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06 January 2005 @ 08:54 pm
it's very crazy here..

Its for sure that we're going though, no more possible delays and what not. Departure is the same as before. Right now we are at Fort Dix's FOB (forward operating base). We have been doing all kinds of crew tasks like MOUT, IMT, and "group" land nav. Actually, today, my team and I tied the record for fastest time on the dismounted land nav course. The time was 55 minutes, a bunch of marines had previously set it.

Right now i'm sitting in the hallway in my PJs. They allowed us to come back for two hours and shower/eat/sleep or whatever. The weather is kinda rough at the moment, usually wet and cold. We aren't authorized to run the heater past midnight so it's always sub 40's in the tent when we wake up. I have a pretty good little schedule going.. wake up, freeze to death, put on frozen clothes, eat chow, steal as many chocolate milk's and granola bars as i can from the chow hall. After that it's work/training. Come home, clean weapon, clean up self, around 2200 when i jump into bed we get attacked by mortars (simulated) so we put on our armor, grab our weapons, and run out to the simulated bunker and wait 30-45 minutes until they say all clear. Most of the time i'm outside in my skivies, kevlar, body armor, and weapon. Pretty much underwear and bulletproof armor. It's a tad cold.

Incase not everyone knows, i'm a SAW gunner. I have a great team (though my team leader tries to hump me all the time), an awesome platoon (and LT), and.. well that's the good stuff. I've almost got a camera filled up and i'll be sending the pictures to Dan soon. We might only get two days to recover, pack, and climb onto the plane after the field stuff.. so i might not be able to do much or talk to many people before i leave. But i'll try.

Good night everyone!

PS: OH yea, i was in times square for New Years.. it rocked.. it was a spur of the moment, go beyond 25 mile pass, don't get seen on tv, kinda thing.
bciac on January 7th, 2005 02:38 am (UTC)
Way to go Sean...that means you can navigate toward where you need to be with as much skill as Marines can navigate away from where they need to be...that takes talent. Speaking of which, how are marines like...

Kidding of course, anyway, GL over there...and at least you have a SAW ;-)
Dan: alkaline trio pentagramwarraven on January 7th, 2005 05:59 am (UTC)
what's this? sean posting on the internet? IMPOSSIBLE!!!!

wow, that sounds totally different than the Ft. Dix i remember.. but i wasn't prepping for war either. well, good luck and all that jazz, i can't wait for the pics! and if you get a chance to call do it! even if it's like 2 in the morning here. umm.. yeah, i guess that's really it.. it's not the same hanging out at J-boy's w/o you.. today sarah and i were there and we got the appitizer combo and we remembered the time when you ate the tomato dip.. lol.

anyway, don't get sick, don't get gimpified, and make sure you keep safe!
prettierinpinkprettierinpink on January 18th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
sometimes dan gets mad at me and pretends that i'm an iraqi and tries to kill me. i'd like you to remember this before you go nutso overseas.

and that story made absolutely no sense. at least you have a year to try and figure it out.

good luck.
Dan: sakewarraven on January 18th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
yeah, you're right.. that makes no sense what-so-ever. mainly because it's a lie. you know, jesus doesn't like lyers. because the bible says so.
(Anonymous) on January 19th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
all stocked up on crazy

Just when you hit a stride and some kind of routine kicks in they throw you on a plane and dump you in Iraq. May the force be with us.

(Anonymous) on January 19th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, yea in case you're wondering, I'm with the government. :)

Dan: sakewarraven on January 20th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
well, fellow government slave keep carnes safe, make sure that no strippers chain him up and whip him.... again.
(Anonymous) on February 11th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
Attention friends and associates of the carbon-based unit, Sean. He is alive and well in an undisclosed location somewhere in the deserts of Nevada. He believs he is in Iraq working for the military. His self esteem is too fragile currently for me to challenge his perceptions...what a let down because I really wanted to see the look on his face.

Dan: ninjawarraven on February 12th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
mwahahahaa, yes, the plan is working perfectly! PERFECTLY!