Monday, February 28, 2005

Simply Complicated

By The Great Mr. Jimmy Buffett

When you find out things about yourself
That you hadn't ought to know
When your grandma calls and books you
on the Jerry Springer Show
And you find out you and your wife of 10 years
Just might be related
Brother, life's not over
It's just simply complicated.

There's other situations that might challenge you I guess
When your daughter tries out for the football team
And your son tries on her dress.
And you start to think that the devil's in charge
Of how you're situated.
Life is still worth living
It's just simply complicated

Life is complicated with its if's and and's and but's
It's alright to be crazy, just don't let it drive you nuts.

My daughter wants to go on dates
I think I'll let her go.
But she better not be moving at the moving picture show.
Or stop by all those conchy tonks and get inebriated
Ain't it all a caution, it's just simply complicated.

Now I'm having a big problem with my present day career
My ship, she has a rudder, but I don't know where to steer.
Am I country, pop, or rock 'n roll
I know they are related
I'll just let you be the judge
It's simply complicated

Life is complicated with its if's and and's and but's
It's alright to be crazy, just don't let it drive you nuts.

Life is complicated
Oh shit!

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Mint flavored tampons and 24 hour news channels

I don't know about you, but I was thinking about how neat it would be to have mint tampons! You know, for those hot summer days when you are just "not feeling so fresh"! But then again, I don't know whether or not we can feel the cooling sensation of mint "down there". I mean, my "down there" really can't tell the difference between plain ole' unscented tampons versus powder-scented tampons.

Also, I used to be able to tell time from what shows were on tv. With the onset of 24 hour news channels, I am no longer able to tell what time it is. I still don't like to wear watches now. I had to wear one when I was in Iraq, having to work both day and night shifts (not all at the same time, but you just never knew) it was good to have some sense of time.


Sunday, February 20, 2005

Long time no see!

Greetings everyone! I know that it has been a while since I've written, and it wasn't that nothing had happened since the time that I came back to Austin. I just wanted to spend as much time as I can with family.

Here's a list of what had happened during the last 2-3 weeks:

1. I got to spend some time during Chinese New Year with my family in Houston.
2. I purchased my first brand new car, a 05' Toyota Matrix, not the souped up version, but that is exactly how I wanted.
3. My grandfather offered to finance the purchase of the car, provided that I leave the girlfriend. I got into an argument with him, realizing that neither of us were going to change our minds, I went ahead and applied to finance the car myself.
4. I think my folks are trying really hard to understand and perhaps even accept my lifestyle, but I know that it's hard, and while I don't expect them to fully do the all the above, I do know that all they wanted for me is to be happy and taken care of.
5. The girlfriend and I had discussed a lot about our fears and insecurities, it's a up hill climb to overcome a lot of obstacles in our relationship, but a worthwhile one.
6. I ate like I wanted.
7. Got to spend quality time with the nephew, he's such a cute and good kid!
8. Didn't think a lot about work.
9. Decided that I was not going to be around people who'll bring me down.
10. Saw my grandparents locked in a passionate embrace, and frankly, I felt a bit traumatized by it, but not in a very bad way.
11. I had a good time hanging out with my younger sister, and looking forward to seeing her next month.

Watching the girlfriend playing poker earlier tonight, I saw that the movie "Courage Under Fire" was on the big screen tv. Although it was about a fictious event from the first Gulf War, I found it more difficult to watch this time around, for some reasons. A friend told me that, having been through combat, you don't try to throw yourself back by exposing yourself to watching war ducmentaries or war movies. I never saw myself as someone who might be easily touched or affected by war movies, but I just may be rethinking about that.

I just heard from my former 1st. Sgt. from Iraq, and he wrote that work doesn't seem to be as important as it used to be, now that we're all back from Iraq. I think I feel the same way, not much seems to shock or rattle me since I came back. It was good to finally hear from him, he was a fine leader and a good human being (still is), and that's hard to find in war or in peace.

I will write more at a later time. Looking forward to getting back to work, and navigating through the unknowns.