May I please have another?
It’s getting to be that time. People are starting to get irritable. Some have numbers on their desk, counting down the days before we leave.
We’re still months out, don’t get me wrong, but we’re in the last four or so, the last quarter. We’re getting that short-timer’s syndrome, where people start going hog wild in anticipation with being finished with this damn quasi war.
And I’m excited too, we have been here a while. I’ve started to get used to things and have found the rhythm of life on Taji.
The big news friends is that I’m being extended for another year. The incoming unit has need for a PAO guy since everyone they’ve been sent so far has become non-deployable. That leaves me, dependable and already-here. That’s the Army’s mantra: work those who work to death and keep those who don’t to bulk up the numbers.
I don’t have too much of a problem with staying. Upon returning to Fort Hood, I was going to be assigned to a unit on its way out the door anyway. This way I know I’ll be on a base that I like and hopefully I’ll be able to keep my room.
The year here will allow me to continue working on my MBA, not to mention having the chance to save mucho more cash. I can’t hold a candle to some of our civilian friends here (ran into a guy last week who runs forklifts and was complaining that he only gets $12,000 a month where his coworker gets $15,000 for some damn reason…yikes, I make a little over twice that for a year!) but I’m saving what I can.
I’ll be looking for ways to expand TalkingSalmons — maybe get some video blogging going with a camera I’m spec-ing out. I’ll definitely keep this sucker going. I can understand if people get a little tired of things. Sticking with a soldier through one deployment is arduous enough, but two is a little long. I’ll try to come up with ways to keep things so fresh and so clean-clean.
Word, so that was the big development. I wanted to let the folks know and such before they read it on the blog. Just seemed proper.
Here’s to 2007! May it come swift and sure. God save the Queen and please allow me the retention of my limbs!