In Iraq for 365

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

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Good news and bad news

Well, I didn’t end up going to the Presidential Inauguration. I’m very disappointed, but hey at least we were prematurely invited. We ended up being taken off the list as the date approached and we had not even completed our demobilization process.

Tonight, I will be reunited with my parents. Our unit is having a dinner with the soldiers and families. I’m stoked and am bringing Kleenexes for mom. I also put on a lot of Brut, which my buddies tell me smells like poop. I’ve been wearing it since I was 12. Is there something I don’t know about the stuff in the green bottle? Anyway, tomorrow, I will say goodbye to the people I’ve spent 436 days with in training and in combat. Tomorrow, I will be a civilian again. Of course, I have 20 briefings between now and then, but at least at the end of the day, I will be wearing jeans and drinking a beer.


At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh...Happy Day that you get to see your parents! Your mother has earned her right to cry and hug&kiss you to pieces when she sees you! We are all excited to hear about you being reunited with your family, but the real burning questions is...DID YOU GET YOUR ID CARD?!!

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

I am so sorry you didn't get to attend the Inaugural ceremony, but there will be another one in four years! It is great that you will be reunited with your family tonight. That is the most important thing because I'm sure they missed you and worried about you while you were in Iraq.

At 9:03 PM, Blogger JUST A MOM said...

I am so happy for you, but maybe it is the BRUTE that is keeping your ladying amount low. I hear that, that went out with Joe Namith. Maybe you should try something new. Enjoy your day tomorrow, I think the pres. might have been so busy he didn't even miss ya.

At 11:42 PM, Blogger strykeraunt said...

I am soooo happy for your mom right now...please give her an extra hug for me!! Sorry you missed the inauguration. I was wondering if the timeframe between you coming home and the inauguration being too close.

At 1:51 AM, Blogger Janie said...

I'm going to keep that theme going...


At 6:14 AM, Blogger Rooster said...

Don't rush to judgment Sminkie!!!! Don't forget you still have to meet with the ID Card Lady again!!!!!

At 7:52 AM, Blogger membrain said...

Sorry about the Inauguration. Happy about the family reunion. Dude, take a hint from what just a mom said; BRUTE is Brutal. It makes chicks run away. What's up with the ID Card Lady?

At 8:30 AM, Blogger FVK said...

Smink, Smink, Smink...Brute?! I didn't know they even made that "poop" anymore. I can just picture your collection of cologne: Musk by Jovan, High Karate, Old Spice and maybe even Aqua velva. Snap out of it, man!! You better get over to Boston Store and update your cologne...SOON!

Welcome home! Sorry to hear about the inagural thing.

At 8:30 AM, Blogger FVK said...

Smink, Smink, Smink...Brute?! I didn't know they even made that "poop" anymore. I can just picture your collection of cologne: Musk by Jovan, High Karate, Old Spice and maybe even Aqua velva. Snap out of it, man!! You better get over to Boston Store and update your cologne...SOON!

Welcome home! Sorry to hear about the inagural thing.

At 8:45 AM, Blogger FVK said...

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Good Luck!

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Rissa Roo said...

Welcome Home! I hope you enjoy the next several weeks soaking in as much "America" as you can handle, complete with marathon viewings of crappy TV.

As for cologne, check out Truth by Calvin Klein, I assure you this will grab the attention of attractive, bright, young (but not teenaged) women. Heck, I'll even spring for a bottle for you, if I can figure out where to send it.

Brut is traditional, but can remind many women of creepy uncles--not an image you want to be associated with.

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Kim said...

How wonderful!

And yes, please, Sminky... do the ladies a favor and listen to your women blogger buddies... dump the Brut down the toilet and try something a little...less... well... stinky? ;)

Don't forget to fill us in on how the ID Card Lady meeting goes today...

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Some Soldier's Mom said...

I so envy your Mom... I just exhausted a box of kleenex sending my son in the OTHER direction... it will be a long 18 months (unless the R&R thing works out somewhere inbetween). Let her cry all she wants -- she really has earned these happy tears!

And welcome home!

At 11:20 AM, Blogger Mike R. said...

Wow, ladies alot of hostility towards Brut. I guess that is why my wife doesn't let me buy it anymore. :o(
Its the "Essence of Man" remember?? Anyone??
She has basically limited me to using "Cuba" or "Aspen". I like Cuba a little better but I feel like I am being un-American using it. Can they please change the name?

At 11:40 AM, Blogger TheBrightMorningstar said...

Congratulations on coming back home. My brother is back in Iraq for his 2nd tour. He gets to come home again in August.
Don't be afraid to use some Klenex yourself. You deserve an emotional releif too.
Welcome home!

P.S. Everyone is right about the Brut. It is time to update.

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Huntress said...

I was thinking about you when I saw the Commander in Chief Ball as I watched the line of marines, soldiers, airmen, and naval officers enter the Hall.

No biggie... you are taking part in something equally important're HOME and about to be reunited with family..and about to write a new chapter in your life.

BTW -BRUT sooooo 1980.... move on to Obsession for Men by CK!

At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh, Sminkie, Sminkie, Sminkie.... what can i say but forget the brut and all the other suggestions. YOU DON'T NEED IT! don't waste yer money on somethin that's just gonna confuse the issue. focus on the mission. the rest will take care of itself. "pool" Q sed it and i'm stickin to it!

At 8:58 AM, Blogger MAJBuckster said...

Welcome home! I'm sure you heard a bunch about the roller coaster ahead from briefers who weren't over there. Just take it day by day and stay in touch with your friends in the unit. You guys did a hell of a job up in Mosul. And remember, you didn't lose your weapon, its in the arms room. Enjoy the beer.

At 9:27 AM, Blogger JJ said...

Smink...glad you're back in the "world". Too bad you didn't get to the would have been nice.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

At 1:48 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

Welcome home.

And thank you.

At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brut, or not to Brut....that is the question.
Smink, as one who recently found your blog consider me one happy upper middle aged guy who is happy you are back home.
As to Brut....who needs it? Don't use any of that stuff any more. Of course having been married now for over 27 years (wow!) to the same lady guess maybe think I don't need it.
In any event just remember first impressions are lasting impressions, so if the Brut... ain't helping, time to try something else.
But you know, quietly letting it be known that you did your time in Iraq might just be better then the best cologne ever created.
Welcome home Soldier!
Dave Glaspell

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