January 5th, 2008 (CAMP TAJI, IRAQ)

I got a little time to talk to Theresa on the SPAWAR network last night. It was nice to talk with her, and it was only 4 cents a minute. SPAWAR is nice too, because the phones are in separate booths that are quiet. We talked for about 40 minutes. I also picked up an Iraqna cell phone, and I called her from that, just to make sure she has the number. I’m not sure how that is going to work, but I like having it.

We met with some guys from 4/9 today. It sounds dangerous out there, but I don’t think it’s as bad as I initially expected. I’m still worried, but I’m not totally terrified about being here. I really don’t know why this deployment feels so different.

Lt. Schardt came in today to let me know that he and I will be going on a patrol with 4/9 tomorrow. From what I understand, each of our platoons will be sending two leaders out. He sounds like he’s pretty freaked out about it. It is what it is, I guess. If bad shit is going to happen, it might as well happen early on. I am kind of happy to be one of the first guys in the company getting outside of the wire. I don’t have any experience with IEDs, so I’m hoping that we don’t get hit with one. I would like to get into some sort of contact though.

I picked up some picture frames today and hung photos of Jacob and Theresa around my room. I also threw up a surfing poster. It’s a little homier now.

I got to talk with Jacob on the phone for a little bit last night. The time difference sucks! Jacob said he wishes that I could come home. It hurts every time I talk to him. I wish he understood, or better yet, I wish I was there with him.

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