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Time is passing

More than halfway through April. If all goes well, I'm at about 75 days left. I am going to fight like a rabid bat not to be kept here until July 8.

The warm weather is here, the countryside around us is green, and there are MOTHS. I mean, hundreds and hundreds of them. I never really thought much about moths but this is like something that you'd see at the ending of a level in "Silent Hill". Fortunately they're easy to stomp, but having these things fly at you and go thump is just weird. The flies are likewise highly aggressive and I bought SPC W in the guard force a fly swatter as a gift.

Help me, I am turning into something from Ruyard Kipling. I was talking to someone and started counting off options for something. A few numbers in I realized I was counting by folding down first my little finger, then my ring finger, then my middle finger, which is how they do it here. On meet-the-Afghan-families day the guard force brought Afghan bread and dates and I beelined to them. The dates were from Iran; it still gives me a wtf reaction whenever I see that as an origin country on a product. Ah well, at least I like Ruyard Kipling.

(Protip: California dates are better.)

Re-enlistment date has come and gone. Retention never writes back every time I ask for an appointment so fuck 'em. I am now 356 days until the end of my contract. We'll see if anything in my circumstances change when I get back to the States.


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Apr. 19th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
"Retention never writes back every time I ask for an appointment so fuck 'em."

This is bizarre. Retention NCOs are normally OCD about keeping in touch with potential victimsre-enlistment possibilities. Is yours indulging in the local poppy products or what?
Apr. 19th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
I think he might not want to be tied to his office. Not an excuse I know.
Apr. 20th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
I think the "going native" thing is great. If you're not going to experience the culture as deeply as you can, given the circumstances, you might as well stay home and take a desk job.
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