Sunday, February 24, 2008
Closer to the end- some funny guys
During my glorious one week up in the IZ, I got to touch base with some acquaintances, some of whom have provided me entertainment during our tour through their blogs-
One of them recently compared our deployment to the 400 Meters footrace.
I've always thought of it as a marathon, not a sprint- and being away from the flagpole, I've had more autonomy to pace myself accordingly- push hard when I need to, pull back when I feel the need, all at my discretion.
His comments made me think of the Kipling quote-
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!
Another of my IZ colleagues has always had a great sense of the absurdity of some of the things we experience. For example, given the urgency of some demands to create slides, a few of the folks at HQ started to think that maybe, just maybe, the key to winning the war was if every policeman in Iraq had pants.
Thus is born and presented to all the world, the "status of pants report." The possibilities here are endless.... let your imagination run wild with your own continuation of this posting.
If the pants status is any indication, removing the 300,000 of us military and contractors in 60 days, as promised by one of our presidential candidates, is entirely feasible and called for.