Monday, August 4, 2008

Back In Gray

A couple hundred dudes who all had their own identities just a few days ago showed up to work in uniform to be in-ranks inspected and jawjack while waiting in tidy ACU uniforms and berets. After a month of not giving a single bleeding shit about anything, of boozing and partying and golfing or fishing, swimming, bowling, cruising, doing nothing or doing it all, we're back to the beginning.

Except its different now. We got that Iraq thing out of the way. Guess we were stupid enough to think that when that was over, it would all be over, even though we knew better, we probably just didn't want to accept it. So now all there is to do is go about it the same way you always did: not putting too much thought into it, going along to get along.

Choke on your complaints, choke em down and swallow hard. Smile through teeth gritted so hard that they crack.

Me? I just keep telling myself that I did what I signed up to do. Went to Iraq. Supported the troops in the fullest way. Became one of 'em. And now that that's over with, something's gotta tie me over, keep me in line, keep me from growing irritated and sick of another job, keep me from walking away, whistling and throwing the uniform on the ground.

Didja hear about the new GI Bill? Cuz I sure did.


Anonymous said...

Your future will tie you over. It's happening minute by minute. You've come too far to stomp on it now!

LT Nixon said...

Hi suspect,

Glad to see you back writing. Hope that new GI Bill will help you out in your future endeavors. Stay surly!

Sisu said...

Yay, post from Suspect! Wring that GI bill dry!

BigD said...

Hi Suspect,
Going back to "work" usually sucks for most of us. Take advantage of that GI have earned it! Here are some thoughts to mull over while standing in line at the book store.

He conquers who endures. ~Persius

"The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity."
Gandhi, Mahatma

God(s) bless you Ryan. Keep rockin' that beret! :P

David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 08/05/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

Anonymous said...

I have the most fantastic feeling that you will pull through just fine.

And probably have a fair amount of questionable fun along the way...

I'll make sure to start keeping bail money on hand ;)

red said...

Good to hear from you again! It's been a dull few months without your... unique insights.

themorethingschange... said...

Yeah, heard about the new GI bill!!
The best since WWII,and rightly so.

Read somewhere all those post WWII educated vets contributed to the growth of the middle class and the great strides our country made, like engineers to tackle the space race.

Is there a program you can take advantage of right now? I've a very vague memory of something called "Bootstrap"(?) that my Dad took advantage of after Korea. He was still on active duty but was attending University full time...and more recently, my son was able to take college courses while still in the Navy.

I'm guessing if there is something like that it might be dangled to tempt you to stay in, but heck, if you don't have to extend it would be worth doing...could definitely tide you over and give you a jump on college to boot.

Check it out :-)