We went back to the OP today. There was a lot of shooting up there during the night. As usual, most of it was a couple of blocks up the road. Some of it came close to our position though. My guys are becoming complacent. I keep having to bitch at them about using NODs at night, and other basic shit, like body armor and helmets.
I called Theresa on my Iraqna cell phone, and I got to talk to Jacob. He got the new bridge I sent for his wooden Thomas the train set. Theresa also got the massage oils and things I sent. She said it’s a tease for the next 5 months until I have R&R. We hadn’t been talking long when a burst of machine gun fire snapped past the open window I was near. She was upset and asked, “Is that what I think it is?” I tried to explain to her that I was in ACU pants, a t-shirt, and flip-flops in the 3rd floor of a house. The shooting was out in the street, and I was going to go and watch another movie on my Zune. I asked her, “Do you hear how excited I am about it? You really don’t need to be excited about it either.” She said that she was fine, but she seemed pretty upset for the rest of our call.
I pulled guard with Fuller. We spent a lot of time talking about mountain biking, and being married in the army. He’s engaged, but he’s worried about trying to be a husband and a soldier. It’s a scary thought; being married in the army isn’t easy, and a lot of couples don’t make it.