Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Tuesday 1 of 2

Bryan & I had another uneventful weekend. We stayed home Friday night. Saturday Bryan played golf, and we later went over to Stacie & Chris' for dinner and a long game of monopoly. One of Bryan's soldiers got in trouble on Sunday morning around 4am so Bryan got called into work and was there for about 4 hours. After he slept for a few hours when he got back home, we just ran our regular weekend errands.
I didn't add anything to the blog yesterday so I may do a second one this afternoon...
It's been a while since I received this from Dale but I thought it was interesting.

From a Mc Comb Resident

To my friends and family:
What I have seen since Katrina:
The poor and the wealthy hurt by the storm.
Black, white, Hispanic, Oriental and Indian all hurt by the storm.
Christian people giving, giving, giving.
Churches going all out to minister in Jesus' name.
Neighbors going door to door helping one another.
Thugs and hoodlums going door to door looking for someone vulnerable.
Ice and water being fought over as police tried to keep the peace.
People coming up from New Orleans taking over empty houses because shelters are full.
Out of town volunteers coming with food and staying for a week still serving it.
The Churches all over this part of the country doing what Christians do in a crisis.
The Red Cross doing a great job in the shelters.
The Salvation Army doing a great job in the community.
Four Hundred linemen from everywhere bringing back the power to our homes, churches and businesses.
Lines at service stations a block, to a mile long.
National Guardsman patrolling the streets of Mc Comb along with Kentucky policemen protecting us from the hoodlums and thugs of Mc Comb, Pike County and New Orleans (the most dangerous city in the world before Katrina.)
Drug dealers working outside shelters.
Doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel working tirelessly, even sleeping in the hospital.

________WHAT I HAVE NOT SEEN ___________
The ACLU setting up a feeding line.
People for the American Way helping in the shelters.
The NAACP doing any work whatsoever.
The American Atheist organization serving meals in the shelters.
Jesse Jackson directing traffic at the gas stations.

I could go on but you get my message.
Its the Christian people with love and compassion who do the work.

The gripers in Congress should come on down and get in line to pass the water and the ice. Are you listening Hillary, Chuck, Teddy and all the sorry loafers we call Senators and Congressmen. They don't have a clue as to what this life is all about here on the Gulf Coast. Boy I feel better now.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Gameday

University of Georgia #5 AP, #4 Coaches
at
Vanderbilt University
7:15 pm Saturday

I thought I had posted this already, but I guess not!

Women's Accessories:
NORTH: ChapStick in back pocket and a $20 bill in the front pocket.
SOUTH: Brand new sun dress with sorority pins proudly displayed. Louis Vuitton duffel with two lipsticks, mascara, and a fifth of bourbon. Money not necessary -- that's what dates are for.

Stadium Size:
NORTH: College football stadiums hold 20,000 people.
SOUTH: High school football stadiums hold 20,000 people.

Fathers:
NORTH: Expect their daughters to understand Sylvia Plath.
SOUTH: Expect their daughters to understand pass interference.

Campus Decor:
NORTH: Statues of founding fathers.
SOUTH: Statues of Heisman trophy winners.

Homecoming Queen:
NORTH: Also a physics major.
SOUTH: Also Miss America .

Heroes:
NORTH: Rudy Giuliani
SOUTH: Paul "Bear" Bryant

Getting Football Tickets:
NORTH: 1 hour before the game you walk into the ticket office on campus and purchase tickets.
SOUTH: 5 months before the game you walk into the ticket office on campus and put your name on waiting list for tickets.

Friday Classes After a Thursday Night Game:
NORTH: Students and teachers not sure they're going to the game, because they have classes on Friday.
SOUTH: Teachers cancel Friday classes because they don't want to see the few hung over students that might actually make it to class.

Parking:
NORTH: An hour before game time, the University opens the campus for game parking. SOUTH: RVs sporting their school flags begin arriving on Wednesday for the weekend festivities. The really faithful arrive on Tuesday.

Game Day:
NORTH: A few students hang out in the dorm and watch ESPN on TV.
SOUTH: Every student wakes up, has a beer for breakfast, and rushes over to where ESPN is broadcasting "Game Day Live" to get on camera and wave to the idiots up North who wonder why "Game Day Live" is never broadcast from their campus.

Tailgating:
NORTH: Raw meat on a grill, beer with lime in it, listening to local radio station with truck tailgate down.
SOUTH: Fully stocked bar, complete with bartender that has traveled with the family for generations, just in case a few thousand of your closest friends stop by before the game. 30-foot custom pig-shaped smoker fires up at dawn. Cooking accompanied by live performance by your favorite local band, who come over during breaks and ask for a hit off your bottle of bourbon.

Getting to the Stadium:
NORTH: You ask "Where's the stadium?" When you find it, you walk right in.
SOUTH: When you're near it, you'll hear it. On game day it becomes the state's third largest city.

Concessions:
NORTH: Drinks served in a paper cup, filled to the top with soda.
SOUTH: Drinks served in a plastic cup, with the home team's logos & mascot on it, filled half way with extra ice and a little soda, to ensure plenty of room for bourbon.

When National Anthem is Played:
NORTH: Stands are less than half full, and less than half of them stand up.
SOUTH: 100,000 fans, all standing, sing along in perfect four-part harmony.

The Smell in the Air After the First Score:
NORTH: Nothing changes.
SOUTH: Fireworks, with a touch of bourbon.

