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Posted on Wed, Dec 01, 2010 07:09

On 12/1/2010 4:35 AM, George wrote:

hey bill....ihave been quite busy...a new guy came in, so i have been showing him around and getting him trained and set up on gov't systems....
 
tomorrow (finally) i leave for kabul....luggage is at the airfield....we have to be there 3 hours early for a 12 min flight....my buddy ryan has been there for a little more than a week...he likes it.....not nearly as dirty, loud, congested etc....and he has had hot water for a shower every day he has been there...the small things in life all of the sudden are the important things in life.  :)  
 
glad you had a nice thanksgiving, and really glad to hear you and the ex hit it off well enough to have a meal together....good for you....hey how is your young grandson or adopted son doing?? 
 
gotta run....george


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Posted on Sun, Nov 28, 2010 07:48

FM GEORGE:

 

Hey Bill.....Nice Thanksgiving all things considered.  weather was nice and i played catch up with my business bank home.  long lines for dinner and the food was surprisingly good....not great but good.
 
last night we had sig incoming....first time i was concerned/afraid since i have been here.....was in the mess hall when we felt the first one hit....i looked at the military guys and their eyes were big, but they stayed seated....that is until another one was felt....we all fled to the bunker, i with my piece of cake in hand....not sure why i picked it up but i did...lol....never did hear the all clear, but about 30-45 mins later i emerged from the bunker, cake eaten, and got a hot shower (you see no one else had taken a shower for 30 plus mins!!)......... 
 
hope your thanksgiving was a nice one


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Posted on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 17:38

George is moving in a few days to Kubal. He doesn't know the address there and he previously stated that gifts would be better sent to GI's who might need them. He said he is doing fine.


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Posted on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 17:12

Quoting Curious2078:

Is there any way we can send care packages? Coffee, socks, batteries, whatever? I have no contact address/email for George, but I sure would like to be able to send SOMETHING! Bill, 4W's, anyone? Just email me info and I'd be glad to contribute to George's comfort.


Can we e-mail him a turkey dinner?....I know "y'all" are celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend......will UPS deliver it I wonder?  LMAO!



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Posted on Thu, Nov 25, 2010 20:37

Quoting MMCounselor:

Bill,

 

You are slower than USPS -- no wonder George is lonely!

 

Hope you sent him your "tidbit"--that might cheer him up a little-lol!

 

I've been trying for the past week to send him a "Cheer Package", but so far I am not having any luck in finding a carrier that will accept it: FedEx will not ship any liquids and they claim all "human flesh" must be packed in dry ice, which my gals aren't going for.  USPS's slogan, "If It Fits, It Ships" is a freakin' lie too. Next week I will try UPS.  Perhaps if I mark the package "Explosives", they will ship it--haha!

 

I think we should all be very concerned for George, due to the fact he voiced a concern over "finding his socks".  Those of us who know him, know he would never have been concerned over "finding his socks"---this is a definite sign of "NIGHT LIFE" withdrawal.

 

Britt

 



Is there any way we can send care packages? Coffee, socks, batteries, whatever? I have no contact address/email for George, but I sure would like to be able to send SOMETHING! Bill, 4W's, anyone? Just email me info and I'd be glad to contribute to George's comfort.


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Posted on Thu, Nov 25, 2010 01:30

George said he doesn't need anything. He suggests that: and I quote: "maybe a better idea would be to send it to the USO or MWR office for their using/distribution to those who really need....i am doing fine....again to all of you thanks for the thoughts...."


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Posted on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 20:28

Quoting Arizona53:

Any cheer package going should contain:  socks, coffee and batteries....so far that's what seems to be listed as missing, lost or stolen.....LOL!

 

My very best to you George.....have courage, and stay safe!



Actually I forgot to mention no women, no beer and no coffee at the moment. No wonder we have the meanest, toughest GI's in that country. lol


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Posted on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 18:46

Any cheer package going should contain:  socks, coffee and batteries....so far that's what seems to be listed as missing, lost or stolen.....LOL!

 

My very best to you George.....have courage, and stay safe!



