"Iraq, The Story Unfolds" -- Counting Down the Days

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Which number do you like better; 39 or 130?  Well I am definatley looking forward to 39 which is how long until I get to go on leave.  I get a full 15 days to spend at home, plus whatever time it takes for travel.  Looking at about 20 days total.  However I would definatly say that 130 would be  my magic number and that is the "Estimated" amount of days I have until I get to go home.  Sorry I cannot say, and sadly I dont really even know when that magic day is.  However, we have been told that unless some significant event occurrs we should be home for Christmas. 

So . . . 15 days til I get to go home.  Time starts the midnight following our aircraft touching U.S. soil and ends the midnight prior to my return flight.  I can only hope that I land at 1:00 AM and fly out at 11:00 Pm giving me just short of 17 days home.  I have mixed feelings about how I want to spend time when I get home.  After pulling 7 months here of 6-7 days a week and 12-14 hour days I really just want to go home, relax, keep visitors and travelling to a minimum.  Another part of me wants to have some extravagant vacation.  I was originally planning on taking my wife to her dream vacation in Gulf Shores Alabama.  Im not quite sure why its her dream vacation,  you would think it would be more like a tropical beach on a remote island in the Carrabean but thats what she wants.  Anyway I was looking at vacation packages and ideas for the trip but with my leave time being variable, I did not want to make any reservations and risk loosing them and the down payment because my flight was delayed in Iraq. 

My main concern with leave is all the people that want you to come visit.  When I came home for leave on my last tour I had all kinds of friends and family calling and emailing asking em to come visit them, some several states away.  They all wanted to see me but it was expected of me to go around to all these different places just to visit them leaving me no time to relax.  Needless to say there were some angry people when I refused to travel.  But we can do all that once I am back home for good.  My plans right now consist of coming home and relaxing for a few days.  I do want to travel back to my hometown to see my family.  I plan to take one maybe two days for that.  I am also talking with my dad and brother-in-law about trying to join the Masons. (I figure with all the other changes for the good in my life, (becoming a Realtor, getting married, getting ready to start a family)this may be one of the best.))  I also think I will take my wife to the beach, she is really looking forward to that    Then back to relaxing before returning to this place for two-three more months. 

So another 130 or so days until I get to come home.  That is the true number I cam counting down towards.  Home by Christmas, and hopefully never gone again.  I have decided that it is time to get out of the Army.  I plan to put full emphisis on my Real Estate career and do not want the distraction of going to weekend duty, or leaving for several weeks at a time to get in the way of my potential as a Realtor.  I still have until August 2011 until my contract is up but they should not be able to deploy me again beofre my contract ends.  I have had second thoughts about getting out but my wife is so excited that I made the decision to end my career that even the mention of staying in those last eight years seems to break her heart.  Of course in her defense.  The Army did take me away from her a mere three months after our marriage.  This deployment is hard enough on her and I can't imagine doing this once we have a family. 

So here I am, the end of July, just counting down the days.  Actually its almost the end of the work day so I will go ahead and change it to 38 and 129(ish).  It sounds a little better anyway.

Nicholas S. Bush


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Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Nicholas - It's good that you will be able to get a little 'down time' at this point in your stretch.  As for those that will pout when you don't travel to visit them ... remind them you just traveled a half a world away, now it's their turn.  :) 

Do what makes you and your wife happy.  The rest of the world will understand ... or they will learn to understand. 

Hurry home!  There's real estate to be sold and people to help!  You have a whole new life ahead of you!

Jul 29, 2009 11:52 PM #1
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Nicholas, my advice is to take your new wife to Alabama and have an amazing vacation.  You can even rest while you are there!

Jul 30, 2009 12:01 AM #2
Dan Callahan
Callahan's Home Inspections - Casper, WY

Nicholas you need to plan to spend as much time as possible with your wife!!! You guys are newly married and no matter how long you guys dated each other, marriage starts a whole new relationship with each other all over again. This leave is just a short time together and you won't workout all those husband/wife details but it will be a good start!! Enjoy your time at home and my prayers are with you everyday!

Jul 30, 2009 12:04 AM #3
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

I'm so excited for you!   I know that having the leave time at home will be a wonderful emotional time for you and wish you nothing but fun and happiness.

Jul 30, 2009 12:07 AM #4
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
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We're looking forward to your success in real estate; AR is a great place to help you succeed!

Mike in Tucson

Jul 30, 2009 12:11 AM #5
Nicholas Bush
Keller Williams Realty - Knoxville, TN

Just to clarify, when I stated all I want to do is relax at home I was referring to being at home with my wife, watching movies, going to dinner, going to the park, things of that nature as opposed to travelling and visiting the whole family.  No matter which plans we follow I guarentee that we will be connected at the hip for the whole duration.

By the way this was the first time that I forgot to say . . . to all my friends at AR, thanks for all the support.

Jul 30, 2009 12:13 AM #6
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Nicholas, I'm sure your Wife will be glad to see you. When I was in the military, the magic number was 90 days and a wake-up. Good luck to you and have a great vacation with your family.

Jul 30, 2009 12:38 AM #7
Konnie Mac McCarthy
MacNificent Properties, LLC - Cobb Island, MD
Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"

I say have a big party at your house....invite everyone... and then you can see them all at the same time.. :) Have a safe trip back.

Jul 30, 2009 12:38 AM #8
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

I'd definitely recommend taking that trip.  Real estate is hard to get away from sometimes especially when you are starting out.  Relax and enjoy your time off at the beach. 

Jul 30, 2009 12:58 AM #9
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources.

Nicholas - Your friends should understand that you have a wife and life that has been put on hold while you are far away serving our country. Go to the beach with your wife and relax. You certainly have earned that time and more.  Enjoy and stay safe.

Jul 30, 2009 01:13 AM #10
Dianne Deming
RE/MAX Realty Group - Rehoboth Beach, DE

Enjoy your time off, Nicholas!  And congratulations on your career decision.  Trying to build a real estate career and having another job that takes you away on weekends would be very difficult.  At least in our market, real estate is really a weekend business.

Aug 12, 2009 02:00 AM #11
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