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Tuesday, February 24, 2004
Sorry forgot to post yesterday! Monday me and Jess were walking around town singing VERY loudly and we were SUPER LAUGHY! and no we werent ON anything! lol Just having LOTS and LOTS of FUN! anyways now today:
I got my skates redoned and now they are FINALLY freeskate blades instead of the edge blades! and NOW I can do my spins and jumps good! but ya thats about it today! Im outta here!
Sunday, February 22, 2004
Hello! Today was an ok day... Jess came over at about 12:00, and we watched Pokemon 4ever! lol! and then Pokemon IN FRENCH! lol jess! Yesh! I've been on the computer ALL day, becuz everyone was asleep/not home, which was good cuz i got alot done! Anyways I'll probably be starting a site soon and this blog will be partly for that also. well im outta here
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Monday, January 12, 2004
Today was my first combat movement outside of the wire. We drove from our forward operating base (FOB) to a PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team) on the opposite side of the city of Kandahar. Our drive began on the dusty, poorly maintained road running into town. American Military vehicles seem to have the right-of-way and most everyone gets out of our way. We drive like maniacs, but we do so to avoid choke points and staying in kill sacks for an extended period of time. Many children ran up to the road and would wave at us, or give us the "thumbs-up" sign. The men mostly looked at us suspiciously. The poverty is unbelieveable... tents and mud huts with thatched roofs are commonplace, filth and garbage are rife. The drainage ditch along the road was a murky brown-green. The smell of shit was everywhere. I saw a few people, women I suspect, in burkhas. Some of the young girls I saw had scarves wrapped around their heads. I even passed the spot where a few days previously (Jan 5/6), some Taliban operatives placed some IEDs and something like 15 children were killed and roughly 40 more were injured.
I don't think I can ever again complain about my standard of living in the states. I have a dumpy 2 bedroom house. To many of the people of Afghanistan, this would be a palace. As I understand, $2.00 a day is about average for the typical worker... And I whine about my salary... shame on me.
I made it back to the FOB in one piece (alive)... I guess that counts for something. ¶ 1/12/2004 05:53:00 PM
Sunday, January 11, 2004
It is 0130 Zulu in Kandahar which makes it roughly 0600 Local or 2100 (9:00pm) back home in Kentucky. Since my last post, I took a combat flight (short takeoff/landing without lights) into Kandahar and moved into some temporary (transient) tents. The weather is warmer in Kandahar by about 10 degrees (f) than in Kabul... partly due that we are only 2000 feet above sea level as opposed to 4500. It is not as majestic here... we sit at the foothills of the Hindu Kush, but the mountain ridges are similar in size to what one would see in eastern Kentucky.
After a late wakeup we went to a bazaar just outside of post. It was basically a flea market with men and boys peddling anything from bootlegged CDs to carpets, watches, sunglasses, and other trinkets. The sellers were real hustlers and wouldn't take a first time or even a second time "no". I ended up buying, along with all my comrades, a lightweight vest designed to carry my body armor... the original price was $30 and the total price was haggled to $17... probably still too high, but I won't complain.
In the evening, my team was invited to the provincial chief of security's home for dinner and tea. We drove to the gentleman's home and started in a large living room where we munched on pistachios, almonds, raisins, and Pepsi. We were entertained by music videos of Britney Spears and Shakira... their lack of talent wasn't really an issue, we were just happy to see women... After light refreshments, we were taken to another room where a spread of lamb, chicken, and bread was offered. Consumption of food products was followed by a young lieutenant serving us yellow tea (chai). We chatted and listened to the general's dirty jokes through his interpreter, Mohammed. At the end of the night, the general shook everyone's hand and with a smile thanked us all for being a guest in his home. Not once did I see a woman.
Kandahar Air Field (KAF) is the base here in Kandahar and I am currently located on the Special Forces Forward Operating Base just outside of KAF. We have a well stocked PX (Post Exchange), a gift shop, a sewing shop, a barber, and even a place to get a legitimate massage. Later today and I am to visit a firebase in Ghecko about 40 Kilometers to the North and meet with my American counterparts.
I pee 4-5 times everynight after going to bed... something about forced hydration...
¶ 1/11/2004 05:51:00 AM
Thursday, January 08, 2004
Before going any further I must mention that I cannot be too specific with information. This would include last names, exact locations, times of flight, etc. If I am vague, please understand that it is for security and force protection reasons.
My name is Joe and my military nickname is "BJ" which is a shortened version of my last name. I am a Special Operations Civil Affairs soldier currently living in Afghanistan. I am from Louisville, Kentucky where I spent most of my life. I have been in the Army or Army Reserves for the past 15 years (I joined at 17). My first assignment was as a cavalry scout in Mannheim, Germany. After active duty I came back to Kentucky and became a drill sergeant and earned my B.A. in Anthropology. In 2002 I joined a Civil Affairs unit in Columbus, Ohio.
