I always fucking do this and it frustrates the neat-freak in me. I mean, I know that the platito (I have no idea what you call these small plates in English–coffee plate?) is there to catch spills from the coffee cup, but ehh.

I always fucking do this and it frustrates the neat-freak in me. I mean, I know that the platito (I have no idea what you call these small plates in English--coffee plate?) is there to catch spills from the coffee cup, but ehh.

I always fucking do this and it frustrates the neat-freak in me. I mean, I know that the platito (I have no idea what you call these small plates in English–coffee plate?) is there to catch spills from the coffee cup, but ehh.

"Calling Home… from Home." Everyone calling home as soon as they landed in Maine. For one thing, it's a lot cheaper and easier than calling from Germany or Bahrain. Fun fact: I only spoke to my family once in Iraq. Because of the time differences (they were living in Japan at that time), it was never a good time to call. I finally got a hold of my dad using the satellite phone our unit had. So while everyone was able to call home upon landing on the Mainland, I couldn't really until I can reactivate my mobile plan and international calling. 😕

"Calling Home... from Home." Everyone calling home as soon as they landed in Maine. For one thing, it's a lot cheaper and easier than calling from Germany or Bahrain. Fun fact: I only spoke to my family once in Iraq. Because of the time differences (they were living in Japan at that time), it was never a good time to call. I finally got a hold of my dad using the satellite phone our unit had. So while everyone was able to call home upon landing on the Mainland, I couldn't really until I can reactivate my mobile plan and international calling. 😕

"Calling Home… from Home." Everyone calling home as soon as they landed in Maine. For one thing, it's a lot cheaper and easier than calling from Germany or Bahrain. Fun fact: I only spoke to my family once in Iraq. Because of the time differences (they were living in Japan at that time), it was never a good time to call. I finally got a hold of my dad using the satellite phone our unit had. So while everyone was able to call home upon landing on the Mainland, I couldn't really until I can reactivate my mobile plan and international calling. 😕

"Place Bags and Marines Here." Patrick sitting in a hangar. We're on our way back from Iraq, and I think this was in um… Bahrain. I am pretty sure. I think he's married already, which is a shame because I had such a crush on him.

"Place Bags and Marines Here." Patrick sitting in a hangar. We're on our way back from Iraq, and I think this was in um... Bahrain. I am pretty sure. I think he's married already, which is a shame because I had such a crush on him.

"Place Bags and Marines Here." Patrick sitting in a hangar. We're on our way back from Iraq, and I think this was in um… Bahrain. I am pretty sure. I think he's married already, which is a shame because I had such a crush on him.

"Turret Gunner." When I was the turret gunner, I had a MK-19 (the grenade launcher) and a turret that didn't lock in place. Keeping the weapon pointed in the right direction took my entire body as the armored truck bounced along uneven roads and off-road obstacles. It also didn't have a thing to hold the ammo can feeding the belt of grenades into the weapon. I ended up using 550-cord to create a flimsy rig to hold a can in place on top of this truck.

"Turret Gunner." When I was the turret gunner, I had a MK-19 (the grenade launcher) and a turret that didn't lock in place. Keeping the weapon pointed in the right direction took my entire body as the armored truck bounced along uneven roads and off-road obstacles. It also didn't have a thing to hold the ammo can feeding the belt of grenades into the weapon. I ended up using 550-cord to create a flimsy rig to hold a can in place on top of this truck.

"Turret Gunner." When I was the turret gunner, I had a MK-19 (the grenade launcher) and a turret that didn't lock in place. Keeping the weapon pointed in the right direction took my entire body as the armored truck bounced along uneven roads and off-road obstacles. It also didn't have a thing to hold the ammo can feeding the belt of grenades into the weapon. I ended up using 550-cord to create a flimsy rig to hold a can in place on top of this truck.

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