Journey of a National Guard Soldier going Active

Friday, July 30, 2004

Got my Gadgets

I got most of my gadgets I bought off the net today, the last week has been a steady stream of comfort items being delivered that thought would make life a little bit easier over there. I got my Ipod last week. It's kind of funny, the same night that the Ipod was delivered I found a website that bashed the Ipod talking about how the battery doesnt last long and how at pretty much exactly 18 months the Lithium Ion battery just flat out dies. haha...Well it's a good thing that the Government only deploys us for a max of 18 months and not longer cuz I'd be SOL. I got around 450 songs and I'm kind of in a writer's block for music downloading . Hmm..what else came. oh ya, call it a bad omen or whatever but I call it better safe than sorry, I bought me this thing called QuickClot where it's applied to wounds and stops bleeding. We're National Guard so high-speed stuff is not always there for us, plus I'd rather have it next to me to use for me or my battle rather than wait for a medic who might be too far away, I also bought me a Digital Video Camera, I'd like to capture the experience there of me and my brothers and sisters over there. One thing's been buggin me tho, I heard from a buddy that DVC's arent allowed over there, I hope this aint true, cuz I paid 400$ for that and I'll be damned if it was for nothing, lol, my own fault though..should've found out first. Pretty much the rest is self explanatory, Camelbak, Shades, a knife, and some books too (on the way) and that about it. I hope it won't make me seem a little too overpreparing, it is a little hasty I guess, but it's easier to get it now than later. On our half-assed AT in a few days, Imma find out bout the whole Powdered Graphite for our M-16's, Whatever happens, there's always a bright side of it.

I drink to make other people interesting.
-George Jean Nathan

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

I wonder

I wonder how I'm gonna handle everything once I get to Iraq. Right now, I'm feeling a nervous excitement, in a wrong way I kind of can't wait to go, it's a certain reality that can't even be imagined, really. I read things on the news, watch it on the news, hear from buddies about what it's like over there, but you as well as I know, that none of that info can't prepare you for what it's gonna be like. My buddies ask me "how you feeling about that?" and I always tell them that I'm excited to go, do my part, find out what I'm made of, that most likely I'll end up taking it pretty well, but you never know, I might just shit myself when it finally sinks in, Truthfully I doubt it, I've been on my own alot, a little to much for a kid my age, Most kids my age in the army haven't been away from home for 18 months, so it must be hard for them. I've always been the type to be able to make the best out of my environment. Let's hope I stay true to my mantra. AT was supposed to be from the 1st of Aug to the 20th, but that was before we got a notice of our pending activation. So pretty much now AT's bumped up from 3rd to 15th then on the 16th; when we're officially active duty, we leave for Ft. Lewis for a good 2-3 months. Now AT's totally different from original plan of convoying to Ft. Carson training there, now from what I heard from our "all-knowing" grapevine is that the first 6 days is out in the field going through STX lanes and Weapons Qualifying, then the rest of the time is gonna be getting all our trucks and equiptment ready. Man..this just came to my mind, from the "grapevine" I was told that more than a couple of women in our platoon got pregnant so they don't have deploy. lol, now normally any Gung-ho soldier would call them P.O.S. but I just find it funny, not to be rude to them or nothing but I'd rather them stay behind then end up bringing nothing but negativity there, Good morale is always an important factor in unit cohesion and for us to rely on each other for positive support. From what I read in Army times the next troop rotation for the month of November will be with either the 25th ID or the 3rd ID, 25th in N. Iraq and 3rd in Baghdad, so either way It'll be an experience most 19yr old's wont be able to say they did. I'm glad that I don't have any attachments, but at the same time I more than guarantee that I'll feel a little alone at times. If I had a big family and a girlfriend, It'd be so hard to part with them...I feel bad for my senior NCO's who got wife and kids. That's gotta be so hard on them. But that's life, it's the hand that we're dealt, it's all a matter of how we play it. I'm ranting, it's close to 4 a.m. I'm at one my closest buddy Matt's house, we had a little get together, knocked back some brews and hung out with couple of cool gals, It's definitely time for sleep. It's funny, the other day Matt called me up for the sole reason of a dream he had the night before, it was kind of funny cuz it was him in Iraq and stuff. "He" was the soldier, he was tellin me bout how he got ambushed or't I be the one dreamin bout stuff like this? haha...Bad omen...knock on wood...haha..Nah....ya..time for sleep...nite

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

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Monday, July 26, 2004

Oy Gents

Yo My Fellow fat men, I thought why the hell not, get my own blog ready, I won't be posting much till I leave, this is just to get started. I hope once I'm over there I'll have time to get it done

PS. For the Record, Just in Case Someone outside of lfm checks this out. I'm not Little, or Fat...but I am a Man..Ooohh Ya....I'm quite..Titillating...a one of a kind...or at least one in 10,000...