Meh ............... Figures ............Well it bloody figures ....... I'm startled ... NOT surprised. My TV died just last week picture went on it, and knowing these new fangled modern TV's it's probably the main chip. That bloody all in one wonder that does everything for the picture, voltage, and timing. wonder how much it's gonna cost? not to worry ... us techs is trained in how to repair audio and video equipment, now lemme get my A/V study book out *cough* eh? lil dusty! Well the plan will be to get it fixed just gotta wait until I can haul it's heavy arse in to work. "hey Salty, you starin at yer wife and kids all day and shaping around to be a loving, nurturing father now?" you ask.
F**K NO! ..... I like you but yer crazy! lil drunk too eh?
So then what's a guy like me do when his 32" CRT of 4 1/2 years goes down do? Goes out and gets a 42" HD Plasma made by the leader in HD plasma technology. Check er out eh:
"Kids, Kids! Daddy loves you but daddy also loves Halo ... and in all fairness Halo came first." By the way where the hell are you slugs? Ya'll like Halo 2 too er wha? get on yah slugs and show me yer skillz.
Watchin' discovery channel right now and just watched "Future Weapons" and they showed this stuff called the Dragon Skin balistic vest .... OMFG it not only stopped 7.62 from an AK it took an M-67 Frag grenade. Google it bitches! Canada has got to get some of that!
I was drafted on to a curling team two weeks ago for the annual EME Bonspeil. Drafted by my platoon Warrant Officer (that's one up from Sgt and one shy of CSM in the CF) Him, his missus (a MCpl) and W/O Legeer from Ops & Trg decided to become a team and all of us Sigs Fags going to a Vehicle tech function no less ha! Warrant Legeer is EME though a Weapons tech. Out of all of us ... I was the more experienced Rock pitcher and they dubbed me to be the Skip (Captain) yeah! Well we'll see how I pan out as Skip but we don't expect to win .... nay we plan to be a visual discrace to the EME name and being that 3/4 of our team is sigs .... sounds like fun to me.
- Katie and I are finaly getting hitched, living in sin for upwards of 5 years ain't coo. Aug 25 this year no honey moon planned until 08. need cash and we're on a debt crushing budget.
- My brother got himself arrested. Figures! ....... I'm startled ... not surprised!
- Had a Vasectomy way back in April 06. Worst pain of my life .... for thirty seconds, then the freezing kicked in .... Post Report: got a third testical, bigest blood clot the doc had ever seen and was declared the worst complication he's had ... EVER! many pics of my junk taken, many interns and junior Medics got a good look too, Pride striped effectively.
-winter finnaly showed up a week ago and wada-yah know it ain't much. Freakiest winter I've seen yet. The norm is 3' of snow and 5' snow banks. this year less than 6" and no snow banks cause it melted off the pavement.
-I'm on the look out for a good photo editing program that quite simply will resize my pics to a pixel size of my choice without hassel. MS Photo editor for MS Office 2000 @ work does the trick but it's at work so ... yeah. That's why there's no pics yet. just looking for recomendations no freebies or hacked shit.
So that's some more stuff I forgot to mention lots o busy but hey I'm on again ain't I ..... the missus is out shoppin' ........ meh. Been reading alot of journals haven't left alot of msgs though. I figure it's bset to read rather than write for now.
Happy Holidays everybody hope ya'll had a good set. Mine was uneventful. Which as most should know means good. Life's been crazy lately and without the time to get on the PC for a dedicated amount of time to write even a journal entry .... ya'll have got every reason not to post back on this. But before you go and walk away from this, you should know what's been going on. However there's so much to tell that i'm gonna have to break this down into O-group point form so break out yer pen and pads an prepare to copy:
-From early april 06 to present my unit has been in transition of joining forces with another unit to become one mighty super unit. This means super busy trying to figure out what we're supposed to be responsible for.
- After summer break MAV stood up and I was 2IC of team 2. BIg upgrade tour of Ontario reserve units means lots more work and only a Game Boy to entertain me. Sep til Nov i've been on the road living out of my suitcase trying not to eat out all time and get fat ..... ;)
- Post MAV Reorg All the Master Corporals get posted out of shop no new replacements until early Dec and they got their rank mid Nov. This means they is as smart as me and need training. More work for me and a new position in my shop Work Order processor.... yay :(
- Missus has new obssesion POGO.COM heard of it? I HAVE! she's on here all the time. nuff said.
So there's the sum up sorry guys I'm back and coming on more that's fer sure I've got a ton o pics to upload and share so get ready.