Commentary (Male):
NORTH: "Nice play."
SOUTH: "@#$%^^$, you slow &@#$%! &@#$ tackle him and break his $%$#@$# legs!"
Commentary (Female):
NORTH: "My, this certainly is a violent sport."
SOUTH: "@#$%^^$, you slow &@#$%! &@#$ tackle him and break his $%$#@$# legs!"
Announcers:
NORTH: Neutral and paid.
SOUTH: Announcer harmonizes with the crowd in the fight song, with a tear in his eye because he is so proud of Alma Mater.

After the Game:
NORTH: The stadium is empty way before the game ends.
SOUTH: Another rack of ribs goes on the smoker. The band starts it's post game set and planning begins for next week's game.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

PreDeployment

With regards to the deployment, I've been in the mindset of "I'll cross that bridge when I get to it". It seems like the bridge is somehow moving closer to me. Things are starting to seem less surreal and more real.
A friend of ours who works in the S-3 shop told us on Sunday specifically what day the battallion is scheduled to fly.
On Tuesday we had an FRG meeting and it consisted solely of deployment information and what we need to do in these last few weeks to get prepared for it. After we got home from the meeting Bryan had to pack his first bag to send off. While he packed, I cooked dinner and went in to my "trying not to think about it" mode. It may seem like it, but I'm not really in denial. I have some friends who have worried themselves sick for a LONG time prior to a deployment. That's unhealthy in my opinion so I'm trying not to do that at all. Anyway, back to the cooking and packing. I'm in the kitchen focusing on the spaghetti when Bryan walks in to ask me if I realize what he's doing and what it means. I realize, but like I say, I'm not to the bridge quite yet..... After he finished packing I went into the computer/guest bed/Bryan's equipment room to take a few pictures. The computer was playing songs on shuffle mode and we have over 1000 songs on the computer. As I start taking a picture, The Dance by Garth Brooks starts playing on the computer! That was just too coincidental and weird, so we took the pictures and got out of there and back to the spaghetti!
Last night we went to the Family SRP hosted by the post. Most of the local agencies were there to give out information that spouses and families may need while they're living by themselves. I'm what they like to call a "single wife" by the way. That's a great term, huh?
What makes all of this even worse is that the unit I work with is getting ready to leave soon too. They are in a totally separate division than most of the units here so it's interesting that they're leaving at the same time. When I leave work at 5 next Tuesday all of them will still be here but when I come back on the 3rd, many of them will be gone.
For the most part, I think I'm done with predeployment stuff until after we get back from leave. The more intense things get around here, the more I'm going to appreciate getting back to the civilian world in Greensboro.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

More UGA-UT..........


Mike sent this to me and I think it is so funny. I couldn't resist putting it on here:

Mike Adams to meet with Coach Mark Richt after Tennessee fines UG

UGA President Mike Adams to meet with Coach Mark Richt after Tennessee fines UGA for littering.

AP- (Knoxville) Athletic Director Damon Evans confirmed today that UGA has received a letter from University of Tennessee campus operations requesting payment of a fine for littering. President Michael Adams, who has recently led a charge to clean up the UGA campus on game day, expressed "regret" over the situation. He promised to meet with Head Coach Mark Richt to discuss the allegation.The letter from UT was apparently generated after the empty can of WHOOPASS that Georgia opened on Tennessee was not disposed of properly after the game inside Neyland Stadium Saturday night. "We usually designate one of the freshman to pick up the empty can.", Georgia Safety Greg Blue said. "I guess with all the UT fans leaving early, he got distracted" Phil Fulmer is expected to contact the league office about Georgia's use of the ENTIRE can.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Take my UGA-UT game poll!


What's your top play of the UGA-UT game?



Brandon Coutu's field goal (x2)
Brannan Southerland's 1-yard touchdown run
Thomas Flowers 54-yard punt returned for a touchdown
Thomas Brown's 18-yard touchdown run
DeMario Minter interception at the goal line to stop an eight-play drive
Leonard Pope's 32-yard reception


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Create your own poll!

How 'bout them dawgs!

I haven't blogged in a week so I figured I should update it. I was actually fairly busy at work last week so I wasn't bored enough to add a new post. Bryan came home on Monday evening but then had to go back to Graf again on Wednesday. He came back home late Thursday night. On Saturday we went to Heidelberg to check out their bazaar. It is supposedly the biggest one in Germany. I got a service star and a "Home is where the Army sends us" wall hanger. We also got some wine, belgian chocolate and gummy candy! That night on the way home we were going to stop by Chili's and have dinner but we had another adventure instead. We stopped by a furniture store and Bryan dropped his cell phone in the parking lot. A German picked it up and instead of turning it in, he took it home with him. After searching the parking lot and store, and calling the phone over and over, he finally answered it. He lived about 30-45 minutes from the store and wanted us to drive to his house to get our phone! Bryan was livid and we decided to go the the German Polizei (police) in hopes that they would make him bring it back to us. A lot of the power was out in town and we weren't able to find the polizei station so we decided to go to the military post and see if the MPs would help us. The MPs were AWESOME and we were surprised by how helpful they were because MPs have a reputation for doing the bare minimum. They had a few officers that spoke German so they called the man who had our phone and then offered to escort us to his house. Over 2 hours after losing the phone we were finally able to get it back!
The game didn't come on until 10:30 pm so we watched the first half and recorded the second to watch on Sunday. It's always fun to watch Georgia win, but it's even better when the win is against UT!
On Sunday we went to church, ran some errands, Bryan played golf, and then we had a cookout. Josh & Erin Grant came along with Stacie & Chris. It was a good time with some good food!
Bryan played golf again yesterday and we just goofed off the rest of the day.
Today we're back to our respective jobs but we only have 6 work days until we come home!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Almost home!


Bryan is going to be back in less than an hour!!!