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Posted on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 09:39

Hi George. Trust ur going to get a bit of Turkey tomorrow , just blow the dust off. The way u describe things makes me think you'd make a great Redneck LOL Well im ex marines and royal engineers, so know what its like living under canvas, no fun at all. Take care, see you home soon Rob


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Posted on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 01:16

K, I wrote the Newman, but haven't heard anything back. Y'all can tell the Peter-Brain that Gently is STILL sending good wishes.


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Posted on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 20:14

I have heard from George several times and I am a bit worried. It seems that their PX (grocery store) is out of coffee. If I was a terrorist I just might leave the country. lol He seems to be doing ok. The living conditions are not good, but better than being out in the field. Everyone drop him a line if you have time.


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Posted on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 11:27

Britt,

 

USPS Priority Mail works well depending on what you're sending.  Military mail handlers are used to dealing with it.  Roger the joke about what you might write on the box -- you'll definitely meet new people that way :)

 

Camels, horses and drones seem to work in the Mideast too.  Just that the rates are so high only the deep-pocketed US taxpayers can afford them.

 

 



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Posted on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 08:03

Quoting billzeke:

I forwarded everyones comments to George this morning. He sent me a message asking that I do so. He seems a little lonely. If anyone else cares to post I will continue to forward the posts to George...



Bill,

 

You are slower than USPS -- no wonder George is lonely!

 

Hope you sent him your "tidbit"--that might cheer him up a little-lol!

 

I've been trying for the past week to send him a "Cheer Package", but so far I am not having any luck in finding a carrier that will accept it: FedEx will not ship any liquids and they claim all "human flesh" must be packed in dry ice, which my gals aren't going for.  USPS's slogan, "If It Fits, It Ships" is a freakin' lie too. Next week I will try UPS.  Perhaps if I mark the package "Explosives", they will ship it--haha!

 

I think we should all be very concerned for George, due to the fact he voiced a concern over "finding his socks".  Those of us who know him, know he would never have been concerned over "finding his socks"---this is a definite sign of "NIGHT LIFE" withdrawal.

 

Britt

 



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Posted on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 05:07

Bill,

Thanks for your post.  My own assessment is that anything uplifting and positive that any member of MM may sent him during his deployment is time and resources well spent.  Even though emails and blogs are alot of fun, I know that packages and letters from home are very precious to all.  

Please tell George he's in my prayers and that if he needs anything, please let me know.

Sincerely,

Andy

 



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Posted on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 07:12

I forwarded everyones comments to George this morning. He sent me a message asking that I do so. He seems a little lonely. If anyone else cares to post I will continue to forward the posts to George...



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Posted on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 15:24

Thanks for the post, Bill. And please tell George thank you for what he is doing. My prayers for his, and all his colleagues, safety and swift return home. In the meantime, I hope he has enough batteries to last the duration of his stay. I don't think MM would let usw take up a collection to send him a case. LOL


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Posted on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 00:58

Tell newman about Skype. It's free for computer to computer conversations. He probably has enough speed. And wish him well from me.


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Posted on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 15:54

LOL BrITT. It's the real George; Britt. I spoke with him on the phone shortly before he left so I am quite sure he is really there. Besides I am not at all quick to send money to good looking female scammers who sometimes adorn these pages, so someone looking like George has no chance at all. Britt; Do I have a tidbit for you. I will address it in a private email. Nobody should be afraid to send  a note to George. The guy says he already has 3 flashlights. What more can he possibly need??? LOL...



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Posted on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 15:21

Quoting billzeke:

I received the email below from George who was a long term member here and is now seving as a civillian contractor helping our troops in Afghanistan. He gave me permission to post the paragraphs that follow. It would appear that being single here is a lot better than being single over there. I hope some of you will chime in with your support and those who have his private email addy or his PAGE may choose to contact him that way. I will make sure to copy and paste any posts that appear on this thread and send them over to George...

 

November 14, 2010 at 10:50am

 

Subject: from Afghan

 

well bill i hav now been deployed for 2 weeks...what a difference in our living conditions in the states vs. here....no surprise though....well kind of

anyway all is fine, just a lot uncomfy and not very clean sleeping environment....well the entire base is a pig zone....or course it is also a war zone.....so dusty, its like working in a quarry.....