Post C-DayArg me friggin' 'ead. Well Canada day is in the books and the BBQ I put on was a success got 8 of my mates together and we drank the day away. Now I remember why I don't drink much, HAPPY HANGOVER! Beer can spawn some weird things, the latest pic being one of 'em I started early and three in the hole I got up the great Idea to show off my drinkin' hat to the world. Ugh what a mug ..... and I even remember practicing to make it a cool shot ...... meh? Ah well Happy Canada day to every body.
Too little .... but ne'er lateWell has work been a night mare I've been all over the place doing one thing after another, and man am I beat. I thought Afganistan was tough .... pfshhh sha right. I almost want to go back thanks to the pace here. Alot of my work lately has been for preparing the next bouys to go over on Roto 2. I'm sorry to everyone about my absence and lack of comms but duty calls every day. I've done more stuff in the past months that have had nothing to do with my trade than I have done stuff that does. They had me as Range Safety staff at one point, sha the dude who stands behind the shooters and makes sure they don't screw up or do something unsafe. My schedule is chaotic from day to day and hectic at best. Lots of things have been changing in the LCIS world .... sadly can't get into 'em here top secret stuff an all. Yeah I'm starting to move into the secret school world now and I haven't left the same workshop I started out in. Still the same unit still the same job, just different jobs. I'm on H2 an awful lot now and that's relieving the stress, but the job is getting mind numbing lately. I'm hopeing to get on here more ..... boy do I say that alot ..... meh Cheers lads see yah round.
Where does the Time go?Well you may not know but today for me is the 3 month anniversary of the day I arrived in Mirrage for our long anticipated Decompression at the 4 star hotel the army hooked us up with. Getting of the hurc, I collected my self after a moderately unsettling flight and procceded to comply with the mad scramble of turning in all my fightin' an' dyin' gear. Poor Katie 4 dusty as all Frig but still a trusty rifle none the less, she will be missed. Turned her in with my vest, mags, bayonet, bullets, and any tan stuff I wanted too minus of course the one complete set of combats that I needed for the flight home, by order of the RSM. Once that was all done we had a bit of admin to do getting our temp quarters on base, our passports, ID's, extra money, and Cultural Breif with red zones of the city they didn't want us deviant white man bastards to go because of the local's outlook of us. Meanwhile the majority of their people got away with stuff that would make me blush, I'll tell yah that story in a bit. Around 6pm local we all finally was sorted out and were picked up by a set of busses that rushed us off right an' proper to our hotel and lord what a sight! The Habtoor Grand, and were they ever ready for us! Bell boys took our bags the instant we got off the bus and waited until we got our rooms assigned to take them there personaly so we could spend time getting orientated to the resort ..... but we all know it was so we could go straight to their bar an' drink ourselves stoopid ...... and we did. Don't remember much after the fifth strong bow but I was darn sure there was two or three pints of Molson Canadian right before that. There was 60+ of us cramed into this tiny bar with lord knows how many regular hotel guests, but it didn?t stay that way for long. I remember getting handed a shot of something green, which is when I noticed several of the guests getting up an leaving and that?s when I took the shot and screamed something to the effect of ?Aw Hell we?s skeerin? ?em away, Ah well more room for the ruckus!? I?m sure it was a little more racial than that but we Canadians have that ?Polite? image to keep up right. I think the Green shit was absynth. After last call, we began the long stagger around the resort looking for the door that matched our key. Along the way a few of us came across the pool, which is closed after dark, but we all know what happens when sloshed canucks find a pool that?s heated ?.. those with suits jumped on in, those without didn?t need ?em any-who. Much fun was had but me being the wet diaper I am stayed away the moment the first sausage took float in them waters, almost got dragged in buy one of the more fisky ladies that had joined us but I?m a squirley bugger and slipped away. Coming too the next morning my head was thundering and all that cured it was full scale 5 star breakfast buffet! The dude made me an omelet right in front of me with virgin oil and fresh gubbins galore and didn?t go skimpy neither. Fresh fruit, fried meats, and all the greasy goodies a simple sod like me could want. The rest of the day was spent touring the city looking for all the good market places to get cheap crap. The gold market was huge just booth after booth after city block filled to the tits with gaudy bling. The electronics market, was much smaller, but still, stocked to the 9?s with all kinds of cool crap and not a price tag in site. Got me a camera and a flash drive memory stick for under $300. Wish I had more money, but I was glad I got outta there when I did cause I needed it later that?s fer sure.
