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The pre-deployment weirds

I've noticed that this happens to my friends either before they deploy or most often, before they re-deploy (which is Armyspeak for coming home, not for getting deployed again).  This is my term for when they get moody and short-tempered, even if/especially if they're coming back to the States. 

Well, I'm going through it right now.  It doesn't help that it's overcast and rainy and I haven't seen the sun in three days.  Yes, in San Diego.  A friend is coming down for dinner and while usually I'd be thrilled today I'm kind of dreading it and there is no real reason why.  I can only attribute it to the pre-deployment weirds.

Sometimes people will make a statement like this: "If I get snappish with you, I apologize in advance."  I make no such statement because, in my opinion, when a person does that they're just giving themselves permission to act badly.  I give myself no such permission.  However if I tell you that I am feeling like staying in my cave and not seeing anyone, it's because I'm not fit to be with civilized people, not because you have slighted me in any way.


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May. 30th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Hope you feel better soon!
May. 30th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
You were one of the prime offenders. ;)
May. 30th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
You're in my thoughts.
May. 31st, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
If I can do anything, let me know. Ack, didn't see this before IM"ing. Sorry!
May. 31st, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
However if I tell you that I am feeling like staying in my cave and not seeing anyone, it's because I'm not fit to be with civilized people, not because you have slighted me in any way.

You know when I tell people essentially that same thing, they try to "get me out of it" and tell me that being around people will do me so good. Grr! My girlfriends and I have a policy if we say that, then it means we have the right to bow out of a social event, but other people don't understand that, especially my sometimes gawd awful extended family.

I hope you feel better soon. But you have every right to feel that way, no regrets, no qualms.

Edited at 2009-05-31 02:48 am (UTC)
May. 31st, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Well, at least you figure out what it is. How long does it usually last?
May. 31st, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
I think it varies. I have other factors putting me in a bad mood as well (weather, concerns about how Steve and Mei-Mei will fare without me, the fact that I dislike my teammates).
May. 31st, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I figured.

Actually, I was wondering if there is an event that tends to end the pre-deployment weirds e.g., being deployed or getting a letter from home.
May. 31st, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
I think the end of it comes in the actual GOING or returning.

Letters from home? How quaint!
Jun. 3rd, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
You have a lot on your mind and I can understand the moodiness. I'm sure I'd be a basket case in your situation. I'm off to bed and will pray for you.
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