And I'll say it again. I hate goodbyes. This weekend has been full of phone calls to people I love. Family, friends from college, friends from high school, friends from the South Bay, random people that I have met but made connections with. They all suck. The goodbyes, not the people. I understand what I am going to do, I know I am going to Iraq, but for me it has really just become a job, its not this 'noble' thing people keep trying to describe it as. That being said, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for the well wishes and the prayers. I am so blessed to have all of these friends and family and I will never take you for granted.
On a side note, saying goodbye to your mom for the last time before you step on a plane to go to war is like watching someone simultaneously shoot your dog and kick you in the balls while playing Rod Stewart in the background.