Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday Memories - Afghanistan

No, I didn't go to Afghanistan, however my sweet husband did.  This is his memories.  I just happened to be going through photos on our computer yesterday afternoon and saw these and asked if he'd mind sharing them.

For those of you who don't know, this is my husband.  He was on a flight from Bagram Airbase to FOB Sharana on a C-130 (that's a military plane).

This is the morning after they landed at Bagram looking out toward the mountains.

This was a view of the mountains closer to the FOB (FOB stands for Forward Objective)

This is his buddy Tim.  He was stationed there at Bagram.

This is also in the C-130 headed from Bagram to Sharana.

This was his new office before he took possession of it.

Day 1 they took a trip around the wire.  This is looking out off the side of the mountain they were on.

Another view.

And yet another view.

This is on the FOB looking out on the backside of the airstrip looking at the living area.

And it's a camel.  He said they were giving camel rides.

This is their office during the initial inspection.  That is why all the equipment is laying out, open.

This was his living quarters.

This was the other side of his living quarters.

This is out of the back of a Blackwater plane delivering supplies to remote FOB's.

Another view.

Look they have a plane following them.  He was delivering supplies too, not trying to shoot them down.

And yet another view.

 Can you even imagine what this landscape looks like?  He told me the sand over there they referred to as "moon dust" because it was so powdery fine.  On a side note I'm cutting apart some of his old uniforms to make him a quilt and I'm still finding sand from over there, and those have been washed and back in the states since 2009.

And yet another view.  If you look real hard kind of the middle left, you can see their plane shadow.

At this point he said he has his head hanging out the back of the airplane scared to death he was going to drop his camera.

He said this was a farming complex.  He said that the farming complexes were surrounded by stone fences/walls.

Now this is Welch entering his room.  If you notice the green thing, that's an old parachute that he put over the roof of his living quarters.  The white thing is a tube going to the AC to try and help cool his room.

This was a relax/play day of sorts.  Very low key.  They BBQ'ed, they sang, played BBall, Volleyball, just a day for them all to relax.

They were visited by many people including the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders, Kid Rock, Toby Keith, Taylor Swift to name a few.

Boy doesn't Welch look happy?  And a little like Will Smith too.... Just sayin... Although when I met him and I said that he looked at me and knew I'd been talking to my husband.  LOL.

Swiffer Wet Jets were their friends.

If you need to smoke... they have an area designated for you.

And if you need a nap, I guess just lay your head down in the office.  See the large white screen above Welch?  That's a 6 foot screen where they played video games.  Apparently they didn't sleep at night, instead they played video games until it was time for work the next morning.

Sargent Welch got a promotion to Staff Sargent Welch.

This is hubby's desk and those were his guitars he used to pass the time.

This was the C-130 that we rode from Bogram to Sharana.

And if boring wasn't enough... see what he's holding... it's a magnet.  Apparently they would throw it at the ceiling.  And when they broke it, eh, they just taped it back together with medical tape.

Hubs being a "cool" guy hanging his feet out the back of the plane.  Don't worry, he was strapped in.

Yet again...

And this time he had company.

 That is a small compound inside of a FOB that he visited.

There's the corner and the mountainous view.

This he believes was at Bagram.

And K36 was the KHut they lived in for a year.

So Thank you for sharing these memories with us.  I just find it so interesting to see other countries and sometimes can't wrap my head around what it might have been like living there.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

How Cool Am I {Memories}

So I learned to drive a truck in a freak lightning storm.  I'm still not a fan but I'm not as scared as I used to be.  But that night my dad had about 60 acres of hay down on the ground.  Now luckily it was baled up, he just had to get it loaded and in to the barn before it rained.  We actually didn't even start loading that hay until like 9pm.  It was dark, the only light was from the headlights and the lightning in the sky.  So I was in the truck and my dad was driving it from outside.  The truck is a standard so you could put it in 1st gear and Low 4 wheel drive and it would drive itself down the rows with a little steering directions every now and then.  Well I was screaming every time it would flash lightning so my dad asked if I wanted a job.  I told  him sure.  I wasn't tall enough to see over the steering wheel so he slid his hard hat (worked in a wire mill until he became the safety guy and even then still needed the hard hat when he had to go into the plant) into the driver's seat and I sat on it so I could see over the steering wheel.  He told me to keep it between the rows and not to hit any bales.  I think that night I only actually hit about 4 bales.  Not bad for 60ish acres :).  But I learned how to turn the truck and trailer around without hitting the fence, always a plus.  We got all that hay put up that night but about 2am and none of it got rained on, always another plus!

So then a couple years later, about the time I was 6 or so (remember my birthday is the end of July so who knows exactly my age :)) my dad got a company truck.  It was like an 88 or an 89 Chevy S10, automatic.  Well that truck I could slide the seat all the way up and reach the floor petals.  So I'd go flying through the field in that truck.  But my favorite thing to do was load the dogs up in the bed and haul them around with me.  We had like 3 or 4 dogs at the time :).  Anyway my grandma saw me come flying through the field one day and about had a cow.  She didn't know I could drive, little lone drive that truck I guess because she freaked out and jumped in the passenger seat with me.  So I'd slam on the gas and slide the dogs to the tailgate and then without notice slam on the break and slide them back into the cab.  She asked me what I was doing and I told her, "Grandma, they like it." (referring to the dogs)  Yeah I guess I was kind of an ornery kid :)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Why Do You Take Photos

Have you ever asked yourself why you take photos?

Do you take them to be annoying?
Sorry Hunny, I love you!

Do you take them to be obnoxious?
Circa Easter 2012 when my dad was giving me fits about taking photos of food.  Yes I emailed him this picture :)
 Do you take them to try to tell someone about something you like?
I still like them....

Do you take them to try and tell a story?

Do you take them to try and remember a time/place/or event?
Hawaii Sept 4, 2011

Do you take them to try and be artsy?

Do you have them to remember family?
Grandma J {still alive}, Grandma S, me, Grandpa S, Grandpa J - July 2007

Truthfully, we all take pictures for lots of different reasons.  And we don't always take a photo for the same reason.  But the next time you take a picture, ask yourself before you snap that camera, why am I taking this picture?  It just might help you get a little bit better photo to capture that special event :).

Happy Friday!



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