Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Camp Boring

I don't think the army could possibly be any slower getting from one place to another. I am truly amazed that I am not yet in Iraq. All of us are longing to get settled at our FOB, but we have to actually leave here first. I actually have work to do during the days, but so many of us do not and the days are increasingly becoming long and boring.

You would be amazed it you walked in my tent sometime in the early evening until lights out. There are more laptops in our tent than on the floor of the NYSE. If someone didn't bring a laptop they are inevitably watching a portable DVD player. I saw two guys the other night who had hooked up an XBOX to a portable DVD player and were playing Halo 2 against each other. People are editing slide shows on their computer and making little videos to send home to their wive's or girlfriend's. It's not just the soldiers, it's the officers as well. I think our XO has probably watched a couple of movies a day since we've been here. I enjoy movies as much as anyone, but I can't understand the desire to be watching a movie at every waking hour. I feel like telling them to read a book or write a letter home to someone they love, but it wouldn't do any good. That's the way I escape this place. Not in a movie or video game, but in a book. It's the best escape there is.

I'm praying that we really do leave soon. I've heard an actual date, but I will believe it when we are actually in the act of departing this place. The bad thing is supposedly we have to make a stop for a few days in another base in Iraq before making it to our FOB. More waiting. I wish they would just give me a humvee and let me go on my own. I would get 3 or 4 of my buddies, outfit it with a bunch of guns and ammo, and then take off on one of the greatest road trips of all time. If we tried, we could probably piss off a few terrorists on the way to our FOB. I could be there this evening.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's on your reading list? Did you pack books with you? Hope you signed up via Books For Soldiers. Good Luck on whichever road trip you take, the Army one or the fun one...

10:04 PM  
Blogger renny said...

I'm curious about your reading list too. :) I love to read, not that I get much of a chance to with a 16 month old running rampant around our house, but when I get the chance I read. :P Did you pack plenty of books?

As always, you, your wife and your baby are in our prayers.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Just Bill said...

Hey Micheal
Glad to see you writing again. I would love to send your unit some books to read. I am an old infantryman myself and understand what boredom can do to a guy!
When you can, please publish your address so we can send stuff to your unit!
Just Bill

12:30 PM  
Blogger Huntress said...

I just read another milblog and his unit has been held back in Kuwait as well. He's also bored and just wants to get into Iraq and get down to work.

Hang in there....you all will be at your FOB's soon enough.

Once you settle in... please make sure you contact Marty at AnySoldier.com and get some awesome care packages sent to all the guys in your unit.

" I would get 3 or 4 of my buddies, outfit it with a bunch of guns and ammo, and then take off on one of the greatest road trips of all time. If we tried, we could probably piss off a few terrorists on the way to our FOB. I could be there this evening"

ROFLMAO! Piss them off indeed! ROCK ON!

6:13 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Your blog is the kind I've been looking for. I know what's going on over there in Iraq is much better than the media portrays it to be, but I've longed to hear the accounts of what soldiers think of it over there.

Thank you for doing this and for being a soldier, many of us are infinitely grateful for your courage!

Good luck and hope to read more from you soon.

7:21 PM  
Blogger jcrue said...

we had only a deck of cards and tetris on the gameboy in '91...

oh to be back in Iraq again....

keep up the good work, we're all here for you.

7:58 PM  
Anonymous gunner, 101st ABN DIV said...

You whine about getting to your FOB, but you are better off where you are at. Once you are at your FOB you will go on patrols, and some of you might not make it back. Be careful what you wish for. Stay in kuwait as long as possible. Anxious to do your job? I know EXACTLY how you feel. You'll get your chance.

1:40 AM  

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