Monday, March 20, 2006

Conclusion

Well it has been a couple months or so since I left Iraq. I left the blog kind of hanging since then. I thought that I should write something in here to wrap things up so this is what you get.
What have I been up to since coming home you ask?
Well I did get to go snowboarding a few times which was a lot of fun and hopefully I can get a few trips together next year too cause I really enjoy getting outside in the winter and there isn't too many other reasons to do so. My little brother got married a couple weeks ago. So grats to him! My friends Jimmy and Jamie just got married also. So I have had a few chances to go out and party which is good because any time I have gone to the bar since I have been home I end up getting sick from the smoke and loud music. (I don't know what's up with that)
Right now in my spare time I am doing work at home for the company I worked for full time before I left for Iraq. As far as short term goals I would like to find a job in or around the Quad Cities and then buy a house. I think if I do any more blogging it will be in a new blog. I would like to thank everyone for the support and for reading my boring blog while I was gone it meant a lot to me.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Happy New Year

Well for those of you that don't know yet I have been in Ft. Dix, NJ since the 1st of Jan. I got to spend New Years Eve on a plane. Woo Hoo! Anyways it's been great being in the states so far. Even if it is NJ... again...
They have told our families that we are going to fly into the Quad Cities on the 8th at 8:30am so in less than 2 days I will be home with my family and friends! Hopefully they all understand if I sleep all day. I guess we are going to be up all night long preparing for our trip home Saturday night, so I am sure we are all going to be dead tired.
We have had some time off the last couple nights to go have fun while we are stuck here. So we have been taking full advantage of that. Other than that, Happy New Year everyone.
in the words of Adam Duritz "There's reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last."

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Pictures.

Here are a few pictures that I would have liked to post while I was living in the tents with out internet at BIAP. Enjoy...


This patriotic little guy took a ride with us on our .50 cal when we moved to biap. That was our last actual movement as a squad.


Sgt Ballard enjoying a sadwich at our last platoon dinner.


Now I don't know if they named these roads on Liberty this on purpose because me and my gunner are that awesome, but I would like to think so.


Took time for one more team picture at the Cross Sabers

Friday, December 23, 2005

On the move....

Well I am finally done with my mission here. I am just waiting on my ride(s) home for the most part. I am now back with the rest of my company in the BIAP area. My platoon is mostly all in one tent. I am not expecting to be in the States for Christmas anymore. I guess there were some scheduling problems with our flights. I was hoping that if we were there before new years I would be able to get leave and go to NYC... That would have been cool. Probably wont happen now, but I will cross my fingers. Some of the other platoons have been here doing nothing for a few weeks now. They have all been living in this area for a while though so they can show us where everything is. I don't think I will be taking too many trips though since I have to walk everywhere. It was a 20-30 minute walk to get here had someone not stopped to me a ride. That was the first time I rode in a SUV since I was home on leave... I couldn't believe how comfortable it was. You forget what life is like outside this place a little after being here so long. It will be nice to be home.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Seasons Greetings from Me, SGT Lewis, and I guess John Deere, here in Iraq!


We had to take some guys to Falcon the other day to use the range there. I saw this thing driving around. Me and Lewis saw it as a good photo opp.

Have a Merry Christmas (those of you who celebrate it).

Monday, December 05, 2005


Here is a picture I took a couple days ago of the Grand Mosque... This is as close as I have been to it for the most part.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Night Photos

I was out taking pictures the other night with SGT Ballard and this is what I came up with. I think they turned out pretty good. As usual, click on any of the pictures to get a larger version.



This is one of the apartments that are right east of our FOB. I had to crop it to get rid of the roof of the building directly in front of me.



I have never really found out the name of this building. It is one of the ministries now but I think it was the Arts Center and I think it actually has a palace name too.



A mosque lit up in the back ground beyond the fairgrounds.



This is the west cross saber and the city skyline to the north.



On the horizon you can see the enormous silhouette of the Grand Mosque



This one is pretty cool because you can actually see the path of a humvee in the foreground and some taillight streaks in the background on the overpass



If you use Photoshop or something and lighten this picture you can see it's really me :) I had to stand there for 20 seconds because I set the camera for a 10 second delay and 15 second exposure. That's why I am not smiling it was bad enough trying to stand there :p

It just hit me I am going to miss Christmas

Okay, I knew I was going to miss Christmas, but it didn't really hit me until I was reading a Christmas card from my mom and dad today, that this is going to be the first Christmas that I won't spend with my family. That pretty much sucks. I have always spent the night for Christmas Eve at my parent's and opened presents with everyone Christmas morning.
I have been telling everyone not to get me any presents this year because I won't be able to go shopping for anyone this year. If anyone really wanted to get me something for Christmas they should just wait anyways because I may buy a house this year and a house warming gift might be a lot better.
I would like to use this opportunity to tell everyone Merry Christmas because, as the people that know me best all know, I am not the card-sending type of person. I was thinking about getting people gifts from here but everything I see seems really cheap and a lot like tourist trinkets.
Anyway, Seasons Greetings everyone! I should be in the states during Christmas just not home. So you wont have to worry about me over the holiday!

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Meeting Cool People is a Perk of the Job


Me and my friend Juan

One of the best things about being deployed to another country is that you get to meet really cool people from different parts of the world. This is a friend of mine that works at one of the places I have to go to a lot. He is from Peru and luckily he knows english pretty good because it's the only language I know, and I don't even know it that well :)

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Things to be thankful for:

  • The support of my family

  • Great Friends

  • Not being injured during my deployment (knock on wood)

  • Being assigned to possibly the army job in Iraq

  • The internet

  • Care Packages



Things are getting busier around here for us. Partially because of our job and partially because we are getting ready to go home. We have been packing bags and filling out paper work. Last week my squad had to help and fill in for one of the other squads and run some extra trips out to Victory. This week is a little slow but my team still has to fill in for the other 2 teams in my squad because the duty we would normally be doing this week someone else has to do for us because he got in trouble.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Neglecting the blog...

I have really been neglecting my blog for a while. It seems like there is nothing to write about now. I think it might be because I have been occupying the time I ussually spend writing doing things like going to the gym, playing videogames on my xbox, and researching online about my car.
It's pathetic but I really do miss driving my car a lot. It is true that once you own a VW you are hooked! I don't have any pictures of it but it is a 2003 Jetta 1.8T Reflex Silver w/ every option but leather. It is sad that I have owned it since 2003 and have only got to drive it for about a year!
I don't know when I will get back into writing in this blog like I used to but I am sure I will sometime. Untill then I will just write in it when I feel guilty for neglecting it :)