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Friday, January 27, 2012

Snowed in

Well, we had a mission to Arian a little base down south and as soon as we got there we were hit by a GIANT snowstorm. It snowed all night and all the next day. We probably got about 3 or 4 feet. It was CRAZY. So we couldn't do mission. So instead we played spades and watched ALOT of movies. To give you an idea how small this base is, it has no MWR, no internet, a TINY gym that is filthy and not worth using, and the chow hall didn't serve lunch so we ate MREs for lunch every day. Also, the bathrooms would shut down because there was no water so none of us took showers for the 6 days we were there. This is all the movies we/I watched.

The Fugitive(Us)
The Island(Us)
Pirate Radio(I)
Men Of Honor(I)
Cape Fear(Us)
Die Hard(I)
The Ugly Truth(Us)

I know we watched more, but I can't remember them. I was just happy we got to watch all the LOTR movies(yes, it did take all day) and there was ALOT of spades being playing and I read almost my whole Fablehaven book(last one! Woot!)

Anyway, that's all that. We're back now and hopefully I'll be back soonish. I'm getting pretty excited.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I miss my best friend

So, for those of you that don't know Harry got a hernia a while ago and had to leave really suddenly to go get surgery. He stopped in to let me know and say bye but I was planning on seeing him again in a few weeks. Well a few weeks later was Christmas and my best friend was nowhere to be found. I found out he was stuck in Sharana and wouldn't be back for a day or two, so no big deal. We went on mission the day after Christmas and didn't get till New Years Day and I walked around trying to look for Harry, but again he was nowhere but his platoon was there. I went back to my room and logged on my computer for bored time and I got a message from him saying that they had sent him back to the US for the rest of the deployment so I wouldn't be seeing him for another 3 months. Why would you do this, God? So, again, not too bad. I am so happy he's out of here, its an absolute hell and I'm happy I don't ever have to worry about him on mission and only a few months till we get to hang out again. Now it is dawning on me, this could be the best friend I'll ever have and he's in the US and I'm here and when I go home then I'll be leaving the army while he'll be leaving to Ft Carson for a few more years army time so we won't have that much time to hang out. I used to love getting back to Ghazni cause I could go to his room and hang out with him and Menard but now Menard is gone(In the Florida hospital) and Harry is in the US and even my other friends seem to be busy with their best friends. This sucks. I can't wait to get back to the US so Harry and I can go do stupid things and play with the animals at Petsmart but it's not fair that we'll only have 3 months left when I get back.

Don't worry, Idaho friends, I still love you guys, too.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Is my Peter Pan complex showing?

So, I don't want to grow up. I don't really think I ever REALLY wanted to grow up except when I was playing army as a kid and now that I know what real army is like, I'm done and can go back to being 6. I hate the idea of having real responsibilities that have large repercussions and having to do adult things. I hate relationships(this is an entirely different rant, but in short you women make great friends but go CRAZY in relationships and I'm not an RM so I'm not good dating stock anyways) I hate having to make payments, I love working but I hate bosses I feel like they're rarely smarter than me but somehow they are paid more and in charge of me and have god complex, I hate having to be knowledgeable, and I REALLY hate the fact that if I'm doing nothing to progress in life then everyone will look down on you. You know what I'm saying here? I obviously have some life aspirations(meet Chris Nolan, witness a collapsing star, ect) but when I get out of the army then I feel like doing NOTHING for a while and since I won't be able to get into BYU-I in the fall then that means I'll will have the chance to sit around for the winter. I'll be able to get unemployment for 3 years or so and I think I'll do it so I can just enjoy being free for a while, but I don't want to introduce myself as someone freshly out of the army, I don't want people to know I was in the army, I just want to be "Phillip" you know? But normal conversation goes along the lines of "Oh, I haven't seen you in a while what are you doing now?" and when I go "I'm sitting around seeing how many marshmallows I can shove in mouth on any given Monday afternoon" and you can see it in a persons face as they go "Oh...And what about after that? You have a job or are planning on school?" I don't want to have to validate myself to them, and the army IS a way of validating it in a sense to where when I tell people that have known me for a while that I'm planning on doing nothing then they all say something along the lines of "Good for you!" "You've earned it!" or such but I shouldn't have to do that. This is America, home of the lazy, don't look down on me for not wanting to do anything for a while.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Bored Times at Ghazni High

