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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

A Year to Remember

Well, this is it. This is what the war has come to. I have heard that at other bases (Baghdad to be specific) they were doing this as well, but I guess I hoped for the best and was sadly disappointed. The unit I am attached to has decided to make a yearbook for this deployment.

I spoke with the soldier who had been put in charge of getting a picture of everyone for the yearbook and the soldier said that they (the person who assigned that soldier the task, just think of someone who may have too much time on their hands and who is in charge of soldiers) wanted to have a color yearbook, but that nobody wanted to pay $10 for it (nobody really wants a free one either to be honest) so they are doing a black and white one.

I thought my ears had heard wrong as I stared in amazement to the words coming out of that soldier's mouth. So this is it? This is how we are spending your tax dollars? I suppose there is something I just don't understand here... Like maybe this will help us in the 'War on Terror' somehow. Who really knows.

Days here seem to read right out of Joseph Heller's book Catch-22. I wish I could laugh at it all but I just don't have it in me.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Man, you gotta write a book about this stuff.

Anonymous said...

sargeant zachary,

for shame for shame. are you drinking on the job now?

trevor, are you gonna pin this on our sister hurria¿

jus wonderin, "how long will he take till the cd evolves to co?

stay safe, all of you. (cept butch.....et al)

f

cognitive dissonace = conscientious objector

Anonymous said...

Zach - your yearbook is right here, man. The ink-and-paper type is so "yesterday"
Stay safe
-- g4macmaniac

phinky said...

So what is name of the yearbook going to be? "We're one big happy family", "We really truly want to be here", or how about "Morale is great, wish you were here" ?
But then, my Dad has yearbooks from Med Cruises when he was in the Navy. (Rolls eyes and shakes head in amazement)

marleys said...

a year book recording not "history" or "the lives making it" but "the life that is yours"
stay with it, zach...

Kristen said...

Y'all should have a burn party when you get back. Heck, I'll hold it in my borrowed back yard! Who on earth wants to remember any of this? Most of you will drink to forget it. I must say that besides the decision to invade Iraq, this has to be one of the worst thought out plans anyone has had. Is this their way of making sure your fallen comrades aren't forgotten? Or do they really think that by putting ink to paper they are turning what would otherwise be a best forgotten year into one of happy memories? I try to believe that people aren't that hopelessly optimistic. What about the fallen Iraqis? Where is the yearbook for their familes so that they don't forget the past few years of nonstop fun? Oh that's right, they couldn't possibly forget. Because when we pack up our stuff and go, with our neatly printed black and white yearbooks, they will be stuck with the raw wreckage of what we have done for the rest of their lives.
I'm feeling a bit disgruntled today if you can't tell...

Hurria said...

"What about the fallen Iraqis? Where is the yearbook for their familes so that they don't forget the past few years of nonstop fun? Oh that's right, they couldn't possibly forget. Because when we pack up our stuff and go, with our neatly printed black and white yearbooks, they will be stuck with the raw wreckage of what we have done for the rest of their lives."

Thank you Kristen. (That sounds exactly like something I would have said. :o) )

ariadne said...

I've seen a yearbook from (post Tet offensive) Vietnam. Trust me - your blog is better.

Stay safe - -

Terrible said...

That sounds like the Army alright! Of course it's supposed to be some kind of "morale booster" but guys who never leave a HQ building don't know squat about morale.

Terrible said...

OH and in case your blog gets taken down in the new round of Mil. Blog scrutiny Zack, I want to say I've enjoyed reading your posts and the comments here very much. You should make a book from it when you get back. Stay safe and get home soon!

Steve Fournier said...

You're a soldier who took his oath seriously. The obligation sticks with you. The pain goes away, as my friends who served in combat tell me, if you survive long enough.

I don't know if this will help, but you can listen to my song

www.stepfour.com/bagdad/bagdad.mp3

Snag said...

Steve...you should see if you can't get hooked up with Country Joe.
I've always appreciated the dichotomous contrast of the Ragtime, etc. sound with war and political issues.

PJ said...

Zach - Let me be the first to sign your crack. Have fun in ths sun get laid in the shade. Hope you had a great summer, and I'll see you next year. Stay sweet, K.I.T.

There you go, now your blog is as good as any yearbook so you might as well just keep your ten bucks. :)

Kristen said...

PJ- LMFAO!!!
Hurria- See I'm not all THAT bad. :o)

Anonymous said...

... nope, no words for that.

Hurria said...

Kristen - ummmmmmm - I have never suggested you were bad. It has, in fact, been the other way around. Now that you have said something I would have said - and in very close to the same words - perhaps it's time for you to admit that perhaps I am "not THAT bad".

Kristen said...

Ok, the smiley face implied that I was sarcastically poking fun at myself. I was trying to point out that I do see both sides of the issue. You should stop taking things so personally. Besides, I've never said you were a bad person. But congrats, you've managed to take something positive and turn it into something negative...again. But forget it, I'll make sure that in the future I won't address any comment, positive or negative to you out of fear that it will be misconstrued as a personal attack. Not everything is about you.

Hurria said...

Kristen,

I guess it has never occurred to you that you might have been the one to misconstrue things.

Kristen said...