Anyways I know I ain't been on Sorry guys I suck! Work is killing me an all I want's to do when I get home each night is crash an play Halo 2. So My Tag is "Blinky Mahmoood" look fer me I'm kickin arse an takin' names. I'll get on RvB more once the pace here dies.
The Long Awaited ....Trip home ..... The closing days of Roto 4/0 were pretty much a blur, they flew by quickly as work orders flew in and kept us going at 90mph. Not alot got done though, parts were limited due to the handover process, and anything that couldn't be fixed on the spot was put on the self "Awaiting Labor/Parts". The food steadily got worse some how and the last three dinners there I spent at Pizza Hut or Burger King which never was as good as the real stuff back home but close enough. The greatest note of the Handover was the HUB battery fiasco that consumed the camp an aflicted our troops with a critical problem brigade wide. The ingenious Supply Techs at the Depot back in Canada thought it would be beneficial to send every radio for every tank, trooper, and truck over to KAF set in Zeroise Crypto Keys mode, a great idea in theory ensuring the enemy won't get our Crypto keys. Sadly when set in that mode the radio draws of the Hold-Up-Battery to wipe the memory clean, which is instantanious, but when left in that mode drains the HUB dead and prevents the radio from holding crypto once turned off. Over 300 radios's arrived like that and while our shop keeps a liberal stock of these batteries as spares for when they actually do die our stock was not nearly enough to put a dent in the enormous tasking that came down from the foreman of signals. (I beleive I mentioned him before? MWO Ed-roids?) We're tasked to replace all dead HUBs and bring the incoming battle group back up to comms readiness ..... Yeah right! We had our sourses to go too for more HUBs but that cleaned out the Op Reserve stock of every last battery they had and after two weeks of refiting HUBs to the Units there was not a HUB to be found in all of Afganistan. I remember the day a Warrant Officer came down asking for HUBs to replace the dead ones in his platoons radios. We told him "sorry we don't have any." a few hours later some captain came down asking for HUBs to replace his company's dead HUBs, We told him sorry We don't have any and there aren't any on Camp!". At the end of the day this Major comes barging in and demads all the HUBs we have for his Company's Radio's, It's a matter of Mission critical!". At this point we put two and two together and realised that the WO's platoon and the Captain's Company were one in the same. So we told him as well "That there are none in KAF at all and until the order of 500 we put in for last week comes in there's nothing we can do for him." Well I guess that's when the shit hit the fan cause the next morning this big arse Colonel comes barging into the shop, dosen't even knock 'er nothin', and starts barking out demanding for the section IC, which was me cause MCpl Nadeau was out with Jay on some other call. His little entourage of yesmen start roaming around the shop looking about for something. At which point I noticed the Major from yesterday just outside. "Sir did he tell you what I told him yesterday?" "That you have none?" "Yes Sir!" "yes" "so no offense sir but then why are you here? We don't have any and until Parts Cell gets some in they have none too." "and where are they located?" "just over there sir" "well then I guess I get some from them then." "Sir they DON'T have any, and they won't for a while." "We'll see about that." and he left. That was the funnest day of my tour there, getting to tell off a big bird, as if flashing his rank in my face was gonna make HUBs pop out my ass. sheeesh. On the final day it was like Christmas all over again, I was up at like 3 am and had my luggage all packed and on the truck by 5. Saddly in the rush I misplaced the charger for my shaver but didn't notice until 3 weeks ago today, shit like I'm gonna shave while on leave. The Hurc ride out was horendous we found out that morning that the old crews had been rotated out for new ones which ment the pilot would be all hardcore for evasive flying. *hurc* The takeoff must have been a solid 6G's for well over a minute until he surpassed his cruising altitude by ... oh .... 3000 meters so he took us into a free fall that lasted for another minute. The breakfast I had got nicely packed into my lower colon along with all the blood in my body down to my feet (Jay said I went stark whiter than normal, he didn't think that was possible.) It all was then rushed to my head and back into my throght. NOT FUN! the rest of the trip was fine even the landing was alright. I couldn't have been happier to be in Mirage, cause the next three days were a blast at a 4 star resort hotel in the city next to Camp Mirage that can't be named for operational reasons, but we will say it was HOT, Sunny and the people of the country are LOADED! My next journal will have all the details of the escapades that were to follow.
Sorry just don't Cut it sometimes....Wow has it been a while since I been on here. I'd first off like to say sorry, to all that I did promise pics sooner and that I should have shared some stories sooner. Can't do it right now I gotta get back to work from lunch but tonight I promise the recap of all the events from post deployment will be up for all to see.