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
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