MISSOURI'S STATE MOTTO: "I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me." -U.S. Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver, 1899
"Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God." -Benjamin Franklin, 1775
"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -James Madison
"If you're going to tell people the truth, you better make them laugh: otherwise they'll kill you." -George Bernard Shaw
I WAS an enlisted soldier serving in Baghdad in 2004, when I started this journal at the suggestion of some friends. I have been in and out of Iraq several times since then for the Military and a couple of private companies. It has been a wild ride.
OBLIGATORY DISCLAIMER: :"In accordance with AR 600-20, para 5-3(1)(a), political opinions expressed on this blog are those of myself in my private capacity and not as a representative of the DoD, DA, or any particular element of the Army." I cannot provide any information that may compromise the security of the military in any way.
Here is a little background on me, if you get bored - just open another Browser Window of hardcore porn to glance at while reading.
In my civilian life, I have worked as a Substance Abuse Technician, VSAT Technician, Technical Support Guy for Tax Software (sexy, I know), A manager of a team those techs, a construction worker, a Medical Technical Associate, A data entry guy in a bank, A clerk in a drugstore, a clerk at a Taco Bell (sexier still!), A Technician for a small telecom firm (For two whole weeks!), Technical Support for Gateway (Then Gateway 2000) and I temped for my City's Government and an Insurance Regulation Organization. I hauled hay in the Midwest for a day and picked strawberries in Central California for a day.
I was also a reservist in a pretty cool U.S. Army unit that deploys often.
Many of these jobs I quit at after a very short while when I realized they were not fulfilling (or had no advancement potential), some I have held at the same time, some while going to school. Some things I just had to try. Hey Abraham Lincoln had 42 jobs before becoming president! These included Lawyer, Logger, and Professional Wrestler (no joke!). He also suffered from severe bouts of depression, married a psychopath, and was assassinated... so the path I've been going down is not ALL good.
Speaking of school I have studied (or changed my major to at one time) Experimental Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Computer Science, Spanish, and Business Computing Sytems. This is why I spent 4 1/2 years at 3 not particularly great state schools. You should watch me play "trivia" some time.
I have been lucky enough to pick up, though work training, my own study, the military or whatever - First Aid and CPR, HTML, C++, and Pascal Programming, Amatuer Boxing, Spanish, German (a little) Arabic (a little), Wireless RF Kung-Foo, VSAT Basics, MS Software Certifications, PC building, Really Good Knife Fighting, and upgrading and repairing and other assorted crap.
Trivia: My parents have been married eight times (Combined).
I am 6' 4 1/2'' and therefore hit my head on things (much to the amusement of my friends), and have severe addictions to Video Games, Caffeine, Dark-Haired Women, and Kosher Dill Pickles.
I capitize things for no reason. And finally since people asked, the name MrVetinari was a DiscWorld reference.