Friday, June 30, 2006


I am in the USA. With all the turmoil of my transfer and what I am about to step into in Kuwait my combined staff bosses decided that I should take my R&R now and then go to the Sheikdom.

I still had my plane ticket from my original plans and had a two day window to go. I seized the opportunity and fled. A lot of people did not even know I was going, hell I didn't know I was going!

I contacted my sister and asked if she thought I should surprise my wife and son. She has the same sense of humor I have and she just said "Do it." I called my wife and told her I was going to a "no commo" area. That has happened before so she was not surprised by that. Instead I caught a Black Hawk and then grabbed my British Airways flight and zipped out of the Middle East.

Two days, 9000 miles, three changes of clothes, and 6 hours of sleep later I was at my sister's house while she called my wife. My sister is baby sitting my nephew's little dog. It's a Jack Russell Terrier and they are from the devil like snakes. They are unpredictable and destructive and this one is no different. Cute but just too jumpy and fidgety for me. I am am a full blown Labrador Retriever fan. I digress. More about dogs on a later date.

My wife was informed that the little beast from hell had escaped from Stalag Dog and that her help was needed to capture and repatriate the little beasty. My wife came right over and I stood in my sister's bedroom while my sister directed her there. I stood right inside the doorway.

She opened the door and saw me. I would give a mint to have captured the look on her face at that moment but a camera would have been too intrusive. Her eyes opened as wide as they can and her pupils instantly dilated. Her hands flew to her face and she started screaming,"Oh my God!" She was shaking too. I think she was slightly suffering from psychosomatic shock because she just stood still, not believing it was really me.

I hugged and kissed her and she just shook like a freezing child. Her hands shook most of all. Once the realization set in I got hug and kiss after hug and kiss. She hit my sister on the arm as knew she was in on it from Jump Street.

We decided to surprise my son too so we went to his school. My wife walked up to his classroom door and then called me over. He saw me and yelled,"Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!" and came running as fast as he could. I got lots of big hugs and we then went home for celebratory beer and pizza. I didn't last long and faded out by 20:00. I slept 11 hours and now I am the only one in the house awake.

I'm here, safe and sound with the ones I love but still feeling guilty because of all the fine people who I left behind. Even momentary escapes leave you feeling that way. I should be ecstatic to be away but I still feel like I should be there even though I was getting pretty close to burn out.

I will enjoy my next couple of weeks and the it is back to Taji to collect my gear before I leave for Kuwait. I may have to retitle this blog. If anyone has any ideas let me know. Since we are the tail of the Army there may be some ideas there.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story....

BTW, that feeling of guilt never really leaves you. It's been a year since I pounded sand and I still feel like a part of me remains in Baghdad. The regular people I worked with are never far from my thoughts and the others, the Runyon-esque characters, are always just a smile away.

Enjoy your time off, Godspeed in Kuwait...don't give in to the beauracracy!


6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home Soldier! Enjoy your family, guilt free, while you're home. Sounds like you'll be back in the sand box soon enough. Thank you for your service. God bless you, your family and your fellow Soldiers.

Stay safe.

9:14 PM  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Whoa! Full-turbo decpompression!
A friend is heading over there this weekend on/in a deployment to work with the Iraqi police...

10:54 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

That's such a sweet story! I'm glad that you are home right now. Enjoy it as much as you can!

As for renaming your blog, how about "Those Kooky Kuwaities?" Sorry I know that was lame, but just a thought.


11:00 PM  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Welcome home! Have a wonderful visit with each other.

I like the title 'Flythemig'.

5:21 AM  
Anonymous Fritz said...

I miss quoted you on the Calvin Russel song but that is a small thing. While you are back in Austin go to Waterloo Records on Lamar and W 6th Street and get his CD. Look for the song 'Cross Roads'.

Nice homecoming. My best wishes for a happy home time for you, Caren and the "T" man.

Good things come to those who earn them, enjoy your time with your family.

I gotta say one more thing, I like the response your blog gets. No surprise to me that you can get people to respond. You will do well in Kuwait.
God Bless.

8:20 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Welcome home! That was a great description of your wife and son's reactions. I hope you all enjoy every moment you have together. I know you'll take nothing for granted.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story... Heard all about the surprise, and how you guys pulled that off. Although, I gotta disagree with you on the JR Terriers! Labs are cool dogs too, but they don't do much aside from sit there, eat, and just take up space! I read your blogs everyday so before you rattle off something (say about my dog) you might want to think about the response you will get! Either way though glad you were able to get the surprise aunt Caren to tears, and that you are home with the fam.


10:43 PM  
Blogger flythemig29 said...


You are so damn sensitive! It's a dog! It's your dog but it's my blog and I make comments because I wnat to share them. Fear of reprisal has not and never will hold me back. I don't even moderate comments except for some of the nastier,"I hope you all die like Infidels!" crap that some people want me to post.

Labradors are groovy. Your dog is possessed by demons.

3:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just joking, but either way don't be surprised when you get called out on your blogs. I take it thats why you approve all of them? OHHH!!! ha... have a good one Uncle JT!


1:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was only joking, but don't be surprised when I call you out on something! I take it that people do since you "approve" all the comments! OHHH!!! jk... take care Uncle JT!


1:59 AM  

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