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3.26.2004
On the road

well,
tomorrow i am going to AZ for the weekend. some party for one of my dad's relatives. it should be a productive weekend for me because i hope to get some school work done (yes i know i said school work). i also hope to get a chance to drive around down there for a little bit. i still have not heard back from NMMI yet but then again i only sent in the final paper work yesterday. i found out that i am getting promoted to E-4 before i leave this summer. well for those of you who do not know what the hell that means, it means that i get more money in the army and are one more rank higher. i am ver happy that this will be happening. i do not think anyone even reads this. hummmmmm well thats okay because it gives me a place to vent. i am going on a tour of NMMI on thursday april 9 2004. that makes me happy because i will get to see what life will be like for me if i get accepted. i want to view the living area and of course the educational facilites. i am glad it is only a 2 year school because the female to male ratio really bites. i hope to be able to play varsity baseball when i am down there at school. i would like nothing more than to get back into playing baseball and even be on a great team. who knows i may even get a baseball scholarship in my last 2 years of school. that would be fantastic. well i guess i am going to go get read to go to work right now because i have nothing better to do and it is almost that time. well peace for now and i'll be back on sunday night.

Later,

Lotus

Posted at 13:46 by Lotus
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3.24.2004
just some thoughts

Well,

just 9 weeks left and the seniors of the Class of 2004 are ready to go. I myself and getting ready. I sent in my application to NMMI (New Mexico Military Institute) and am waiting on an acceptance/rejection letter from them. I would really love to go to that school so that I can make the best of my life. It is a 2 year school and then i don't know where i will be going from there. i want to travel to some place i have never been to before. some place nice unlike anywhere i have ever imagined. i am getting nervous that i will not get into this school or that i will mess up and not graduate high school on time. lucky for me i have great friends to keep me going. i am going to miss my friends once graduation comes. i will most likley not see any of them again, no matter how many times i say that i will come and visit. the thing about that is that i want to have this great life and to get it i have to work very hard. i will have almost no time to mess around. once i get to where i want to be who knows where all of you will be? i would really like it though if people stayed in touch with me. i want to forget the time i spent in el paso but not the people i spent it with. i just want my friends to know that i am going to miss them and that even though i may be busy if they ever need me i will be there. no matter how far away i am i can always pick up a phone. i hope that after my two years at this school i can meet up with some friends at what ever school i end up at. like i said before i want to travel, thats part of the reason that i joined the army. to travel. to take me to places that i have never been. i also joined the army because those of you who know me know that i can be smart and even productive if put in a place with people that stay on me all the time. the only twist is i am going to be a leader in the army. i am going to be the one pushing other people to do there best, reaching out for other soldiers when they think that the world has given up on them. speaking of military, i met someone today that made me very mad. he was this angry man who was trashing the US government. he was telling people that the government was doing nothing for us and that we should all just ignore anything that the government tells us. he was going on about how the military is only in Iraq just to kill. i wanted to go up to him and beat the shit out of him. maybe that would have shown him what life in this country would be like if we did not have the military, or a government protecting us. and at the same time i wanted to tell him that i could not hit him because it is me, along with other people, are the ones that fight to protect that very right to talk trash. some people just don't understand what the military is all about. we do not join the military because it pays great. in fact that could never be a reason because we do not get paid enough to die. i don't know what reasons other join the military but the reason i joined was to protect my country, to defend my family, and most importantly to protect the right for others to go out and do what they want to do with their life. i just get down sometimes when people don't stop to think about the blood that is shed for them every day/week/month/year. people... just remember that there are people who still believe in this country and its people. I DO! and i'll die fighting for this country if thats what it takes for her to survive.

Posted at 18:50 by Lotus
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12.17.2003
5 more months

yes ladies and gentlemen, you heard correctly. just 5 more months until the graduation of the class of 2004. honestly i can not wait to graduate, and at the same time i don't want it to end. i am going to miss everyone that i have grown to know in the 5 years that i have been in the good city of el paso. yes thats right, you heard me... i said good old el paso. even though i complain and say that i want to leave, the truth is i love my friends and other people in el paso. i don't want to leave them behind. i know i know... i am not leaving them behind... just good times will be missed. thats i have for now.

Posted at 22:02 by Lotus
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12.6.2003
To The Soldiers of The 1836 Transportation Company

The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either.  


He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm howizzitor. He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.

He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.  He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march.




He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.  He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food.  He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life -- or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his short lifetime.



He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.  He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom.  Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.



He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.  ets.


Posted at 16:00 by Lotus
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12.4.2003
My little brother strikes again

My new organization....

