- April 9, 2009
NOT going my way…
Another long day of travel sprinkled liberally with stretches of waiting around and I have arrived at my final destination.
We’ve been very busy the past couple of days here in scenic Al Assad. Once on deck there are a battery of classes we must undergo before we are allowed to go “outside the wire”. This serves to remind the Marines of where they are and get them caught up on the AO. We also spend a little time at the range making sure our weapons are properly zeroed ensuring deadly pin point accuracy.
Other than that things have been pretty much not been going my way. It isn’t always big events that cause stress and/or traumatic brain injury in 1stSgts. Sometimes it is just a litany of little things that just can’t go right. Things like the bag of Kona Coffee that I mailed myself breaking open in the package. Or realizing that I forgot to pack a laundry bag. Or trying to figure out how to make the lock on my door function properly before I rip it right off the &^$# hinges!
Most of the real issues I have all concern equipment and personnel accountability in one form or another. I am convinced that if I were simply issued five feet of bamboo cane and given free reign in its liberal use, the majority of my issues would suddenly vanish. No really, I believe this.
Yet another incident currently vexing me involves a bottle of water, my personal laptop, and someone’s buttocks. This one really didn’t go my way. Suffice it to say my computer is no longer functioning.
Smashing my forehead against the corner of my desk sounds appealing, but my predecessor has already gnawed it clean off.
Like I said, NOT going my way.