Sunday, January 16, 2005

Death without honors

Many regular readers of The Warren (are there any?) will known that, due to my job, I spent the summer of 2003 in Iraq and I am scheduled to go back there again this year. Here is an article on what happens when contractors (like myself) die in Iraq.

When I was in Iraq (and Kuwait during the war), I didn't think too much about dieing. The possibility was always there, but it was very, very low. My wife would rather that I not go back, but like I said, my job requires it of me. I'm not worried or scared, but like I told my wife the other day, to me, it's kind of like needing to go to the dentist to get a cavity filled. I know that I have to go and it will probably hurt or in the least, be uncomfortable, but when I'm done, I will be happy that I did it and got it over with. It's just another one of life's inconviences.


At 5:20 PM, Blogger Rosemary said...

I was just looking through my site meter, and in a google search one of my archived pages came up. I am soooo sorry it took this long for me to respond. I usually don't get comments, and this one must have gone right past me. I am so sorry.

Would you mind if I link you to my "Milblogs?" I thank you for what you are going to do. And for what you have already done. I will be praying for you. I have changed the look of my blog, so you may not recognize it, but it's still me. If you go to Defend America, you will find that we are definitely not get the truth. Why not, you ask? They don't want to give our President any credit. BlackFive has a wonderful essay written by a Military man who is there. Maybe that will help your jitters, if you have any. God bless your family and you.

At 7:06 PM, Blogger Captain Holly said...

Thanks. And you just got added to our blogroll.

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Captain Holly said...

El-ahrairah, will your job allow you to provide us with regular reports from Iraq? Or is what you do too "black ops" to be publicized? Are you going to be limited to just reports about the weather and latrines?

At 7:09 AM, Blogger Bigwig said...

Yea, I hate to say it, but if you want to be popular, blogging from Iraq is one way to do it.

At 9:26 PM, Blogger The Great El-ahrairah said...

When I'm back in I-Wack/Frag-Dad/the Sandbox/the Armpit, my blogging will depend on what my Internet access is like. When I was there before, we had Internet access, but it was rather slow and intermittent, so real surfing was limited to nighttime when the higher up rear-area pogues had gone to bed. Which service controls the base also will control what I can and cannot do. The AF is notorious for blocking internet sites that they deem to be "off-limits", i.e., porno sites, MPG sites, webmail, etc. The Army was a bit less restrictive (porno sites only). As for what I will be able to say and not say, most everything that I will be posting will be mostly day-to-day living stuff, i.e., what the chow will be like, what my "hooch" is like, why the porta-potties stink so much, etc. I have been told that the "living-in-the-dirt-eating-C-rats" existence of two years ago is no longer. We all have trailers, etc. Unfortunately, I'm not involved in anything that could be considered Tom-Clancy, Special Forces "black-ops", so the most excitement I will have will be the occasional mortar attack.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Bigwig said...

Well, there's always email. One of us could post for you.


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