Sorry for the week off, but our internet access was not that good, plus, I was getting ready to leave Courage and begin my trip back home. Hooray!!
First off, yesterdays lottery scratch off did not produce any winnings, so I will not be talking any further about that!!!
I am currently at another base waiting to catch a flight down to Kuwait, where I will catch another flight to the good ole US of A. It's not a quick process, but I am hoping to be in North Carolina by Tuesday. Then if the stars are all in align, I hope to only be at Fort Bragg for Seven days and then it's home for good. Good bye Mosul, Good by Iraq!!!
I am going to miss a lot of the guys I have had the pleasure of working with, some more than others, and some not at all, haha, that's just the truth of things. I will really miss my interpreter Bob, he was the coolest and I owe him a lot. He just got married, so I want to wish him the best, hopefully he'll get out of the Interpreter business and do something a little less dangerous so he can spend more time with his new wife and get a family started.
I have had a tremendous experience in Iraq, some you have read about on this blog, some only a select few have heard from me in person, and some I'll probably never speak of again, but that is how things go in this business. I feel I have grown a lot as a person and have a better perspective on life, especially on just how precious it is. I have learned we have it made in America. Our only problem is we like to bitch and moan and cry a lot!!! Myself included, but after seeing what I have seen, I think I will cut down on most of that. I have realized when our biggest dissappointment of the day is when the drive thru at McDonalds screws up our order or the waitress doesn't fill up our drink exactly when we would have liked for her too, then things really aren't that bad.
I have many plans for when I return, to include, where I live, work, what I do, and things along those lines. I'll fill you in more as I figure them out! Get ready for some rock n roll though, those plans are already in motion!!
Quite a few of you have asked me what I am going to do with my blog once this is over. Will I keep it going with the regular day to day happenings of my life or will I shut it down? I have decided that after the coming home party my Mom throws me that I am going to discontinue updating "Travis in Iraq", cause that book will be complete. I am not going to delete it, I will leave it up for anyone who wants to go back and read or re-read my tales or look at the various pics I have posted over the last ten months. Don't worry though, I plan on starting a new blog chronicling the next adventure of my life and you will all be invited to visit there as well.
Well I have to get going and pack up some boxes I want to mail home so I don't have to drag them around with me. Take care and keep reading, the next few weeks should be quite interesting.
Peace to All,
Travis C. Stuart