Not too much new over here. We went out for about a 9 hour foot patrol last night. It didn't start out to well. We got inserted by another platoon, and as we were dismounting the vehicles, one of the other team leaders comes up to me with some copper wire. Copper wire is what the insurgents use to command detonate their bombs, so whenever we see it, we pretty much know one is nearby. Well, Roberts, the guy that was showing it to me, loves his pranks, so at first i thought he was just joking around. He finally convinced me that his vehicle had parked right on top of the wire. We immediately started moving vehicles and finding cover. A few minutes later we convinced ourselves that no one was watching us waiting to push a button, so we came out and I was the poor unlucky one who started following the wire. We followed it into an open field for about 800 meters, until it finally stopped at a detonator switch. Everything turned out okay, but just seemed like a bad way to start a long patrol. The rest of the patrol was pretty uneventful, until one of the guys in my squad got attacked by a rabid dog and he had to shoot him. That's one of the things about Iraq. There are dogs everywhere. EVERYWHERE. You can't walk 20 feet without having a wild pack of dogs around you. None of them are pets, and ALL of them are rabid.
I've been getting alot of care packages from everyone. Thank you very much. A lot of the stuff is for the kids, and its a good feeling to hand it out to them. Almost all of the time they take it and cant get the smile off their face. Sometimes the adults will take whatever it is from them and look at us suspiciously until we leave. Either way, its probably worth the effort.
There are some things I am really starting to miss. Like showers. I actually don't remember the last time I took one. The only saving grace is that everyone smells the same, and we still all smell better then the Iraqis. How about flushing toilets? I haven't used one of those in a month. I will never fear a port-a-potty again. Brushing your teeth in a sink. Changing socks. Not wearing the same flight suit for 3 straight weeks. Being able to sleep at night. Not having to eat chow with a rifle between my legs. That's a biggie. We got a big upgrade when two people moved out of our room. Now I share it with 8, but its still the size of the room I had in college all to myself.
Howie's memorial is in 2 days. Everyone is ready for that to come. We patrolled past near where we got hit that night. Brought back some weird feelings. You look at all the houses in the vicinity and try to discern which one was responsible, but its so hard to know because you really have to catch them in the act. We'll get them though. We still have 6 months to find them.
One more thing. Badgers are going to win the Final Four. Period. End of questions.
Until next time.