Talking Douglas Firs
Sometimes I feel as if the huge Douglas Fir trees that cover the Pacific Northwest actually communicate with me. When I was a child, I would get the diverse shapes in the long, green and outstretched branches to perform puppet shows of sorts. My mind combined with nature created unlimited magical adventures. Now as an adult, I believe when you see shapes in objects, there is a psychic communication. Faces in clouds, the Virgin Mary in a stone, skulls in your bathroom steamed mirror (that actually happened to me in Oakland). Like Fox Mulder, I think the psychic world communicates to those whose third eye tunes in to those sorts of “groovy” thangs. Recently, as I stare off into the Douglas Fir trees and say goodbye, I sense a familiar conversation. These old trees forever possess a part of my soul and my heart. I here them bid farewell, but also call out for my inevitable return. As I always return home, every few years.
Whirlwind Dime Store Novel Life
Im ambivalent about moving. My last day of work was Wednesday. Good-byes are always hard. But in my case, its more like “Aloha”, a word that both means hello and goodbye. I know I will be back. Sharing personal details of my life like a diary can be quite challenging. Sometimes I opt to distract myself with posts on other things. Other times I feel silly for sharing the whirlwind of my crazy life. But, here goes….I think my meds are working and Im being “compliant” as my shrink says, because I feel good. I feel a sense of release. Im letting go of all my stress, and embarking on a sabbatical, to heal my mind, body and spirit. I lost 13 pounds in 3 weeks, which actually is pretty rapid weight loss. I wasn’t even trying, this was over the holidaze. In the last few months, Ive lost a total of 33 pounds. Im happy with how I look, and really don’t want to go back to bone skinny. I kinda like my C cup perky boobs. I worry that is where I will loose more weight if I continue to lose. But I am eating, Im just busy as all hell. Tomorrow my son “Trey” (his new name after a character in Boyz in da Hood and Menace to Society) is coming to visit me. Im putting his ass to work immediately. Two of his teenage friends are coming with me to get him, and I am making them all move furniture and boxes for a few hours when we get back. I also have some of my hot body male friends coming to help too. Im just moving my things to a local storage unit. Im only taking to Colorado a few books and things. I want to keep my things in storage here, because I believe I will be back within a year.
Christmas and Mental Hospitals
I move on the 29th of December, after the holidays. My brother is coming here, and his girlfriend, as well as my dad and his girlfriend. It should be a nice holiday. My little sister is now in a mental hospital. This is actually a good thing, because they were putting her in juvy, and that is not the best place for a bi-polar teen. I guess she attempted to hang herself with a bed sheet, while in juvy so they sent her for help. I worry about her, and Im sad she is going to be there for Christmas. Im also sad for my son, because I know he was looking forward to spending time with her. Like I say, the holidays are always kinda traumatic. I guess it’s a family tradition.
Another Pussy Tattoo
My gift to myself this year was a new tattoo. I got it last night at Lucky Boy Tattoo Parlor, ran by Nate, a good friend of mine. Nate has been a friend for years, and runs the most amazing tattoo parlor in Kitsap County. (I still have mad love for my other tattoo friends too). Nate appears on this video shot in Bremerton for the PotTV show Rebel Alliance (hosted by me). The video is from late 2000 btw. The “other guy” who tattoos at Lucky Boys, Chris, tattooed a hissing black cat on my shin. Its arched above my pentacle, which was my first tattoo. He re-did the pentacle and made it look more wicked (it was Starhawks Spiral Dance tattoo but it got faded). So now, it’s a cool black cat above my marking of the witch. (positive energy, or white witch of course). I love, love, love the tattoo, and will post photos soon.
Hope To Lavish You All With CyberLove Soon
Im sorry I have been so unavailable. Maybe Im spending too much time talking to the trees and spirits. But I really haven’t had time to be on the computer at all. I predict with the teenager occupation impending that I will have NO time for a bit. Im sure I will be back online after the first of January. I thank you all for reading my blog, being amazing people, and inspiring and encouraging me. I promise to lavish you all with lots of online attention when I get back online Jan 1. Please have a happy holiday and New Year. Will try to check in, until then, but I cant promise much.
(I don’t have time to edit this much. I must start packing boxes and clean. Ignore the typos and errors please. But I guess they are my trademark –wink-)
"The mark of an immature man is that he would die knobly for a cause. The mark of a mature man is that he would live humbly for one" - Catcher in the Rye -WARNING WRITER SPELLING CHALLENGED! But Sometimes you have to say "what the fuck!"
Friday, December 17, 2004
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Love for our Boyz
With the holidaze soon approaching I want to give a shout out to all the soldiers and military currently in Iraq. I especially want to give some cyber lovin to the boyz... mmmm well and grrrls too.
The Second Stryker Brigade
One of my special friends, TC (the biter) is currently serving in Iraq wit the Stryker Brigade. An article explaining the Stryker Brigade is attached to this post. The military blogger CB who did this blog
Iraq Election Insanity
The second Styker Brigade has already suffered combat and casualties due to the craziness with the Iraq election. I am thinking of those soldiers, who are willing to give their lives for our country and sending them lots of love.
