Thursday, June 30, 2005

Day At The Pool

We made it to the pool yesterday. It was nice to get out and do something different for a change. I didn’t get rid of my white stomach. Oh well. It was a pretty nice pool, decent size and not to crowded. When we got to the pool we picked out the people who do nothing all day and just go lay out by the pool and the ones who actually do things here. Like us we are all white with no tans and most of the other people there had there nice dark tans. We were there for a few hours and then went back. It really wore me out.

The Pool Posted by Hello

Monday, June 27, 2005

I Got Nothin

Nothing cool to write about lately. Wish i had something cool to talk about. Hopefully i will have something good in the next few days to write about. Check back soon.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Game of the Week

The battle of the titans is among us. Its time for the fight for number one. As some of you may know in our free time here we play video games. Some of us have all gotten in of a Madden 2005 franchise league. It’s great there are about 8 of us I think, and we occasionally get to play each other. We are going into week 9 of our season. Right now there are two teams that are undefeated so far. One team is the San Diego Chargers (8-0) who is SSG Kave’s team and the other is the New Orleans Saints (7-0) who are my team. SSG Kave is very experienced in this game, which will probably show the predicted outcome of the game will be the Chargers as the winners. But I have come a long way since I started playing the game. Hopefully it will be a good game and not a total blow-out……….

Well the game didn’t turn out the way I hoped. Unfortunately there has to be a loser in every game and unfortunately that loser was me this time. The final score of the game, as much as I don’t want to say it, was 49-10 Chargers. I still have the best record in the NFC right now. I will defiantly make it to the playoffs and a good chance to the Super Bowl. Where I will have to play the Chargers again.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Its Like An Oven Here

Well it has been pretty hot here the past few days. The other day the temperature on Cnn weather was 120 here. To give you an idea of what it feels like here is what i compared it to. The other day I was walking when it felt extremelly hot out. Every time the wind blew in my face it felt like when you open the oven and the heat all rushes toward your face. It was a very uncomfortable feeling. If you are interested in checking out what the temp here is here is a link for Cnn weather. CNN Iraq Weather

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Quote of the Day

“You can tell we shouldn't be in a country any longer fighting for their protection when your own guys are out there trying to write you tickets for speeding.”
SGT Luke Port

Just so everyone knows what is going on, the United States Air Force has police troops out driving around. We don’t quite understand it but they go around with a radar gun trying to catch us speeding. Does this really make any sense at all? There are ton of Iraqi civilians and US civilian and private contractors driving way over the speed limit. But they actually waste there time trying to bust us for driving to fast so they can give us a ticket. Its good to know a part of the military’s budget is being wasted on our nations own trying to bust us for speeding. It was funny to drive by them today and see them pop out with their radar gun. I was hoping to snap a picture of it but I wasn’t able to. I have been told from an incident that happened while I was home, the Air Force could probably work on professionalism and wearing the military uniform correctly before they start writing us tickets.

SGT Port added a new post to his blog, its kind of humorous

Monday, June 13, 2005

Oh Oh!! Can I Make Some Stupid Rules Too!!!!

I really wish I new what rank you have to become in the military to be able to just sit back and think up stupid rules all day long. Things seem to get more ridiculous as we go. The other day I went to go eat. They informed me at the door that we can’t wear our PT uniform in the D-Fac unless we are just getting a to-go meal. As soon as I walk in the building I was immediately told by the guy who has nothing to do with the military who runs the D-Fac that I can only get a to-go meal. Now today the rule is you can’t even go in there with a PT uniform at all. It wasn’t the KBR (d-fac personnel) staff that made the rule, so I can’t blame them. We are trying to figure out why the rule was made in the first place. Is it because they think our PT uniforms are not sanitary to have in there because of being sweaty? Maybe, Or are they concerned about us bringing dirt or dust into the building from that uniform? Who knows? But if it’s the sweat issue that is just plan retarded, because half the time I go to eat right after a mission my DCU uniform is more soaked with sweat than my PT uniform ever has been. You should see the civilian contractors that come in sometimes, their clothes are covered in dirt. Most of us are already not real happy just for the fact we are stuck here for a year without the thing we enjoy most in life, like family and friends, nothing like trying to bring our moral down a little more. This is why I’m not resigning. At least I can say these rules aren’t coming from my unit.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Done? I Wish.

Well today would be a great day if I wasn't in Iraq. Today is my actual ETS (end of time in service) date. It was 6 years ago today I signed the papers for the guard. I would be done today and have 2 years of the IRR (inactive readiness reserve). If I really wanted to I could resign for 3 or 6 years. A bonus is offered for both of these times. 3 year is $7,500 and 6 year is $15,000. If I sign while I'm here I would get the bonus tax free, yes the whole thing. The extra money would be nice but it's just not worth it to me. I have seen enough of the military I think and will be happy to end my military career where it's at. I am glad I'm here serving my country and can say I was a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom but being away from home, not seeing family and friends for a year is a long time and don't want to have to go through this again. There is also a lot we have to put up with here that is totally ridiculous and thats another reason I'm not going to resign. I will look forward to enjoying every weekend not every 3 out of 4, and most of all not having to shave every day. I can't wait to get home.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Dodgeball Anyone?

