In Iraq for 365

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

Thursday, March 17, 2005

So long Oklahoma

Oklahoma… it’s where I grew up and I have memories on nearly every corner from Oklahoma City to Midwest City to my hometown, Jones. But there’s not much left in this old state for me anymore, which is why I moved to Milwaukee a few years ago. Today, I will say goodbye to the family, who has been so supportive and encouraging throughout this readjusting period, and go back to my newfound homeland of Wisconsin. It’s a 16-hour drive, but with all the great sports talk radio about the NCAA tourney, it will be like taking a nap.

I’m bringing my cousin along with me to Mil town. He’s a good kid and wants to attend college in Beer town, so at least I’ll have family there with me now. As I say adios to my home state, I am a bit saddened. But my job and almost all of my friends are in Milwaukee. If you’ve never been there, it’s a great city. I am looking forward to seeing Lake Michigan again. But, I’m not looking forward to seeing my mom wipe away her tears as her oldest boy leaves her arms once more. At least this time, her boy isn’t going to war. This time, he’s going to his apartment on the Lake, where a bathroom cabinet of Brut and Old Spice awaits me.

26 Comments:

At 5:10 PM, Blogger Toni said...

Smink - you have a good trip. Just don't let the blog go. I love reading your stuff. What will you be doing in Milwaukee? Maybe you can help in cleaning up their voter fraud there....:).

 
At 8:09 PM, Blogger JUST A MOM said...

Ok this is to you Smink's cousin,,, when you get there take away the BRUTE!!!!!! And now it is out OLD SPICE TOO! Be careful driving, get back to "normal". Keep intouch!!

 
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At 11:08 PM, Blogger FVK said...

Good to have you posting again. I saw a bottle of Brute in a Walgreen's the other day and got a little chuckle out of it. I think that's the first time I've seen a bottle of Brute in 20 years. SERIOUSLY!

Have a safe ride home. Welcome back to "Mawaukee".

 
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At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ehhhhhh!!!

i am a FORMER 46Q (recently discharged) (hooahhhh DINFOS hehehehehe) who is moving to Milwaukee, too. I'm FROM wisconsin, tho... I'm living in Kenosha rightn ow, but I'm moving to mil next week.

weird, huh???
you can email me at lola.wants@gmail.com ;)


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At 12:35 PM, Blogger JUST A MOM said...

"Jess" I think that might be a girl Smink!! Try some "AXE" my girls say it is reallllly good. Be safe. Keep intouch.

 
At 7:53 AM, Blogger Amber Lynn said...

March Madness + Men= Something women will never truly understand. (And I am a basketball fan.)

I am glad life is going back to normal. Don't forget the White Rain shampoo! (Do you get to take your running buddy with you, too?)

 
At 6:09 PM, Blogger girl from the south said...

Good luck with the move.

 
At 7:43 AM, Blogger ac blue eagle said...

We spoke of both being from Oklahoma before. My grandmother and several great aunts lived very near Jones. I used to go there sometimes as a child.

 
At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Smink,

I love Milwaukee, even if the elections are rigged. ( ;) ) I went there every summer for GenCon for many, many years, and the John Hawks pub on the Riverwalk was a favored hangout. Good luck with the move and the adjustment to "normal" life. :)

 
At 2:19 PM, Anonymous Sammy said...

Dude, I will kick your ass for standing us up in Springfield the last coupla days. Joe's in town and we're goin' out tonight before I head north tomorrow.

Hope the apartment is kewl. See ya at drill.


SSG J

 
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I didn't know you were back. I'm so glad that day finally came. I'm also glad you're getting counseling. I'm not going to say "you'll be fine," because I don't know if you will. I HOPE you will. I pray you will. And mostly, I just hope you'll be happy. I never knew you liked Brut so much. Don't remember you wearing it, but I don't think you need it to help you out. Just remember that life is a long road, whether you're trying to figure out its meaning, find love or just try and find a good piece of sushi. All of this takes time. Trust me. I still can't find any good sushi.

 
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