Repost: Happy Thanksgiving all. But…..

i’ll be standing departmental duty thursday until 1930. but decided to repost last year’s Thanksgiving post. my nephew will be in afghanistan. so i’ll dedicate this post to him…..

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.

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.

and, for the record, my nephew is in afghanistan as we speak. obviously, i can’t disclose the FOB he’s at. but i had a LOOOOONG talk with him before he shipped out.

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 “Repost: Happy Thanksgiving all. But…..”

  1. kleyau says:

    I loved the Ali al Salem DFAC. All the DFAC’s in Iraq had halfway rotten fruits and veggies, Ali al Salem’s were edible and they had a good selection.

  2. Athor pel says:

    When I was stationed in Korea I worked Thanksgiving and Christmas. The only days off I had around that time were in between said holidays.

    I spent at least one of those days playing cards and drinking. I had never got so drunk in my life. I learned some interesting things.

    Number one, it is possible to drink so much that it becomes impossible to continue to play cards, Spades in my case. I mean my brain just didn’t know what to do. I knew I knew how to play but I couldn’t for the life of me make my brain decide what my next move should be. I was genuinely surprised at how debilitated I was.

    Number two, after drinking rum and cokes all day, when you decide to try something else you find that Southern Comfort and Seven-Up tastes just like gummi bears. It was great.

    Number three, it is possible for a six foot wide sidewalk to be too narrow. You have to walk down the middle of the road otherwise you will fall off. Lucky there wasn’t any traffic at midnight.

    Number four, once you’ve drunk enough alcohol, walking, weaving really, requires that your drinking buddy hold you up and that you need to hold him up so he can do his job. The walking also requires singing, loudly, the whole way back to the barracks.

    Number five, it is entirely possible to wake up ten hours later and still be drunk. At first I thought I was gonna be OK, but then I turned my head, as I still lay on my bed, to look at the other side of the room. I had no idea rooms could spin like that. I was in a washing machine and if I didn’t grip the bed tightly I would fall off. No I did not vomit.

    • dannyfrom504 says:

      where were you? chinhae, pusan, osan? my ship used to go to all 3 ports every year.

      it’s weird b/c i’ve been in so long that the holidays just make me numb. i was shooting a chest xray and heard the station playing christmas music and my heart sank. as in, “dear God….i can’t wait for january.

  3. Stingray says:

    God Bless you and your’s, Danny and all those who find themselves away from those they love.

  4. K-Stan says:

    I love you Uncle Danny…definitely was a quiet Thanks Giving, not to mention I was on mission and right after that I was up for 24 hours on guard lol

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