Sunday, October 29, 2006

Don't get me started..

Aside from it getting dark at 5 O'clock in the evening - Don't you just love daylight savings time in the fall? I LOVE getting my hour back. Today seemed slower than most days, and for once, I actually wouldn't have wanted otherwise. We didn't really do anything special, but it was still a good day. It was a excellent day to veg...god knows we wouldn't have wanted to be outside. It is cold with 60mph winds. (a.k.a. miserable outside)

Yesterday I submitted my blog to a site that reviews them. It's called "I talk Too Much" and from what I can tell, they love dissing your site, everything from your content to your design..and they umm...HATE dark templates like mine. I'm a glutton for punishment I guess. I can only imagine what they might have to say, I've told myself I won't take it personally might be fun to hear some honest critique with no regards for my feelings. There's a chance I could get a good review, but I'm seriously not counting on it!

Anyway, if you want to go check out the site, it's :

(hehe, he will HATE that I put his pic up here, but it's one of my favorites)

On another note, but somewhat related, Andrew emailed me a rant about the replies (comments) I get on my blog. He said that he trys to "engage" in some intellectual conversation when he leaves a comment, but no one ever seems to reciprocate it. This is just another sign he's a little bored out there in Afghanistan..or more likely wanting some kind of human interaction. I tried to explain that comments aren't usually where the conversation begins, but I'm not sure he was down with it. His rant was seriously funny though, although I'm not sure he intended it to be. He needs to go do yoga or learn some relaxation techniques, hehe.

I think it would be cool if he had a blog of his would be a neat peek into his world, but he said that if he does he has to register it with Chain of Command, and he didn't want to go through all the BS. For that, I can't blame him.


Speaking of a upstairs neighbors husband is hopefully coming home this week from Afghanistan. Not for any good reason though. These guys have it so rough out there, you have no idea.

It started a month ago when her husband went to sick call for severe pain in his abdomen, and then was told that it was kidney stones. They got him on meds and then after a few days did some xrays but didn't find any kidney stones. They told him that possibly they were too small to be picked up on, and I assume, sent him on his way.

Next thing my neighbor knew, she was getting a call from him saying that he had recently had surgery and got his appendix taken out and also part of his colon. The thing is, they did it in Afghanistan..because it was somewhat of a emergency situation...which is not a good thing. Afghanistan is a dirty place, with a lot of dirt and dust, so they usually don't do operations there. It's better to send the soldiers to Germany.

He wasn't so lucky though, and as a result he stayed in Afghanistan for another week and a half while they waited for him to be stable enough to transport, because he was still not able to get off a feeding tube, and something about his guts not working right..I don't know the exact details.

When they finally moved him though, he didn't even get to go straight to Germany, he spent 2 days in a city in Iraq, where just a day after he left, 2 soldiers were killed.

So finally he gets to Germany, and they declare he has a really bad infection going on so they open him back up and leave him open so it could drain. Then after a few days they sew him back up..but then end up opening him back up again.

Such a mess. And all this time my neighbor was just wanting him to arrive at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in WA, so she could go see him, but it took them a while to get him stable enough to make the trip home.

She left last week to go meet him though, and I haven't talked to her since, but hopefully he's there and on his way back to his house soon. The poor guy has lost over 30lbs in a very short time, and I'm sure he can't wait to enjoy the comforts of home. I mean, all soldiers miss's hard not too, but in his particular situation I'm sure it means even more.

You Are a "Don't Tread On Me" Libertarian

You distrust the government, are fiercely independent, and don't belong in either party.
Religion and politics should never mix, in your opinion... and you feel opressed by both.
You don't want the government to cramp your self made style. Or anyone else's for that matter.
You're proud to say that you're pro-choice on absolutely everything!

Anyway..just had to share that. The news doesn't even give you a glimpse into what it's like to be a soldier or even a family member of a soldier. It's f*cked up. There's no other way to put it. It didn't used to be so bad, but since the war soldiers are way over worked and stressed the hell out..and so are their families.

They all know what they signed up for, there's no doubt about that, and they are still proud of what they do, but when your going on 2-3 years of constant deployments, it makes it hard to keep the faith. Long gone are the days where you sigh in relief that you made it home alive from a war...

Now days, you get to catch your breath just long enough to head your ass back out.

F*cked up.

There isn't a better word out there for it.

Anyways. Off my rant for now. It kind of came out of nowhere.

Before I go, and on a completely DIFFERENT note, THE FRAY has a new "bootleg" album out - "Live At The Electric Factory" -- and it's sweet as hell. I saw them live..and they are OUTSTANDING, so I'm glad I now get to listen to them live on a CD!! If you like The Fray, you should go buy it. ASAP, k? It's a limited hurry on up.

You WILL NOT be disappointed.



Andrew said...

So I am the exact same political affiliation as you...that is a good thing. I appreciate your view on the military situation. Even though you are my wife, it is nice to hear someone say those things. I do fucking hate this war. Don't get me wrong, I will be the first one to throw this in someone's face and tell you I am proud to be here, been there and to go again, but I get pretty down inside when I stand on the side of the road with everyone else to pay my respects with a salute to those who are sent home in a flag draped box. You can see it on tv. You can see it in a picture. You can even be the presenter of the flag as I have been at a funeral for a retired vet. It is nothing close to the same when you watch a HMMWV or 2 or three drive past with a coffin in the back on its way to the plane that will take those boys home for the last time. The first time I saw that it killed me. But in the meantime, the world still turns, life goes on, and people can complain about the fight, the government, the price of gas, abortion, gay marriage, the Secretary of Defense, or my involvement in this shit... yes, the armchair politicians can say what they want about WHATEVER and for them..when they are done, the show is over. But many families will deal with the anguish of the moments to come, as they see their loved one carried off a plane...that last until the end of their days.

deawn said...

I love coming to work on Monday and reading your BLOG. I so want that fray CD going to take money, LOL. Whats that?? Love ya!!

Darla said...

Andrew and Glenda I wouldnt want to walk in your shoes.. My heart goes out to you and all the other families ... love you all

ksboy50 said...

Now I'm not to sure about being a Libertarian but thats what it said.

I am very proud of both of you as its just not the one's fighting this war but the family's left behind waiting for them to come home. And for the one's that don't I think of something on a site here in town that say's;"All gave some, some gave all"

Memphis Steve said...

I hope you don't mind, but I've just stolen this from you. I realize you don't even know who I am and yet here I am stealing your quizzes, but at least I had the decency to tell you about it, eh? Maybe that counts for something. Anyway, I got the same Libertarian results that you did. I think it must be rigged.

Glenda said...

Mi casa su casa, memphis steve :)