Middle of the road
The air has warmed again, staying tepid, at an unusual temperate temperature for the region.
We’re behind in our rain – apparently very far behind. No complaints here, though. No rain means little mud, which I’m all for. Were I to run for office here, it would definitely be on a no-rain platform. That, and a “How about we not bomb the Americans?” vibe. Good stuff.
Things have settled in to a day-in day-out sort of operation. It’s a normal thing, I hear, to hit this hum-drum lull at month four or five – where you’re far enough in to the year to be established, but shy of the half-way mark.
The first go-‘rounders of people who went on R&R leave are coming back. “It was harder to come back the second time,” many have said. They’re already shuffling along with long faces. With nine straight months of Iraq to wear through now that their break is spent, I hope they can manage.
I’m hard at work on the first edition of the brigade newsletter. I’ll be sure to post a link for the .pdf once I finish.
While at first I was ready to part the waters with its magnificence, the lackadaisical enthusiasm from the command has reserved me to produce a simple, clean publication.
They didn’t want it at all, so I won’t bear my soul to make it divine, but I’m sure it’ll be a solid contender with most other Army pubs. Just being consistent with a design is half the battle in making something well received in the journalism community. I’ll be eager to hear what you all think.
Being “brilliant” at something seems to involve nothing more than a mastery of the basics – be it grammar, public speaking, or firing a rifle.
So the newsletter will be a tad blaaah, in keeping with the recent motif of the camp.