Here is a photosite from a soldier with the Stryker Brigade. The photos are pretty amazing.
Stryker Photo website
Heres a special cyber blow to you TC... stay safe babee. I miss you.
Thank you to these bloggers who are also supporting our troops (and my special soldier ) by sending letters and cookies.
Thank you to Sean for serving in Iraq, and volunteering to go back and help. I have much love for you hero.
Thanks also to American Soldier, who is about to leave for Iraq. I do hope to meet you and your family when you safely return. Hugs
-On a personal note, tomorrow is my last day of work. Im in the thick of my move now, and will not be available too much online. My son also is coming to visit me on Saturday. Im sure he will take over the computer and phone. I promise to check in and keep you all posted. Know that Im thinking of you guys and sending you love.
-My brother will probably be joining the Stryker Brigade in March. He works in aviation as a blackhawk pilot and captain. I sure hope he doesnt find the nekkid photos I sent to TC. lol
Stryker Brigade News
2 Members From Fort Lewis-Based Unit Killed
POSTED: 8:35 am PST December 10, 2004
UPDATED: 9:41 am PST December 10, 2004
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Military officials say the two Americans killed in the crash of two helicopters in Iraq were with Task Force Olympia.
That's the Fort Lewis-based unit operating out of Mosul.
Four other soldiers injured in the crash have returned to duty.
From this source
Stryker Soldiers Killed In Iraq
POSTED: 11:05 am PST November 9, 2004
UPDATED: 12:20 pm PST November 9, 2004
MOSUL, Iraq -- Two local soldiers in the Fort Lewis-based Stryker Brigade have died in Iraq
A Task Force Olympia soldier was killed and a second service member later died of wounds following a mortar attack on a multinational base in Mosul on Tuesday.
The names of the service members killed in the attack were being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
A civilian contractor also wounded in the attack was evacuated to the military hospital in Baghdad.
From the Seattle Times
Soldiers From Fort Lewis Come Under Fire In Mosul
POSTED: 6:03 am PST December 1, 2004
MOSUL, Iraq -- U.S. soldiers from Fort Lewis came under fire Wednesday in Mosul, Iraq.
Witnesses said one soldier from the First Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment of the Stryker Brigade was injured in the gun battle.
The shooting erupted as troops traveling through western Mosul on a mission to discuss the January election with Iraqis stopped at a gasoline station.
The witnesses say the attackers fled into a rocky open field and escaped after a half-hour firefight.
Western Mosul is one of the most tense parts of the city, the third largest in Iraq with about 1 million inhabitants.
From this source
Stryker Brigade article
The Army's first Stryker brigade will deploy from Fort Lewis in October for one year as part of a rotation plan to bring battle-weary soldiers home from Iraq, the branch's top general announced Wednesday.
The plan, approved by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, calls for I Corps' 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division to join the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment until March or April.
The regiment then will leave, and the Stryker brigade will remain until October 2004, according to the plan announced at the Pentagon by Gen. John Keane, the Army's acting chief of staff.
Long term, the Army is mulling the deployment of Fort Lewis' second Stryker brigade, the 1st Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division, in late 2004 for at least six months.
The 3,600 soldiers of the first Stryker team essentially await a nod from the Army indicating they're ready for combat after returning last month from a three-month certification mission.
"We have put them through their paces and they are ready to go," Keane said.
Lt. Col. Joseph Piek, a brigade spokesman, said the announcement is a "mark on the wall" to alert soldiers and their families that a deployment is pending.
"We are watching the news and understand the potential now for deployment," he said. "In the meantime, the soldiers and the units will continue to train and plan for whatever missions come their way."
Army officials are writing the report on the brigade's performance during its recent mission. The report is scheduled to be presented to Congress for approval in early October.
Rumsfeld still has the option of waiving the certification process, essentially speeding the brigade's deployment, if he deems there's a critical need.
Most of the units from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, based at Fort Carson, Colo., deployed to Iraq in April.
The Stryker brigades are an integral part of the Army's transformation into a 21st century fighting force. The brigade, which gets its name from the eight-wheeled, 20-ton vehicles that it drives, is intended to fill the gap between light and heavy forces.
The brigade, which can deploy anywhere in the world in 96 hours, can perform a variety of missions, including combat in an urban environment.
Prior to its certification exercise in Louisiana, the soldiers conducted exercises at the National Training Center in California's Mojave Desert. This was the first time an Army infantry brigade has completed back-to-back maneuvers at two of the Army's combat training centers.
The war in Iraq and U.S. military commitments around the globe have placed a strain on Army units.
Sixteen of the Army's 33 active-duty brigades, each with between 3,000 and 5,000 soldiers, are deployed in Iraq and Kuwait. Ten other brigades are involved in ongoing missions, including those in Afghanistan and South Korea.
"Certainly the force is stretched," Keane said, adding that morale is high among soldiers because they believe in the contribution they're making to defend America from terrorists.
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