This is specifically to "Dude",
There are 24 hours in a day. we; (the good guys) work in shifts. I have tried the working until I drop thing and well, unless the Durka's are using the human wave/mass attacks (refer to Korea, and Vietnam) then there is no need to work until I collapse. I was an infantryman, I am no longer a "grunt". Again, there is no need for me to work 48, 60 or 70 hours in a row. As for whining, well perception is reality. If you perceive me to whine, then if I post once a month, or once every hour, will your perception of it change? As I said early in my postings, this blog serves largely one purpose it is my scribe, to remind me, later what I felt and have gone through here. The fact that some people find it of interest or helps them understand what a soldier on the ground here feels is serendipitous. The fact that it angers some people who think our efforts here are a waste doubly serendipitous!
As for reading, what would you have me do when I have (some) free time? Sharpen my knives, count the kill board, volunteer to go out and hunt for Durkas? Or maybe I should write my Congressman, and snivel about how much I want to come home, and that I didn't sign up for anything longer than one weekend a month. I'm not that guy, there is another martyr out there from Arizona, read his blog, again I am not that guy. You are free to post whatever you want on my blog. But don't accuse me of whining sir. This is my 7th deployment in 16 years, I have been in harms way before. Writing is how I cope with what happens all around me. Reading is a further escape from where I am now. Is that OK with you? Since Army General Order #1 prohibits me from beer, wine, and spirits, and since I am not with my wife, again my two escapes are writing and reading. Thanks for caring dude, but seriously, unless I get blown up...I'm fine. As the last line of my Letter of Admonishment from General Webster stated. "I consider this matter closed."
Maria R. Jordan,
I used to love a good techno thriller, now after being in uniform, preparing for and deploying to "this war" I don't particularly care to read about it any more. I still read military history, and study it, but as for reading it for fun. The thrill is gone. So, I read mysteries, I have again begun to read the classics, I have always loved "The Catcher in the Rye", Oh, and when I was at military school I did read Shara's "Killer Angels", great book! I am a huge fan of Roman military history. I was blasted for that on Booman Trib, I took many of the critics for what they were I took their jibes, and stabs at me. I rolled with their accusations etc... in the end they weren't attacking me. They were attacking what I represent. In the end, those worth keeping on contact with I do, the others well, I have stepped in things here that are worth more than their opinions. I am a soldier, it has been my life for nearly 2 decades. I also read books about wine, cooking, culture; I really love satire. I often joke that sarcasm was my major in college; however that isn't what my parents paid for so I ended up as a "grunt" in the Corps. The best of times...The worst of times. I actually have read War and Peace. It took me 2 years to read that one. The only thing that took me longer to read the bible, in Latin, the brain baby still kicks when I think about that.
Forgive me I digress, the simple answer is; reading about war (while I am here) leaves me feeling flat. I read other blogs, books on international relations, even economics. I read books on politics, books on politics in CA (Power and Politics in California). I play X box (sports games) thanks David & Hud!!! I keep another blog (OK, dude I whine there, I'll concede that. But it is password protected.)
Now, if you'll excuse me I have to go. It is Friday and that means cards... My only vice whilst I am here in the "cradle of civilization".