2-3 days ago on Veterans Day we were mortared a total of 6-7 times (never made the national news tmk)...talk about a rush....only one mortar hit the living/working compounds of the base...it hit one of our airstrips...about 200-300 yards from where I was at the time (Im to old for this)....the other mortar either failed to hit their target (us) or our defense systems knocked them down....the apache helicpoters where everywhere....you could here them firing on the enemy....

with me living in a tent with 120 other men it is never light there as there are 3 shifts of guys working....even in the morning it is semi dark.....the real challenge is finding your socks in the dark :) not exactly MD and i am not sure i would do it again, but this has been an expierence already....can i come home now and talk about it...lol....btw i have 3 flashlights to help me find the socks and maneuver around the compounds along with a reflector belt...ohand excuse my typing i am not correctding every error, just typing away.

the days go quickly...it is just the evening showering (another challenge if you enjoy hot water to wash the dirt and dust off of you) and jumping immediately into bed....aside from work there is nothing to do here...we finally have a good internet connection so last night (sat) was the first night we could play on the web....and you see what i am doing sunday morning at 9:15 am....with the11 1/2 hour time difference (AZ)with you all are prob still up....

one of our largest afghan vendorsis the phone and internet people....they are making a fortunre based on their rates....i pay $100 a month to have internet and we are running at a speed of less than 256k....thats just a hair above dial up....back home i pay $55 and have business high speed dsl....it is at least 10 times faster if not more....

on a bright note almost everyone here is very friendly or at least cordial....i think we all know we are in the same situration and help each other out....last night a new contractor was bunking next to me.....i came into the tent around11 pm and he had no flashlight as he tried to find his clothes...so i helped him in, gave him one of my flashlightgs to borrow until he got organized...its like you have to find ur stuff but dont want to wake anyone up in the tent too....see those flashlights are almost a commodity.....anyway thats the 5 min vs of whats going on here....oh one more thing....i am being transferred (already) from bogram to kandarhar, and ryan (my colleague) from bogram to kabul....they tell me this will happend in 4-5 days...which really means in a week or 2....assuming they dont change their minds again....lol....the only thing consistent is change and indecision....regardless i love my country!!!.....its an honor to do my very small part to support our troops....again a very small part....

so if you have time to write it always is nice to hear fromfolks from home....not much to do here but work...pls say hi to our joint friends for me...thanks....george

 

November 14, 2010 at 9:52pm

Re: from Afghan

hello bill....thanks for writing back....i suspect our conditions are better than yours in the late 50's early 60's. i think we as a nation are spoiled now vs. our younger years....gosh even poor people have cell phones and internet....plus you were in a combat role i am here as support staff to assist our war fighters.

sure start a blog if you would like and certainly share the info with anyone as i am honored to be of service........i miss some of the folks from mm....being here DoD severely limits what sites we can visit....it has just been recently that FB was allowed...so far dating sites or whatever you call MM is not allowable...from time to time i will try to get to a hot spot and see whats going on with mm....BTW hit my FB for some pics or my colleague Ryan Langelan has posted many more pics...i think his fb is open to the public.

on a side note i now have an international cell with sig costs to call the states ...i want to get my kids a calling card so they can call me, but they all seem to be with hidden fees, and sur charges....do you know of a good site i can buy mins for them that wont rip me off???

so nice to hear from you...thank you for your very kind words and thoughts!!









 




 








Bill,

WARNING-WARNING!

Please be careful--I think this could be a SCAM.  George comes on the dating site and befriends many people here and NOW he claims to be in Afghan on a CONTRACT.  He is already complaining about his living conditions, lack of flashlights, getting mortared, etc.  More than likely he is on some beach down South and will soon be asking for financial assistance, or at the very least, more flashlights and hot water.  HAHAHAHAHA! 

 

Sorry George,

I just couldn't pass this one up---I miss my "Verifier", so please be careful, stay safe and I hope you return soon. 

 

As always, Best wishes to you,

Britt



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Posted on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 14:25

Wow newman! Some people will go to any extent for excitement lol! Hope your visit there is a very short one and you return home safely soon. Take care!


What is love? Love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone but still getting weak knees when they walk into a room and smile at you. :)

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