Monday, August 30, 2004

Free Gmail

anyone want a Gmail account? thats google's new email service ..you can only get by invite right now ..and i have a handful to giveaway ..

go here to get one..

http://www.splashhall.org/blog/

login and leave a post or comment with a first and last name and email to send it to..

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Happy Birthday Reba

~HaPpY~BiRTHDaY~BaBy


I just want to tell my wife Happy Birthday and I can't wait to see you. I
miss you baby more then anything. I hope you have a great day. I love you.

Never-Ending

Your Hubby

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Just Wanted To Say

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to write a little update. We are about half way through our
deployment. We haven't seen a whole lot of ports. Just about 4, all of them
were working ports. There was Hawaii, Bahrain, Oman, and Africa. We dropped
off our Marines. Guarded some oil wells, and boarded and inspected ships.
All in all no trouble from anyone.

It's been really hot most of the time. I figure that San Diego 70 degree weather will feel like the Northern Michigan in January by time I get back. To tell you the truth it's not what I thought it would be. I knew it was going to suck being away for so long, but it is way beyond "suck". I will definetly get out as soon as they will let me.

I have been taking college courses, working on my associates. We watch a lot
of movies, stand a lot of watches, play a lot of cards. No one wants to play
euchre, its all about Texas hold'em and spades. The food sucks, although it
does beat Mickey D's, but not by much. I cant wait to be home. I never thought
I'd say it, but I really miss Saginaw. I think just being home will be the
best Christmas ever. Well feel free to write. Talk to you all soon. Tell
everyone I don't have an e-mail address for, I said Hi.

Love ya,
Trav

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Hey Look A Hooters





We Need A Hooters Like This Back Home



Tuesday, August 03, 2004

I Need A Brewski

Been a few days, we are hurting a little right now on band-width. I can't share our location other then we are in the gulf. Trying to get some pictures uploaded. Bandwidth! Bandwidth! Bandwidth! I will keep trying.

I would like to share this story with you. This Admiral LaFleur seems to think that all we do is bitch and complain, without saying it that is. A true politician. We all know the Navy doesn't give a shit about us as individuals, quality of life and family are just PR bullshit they use, so the general public think they care. The navy will put us where they need us when they need us. Regardless to quality of life or Morale.

Over the last 2 months I have seen 2 ports, Hawaii and Bahrain. Both of which were working ports, 8 to 12 hr days. You might say, "well thats my work week," I am talking seven days a week for 2months straight here, without a single day where I could sleep in past 5:30am. Not a single day! I understand that we are at war against terrorism, thats why I signed up. I understand that we have a job to do, I am honored to do that job BUT..

When a sailor bitch's that he would like to see some ports he's not asking for a weeks stay at the Hilton. Or no duty. Or be able to paint the town red. He is just asking for a break and a cold one. Besides the honor of defending our country and our love ones, the posters and television commercials said our feet would touch land once in awhile. Sailors don't even bitch about the money as often as they bitch about a little R&R.

Speaking of money the average sailor, single, no kids, with less then 5 yrs barely earns poverty level wages. Yes there are the medical benefits, GI Bill, and retirement after 20 years with a pension. But how about a cold brewski once in a while? No wonder retention is hurting.

Later!