I am a team sergeant, meaning I am the senior non-commisioned officer, of a Civil Affairs team. My duties include serving as a diplomat, counselor, financial administrator, interpreter, and fully automatic, ground pounding, door kicker. Civil Affairs isn't necessarily all that Civil in the Special Operations environment, but we will save that for another post.
I have been training for the last three months on active duty and arrived in the country of Afghanistan only a few days ago. I haven't left my compound and I am taking the time right now just to acclimate to the environment. The air is thin and cold, there is a bit of rain and snow, and it is very hazy outside. When it is clear, there is a ring of snow-capped mountains surrounding our base. We are fortunate to have moved onto an old Soviet base which has been refurbished with running water, indoor plumbing, and improved tents and huts. Oh, we have internet access, too.
I have rambled too long, and there is a line of people waiting to use the computer. ¶ 1/08/2004 12:20:00 PM
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Hello and welcome to my web log. I am a soldier in the U.S. Special Operations Command and this is my first day in the country of Afghanistan. Keep tuned and I will update as often as possible. ¶ 1/07/2004 06:46:00 AM
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Wednesday, April 10, 2002
WELL, THIS IS WLIIE MASON AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I TYPED THE FIRST TIME AND DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO, SO I PUSHED THE WRONG BUTTON AND IT ERASED MY WHOLE *&^%$# TYPING SO I HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN. HOPE YOUR HAPPY!!!!!! WELL I'D BETTER GET TO SENDING BEFORE SOMETHING ELSE GOES WRONG....SEE YA
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Saturday, September 09, 2006
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Tuesday, February 08, 2005
I think that the most exciting thing about skateboarding is when you enter the skate competitions. The skate comps are so intense and so amazing that it's hard not to do them. Skating in them is fun. If you have ever experienced one then your in luck. To me it feels so good to just go out there in front of a huge crowd and skate like crazy. Pulling off huge tricks to impress the judges and the crowd and having them yell your name and get all pumped up is the coolest feeling in the world.
I love the atmosphere of the competiotion even when I'm not in one. Just the feeling of the crowd cheering give me goosebumps and I know that the skaters are just as pumped as me. Just watching the skaters and seeing them do all the cool and incredible tricks that they do is so amazingly awesome. I actually learn a lot by just being there and being able to see the skaters pull that stuff off.
Skateboarding competitions are one of the best part of skating because you would be amazed by the way that they skate there. Everyone goes all out and it is one of the coolest sites to see in the world.
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Monday, February 07, 2005
Skating these days is very popular amongst the kids. They are all ruling and ripping everywhere. They show up at the parks and rule. I see kids twice as young as me doing things that I hadn't even thought of doing. They do all this rad stuff and...Oh it makes you mad. To see all the young rippers show you up is embarrassing. Sometimes I wish that I was that good when I was that young. Because by now I would be awesome.
But skating has turned into crap. All the skaters are all into making that their life goal and crap. They don't skate for fun anymore they skate for money and all sorts of other stuff that doesn't matter. What the hell happened? Skating was all about fun and falling and laughing about it afterwards. I loved when everyone went to the park and skated all day with their friends and everything was chill. Now it stinks.
Don't get me wrong though I love skating still and it is the most amazing sport in the world. I do think that someday skating will go back to the fun it was just a few short years ago and things will be well again. Skateboarding rocks and I think that no matter who you are you can surely appreciate that.
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Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Ok so this is how it is, skateboarding is simple you kickflip you ollie you grind and you fall. It's all about fun. Some people think its sucks but thats ok because they are losers. Becasuse skateboarding rules and i love it. Lots of skaters today like the tight pants. Thats chill. I like the little looser pants but thats still chill just as long as the pants make you skate good.
Man the skate competitions are intese. Dudes are flipping down stairs and grinding poles and it always amazes me. WOW! Things like that don't come everyday.
Then sometimes you can do some foot skating. Dude it rocks you jump off stuff and spin like crazy. Then you can add some craziness and do some grabs and weird bends. Then you rock.
I've skated for i don't know how many years but i love it so much that I will NEVER stop. I will skate for the rest of my life. Even when i can't move my body and i have to use my hands i will still skate.
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Thursday, September 4, 2008
Time to Care for Her Special Needs Child
John Roberts from CNN questioned whether or not Sarah Palin would have the time necessary to care for her special needs child and be the Vice President at the same time.
She would have been much better off had she aborted this child.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Winter Break To-do List
I finally figured out how to make this work. Yea, I'm the shit.
I found the original list on Collegehumor.com but some friends felt we needed our own personalized list so I made one. I think it's pretty obvious that mine is amazing. Man, this winter break is going to be nuts.
