Scavenger Hunt Anyone?

I talked with King Sexpat yesterday and he fought in and around Viet Nam from 67-72. His parent unit was the Royal Australian Regiment but he was recon (SAS?). Told me his worst year was 71 which he spent most of in the bush in Laos watching the Ho Chi Minh trail. That, boys and … Continue reading Scavenger Hunt Anyone?

The War Is here

Reblogged with permission. Thank you, Anya.

The letter burns like hot coals against my bottom. Why couldn’t I have just waited?

As soon as she leaves the room, I slowly lift myself off of my bed and reach below the covers to grab my letter. I rip it open with all my might, prayers hanging loosely from my lips.

I already know what it is but I’m hoping I’m wrong. I’m hoping there’s a mistake. I’m hoping someone else’s name is written on the inside. I’m hoping it’s a ‘How are you?’ card. I’m hoping for anything apart from a deployment letter.

Here’s how it is, I am a CFN in the army. I have 11 months of work and one month off- if I were speaking loosely that is. I’ve never come home on the same months for leave. My wife has seen more surprises than our soldiers do on the battlefield. I live for…

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¡Baby Rosita’s First Time to a Doctor, Pura Vida! (Redux)

I’ve been asked by a gentle reader to write something more cheery about my adventures in Costa Rica that do not involve killing snakes or slaying señoritas. Hope you will find this uplifting. What was that again about mad dogs and Englishmen in the midday sun? I’m dizzy again and on the verge of heat … Continue reading ¡Baby Rosita’s First Time to a Doctor, Pura Vida! (Redux)

Double Header QotD: George Orwell

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.George Orwell, THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER 1937 If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.[George Orwell, 1903-50. ‘The Freedom of the Press’, proposed preface to Animal Farm]