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Friday, August 10, 2007

So now that we're on Mainside (aka POG-ville, Camp Fallujah), Muir, Axelrod and I are trying to hit the gym hard, sometimes going twice a day. Well, the gym on Mainside is a little different than the one we are used to in South Camp. The South Camp gym is full of Grunts just like us, out for weeks at a time, so gym time is minimal. Mainside gym is full of the most diesel, needle pushing, muscle bound, 'can't put my arms down to my side because my back is wider than a school bus' dudes. I'm big- 6'6'', 230 lbs, and for the first time in my life I walked into a weight room and felt inadequate. It was humbling.

The worst part??? Those guys have never left the wire once, so all that combat pay that they shouldn't be earning goes to 'roids. On top of that? They probably don't even know what the Zaidon is.


  1. Grunts vs REMFs.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    If it aint 03, it just aint...

    Semper Fi, Marine.

  2. So true, it's a cold lonely world full of Pogues out there.

    On the upside, NFL preseason kicked off this week, and Mailcall just came on the History Channel!!


  3. My husband is in 3/3... Just wanted to say job well done to 2/7, enjoy your time at home.

  4. Just keep in mind that a girl wants someone who can wrap his arms around her and pull her close - not a hulk whose arms won't touch his sides.

  5. Jake the most important question is...are you hitting the "cranium gym" on a regular basis because we all know that in exactly 2 weeks our legacy will be back together to dominate Sarah and Ryan :)

  6. You have no reason to ever feel inadequate in the weight room. Congrats on being done! Can't wait to talk to you stateside.

  7. you've always been a complete sally in the gym- i'm surprised you just recently noticed it. see ya in two weeks. Snipers '08 ya rookie beeyotch!

  8. whoa meghan that was uncalled for.

  9. This is in response to the past few posts.

    Well Done Marine, stay safe until and after you get home.

    Your post about the gym reminds me of the quote I read somewhere, "The closer you are to the front, the nicer the people are." Don't let it get you down.