Archive for March, 2010

Qatari Adventures

I just got back from a mini-vacation… the Army sent me to Qatar for 4 days… just to get away.  It was a pretty awesome trip.

I made some new friends… bought some sweet stuff… and did some cool things.  Plus, I just got to lounge around by the pool and eat non-Army food and drink beer.  There was a three drink per night limit, but for me that was plenty, and I rarely had all three.  Not drinking for ten months lowered my tolerance a bit.  The whole trip I mostly hung out with three Marines I had met traveling.  I think that without them, my trip would have been much less entertaining.

The first day was just chill… sleep in, check out the post, go to the bars they had available to us, and hang at the pool.

The second day a group of us went on a trip to the beach.  We swam in the Persian Gulf, played volleyball, road on a camel, and laid in the sun.  On the way to and from, we rode in SUVs through the sand dunes.  Our drivers were amazing; riding along cliffs of sand that could potentially give at any moment, going down steep embankments and back  up again, spinning the car around at what I am certain was fairly high speeds.  At one point we almost flipped, but our driver was able to save it, instead popping one tire off its rim.

The next day was a trip to Doha.  Sightseeing, shopping, eating… the usual touristy stuff.  Downtown Doha has amazing buildings, and the shopping malls are enormous.  Qatar is famous for its pearls, so naturally I bought some.

The wind was messing up my hair

Downtown Doha in the Background

On our last day, we just chilled; slept in, hung out by the pool, watched some movies, relaxed.

And then it was over… time to head back to wherever we came from.  It was good to get away for a few days, and I felt relaxed… but I don’t know about rested.  We really didn’t sleep all that much – staying up late for whatever reason and getting up to go on excursions.

Traveling didn’t help either the rest or relaxation… my first flight back was delayed for 6 hours before we finally left – only to turn around again almost halfway through.  Another night in Qatar, only on a different base with different people.  Hey, at least we got three more drinks that night.  We slept in the passenger terminal since our flight was early the next morning.  Delayed again, but this time we made it out… I only had one more flight.  Luckily, I was able to get on the earliest one.

And then I made it back to my CHU…


March 26, 2010 at 1:51 am 4 comments

Honoring the fallen

Today I attended the second memorial service of my military career.  I didn’t know the soldier; I had never met him.  I do, though, know some that he worked with, and helped them prepare for the service today.

I realized something today.  Military memorial services aren’t just for the person they are honoring.  They are for everyone… they honor all fallen soldiers.  You can’t help but think of all past soldiers and wondering about the future ones.  The Drill & Ceremony links us to the military of the past by keeping us in the present.  At the same time we are showing respect to the fallen.

The soldier we honored today didn’t die in combat, but his story is just as sad.  He was young, kind, and brave… and an unseen condition took his life.  The situation makes us think that even though we are at war, it’s rarely combat that kills soldiers anymore.  And it’s just as hard.  Death is death, no matter how it comes to you.

March 17, 2010 at 9:36 pm 1 comment

Can I handle it?

So I’m not very good at transitions in life…  I kind of broke down after I graduated from college and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.  When I got home from Basic and AIT, I went through something similar where I didn’t really know what I was going to do with myself.  I found out I was deploying and I understandably freaked with such short notice…

So now… with the end in sight, I’m really nervous about returning home.  I don’t really know what is waiting for me… I still don’t know what I want to do with my life.  I have an idea, but what track do I take?   I also don’t want to leave the great friends I’ve made here – my team leader is like a big brother to me, Swan of course will be hard to leave (we are already planning other adventures) – and I have really enjoyed my job here and feel like I will leave with things unfinished.  I don’t like leaving things half-done.

I initially fought this deployment… but now I think it might have been one of the best things to ever happen to me.  It forced me to step out of my own life, and to be able to look at it from a distance and see what I really want.  The only problem is that there is a LOT that I want, and I can’t really have it all.  So now I have to prioritize all that… luckily I have a few more months!

March 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm 7 comments

I’m not reading enough…

I’ve received so many books from people that I’ve barely made a dent in my current reading list…

I’m going to keep reading though… I have three months to get through them all!  HA!

I did just finish Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith.  I absolutely adored it… completely outdid the Twilight series.  I think it’s because I like reading about real people doing good things… I recommend it to anybody.  But I also recommend the Twilight series just for fun!

March 5, 2010 at 12:16 am 2 comments

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