Iraq -- The Story Unfolds; "Wait . . I missed the 4th of July"

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

     My last post I had mentioned that we had finally past our half way mark.  With that it seems like the time has suddenly started to fly by.  I beieve that I had told you all that my biggest thing to look forward to was my Sundays, the one day that I get most of the day off.  Well they seem to be coming and going faster than ever now.  I believe this is because of two things, we have passed the half way mark so we are starting to talk about our re-deployment and everything that goes with it, the paperwork, supply issues, timeline.  The other thing that I contribute it too is our unit finally flowing without problems.  Its sad to say that it took almost six months to get here, but we are finally in our groove.  I guess it is not too bad considering that the last time we had almost smoothed everything out we had to up and move from Baghdad to Basra.  Also the division that we were working with left and a new one moved in, and with that came a different set of rules, a different way of organizing things, and in all actuality a new style of living.  Now that we are settled in again, and we have fixed all the internet connectivity problems, electrical problems, our offices are fully functional again.  There is hardly anything un-expected popping up anymore and with all this means that we now come in do our job and leave with much less stress then before.  Now it seems as though nothing ever changes.

    Here's the one problem with nothing ever changing.  All the days seem the same.  Every day (except Sunday) I get up around 0630 usually fight to sleep as long as possible, get ready and in the office by 0700.  I have a daily routine that I work through, it varies very little from day to day, fill out the same paperwork, send in the same reports, create the same slide show presentations for the commander.  Hardly any variation in the day.  I usually either go to lunch around 12:00 and come back at 1:30 then leave at 4:30 and go to the gym. Or I go to the gym at 10:45 followed immediatly by lunch and back in the office by 1:30 and finish the day at 5:00.  Dinner around 7:30 and in bed by 1030-1100.  Sundays I sleep until about 0930, church at 1000, lunch at 1:00, staff meeting at 6:00 dinner at 7:30, and sleep by 1030.  It very rarily changes.  There is no exceptions, no variations, not even for the 4th of July. 

    How Ironic, I missed the 4th of July.  Apparently they did have something lined up here on post.  There was a country music concert put on by Artie Dean Harris and a talent show was scheduled as his opening act.  I guess several of the larger units were able to attend.  Especially the soldiers whose jobs are much harder than mine, going out, patrolling everyday, doing typical Army stuff.  They were able to take a break and go have fun.  As for me (and almost everyone in my office) it was just another day.  Get out of the Office around 5:00 do laundry, get dinner, clean personal area, and go to bed.  Just as every day before and after.  All days come and go without a change, except another "X" on the calender and one less number on the countodwn to returning home.

   Also for all that are interested I have finally got internet connection in my room; however the payments and collections suck.  I cannot believe that the Army is allowing some Iraqi company to come in and rape us on these prices.  The only connection that we have available to us that will allow us to access personal email, myspace, twitter, facebook is this civilian company and the packages are as follows:

$40/mo for 64 DL and 32 UL

$70/mo for 128 DL and 64 UL

$160/mo for 256 DL and 128 UL

$330/mo for 512 DL and 256 UL

     I will never again complain about my internet prices back home.  Anyway I signed up for the $70 plan so that I can get on all those sites, finally be able to see AR the right way as all pics are removed from it on my office internet, and get to upload pictures to put on the internet.  This means that hopefully next Sunday or Wednesday I am going to try to do a wordless post with a bunch of pics of the area here.  (But dont hold me to that, I will have to see if the internet will in fact allow me.

To all reading, again, thanks for your support

SGT Nicholas S. Bush

Realtor®, Total Auction and Realty




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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Sorry you missed the 4th especially since it is you and your Fellow soldiers and peer group that allow us to have our freedom! I thank you for your service!

Jul 08, 2009 08:10 PM #1
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate


We take for granted so many things. Thanks for a reminder that we need to be so grateful for what we can say, do and read. These freedoms are taken for granted. We can only do these things because of you and your fellow soldiers service to our country. Thank you for the sacrifices you make every day.

Unfortunately our leadership now in our country sees a different direction than how we were founded. The entrepreneurial spirit and working hard ethic is being snuffed out in favor of those who work pay for everyone to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The people are told to trim back and live within their means and the government doesn't have a clue about balancing a budget! Our kids and grandchildren will live a very different American dream! 

Jul 08, 2009 11:08 PM #2
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Hi Nick, I was getting a bit worried about you. Those prices are crap, and you are right, we should be making sure that you have this service available to you, and in my humble opinion, while you are over there it should be free so all can keep in touch!

Sorry you missed the 4th, you will be home for the next one and it will be fantastic!

Stay safe, am looking forward to your pictures.

Jul 08, 2009 11:20 PM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Know that when you get back....there will be lots to celebrates...many 4ths...with 5ths !  We have a buyer in Iraq but I believe she has a central place she goes with her laptop for her internet connection...I will check with her and let you know !

Jul 08, 2009 11:30 PM #4
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ


Knowing that someone is taking advantage of your need to stay connected really irks me! Will put on my thinking cap and see if there is something we can do on our end!

Glad you are safe.

Jul 08, 2009 11:47 PM #5
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Thank you for the update... 'glad to hear that time is passing quickly and you'll soon be headed home. 

Wow, those are some awful prices for Internet access, but at least you have it.  It was weeks for communication to pass with my husband when he was deployed to Vietnam.  And I've seen notes exchanged between my grandmother and other WWII moms indicating months passed between events and receiving news.

Jul 09, 2009 12:25 AM #6
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Nick. so sorry that you missed the celebration..but, hopefully you will be home next year to enjoy.  The Intenet prices you pay is awful. But, at least you can keep up with activitieds at home.  Stay safe,

Jul 09, 2009 05:19 AM #7
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Nick - nice to see you back in the Rain!  Sorry you missed the July 4th festivities, but sometimes that kind of thing happens ... even in civilian life.  Glad you're back!  And I'm looking forward to any and all photos you can post.  Stay safe!

Jul 09, 2009 02:50 PM #8
Brian Kuhns
Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber - Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns

Thanks for the update Nick. Stay safe and soon you'll be home spending your Sunday's at Open House's

Jul 09, 2009 03:08 PM #9
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Nick, I love reading your updates and I think it's time for another one! 

Jul 15, 2009 02:44 AM #10
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