The days here are getting longer even as they become fewer in number.
Last week we had our company “garage sale” so we could sell off various crap we’d acquired over the course of the deployment to the incoming troops. Items for sale included fridges, microwaves, coolers, power converters, power strips, TVs, Xboxes, PS2s, chairs, and really anything else that wasn’t bolted down. The digital-clad troops (or “the blue guys,” as Bear calls them, since to his skewed perception the new uniforms look blue) fairly mobbed us, voraciously acquiring any and all items available. For my part, I sold my computer speakers, power strip, and 220v-110v power converter within about a minute of placing it outside. Shortest garage sale ever!
All that’s left now is to clean, pack, and leave. It seems so unreal, though – it feels like I’ve always been here, and always will be here. And probably, someday I’ll look back and I’ll wonder if I was ever really here. I guess that’s why I write this: so one day I can remind myself that it was real.