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holy fuck, i'm actually done

Posted on 2007.05.17 at 15:32
Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Music: tool - right in two
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today is my training company's "family day", when all the privates' moms/dads/siblings/fiancees/etc show up and pat them on the back and say "job well done" and all that happy horseshit. (mine aren't here, they're just returning from a business trip in south korea.)

tomorrow morning is graduation. i leave base at noon, fly out of STL airport at 6pm, stop over in dallas long enough for a couple of jack and cokes at the airport TGIFriday's, and get to portland at 11:20pm, whereupon i'll be shuttled out to the oregon coastline by a couple of kind souls for an extremely well-timed weekend cabin party.

would i do it over again? irrelevant, i don't have to, you only go through IET once.
would i change my mind and not do it, given the chance? absolutely not.
what i took away from this was exactly what i needed.

the real challenge was keeping my mouth shut in the face of the "motivational" iraq propaganda... but when you're a private and a lieutenant colonel says "we're fighting the war over there so we don't have to fight it here" it's best not to bring up that we have been fighting it here for over a decade (wtc 1993) and still are...

anyway, the national guard liaison came by our company yesterday and had a career-guidance session with all the NG kids. from this i learned we can volunteer for deployments, rather than just waiting around to be shipped out to the sandbox... current big projects are construction gigs in alaska, and border patrol duty (anywhere from tx to ca, unfortunately you don't get to pick where). the former sounds like something good to do for the summer, and the latter for the winter... i think i could very much deal with this thing in a regular-job fashion, following a couple-months-on, couple-months-off format.

but right now? right now, i am ready to sit my ass down and relax for a minute.


shaebot at 2007-05-17 23:03 (UTC) (Link)
if you went to alaska and ended up in my hometown (chances are good, i believe we're the largest base in alaska... half of the town is the base) i could set you up with my family. they like making dinner for strangers, and the weekend bbq's are a good waste of time.

but if you slept with any of my nieces i would castrate you.
innocentchild at 2007-05-17 23:59 (UTC) (Link)
"but if you slept with any of my nieces i would castrate you."

Colonel Angus
scosol at 2007-05-18 18:59 (UTC) (Link)
i've slept with ALL of your nieces, and my minerals are still intact-
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-05-18 22:07 (UTC) (Link)
i think you mean:

but if you slept with any of my nieces (and i somehow found out about it) i would castrate you.

innocentchild at 2007-05-18 00:13 (UTC) (Link)

vidd response.

For some reason that first time didn't work and gave me a invalid url. Posted to my journal private to test and it's fine. If it doesn't work in a comment here then effing Livejournal is a bigger POS than I thought.

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innocentchild at 2007-05-18 00:15 (UTC) (Link)

Re: vidd response.

Which apparently is still true. Livejournal how you are getting old in your poorly developed years...

I'll make the post friends only so check your friends page..
redstickman at 2007-05-18 00:46 (UTC) (Link)
congrats! it'll be good to have you back.
Little Etoile
littleetoile at 2007-05-18 02:00 (UTC) (Link)

Oops- that would be me.

Forgot to sign in. :)
betternewthings at 2007-05-18 02:37 (UTC) (Link)
Not to put too fine a point on it, but we're certainly not fighting this war in the red states. It's Osama against Manhattan finance, DC foreign policy, Hollywood, etc.

I can't say I've got a dog in that fight.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-05-18 22:02 (UTC) (Link)
maybe i'm putting on the blinders to the political landscape- but i signed up to defend all 50 states.

my time in the army has made me very aware of just how different i am from the average citizen- and of on how many fronts my ideologies differ-

but i can't find it in myself to say "well i agree with that guy over there, so i'll pick up my weapon to defend his life, but not yours"- even to the people who'll inevitably call me a murderer. we swear in for everyone.
betternewthings at 2007-05-19 20:25 (UTC) (Link)
Assuming this newest piece of paperwork gets fixed, I'll get paid by all fifty states.

That means that while I'm receiving my paycheck I work for all the taxpayers and go where all citizens send me. It doesn't, however, mean I give a shit what happens to all of them equally. If some privileged protester gets atomized by a suicide bomber, I consider it a wonderful trade. I might find myself going to work to save him someday, but that's just a paycheck.

Must I pick up a weapon to defend them? If Congress wills it, I shall.

There are plenty of people I will find myself defending at work that in my private time I hope die a horrible death.
quotamour at 2007-05-18 04:54 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations!!! You really deserve to sit down and relax......

Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-05-18 21:54 (UTC) (Link)
thanks :) and that's exactly what i'm doing at the USO in the st.louis airport.
Colonel Angus
scosol at 2007-05-18 19:02 (UTC) (Link)
how long you in portland?
i'm starting a new job 6/1 so now is the time to fuck off on random journeys!
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-05-18 21:53 (UTC) (Link)
i need to find out when my next drill weekend is before committing to a trip to the bay area that soon-

after i call my unit on monday & find out when/where i need to show up, i'll get in touch.
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Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-05-18 21:50 (UTC) (Link)
remember that thing i went to last year @ gleneden beach? same place.

give me a call when you get a chance.
Ary "Ass-Kicken" McKade
arymckade at 2007-05-19 20:05 (UTC) (Link)


good job, congrats and such
your token straight friend
pushshove at 2007-05-20 04:24 (UTC) (Link)
Its really good to have you back, kid.
The Monkey
monkus77 at 2007-05-20 20:50 (UTC) (Link)
gratz buddy
get ready for the best sleep in your life when you get back to your own bed =D
alceria at 2007-05-21 23:00 (UTC) (Link)
Yay for being done! I hope you get an assignment you like.
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