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Sunday, February 13, 2011

How long has it been again?

Yes, I've been lax in my posting, but in all fairness I'm expecting to deploy sometime in the next 6 to 8 years. Yeah, that seems like a good time frame. While we're on the subject of deploying, if I die then I'm going to start making funeral wishes. Yes, that's right, I'm planning my funeral, and it's going to be an awesome party, with me at the center. I'll do one a post for the next however long. Today's request is that it needs to be in North Carolina. Not only is it an awesome state, but Harry hates it and the only way he'll go back there is if I die or get married there(future wife, our wedding is in North Carolina, I hope you're OK with that).

Anyway, I'm getting really excited to deploy but these last few days I've been thinking of the awesome fun things I'm going to miss when I'm over there. This weekend was a great weekend to have near the end of this run in the US. On Friday I had some friends over and we had out Mac N Cheese/Cheddar Brat concoction and watched stand up comedy, so that was great. The next day, I did very little of anything all day, which was fun and not abnormal and last night Baxter, Ned, Harry and I went to Miller's Grill and ate. Looking back on last night and the last two years, Harry and I are some of the WORST people for strangers to be near because we are loud, are prone to laughing uncontrollably so hard we want to vomit, have way too many inside jokes, and it just gets worse throughout the night. All night(and today, too) Baxter's catch phrase was "I can't take you guys anywhere" because we laughing so much and so loudly which just made us laugh harder and louder.
Today the same group of us left to Springfield for no real reason at all, which is usually the best reason to do something fun. All the way there Harry and I were in the back seat talking and laughing about the dumbest stuff. I've realized that my favorite time EVER is spent in cars talking to people I like. With Harry or Frank or Old Man or ANYBODY then it's the best time in the world to be driving around, jamming out, and yelling at random people out your windows and just being happy(yes, you might ask "but how can you be happy when you're yelling at people?" Well, we don't yell mean things, but we do yell. EX:"Hey! You in the bug! Are you hot?" *she turns around to see who's yelling* "HOLY CRAP! You're gorgeous!" Yeah, bit obnoxious, but we're young and its alot of fun. Someone needs to do it, right?). Anyway, we went to Barnes and Noble and I finished buying the rest of the Y the Last Man series, and Harry got some headphones at Best Buy and we ate our favorite restaurant. We went to Pet World and played with their hamsters and rabbits and that was fun. We ended the night going to Bass Pro shop, which was HUGE and this got a bit out of hand.
Harry and I have no desire to be there except to play and the store is SOO big and Baxter went off and Ned just followed us, so with Harry and I leading the way we decided to go stare at their turtles swimming around and all the stuff animals. Yeah, this store is so big they have creeks and all sorts of stuff everywhere! After so long we found LIVE ducks swimming around, so we tried to sneak up on them and touch them before they could swim away and I was the only one to BARELY touch a tail in time. We found a stuffed bear and Harry got this picture. He likes taking pictures of stand ups and stuffed things, but I like this one alot.

Anyway, we wandered for a bit longer and were pretty bored and couldn't find Baxter, but we did find an ATV. Ned jumped in the driver seat and Harry jumped in the passenger seat and I said "What? Are we recreating that scene from Jurassic Park?" Harry said yeah so I jumped in the back and looked as hurt as I could. "Faster, faster, must go faster!" and we rocked it back and forth and there was an employee probably only 40 meters away, but luckily he wasn't paying attention. THEN(this is where it may have gotten a bit out of hand) we decided we should put it in neutral and push it away. So we did. Only about 10 feet away and onto a ramp so nobody could go up or down it.
We found Baxter and came back. It has been such an awesome weekend and I can't wait to deploy, but I'm going to miss things like this every day that I'm deployed I'm sure. And I don't want to go back to work tomorrow, that's for sure.


  1. Hah! Your days off sound pretty fun! I loove the Bass Pro Shop there! I would love to take our kids to it. They would really get a kick out of it. I like your picture with the bear. It's pretty real looking. I'm glad for you that you are deploying, but there will be things that you will miss. But it will make you appreciate it all the more when you get back home. Oh, and by the way, I will come to North Carolina for a wedding I guess, but if you are dead then we are having your funeral here! Just thought I would let you know so that you don't roll over in your grave when we won't have it in North Carolina. Nenernener... Well, keep having fun with the animals, real and fake, and be nice to them. After all, Harry can't help being who he is. :)

  2. So, Phillip...I have one question: How do you want us to fix your hair (for your funeral)?

    On another note, it sounds like you had a great time just playing. I love to play. I've been playing more lately, and it is so good for me, and for Mark. It keeps us strong, physically and mentally. I'm so glad that you got to play!

    I've been thinking of you a lot lately, wondering when you'll be deployed and where you'll be stationed. Scary! Yet also exciting. You're one of the Few, the Proud, the...Oh, wait. That's the Marines.
    Anyway, you are one of those that stand for freedom for the U.S. Not all wars make sense, and many of the soldiers, on both sides, are good, patriotic people.
    I only know that you are performing a patriotic service for our country, and that it is both a meaningful act and an historical role.
    We love you and are happy for you!

  3. PS Love the 'bear attack' photo!