Happy Thanksgiving, BUT……

i hope everyone has a great Holiday, eats plenty of good food, visits with loved ones, and most importantly…..WATCH SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!! what’s not to like about Thanksgiving, being a New Orleans native ANY holiday that revolves around food is win-sauce for me. i”ll be at the Honey-Comb Hideout for the Day and will either spend the day hunting for turkeys or surfing (depends on the weather…..TBH, i don’t feel like dealing with locals if i go surfing).  after that Lord Dark Scorpion will rain his wrath upon Skyrim.  friday is a work day (fuck you Navy).

but you know what….holidays just don’t register with me. seriously, i’ve spent VERY few christmas’ or thanksgivings’ with family since joining the Navy. i typically volunteer to work on said days to allow families to spend the holiday together. but whatev’s…. more importantly…..

i REALLY hope each and every one of you reading this realizes there are tens of thousands of military servicemen sitting in the Desert, waiting in line for an hour to use a phone to call family or computer to videoconference, suffering shitty (hell….IF you have internet signal) IM’ing, eating SHITTY turkey/dressing/gravy lunch or dinner, bored out their minds or restless as all hell because they miss the hell out of their family and miss being even relatively CLOSE to home.

when i was in Kuwait (camp Ali Al Salem…..a TINY desert Army base in the middle of NOWHERE) i woke up at 10am. checked email and myspace, got dressed and went to the DFAC (dining facility) and was served (by a bunch of Bengali civilians) dry turkey, crunchy dressing, and watery nearly tasteless gravy. i threw it away and ended up eating at the Asian place. i had spicy beef and garlic rice. i stared blankly at the plate for 10 minutes. i was with my room-mate and good friend Billy, a tough little hombre from idaho. i was treating him to lunch (he couldn’t really afford to pay). we didn’t say a word to each other. the place was dead silent (and relatively packed). no one needed to speak, we all felt the same way. just 5 minutes with family, to feel that familiar warmth of glowing cheeriness. but you never speak of it. NEVER. you become a stone. we finally ate and went to the gym. i ran 7 miles that day (i never run that far), and played xbox to kill the time. the rest of my co-workers were watching movies at the clinic trying to forget that they wanted to be somewhere else. i ended up buying 2 near beers, and a bottle of nyquil. i got desert drunk, and passed out around 8-9pm.

i just wanted the day to be over.

so…..all i ask….is that you keep all this in mind as you eat good food, in a nice home, surrounded by people you love and care about. please don’t gloss over the sacrifice of MANY men and women who are (as you read this) in the shit that i just described. please.

and you know what….even on that Thanksgiving, i WAS thankful. thankful i wasn’t getting shot at, and that i did have people back home who care for and love me.  i’ll repost this at Christmas time.

walking to the gym

my corner POS room in the desert. at least the shower trailer was close.

daddy's office

even in the desert i WILL find a way to cook. making BBQ chicken for my guys, and enjoying a Cuban.

billy. one of the room-mate's in Kuwait. kid's a psycho, i'd NEVER want fight him.

chris. the other room mate. he's aaaaah, "special". lol. good kid though. he just got back from afghanistan. he called me, "uncle Eddie." lol.

just so you know, there's ALWAYS sand in your hooch. ALWAYS. my corner of heaven in the Kuwaiti Desert.

missile struck Kuwaiti bunker. they kept it as is to show what the Iraqi's are were capable of.


8 Comments on “Happy Thanksgiving, BUT……”

  1. ASF says:

    Nice one man. Believe it or not, I’m spending Thanksgiving with you know who and her friend(s). Hope you have a good one, you deserve it bro.

  2. Looking Glass says:

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Jim says:

    Not a put down and while I do empathize with their situations, the reality is as long as the politicians have you guys to carry out their agenda, it will only worsen. Honestly do you think a big military can overcome those that will kill themselves to carry out terrorism? Or one that openly build nuclear weapons without care? No strategy or technology will ever win out and the only way to defeat that is if the people in those nations actually demand change and more importantly, are responsible enough to oversee it which we in this nation are failing at (witness the all out attacks on the 1st, 2nd Amendments and Americans don’t care). Our military intervention will not accomplish that in the long run as we’ll just be seen as imperialistic. In fact we should apply game principles to those nations in the Middle East if true independence is what we really seek.

    Those in the military are not fighting for my freedom when my rights are being attacked at home by a government that does not abide by the Constitution. One big example of this is the military could claim they are protecting America by being placed on the border with Mexico but that isn’t happening. And those who enter illegally now are not seen as lawbreakers but fodder for the low wage jobs that a spoiled populace refuses to do. And a Federal Government that sues the states for taking their safety into their own hands is one that needs to either change its course via the will of the populace in the voting booth or at the end of a barrel because they are breaking the law of the land. Yet the majority of the populace is so woefully inept because of government education that doesn’t instill in them what their enumerated rights really are and what the true purpose of the government really is. Instead the government sets up legal gun shops around the border by giving the cartels weapons with the claims that they are acquiring via gun dealers as a way to shut them down an nibble evn more at the 2nd Amendment. And then tries to cover it up when those same weapons actually do get used to carry out crimes in this country. Yet I don’t see anything about Urgent Fury in these blogs for sure. That unfortunately is what the military is fighting for and definitely not something to be thankful about.

    • dannyfrom504 says:

      Jim,

      i appreciate your stopping by my site. so for that thanks. i’ll approve your first comment to say i’ve given you a chance to voice your opinion, the second will sit in comment limbo.

      i will allow you to sully the sacrifice of those serving by attacking our BS politicians. this post IS NOT about that. i think you might be on the wrong web-site if your looking for a “fuck the gov’t” page. you might wanna go to huffpost.

      HM1(SW,USN)

  4. I have good friends in the Navy… God bless you guys! It’s too bad that pie doesn’t ship well.


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