I just couldn't think of anything to put as a title so you get that. Really nothing new is here, I'm just living life some more. I'm starting to think of packing things and getting ready to go home and how I'm going to live in Idaho, ect. I need to buy a new car and that seems like it will be a pain as well as me needing to find a roommate and I really don't want to make new friends/be forced to live with someone who I don't know so we'll see how that works. If I work at Island Park than that will give me some time to work it out(WOOO! Procrastination!) Erm, lessee here. Nathan and Whitni are blogging more often now so that makes me happy to read about their lives, I miss them alot. I wish you guys all blogged more so I could read about all the things that are happening.

Oh, random thought I had the other day:I wonder if water will run faster if it is warm than if it were at a temperature right about freezing. Water has weird properties so I don't know if laws of kinetics really apply to it or how I would figure it out but it could be a nice way to spend some time.

Oh, I also found Hayley Whittier's blob(Cory's wife) so that's way cool, I only got to meet her briefly at the Haunted Mill when I was on leave, but if I know Cory then I can only assume she's amazing. I read some of her old blogs about when he proposed and everything, it was very...*think of right word*...Hmmm. I can't think of the word right now that won't emasculate me so you guys just go read it yourself.

Anyway, I'm still alive. I also noticed I started the last two "paragraphs" with "Oh" that's kinda annoying me but I'm not going to change it or else I wouldn't be able to have this sentence and it makes this post look longer than it it. Bye everybody!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I like a Belsprout, I have performed growth

To begin I just wanted to let you all know that the Jaredites used the word "Tight" way before any of use. Ask Brooks, I'm sure he knows.

Anyway, it's that time of year where we all look back at how little we've changed over the year or rather how little we've improved while changing alot. Thus is the case with me. I turned my facebook page into a "Timeline" which is actually pretty cool but unfortunately it also allowed me to look back at my facebook in 2007 WAY too easily. As I looked back at my full timeline(2007-now) then I realized how much I've changed and grown into a cynical, sarcastic, commie hating adult. It was weird just to be able to see posts on my wall and what I posted on other walls at my young age. So while I have grown from a more naive teenager to a slightly less naive man-boy. I think I've grown positively in accomplishments and world knowledge, but it has definitely made me more cynical and critical of the world as a whole while my intelligence as a youth made me cocky even though I'm basically on the same level as my peers now, so I just come off as a conceited moron. I can't say I'm happy with the person I am now, but I'm also not disgusted, so that isn't a bad thing. I don't fear Brandon Lee coming back to life and hunting me down, but I still fear death because I'm NOT making the 1st string in heaven.

Anyway, enough with general long term growth, in the last year as a whole then I also haven't done that much growing in positive terms, particularly spiritually. This year I have the added benefit of knowing how little I've improved because I wrote down NYRs on my iPhone and can read what I was supposed to do instead of just forgetting about it. I did get better about going to the gym, probably became slightly healthier(now I may live to 31 before the heart attack hits) but I have almost never attended church this year even when given the opportunity, I rarely read scriptures and rarely pray and as a whole don't really feel like a "Mormon" anymore. I'm LDS in my words(well, not ALL my words) but not my actions because I simply lack actions to do good things. I can't think of anything BAD I've done this year but I've also done nothing positive, but par for the course is OK, right? Wrong. I believe that life is very much like an escalator, if you aren't moving your feet then you're going down. So, because I'm cut short on time by the need of sleep for mission then I'll just leave it at that. More later, perhaps. This year should be better?