ULTIMATE WINTER BREAK TO-DO LIST
I have borrowed some from the list on College Humor but decided a more extensive and more accurate list was needed for us. So here ya go:
1. Don’t get a job because you have too much planned to do but then complain about needing money and proceed to bug parents for money.
2. Wear school hoodie and/or sweat pants as much as possible.
3. Try and go camping even though it’s winter and under 20 degrees outside. NOTE: this will probably turn into sitting at a friend’s house, drinking and passing out on the floor next to your sleeping bag while your “friends” draw on your face with markers.
4. Spend the night somewhere with a bunch of friends and allow no one to sleep for 48 hours atleast so that cool hallucinations and trippy visions manifest themselves.
5. Play hockey; it’s just fun.
6. Eat as much non-diarrhea-causing food as possible.
7. Play broom ball; drink before hand. NOTE: Use of helmets may be needed.
8. Complain about how boring town is after first three days. (especially when you get home 5 days before any of your friends; proceed to sleep for more than 14 hours a day to fill time).
9. Make unreasonable New Years plans with high school friend; end up at basement party thrown by said high school friend’s little brother. (You know it’s gonna happen).
10. Go to different friend’s houses and completely destroy them through cookie wars, butter goo fights and any other means that could possibly be retarded yet fun.
11. Craft believable lies about how cool my semester was to impress attentive high school friends. NOTE: make sure to offer to “totally call my roommate” in case high school friend doubts sincerity of story.
12. Plan road trips to visit friends whose shitty schools make them go back sooner than everyone else. While planning said road trip, somehow change plans to include trip to Canada.
13. Try new and strange drinks/substances with the hopes that they will completely fuck you up and make an unforgettable trip (that you will probably forget because of the drinking).
14. Convince parents that more money is needed to purchase textbooks for next semester; offer to “mail you the receipt if you don’t believe me.” NOTE: Do not mail receipt.
15. Make fun of “townie” friends that didn’t attend college; overlook the fact that they make much more money than I do.
16. Go on rampage and steal holiday lawn decorations from random people’s yards. NOTE: decorations can be kept to decorate college apartments or can all be places in friend’s yard. Decorations with lights are worth more than those without.
17. Drive past High School numerous times; wish I could go back and do it again. NOTE: Never admit to wishing to go back to High School.
18. Attend a ski trip sponsored by your high school and try and impress all of the high schoolers by your skills. NOTE: This will be difficult because you will be too drunk to ski well.
19. To remind yourself of good times back at school and to make the times at home good; drink. Drink heavily and often. NOTE: for clarification, any one of events listed above could be made more enjoyable by drinking.
20. Wish break would end so I can get back to school and party; immediately after returning to school complain about workload and shitty class schedule; wish it was break again.
*Entries in italics were borrowed from College Humor’s list. Obviously, it can be seen that mine are better.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007
and she makes breakfast!
Ok, so I have to tell you all about my day. I woke up at like 12, maybe it was 1, I can't remember. I know it seems late, but don't be shocked, yesterday I make myself a bowl of oatmeal with FOUR ingredients (bananas, raspberry jam, almonds and oatmeal [duh]). Plus, I drank a lot of caffiene. The coffee here is really interesting, it's the do-it-yourself kind. It's so strange...you put a 'filter' into this basket-esque contraption. You pour water into said contraption and somehow it trickles down into the coffee pot which fits nicely into doubly noted contraption. You can 'brew' it as strong or weak as you like. Your choice!!!! So much freedom here...
I've also started hard-boiling eggs. My mother always made them for me when I was a child, so when I make them for myself I always feel very maternal. I've been adivsed that when boiling said egg, the boil should be kept rolling and rather soft. Otherwise the eggs may bump into each other, crack, and spill into the pot of bubbles!!!! I've been successful at this endeavor twice already!
As I said on my last bloggy jaunt, I've been baking. Let me tell you, I'VE BEEN BAKING. Let me see...I've baked (at least) 6 batches of cookies, two batches of muffins, 1 'sweet bread'...and LOTS OF OTHER STUFF. I like to bake, I like to cook...I miss the Food Network.
I guess this was my 'food' entry! I guess I didn't tell you about my day! -a
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Monday, December 17, 2007
...and I'm sitting!
Well, I've been unemployed for over 2 months now, and although I've been apprehensive about starting a blog....here it is!!! I just want to keep all y'all posted while I sit around, watch basic cable, thumb through cookbooks, and set new daily goals for how many sun salutations I will do!!!!
In embarking on this experience, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I've always been a planner, and this was such a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants choice. It's been really amazing, though, and I've learned a lot. I've watched a lot of Discovery Health, more then I ever imagined. I've baked a lot of cookies. I've started making my bed daily.
I'm excited you'll all be around for the ride! wish me luck...
check you laterrr,
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