30May2011: MSgt Joel Weber

Ramblings of a Deployed Mind (Memorial Day Edition)
From the confines of Camp Leatherneck


OK, OK, Yes, I know that this is a day late. Every time that I do get a chance to get on the Internet, I’m reading/responding to my personal emails…I can only imagine what my work email looks like. I’ve been traveling around this wonderful country, doing the liaison thing, getting the “face to face” with my counterparts, picking up and dropping off items around theater, and trying (very unsuccessfully to run or complete my final). When we finally did get to Bagram, who did I run into???? Yes, my little brother Chris! Chris is settling in nice here at Bagram. I can’t tell you what he does or I’d have to kill you 🙂 Anyway, we’ve gotten a chance to hang and share a few meals together. I have another few days here with him, so I’ll get to hang out a few more times before I head back down south to hell…I mean Camp Leatherneck.

I appreciate everything I have at Camp Leatherneck…my own room, electricity, A/C (most of the time), you know, the creature comforts. I went to Kandahar and ate on the Board Walk…yes, the Board Walk. It’s a very large complex of shops and restaurants. So at 0200, Jimmy and I had gyros and Philly Cheese Steaks from Nathan’s. Yes, Nathan’s. While walking around the Board Walk, we had a hard time choosing what restaurant to eat from….let me remind you, it’s 2AM. Since TGI Friday’s was close…you are reading that right, TGI Fridays…we decided to pass up all the other shops and eat at Nathan’s….best damn gyro I’d ever had in my life!!! I don’t know if that’s because I haven’t had food like that in three months or if it’s just because I’m used to the food at Camp Leatherneck. On top of all that, in the center of the Board Walk is a street hockey rink (where the Canadians actually have a league, imagine that), sandy volleyball courts, and basketball courts under the lights…not the mention the performance stage. I’m not lying. Anyway, Bagram is nice too. 5 PX/BX’s, 4 bizarres, and 2 Green Bean Coffees! The Green Bean is what I love…it’s not my Starbies, but a wonderful substitute. Traveling is great because I get a little adventure out of it…most people would not agree, but I didn’t join the Corps to sit in and office and push email and policy…basically that’s what I’ve been reduced to. My job is to make the trigger pullers comms a little easier and a lot more secure…life is good!

Anyway, this will be a short email for a few reason. One, I only get 30 minutes of computer time. Two, I have a 10 page paper due tomorrow that I haven’t even started. Three, I have yet to run in two days and I’m becoming cranky and four, my feet hurt…

Be safe, have a Happy Memorial Day! Remember WHY we have this day. For people that are no longer here!!! Kara’s birthday is on Tuesday, she’ll be 11…OMG!

Joel Weber

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