We had a dodgeball tournament here today in the afternoon. It looked like a lot of fun. I wish i had gotten on a team. Our unit had three teams in the double elimination tournament. There was a lot of good action and awesome plays. Like when SGT Port got nailed in the face by a ball then still managed to catch the ball getting out a player from the other team and getting one of his teammates back in the game. One game one of our other teams managed to win the game in 30 seconds knocking out all 6 of the other teams members. This guy here sets up these tournaments every now and then and anyone is welcome to sign up. The day before I returned from leave there was a sand volleyball tournament. One of our teams won the tournament. Its nice to get to do something different here every now and then.

SGT Port gives it all to knock out his opponents Posted by Hello

SSG Kave and SSG Speaker in the dodgeball tournament. Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Sad News

As most of you have already heard on the news our unit had its first loss. I'm not sure what was said on the news but SPC Romines from Southern Illinois died a few days ago. He was with 3/123rd FA. Some of the 3/123rd were deployed with us the 2/123rd FA in November. Please pray for his family and friends in this sad time for everyone. It really hits you hard when this happens to some one from your own unit. If you want more updates check SGT Ports blog he has a few links for sites covering the story.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Not For Those With A Weak Stomach

Well one thing that i would have to say I miss the most from the United States is real milk. We get this milk here that can be stored warm, so I guess you cant even call it real milk. Well I went to go eat with SGT Port yesterday. I usually drink this skimmed milk from the D-FAC, and normally its pretty good, sometimes a little warm from it not being restocked quickly enough but its ok. Well I started drinking my milk yesterday and got about halfway finished with it and i wasnt getting any more milk. I thought my straw was broken. I pulled my straw out and put it back in and tried drinking again. Then it happened. I got chunks of milk instead of liquid milk. I really almost got sick right there. I cut open the box and found the most disgusting thing i have seen in a while. Bad Milk. So be thankful for those real cows back home that provide us with great tasting milk. There is a picture below of what I found. I think I'm going to stay away from the milk for a little while If you dont want to see it scroll past it.

No Thats Not Ice Cream. Posted by Hello

Monday, June 06, 2005

Gotta Love Dust and Sand

We had a dust storm last night. it was probably one of the worst ones we have seen yet as far as visibility. The hallways in our building were filled with dust. When we walked out in the hall last night it just looked cloudy our there. We normally have decent visibility when these storms roll through but we couldnt see anything last night. I did what i could to try to take some pictures last night. As much as I would love to see snow right now thats not it in the picture below. I think the storm messed up our air conditioner because im usually freezing in here and right now I almost feel to warm. I could just smell the dust coming in the room last night. I will probably end up getting sick from all the dust I inhaled last night.

Spc Coons About 10ft Out From Me. No Thats Not Snow. Posted by Hello

Our Dusty Hallway Posted by Hello

Saturday, June 04, 2005

A Few More Things

Well I just realized I needed to add a few more things. Congratulations to Hayley my step-daughter who just passed 3rd grade. Good job Hayley! I also just found out that June 4th is hug your cat day according to the MSN homepage. So I wanted to say hi to my furry boys Kirby and Otis back home. So if you got a cat give'em a big hug today.

Hayley at the Girl Scout Powder Puff Derby races Posted by Hello

My boys Kirby and Otis Posted by Hello

Friday, June 03, 2005

Back From Two Weeks Of Leave

I got back on Monday from an enjoyable two weeks at home. Unfortunantly it went by way to fast. It really would be nice if it lasted a another week. I enjoyed my time home getting to see my family and friends. Naomi and I got up to Chicago for a few days for our 2nd Anniversary (May 24). We saw the Cubs play the Astros (W 4-1) and went to the Lincoln Park Zoo. I got to be home for my niece Katie's Baptism and spent a lot of time just relaxing. I also got to drive my dads new 2005 Mustang GT. Wow that is a nice, fast, and fun car to drive. We also stayed at the Grand Harbor Resort in Dubuque, IA one night. We took Hayley and one of her friends and Naomi's sister Ivy and her friend. There is an indoor waterpark there also, we all had a really good time. We spent a lot of time eating out at resturants that I miss eating at while I'm here. It was a much needed two weeks home for me. I hope the next 7 months goes by faster than any 7 months has ever gone by ever for me so I get to come home and see everyone. The past few days I've just been trying to get back into the swing of things. I have spent much of the past few days resting and sleeping trying to adjust back to the time difference.

Naomi and me at the Cubs game May 23 Posted by Hello

My dads 2005 Mustang GT Posted by Hello