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Eric Saudi

4404th Composite Wing (Provisional)

Posted on 2006.07.27 at 17:57


leonardii at 2006-07-28 05:29 (UTC) (Link)
You sir, are the luckiest SOB ever alive in the armed forces as far as I have ever known. Man, what an experience!! You are truly an amazing spirit and your gift of story is very much enjoyed!

This story will be precious for generations (and more) of future Howtons! You'll be forever known to your future grandchildren and generations as "The Grandfather who got groped."

I'm just dieing to see the eyes of the Arabian women! You're right - in general, women here don't know shit about eye makeup. Often - it doesn't even exist... but I blame this trend on contemporary womens' magazines (which I dutifully read). Article after article emphasizes over and over just how turned on your man will be if you (the girl) keep the makeup to a bare (read virtual none) minimum. I agree - don't overuse the stuff, but they sure don't tell tips on how to apply, layer, and highlight colors. Lena keeps telling me daily that I need to write Cosmo and set them straight. I have to agree - but I'm kind of conducting a social experiment at the moment. Anyway, I digress...

I was holding my breath as you told us about the "Lady." Man, my scrotum tightened just thinking about the dude who was ready to cut you up. Scary. But what about this mysterious woman? I bet you NEVER stop thinking about her. Hell, I might not myself. That was just too exciting... please tell me there is more!

I'm gonna say it again. YOU LUCKY DOG! RAF!? WITH R&R (and other) PRIVILEGES!? Lucky bastard. I wish I was the bastard. I would've been a good bastard. Everybody would be envious of me too! But, if anybody deserves to be the bastard - you do, my friend... and you were. Good for you!

I volunteered like crazy for anything and everything. But it was different being a linguist, and especially being in the army. It was more like being in East Berlin around 1979 - when the concrete wall and the anti-personnel fortifications were at its zenith. I thought it would be soooo cool to have that top secret clearance. It was a prison - they wouldn't let a linguist go anywhere. They held on to us -- they had to -- for the labor. Enlistments and re-enlistments of E4 and below had dropped to such an all time low they literally canceled and halted all promotions for above E4 "for an unspecified duration." They also cut the re-enlistment bonus in its entirety for linguists. It was simply an unlucky time period to be on the lower half of the food chain.

I did enjoy my stint though - and also have some stories to tell. I won't be playing the role as a pampered RAF liaison, but I think every military experience has merit. You've given me some inspiration to delve back into my memories and fetch something good from the past. Thank you.

Great narration and story. Let's here some more!

Lucky bastard. :)
ehowton at 2006-07-28 06:21 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I've thought about doing one on each of the countries I've been stationed in. This was the easiest because my time there was so short. Length of tour as my guideline, I'd likely do Korea next.
leonardii at 2006-07-28 06:40 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. Give us the dirt on Korea.
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