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  •  LOL. Same deal for me. (1+ / 0-)
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    pickandshovel

    Basically, all we did was scrape rust off trucks and pull guard duty. I'm not really complaining; none of us wanted to "send up the balloons" and we had plenty of distractions "on the economy."

    When we did guard duty, it was 2 hours on, 4 off. Usually it lasted a weekend...except for things like Easter, etc. Then it went on a few days and that was tiring and boring as hell. So much the worse in winter.

    It is also amazing how dark the German forests are at night and your eyes begin to play tricks on you. Plus, the rabbits were as big a small deer and the deer were tiny. The wild pigs were scary. Some weighed probably as much a me or more (205 then) and they were straight up warthogs.

    I'll never forget one night in the early morning when a big white hare jumped across the path; I nearly shit in my pants it startled me so much.

    I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

    by pajoly on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 05:17:22 PM PST

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    •  never saw the wild pigs, but saw the deer and (0+ / 0-)

      rabbits.
      I'll never forget the day i was in the hut around the stove when i was on the 4 hour off time, and a call came in from ammo pad 4 or 5, I forget which one, that a man in camo with a rifle was approaching, and the guy wanted to know what to do. He was going to 'light him up'. Turns out it was an american officer who had gotten permission to hunt by the base commander, etc..., etc...
      sure did break up the boredom.

      "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

      by pickandshovel on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 05:33:19 PM PST

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      •  We had our share of not so bright officers (1+ / 0-)
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        The one that sticks out to me most was a first Lieutenant when we did our rotation on the Rock. There I was sitting at my satellite terminal taking in the status messages from Hawaii and Turkey when I see the guy playing with the paper shredding. Like a 5 year old. He actually remarked with excitement something along the lines of, "Man, this would have been so cool to make confetti for the football games at (suchandsuch) college!!"

        I remember thinking, "Great, the fate of the world right now rests in the hands of this idiot."

        I mean, these were live nukes we were attending to.

        I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

        by pajoly on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 06:36:48 PM PST

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