Official Missing LJ Report

By October 4, 2004 lj

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  • Anonymous says:

    CALL OFF THE HOUNDS!
    🙂 Silly.
    I’m here. I know I fell off the radar screen . . . again! I’m in some kind of pre-deployment/mobilization phase right now, which translates in English to “administrative hell.” I’ve been running all around base with my black orders bag, service record book, and medical and dental records, begging for stamps and signatures on papers with names like “DD 1351-2 (R7-04),” “NAVMC 11330,” and “NAVPERS 1320/16.”
    Don’t ask me about the numbering system; since this morning I’ve been operating under the assumption that the number denotes how many trips back and forth — to and from the authorizing official’s office — it takes before the average Sailor or Marine gets the signature or stamp he needs.
    But I don’t think that’s right. Trips during lunch hours probably don’t count.
    I was told that tomorrow will mark the last day of this phase, and the beginning of the next: the mobilization phase, wherein, provided I’ve finished up with the necessary paperwork, I’ll board a real airplane, namely “USAirways,” formerly “USAir,” formerly “Pangea Airlines,” formerly “Lucent” (it may have a new name when I get there; sometimes they even change it while you’re in flight, using highly trained, very brave painters clinging to the fuselage), and fly, through the air, to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where I will remain for an unknown number of days, most likely to fill out more paperwork.
    After that, I’m told I’ll be heading to the Middle East, where it is very hot and dry, but also very paper free. I’ll probably get to see a lot of old and cool stuff, like the Euphrates River, or Babylon, or maybe even Babel, which I think is a lot like “Babylon” but just never had a hit song written about it by David Gray.
    In any case, I’m sure it’ll be a great adventure and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
    I sure do miss you Lisa, and those nice few days of waking up and going for those little runs. 🙂 I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and praying, which I guess is pretty normal of someone who’s about to be going on a trip like mine. It’s not hard to find motivation, that’s for sure. I’ve been thinking a lot about September 11th, and mostly about flight 93 and the numbers I saw once showing the weight of the passengers before and after the crash. In the grisly accounting of a jetliner crash, it comes down to pounds: The people on flight 93 weighed a total of about 7,500 pounds. After the crash, and the effort to gather the remains, most flung hundreds of yards, only 600 pounds could be accounted for. Of those, only 250 pounds could be identified by DNA testing and returned to the passengers’ and crew’s families. I can’t imagine being on that plane. After thinking about some of the things others have had to go through, the thought of spending six months in a wooden, probably even air-conditioned building in Iraq or Kuwait doesn’t seem too bad. I’d love to keep a journal out there, but I just don’t think it’s gonna happen!
    Plus, I think I’m obsessive-compulsive, and I have this thing about loose ends. lol
    Take good care of yourself, Lisa. I hope you’re able to make the drive out to Oregon with Jamie!! THAT’S some exciting stuff!!! I wish you all the best in all that you’ll do there over the next few months! I’ll do my best to keep in touch!!
    All right, I’m off to bed now. I have another early call in the morning, and I really have to pee!
    I wonder if I have a form for that, too. . . . 🙂
    I’ll write again soon.
    Semper Fi!
    “ljrichard”

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