I know that I didn't misconstrue my own response. I'm not even sure if that is possible. You twisted it around. Not me. So I remedied the situation and I'm dropping the issue. I would hope that you would be the mature woman you claim to be and do the same.

Hurria said...

Kristen,

I did not "twist" anything. I responded to your message as I understood it, and as anyone in my position would have understood it. Your tone has been very self-righteous, very personal, very attacking, and you have expressed little but hostility toward me - or at least to my messages - from the start. That is the context in which I read your messages. Perhaps, Kristen, if you find that someone is not understanding your messages as you intend them, you should stop blaming the recipient, who is, after all, not inside your head, and consider that maybe you are conveying a different message than you intend.

Further, I have never claimed to be a "mature woman" or anything else for that matter. And for the record, I find it more mature, and more useful, to follow something through to a decent conclusion rather than to simply drop it when it becomes uncomfortable.

Hurria said...

Kristen,

I did not "twist" anything. I responded to your message as I understood it, and as anyone in my position would have understood it. Your tone has been very self-righteous, very personal, very attacking, and you have expressed little but hostility toward me - or at least to my messages - from the start. That is the context in which I read your messages. Perhaps, Kristen, if you find that someone is not understanding your messages as you intend them, you should stop blaming the recipient, who is, after all, not inside your head, and consider that maybe you are conveying a different message than you intend.

Further, I have never claimed to be a "mature woman" or anything else for that matter. And for the record, I find it more mature, and more useful, to follow something through to a decent conclusion rather than to simply drop it when it becomes uncomfortable.

Hurria said...

Kristen,

I did not "twist" anything. I responded to your message as I understood it, and as anyone in my position would have understood it. Your tone has been very self-righteous, very personal, very attacking, and you have expressed little but hostility toward me - or at least to my messages - from the start. That is the context in which I read your messages. Perhaps, Kristen, if you find that someone is not understanding your messages as you intend them, you should stop blaming the recipient, who is, after all, not inside your head, and consider that maybe you are conveying a different message than you intend.

Further, I have never claimed to be a "mature woman" or anything else for that matter. And for the record, I find it more mature, and more useful, to follow something through to a decent conclusion rather than to simply drop it when it becomes uncomfortable.

Hurria said...

Sorry for the triple posting.

Kristen said...

Kristen said...
PJ- LMFAO!!!
Hurria- See I'm not all THAT bad. :o)
Please, someone tell me if that message should in any way, shape, or form be taken as anything other than friendly.

Hurria said...
Your tone has been very self-righteous, very personal, very attacking, and you have expressed little but hostility toward me - or at least to my messages - from the start.

And yours hasn't been???? I seem to recall a whole lot of bitter sarcasm in recent past and making racial comments about yourself in an attempt to make me look like a racist, anti-Iraqi monster. Thanks for getting at least ONE thing right about my posts: the comments are only directed towards your posts, not you. I don't know you and I really don't care to know you at this point. You have displayed nothing but negativity towards our troops, regardless of whether you meant to direct it towards the quagmire we call our government, who really is who you should be blaming. You are most certainly entitled to your opinion and everyone encourages you to express it despite the redundancy, but it is a 2 way street and you have to come to grips with the reality that not everyone on here is going to roll over and take it because you make them feel bad for being an American. You say that you accept it, but here we are, fighting over how YOU interpreted my friendly comment. Perhaps if you were as in tune with American culture and expressions as you claim to be, you would have understood the remark to be a joking comment aimed at emphasizing that I understand and agree with you on some issues.
Only you would turn this whole thing around and somehow, yet again, try to make me look like the evil monster in all of this when I did NOTHING wrong. I didn't call you a name, or critisize your comment, or judge you, or tell you what to write, or anything.
If you want to start getting critical about how comments are worded, we should take a look back at the comment that started this all:
Hurria said...
"What about the fallen Iraqis? Where is the yearbook for their familes so that they don't forget the past few years of nonstop fun? Oh that's right, they couldn't possibly forget. Because when we pack up our stuff and go, with our neatly printed black and white yearbooks, they will be stuck with the raw wreckage of what we have done for the rest of their lives."

Thank you Kristen. (That sounds exactly like something I would have said. :o) )

Perhaps I could have interpreted that comment to be you rubbing my face in the fact that we actually shared an opinion. Maybe I could have ignored the smiley face and taken your comment to be smug and self righteous because I wasn't in your head. But I'm sure if I had done that you would be in my position whining about how I always twist your words around and I always miss your meaning and I'm always attacking you. But that wasn't the case because I suppose I guessed right about what you meant.
Oh and sorry about putting words in your mouth, I should have said uppity Iraqi woman, but I figured that was already implied and that I would add "mature". But ok, you're not mature, happy? Of course not, you're never happy.
Further, I never conveyed a message I didn't intend. You perceived it wrong because you want to believe the worst about everyone. You certainly want to believe the worst about me. Not everything I say is malicious, no matter how desperately you want to believe that.
Take my comment for what it is and why don't we just let it go before we make a mountain out of a mole hill. Oh, that means blowing an simple issue out of proportion if you got confused.

Anonymous said...

Hurria and Kristin...


Shut your fucking holes GO some where else

Kristen said...

I do so love the cowardice that are the anonymous bloggers. What are afraid of?