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Garage Sale

February 18th, 2006 Posted in The SandGram v1.0

Dear Gang,
Life is good here. Not as good as when I get home very soon, but for the most part good. I called my wife up to tell her the good news and oh by the way, I mailed home a trunk full of junk from Iraq. Her response, “That’s great and we’re going to put this stuff where???” My mind is racing now, “Honey, don’t worry, I took apart the engine from an old Mig 25 that was sitting out in the junk yard.” Mind you it took six Marines on their day off, four hours in bitter cold, brute strength and a heavy duty hammer to make all this happen, so by God, I was going to get my turbine fan blades come hell or high water!! “Don’t worry, they will make awesome gifts to some of my pilot buddies” I know she is thinking…(garage sale)I’m thinking the shed in the back yard. She just doesn’t understand the importance of such a find. This could have belonged to an Iraqi jet that maybe shot down an Iranian F-14 back in the 80’s when they had their war together. Who knows what they could say if they spoke. Not that we’d understand it all since they would be speaking Russian. But really cool to think about. I have left a ton of other odds and ends here too just because it’s to much a pain in the rear to mess with. I found a foxhole where the guy just took his entire uniform off and ran away naked for all I could tell. All of his gear was there to be picked up a few years later by me.
I used the “left handed metric crescent wrench” LegHound found for me, to get a bunch of old panels off some of the derelict bombers sitting off the end of the runway. Then I had a talented Marine downstairs paint them up as going away gifts. I have one too that will be hanging on my “I love me” wall at home. When guys come over, I can proudly show off my piece of Iraq that I brought back as a war trophy. That and the 10 inch silver looking polished intake blade from the engine.
The big thing going on over here is non other then the Olympics. AFN, which stands for Air Farce News (because that’s all they show, you’d think they were the only ones out here) is hooked on Women’s curling. When you go to the chow hall, all heads are peeled to the tubes to watch these gals slide these 50 some odd pound round puck looking things at a big bulls eye. I was talking to another Marine tonight on what was so appealing about this sport and he said “Man, I don’t care about Curling, I just think those gals are smoking hot… just look at the way those two gals handle that broom going down the ice. Can you imagine what she could do with a mop in my kitchen at home?” I know why he’s still single and looking.
On another subject, I saw on the news that some Pakistani Cleric has offered a Million dollar bounty on the poor Danish cartoonist, to the first person who can do this guy harm. HHHHmmmmmmmmmmmmm a religion of peace huh?, that’s all I have to say. Talk about showing your true colors. Oh, such is life in the real world. Boy, that would be one way to “off” your worst enemy, just claim he is the one behind some cartoons and he’ll be running for his life.
You make the best of it over here which allows the six months to fly by. I will be out of pocket for a week or so, keep checking because I may be able to post something at a later date this week. With that in mind, I hope you have a great day and look forward to talking to you soon.
Semper Fi,