Sunday, June 18, 2006

Moved

Mostly moved. Wow, what a trip. Everything's gone pretty smoothly so far. We packed everything and crated it, shipped the rest in bulk, and got ourselves on an airplane. Tough going. But we made it. As for our stuff, I'm going to assume it's all good.

On the plane ride over there were about 50 military recruits of varying sizes sitting all around us. They got a connection, so one measure of their numbers was how few people were waiting around for bags.

When I say something like "military recruit," the image comes to mind of a big strapping guy with short hair. That must be the after-shot These guys were the before-shot. Sorry, I used the word shot.

Anyway, they were about 18 or 19, clearly traveled in packs of 3 to 5 sub-packs, and gave each other hard times. But boy, were they young. When I was 18, I felt like I was pretty tough. Actually, because I got served alcohol by 19, I must have looked fairly old. These kids, for the most part, did not look like they would be legal for another few years at least.

Wish Bush could have been there to explain why they're going to Iraq.

5 Comments:

Blogger marybishop said...

Interesting how the armed forces manages to snag teens at the height of their invulnerability. I wonder how many would enlist at 28 or 38? I hope they get to see those years.

Hope you and your family are settled in soon.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Ilanna said...

isn't it interesting MB? :) There are som epeople the military can do good things for. I know a guy who when he was younger he graduated high school and had no prospects of going to college. joined the AF and spent a few years in england in the military. While there he took college courses at an annex campus for the state University of where he was from. When he got out, he went directly in and graduated college dean's list. It's a kind of good midway point. Unfortunately the advertising that is used can be rather insidious and it's not as useful during wartime situation where your hopes of survival are much lower. :(

Doc - i'm glad your move went well, and as I see your priorities are in order, one of the first things you did was set up a computer so you could blog and tell us you arrived safely. :) Good job :) and welcome back...

7:19 AM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

I'm glad you all got to your new destination in one piece and I hope the same can be said for your crated items.
I get so upset when I think about these YOUNG kids enlisting; most of them it's the only way they'll get to college, the only way they can make a decent income. How shitty that it comes with going to Iraq and the very real possibility of being blown apart or even worse, dying.

10:09 AM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

I'm glad you all got to your new destination in one piece and I hope the same can be said for your crated items.
I get so upset when I think about these YOUNG kids enlisting; most of them it's the only way they'll get to college, the only way they can make a decent income. How shitty that it comes with going to Iraq and the very real possibility of being blown apart or even worse, dying.

10:09 AM  
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