Sunday, August 22, 2004

Bowling for Iraq

One thing all soldiers should take advantage of is writing companies for free stuff. Many companies will send you product through appreciation, or for permission to use your letter as a sales tool or proof they support troops. I admit I have not written a letter like this myself, but thats why the odds of getting something are so great, most people never bother. And the moral boost from getting free gear is great.
My free DVD of Michael Moore's Bowling For Columbine came in the mail today (thanks to CBFTW for the tip). It wasn't as blatantly one-sided as I expected. I had hoped to write him back "Ha-ha I got your disk for free and I think your an idiot!" but he implies on the disk i really ripped off the evil corporations he deals with to put his views out. Oh well, at least I saw a burned copy of his 9/11, instead of wasting money. (also glad the people responsible for The Bourne Supremacy didn't get a penny from me) His balance of humor and graphic violence/emotion is jerky but well timed. I liked how he managed to have Marilyn Manson come off as the sanest person he interviewed(in America). At the end I didn't know whether to join the NRA or move to Canada. For now i occupy a foreign country, writing from behind a 50 Cal with my M16 beside me(yes the truck is parked, save your lecture). The movie comes with a bonus disk, I watched Marilyn Manson's "Fight Song" video on it before I came to 'work'.
I wasn't sure when the game would be, just hoped I would get lucky and be outside at the right time. We heard a few rounds go off and they came over the radio to tell us Iraq had scored against Australia. I was praying for an Iraqi win. The FPS (Iraqi police working at our gate) were listening to the game on a little am radio, and started dancing seconds before the sky lit up with flares and tracers. It was great. Besides the occasional wondering where all these rounds were falling, everyone enjoyed the show. I know its doubtful but I really hope they win another game.
I hope if anyone ever reads this, they go out and have a beer for all us sorry sober fuckers here. Bowling is optional.

Search for Meaning

20AUG04
really no good reason for the name of this blogsite. It will probably be renamed if i ever get a theme, or purpose. That is if i dont just wipe the site due to paranoia or to put it out of its misery for lack of attention from creator. Some possible future sites:
Tortuga Lizardo - A Jim Morrison styled site, dealing with issues like are the lizards in our room geckos, or does Idaho just call them that cuz his last duty station was Hawaii?.
Turtle Blues - Yeah i'd be stealing the name but it has the most potential as far as quantity of content, basically just blog all the whining heard at work, or tv, and focus on spreading the gloom and misery. I could have special sections on other services, see what grunts and squids bitch about.
Tortuga Politica - A bit obvious, I take enough drugs so that i can bear to listen to the nonsense these people are shouting, and bring to light the holes in both parties propoganda.(In case you want to know how to frame your hate mail rant, i am currently a member of the Whig Party). By the way, congratulations to the brothers of Iraq the model, for getting a bit more involved.
Turtle Cove - Laid back site covering surfing, fishing, and basically just enjoying the ocean, rivers, and waterways. Lots of material there, favorite places to get (drunk, high, whatever), boating stories (good ones always involve at least one dumbass). Only problem there is I've spent all my time on the NW Florida/Alabama coast(and a few rivers around Austin) so i won't have much depth, but if I can go a little while without deploying, I can't wait to explore WA and the pacific coast. I am currently reading Jimmy Buffett's A Pirate Looks at Fifty so this one is almost serious.
Turtle Nebula - I saw the ISS go by this morning before guard, so I am pumped about all things stellar today. Would cover current events like meteor showers, the public attempts at space flight/orbit, and general astronomy. I could flesh it out with pics of earth from space, or shots from the HST. I've got that article about the saucers seen over Tehran around here somewhere...
Tortuga jihad - Track the progress of the latest global drama. Start with basic resources, MemriTV, Winds of Change, conflicts in and between countries(easier to name the few without issues). Eventually this leads to the usual suspects, Illuminaughty-Zionism-Neocon and that wacky Enlil. Someone could start an opposing site, the Infidel Inferno.
Probably better to just do a journal, see if geekiniraq is taken.
Yesterday I saw a dog sleeping out by the airfield, looks like they missed one. Today I worked the gate, saw a cute mouse, pretty well fed, creeping around the bunker. Saw a cool looking Praying Mantis this evening, and thats about it for today. Maybe tomorrow I can go somewhere and do something, if that is not copyrighted.Turtle Planet

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

stuck in the middle without you Posted by Hello

Is there anybody out there?

I'm afraid there's not much content to be found here, originally just planned to post links and eventually write posts on, whatever. But i have a problem with people wearing shirts for places they havnt been ("Hard Rock, Mawsil"), and i'd feel bad taking up web space with no post. As far as my daily routine, even I wouldn't want to read. Boring even if i didn't have CBFTW down the street in comparison. Actually his site caused me to try this, thats why i have the 'sign in' requirement for comments, to get others in on this too. Otherwise until I come up with some kind of theme this'll be a hub for my interests or for people to respond to when i post some blather on their comments page. I'll try not to clutter it up much, at this point in/on the web it is just as important to link people to things they might otherwise never see, as to provide original material that is identical to most of the dreck out there already.See you around.
To CBFTW, Baghdad Burning, A star from mosul, and everyone else out there, harry hard-on says: STAY HARD!