiny holidays and family members and then got sucked into work.

I’m hoping that unlike last time I can keep up on the posting a bit better.

Anyway, great big apologies to any of you who have actually gone to the trouble to check in the last couple of months, hopefully I can make it worth your while to check in a bit more frequently.

Here’s a preview of some things I should be posting on soon: Croatia, Alien Attacks, Snowboarding, and the EEOB.

So…Stupid…

November 13th, 2007

Back at MCHENRY for a brief spell and some show called Beauty and the Geek was on AFN (Armed Forces Network) in the EOD command hooch.  Now, I don’t really care for “reality shows” of any variety, but we have a pretty limited selection of channels, so take that into account…for whatever reason a couple of early twenty-something women had to answer questions about the U.S. Government and current events.  Each young lady had to answer three questions…now I understand that it can sometimes be hard to keep up with current events and whatnot but what I witnessed just about gave me an anuerism:

One of the young women was asked: “What is the capital of Iraq?”

Her first response was: “Could you please spell Iraq?”

Wha?

When pressed for an answer she finally replied: “Afghanistan.”

Afgh…whu…did she jus…guh?!

The word ‘vacuous’ comes to mind.

sigh

Milbloggers and the Lonely War

October 25th, 2007

I was getting up to date on current events before I head back down to MCHENRY when I came across an article about an interesting concept: a “cold civil war” in America. The article is pretty good in my opinion, this quote in particular struck me:

“The domestic political debate has nothing to do with what we’re doing here,” one U.S. officer in Iraq told the National Review’s Rich Lowry this week, in a representative comment offered not in a spirit of bitterness, but of cold fact. As Lowry remarked, “This is the lonely war” — its actual progress all but irrelevant to the pseudo combat on the home front.

It’s an interesting point and given the reporting many of the traditional (print and broadcast) major news organizations produce it does feel that way sometimes.  Of course, in accordance with Newton’s Third Law (OK, yes I know, this isn’t physics, but bear with me) and with the help of the internet all sorts of alternate sources of reporting have sprung up. In this instance I’m refering specifically to Milbloggers like Blackfive and Michael Yon who go out with troops and report back the situation as it is, not as some news outlets might want it to appear. So next time you hear on the news about a car bomb in Baghdad, or the daily death toll, or how everybody in Iraq hates everybody else, spin up your ‘puter, hop on the interwebs and check these guys out for the view from our side, it’s actual fairly sunny over here.

Sorry about the pun, I couldn’t help myself…

REDROCKET Rides Again!

October 25th, 2007

Soooo…looks like I’ll be headed back down to FOB MCHENRY in the not too distant future to finish up my tour of fabulous, fun filled Iraq. Can’t say I’m looking foreward to it after living the good life up here at WARRIOR/Kirkuk, but I’ll try to make the best of it.

And at least it’s cooling down, it was only in the upper 80s today!

The Future is Now

October 16th, 2007

So I finally got a down day and after doing some housekeeping and other things I decided to check out what’s new on the Interwebs.

On a whim (and because I’m an incurable sci-fi nerd) I did a search for Powered Armor and came across something called the HAL 5 Type-B (made by a company called CYBERDYNE no less) as well as this article about the R&D going on in the states.

So I guess the only question now is: how long until I can volunteer to become a Space Marine?

Dark Angels Chapter Icon

Rock on Iraq!

October 13th, 2007

Even in the midst of a war there’s time for some fun.

Courtesy my friend the Gleeful One I have discovered my Rockstar Name:

 I wonder if they’ll let me change my callsign to “ACE”?