*looks up from newspaper*

Oh hi. I'm Anthony Snow, founder of the Anthony Snow Center for Moronic Actions. Let me show you around.

Here at CMA, we go to great lengths to ensure that morons get the proper treatment they deserve. That's why

We have many exciting programs to help out the people who have what we call "The Stupid." Classes such as "Shape and Color Recognition," "How to Cross the Road," and "Reading: YOU'RE HOLDING THE BOOK UPSIDE DOWN, MORON!" have helped over one million people worldwide. Lets here what some people have said about our program:

"Its great. I was in the special ed class at school, but thanks to CMA, I graduated at the bottom of my class!"
           - George Bush

So come on by.  We just might have a place for you*



*Probably not. Just die*

-Zeratul

Posted at 22:16 by Lotus
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12.3.2003
Bad Flu Season Ahead

This year's flu season looks to be a doozy. It's off to an early start, with a dangerous "drift variant" already on the loose.

On average, 36,000 Americans die from the flu each year. And this year isn't average. There are two signs of trouble:

  • An early start. The flu is already widespread in Texas, with high regional activity around Colorado. Most states already report cases.
  • A bad virus. The cause of more than four in five flu cases so far is a flu virus called type A Fujian. This may be a particularly severe flu. It recently caused the sudden deaths of four children in England and Scotland.

The current flu vaccine carries a close cousin to type A Fujian, called type A Panama. It should offer protection against all flu strains now circulating, says CDC Director Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH.

"The strain we are most concerned about is the Fujian strain," Gerberding said in a press conference. "It has just drifted a little bit from the Panama strain. Animal studies show the vaccine will cover it. This happens in many years, where the vaccine strain is not exactly the same as the one that occurs in the community. Our experience is that the vaccine strain will cover the drift strain."

Get the Flu Vaccine Now

The flu vaccine won't protect you if you don't get it. Gerberding begs everyone to heed the CDC's plea: Get vaccinated. With a serious flu strain already in circulation, it may be a matter of life or death for people over age 65 and for children age 6 to 23 months.

Everyone over age 50 should get the vaccine. All women who will be more than three months pregnant during flu season should get the vaccine. So should every single health care worker. In fact, the only people who shouldn't get vaccinated are people allergic to eggs.

And no, an injection of the flu vaccine can't give you the flu. The injected vaccine doesn't carry any live virus -- just harmless killed viruses and their viral proteins that stimulate an antiflu immune response.

"The main complication of flu vaccine is a sore arm in some people," Gerberding says. "That is a small price to play for protection of ourselves and those we care about."

So if the vaccine is expected to work so well, why is this supposed to be such a bad flu season?

"Unfortunately, not everybody gets a flu shot," Gerberding says. "If we really did see the immunization response we need, we could nip this in the bud."

That may turn out to be a huge problem. Nearly two out of three parents don't plan to get their kids vaccinated against flu, according to a national telephone survey by RoperASW on behalf of Wyeth and MedImmune Vaccines, Inc.


Posted at 18:53 by Lotus
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12.2.2003
My little brother makes a point

in a blog written by my little brother:

Gay Marriage: Its Their Right, So Fuck Off

Recently, gay marriage has been legalized in another state in the US. This has raised countless protests from religious nuts and homophobes.  They make giant signs like "Gay is not the way!" (about as catchy as, "Herpies: A special, hurtful hug for your crotch!") and sings songs (I can only assume what this one is: *to the tune of little star* Sicko freaky little queer, straight towards you, my car Ill steer.) I have a special message to all protestors:

WHO THE FUCK DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

A person wants to marry someone of the same sex. Big flippin deal.  You sticking your nose up (assuming you can get your head that far out of your ass) doesnt mean shit.  So you dont like it. you dont see them protesting straight marriage.  My question: What do you think makes you the authority on whats right and wrong? You think that you being an expert on religion does? well guess what: I have a message from God. He says, "Thou shalt shut your bitch-ass mouth."

Anyone who protest someone else because they have a different lifestyle is a commy.  As long as they arent hitting on you, shut your mouth. If I find you in public, Ill beat your ass.  Just shove your head back up your crap hole and move on

-- Zeratul

Posted at 19:36 by Lotus
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Senior year... is it all its cracked up to be?

so far it has yet to uphold to the proverbial "i did not do anything my senior year". so far it has been just as much work as the past years and sometimes proven to cause more stress than good. i still have hope that it will lighten up some. i say some because although the common view is "i want to part and do nothing my senior year", i feel that i want to be somewhat ready for a college life of education. this is nothing compared to what i am going to be headed into once i start college. so to answer the question " is senior year the best year of your life?" not yet!

Posted at 10:27 by Lotus
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