In Iraq for 365

About my experiences in Iraq... the frustrations, the missions and this country... and the journey home

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Each day is different and each day is the same

It’s been a long ass time since I last wrote. I guess, I quit writing because I figured nobody ever read my blog. Plus, all I do is write for the Army and it’s tough to write. So, I will sum up the last month.

Went home on leave
Our interpreter and my good friend, Samir, was killed by terrorists
Got promoted
Seen more combat than I would have liked
Lots and lots of mortars
And a few smiles

As I’m sure anyone can imagine, it’s very difficult being away from home. We’ve been here nine or 10 months now, and each day is different and each day is the same. Some days we get mortared the hell out of. Some days I get shot at. Some days I look forward to going into the palace to work. Some days I hate it. Some days I go out with the infantry or special forces to cover combat operations. And some days, I eat enough food to feed an entire African village. Some days I eat nothing at all.

Today, we are wrapping up a magazine at which I am managing to give to a brigade so they can pass out to soldiers and family members. I’ve always wondered how much our photos and stories are appreciated, because the only time we get feedback is when we misspell somebody’s name or misquote somebody. I guess you could say, I’m tired. I’m tired of being in a country where some people want to kill me. Thinking about whether I will wake up the next day or not can get really old after a year. But, I am a soldier and damn proud to be one. And each day, I find a way to make it thru. Each day I find a way to stay motivated. And each day I look forward to the last day.


At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hopefully your last day will be in a body bag. go back to your own country and leave iraq alone.

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous" must be a real pleasant person - and his comment isn't worth responding to.

Maybe if anonymous' friends would stop the resistance, allowing the rebuilding of Iraq to continue instead of tearing it down, they'd find that the Americans would leave and that the opportunity to vote rather than kill each other is a much better way to decide things. Maybe that's too much to ask of Anonymous. Then again, "Anonymous" might be an American who ought to be glad he/she has the right to voice his opinion - regardless of how ignorant he/she is.

Somehow, I get the feeling that if the U.S. left Iraq, the insurgents wouldn't leave Iraq alone. Best to draw them out in the open and destroy them. Our prayers are with the coalition soldiers.


At 8:19 AM, Blogger Knothead said...

I just read your post, Each Day is Different and Each
Day is the Same.

I live in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Most of my friends are living here for the same reason I am,
The Life Style.

Every Day is Different and Each Day is the Same.

Very different,however, from yours.

We live to go boating, sit on our decks, watch the water, drink and party. Every day someone feels compelled to say, Another Day in Paradise!

Very different, however, from yours.

We sit here because of you and all the other service men and women serving around the world to protect our
ability to do so. We know that. We appreciate and love all of you.

From Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina to you, sir,

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