3 and counting

There it is friends: three years in the ol’ service as of today.

Three years ago I was on a plane, traveling through several cities, on my way from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Fort Jackson, S.C.

I didn’t know what to expect. And I suppose I still don’t.

I definitely didn’t picture myself in Iraq in 2006, that’s for sure.

We’re nearing our four-month mark in theater — a milestone of sorts, 33 percent for those keeping score. I try not to, as the day counting starts to make me a little stir crazy.

I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately. I can’t explain it — well, I suppose it might have something to do with being away from home; but I think I’m coming out of it.

I love laying out the newsletter. I guess I like it for the same reasons I loved being a film editor — taking something raw and refining it into a piece of media is what I’m wired to do, I guess. Doing the story-writing thing is great and all, but give me InDesign and some iTunes and I’ll be happy.

There’s a heck of a dust storm ’round here. Since December was so dry (compared to the averages), the winds that picked up last night have stirred up the pot and left us with a biting cold, milky shroud of dust — just dry enough to catch in the back of the throat.

For as much as I’ve enjoyed not being waist-high in mud, I realize that the water shortfall will mean far worse dust storms. It might turn out that mud on the shoes would have been a better choice than dust in the throat.

Well, I’ve wandered around this post enough. I’m off to bed, friends. Tomorrow I start an Akido course, so I can return home and pick on people.

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About salemonz

Born in San Diego, Calif. Raised as a Navy Brat, I jumped ship and crossed over to the Army. Served as an enlisted journalist for a bunch of years, then helped the DoD figure out what the hell to do with social media. After the Army, now I drift down the river of life, trying not to be a jerk.

3 responses to “3 and counting”

  1. ZNB says :

    Nice job, “Your Wrangliness!”

    I think that should be your new title, and people should bow whilst saying it.

  2. salmons says :

    Dude, with all the hype around “Brokeback Mountain”, being associated in any way with cowboys is asking for it. I must stay away.

  3. ZNB says :

    Yeah… I agree. Perhaps you shouldn’t venture off into hilly places with a pal, and eat pudding. Cuz that’s what gay cowboys do.

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