Sunday Sep 01, 2013

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And out into the dead of night again here in a bit for more limited duty on the street (helping out with a DUI suppression effort). I'd forgotten just how fun it was being turned loose in the dark with a hunting license. I guess the wires in my head I was worried about sparking don't have much life left in them, at...
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doro:

Thanks for your kind words smile Don't forget to see "My way" september 25th greetings tongue

jungla:

I love feel some adrenalin miao!!miao!!

Saturday Aug 31, 2013

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About 45 minutes till I go back out on the street at night in a working context, albeit a limited one, for the first time in . . . three years and three months? Three years and four months? I can feel a few live wires in my head sparking, but this is feasible and doable. Maybe the first step on the road back to being there doing...
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maerlyne:

good luck, man!

learningcurve:

Thanks. All went well. Most fun I've had since the fun parts of combat patrols in Afghanistan last year.

Friday Aug 30, 2013

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It was a little bit belated, due to having to wait for an open appointment with the tattoo artist I wanted to have the work done by, but yesterday I got the ink I'd been planning for the one year anniversary of my medevac from Afghanistan and subsequent survival of the surgery that prompted the C-130 flights to Kandahar and then Bagram and the...
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learningcurve:

Yeah, more Proto Indo European (admittedly a weird addiction/interest, but I like it). Right arm to left arm reads:

The wings of the Morrigan protected me on battlefields and in the place of darkness [we'd name my CROWS truck over there "the Morrigan]

My brothers and I slew dragons

I, myself, placed my own hand in the wolf's jaws.

My oath give to uphold the Haertus*

My sacrifice to shield others.

The Gods tormented my heart and afflicted my mind [literally -- cardiac surgery in August last year, and I've touched on my PTSD in the past]

I battled back from my curses.

I own my scars with pride.

For the Haertus* I strike as thunder, I hold fast as stone.

For the Law I stand as the bear, I give chase as the war-horse.

(*Haertus seems to have been a pretty central, if not the central, philosophical concept in Indo-European culture, besides the quest for immortality through fame. It is maybe best glossed as a state of both human and divine order and rightness, where the world and the people in it all behave in a manner where they meet their obligations to one another and do what is right. It counter posed chaos, which in that era implied war, blood shed, and other suffering, rather than the sort of cultural stifling versus creative freedom paradigm that we might tend to ascribe to "order" versus "chaos" in modern western society.)

[/didactic mode]

silversurfer:

^^^ Very cool!

Tuesday Aug 06, 2013

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Edit to correct the fact that the SG blogging software does weird and incomprehensible things to Proto Indo European orthography, so ten or so sentences in that language and their translation removed.
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learningcurve:

And yet the above comes through just fine. Weird.

For anyone who is interested, *H4roes slwes rabhos mehas mme h2unntu means, loosely "the whole world will feel my anger/pain," which is a bit histrionic but at the moment I am dual tracked on being a key witness against my Afghanistan chain of command for an administrative and criminal investigation into their misconduct while also in the initial phases of suing the city I work for based on violations of the Americans with Disability Act (denial of a promotion to me because I have a history of PTSD and treatment for same). Sort of feels like I'm doing more fighting right now than I ever had to do in AFG.

hitomy:

Thank u for the support have a great day Xoxo
kisslove

Saturday Jul 20, 2013

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I have become thoroughly enthralled with the reconstruction of the Proto Indo European language, cramming more esoteric knowledge into a brain already jam packed with an assortment of stuff that is pretty far off the beaten path as knowledge goes to begin with.

And yet, it's so damn cool. It's a probably pretty good approximation of the words uttered by people who lived...
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silversurfer:

I've read a little about Proto-Indo-European, and I find the whole thing quite interesting.

So, are those sentences in Proto-Indo-European -- keeping in mind that PIE is not known from written history, but inferred from current and past documented languages?

I can imagine a PIE phrase book, with useful sentences for tourists, like "Can you please direct me to the central bus station?", and "I demand to be taken to the American embassy." wink

Thursday May 16, 2013

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Fourteen weeks to the day until the military gives me that nice letter saying I've got 20 years of creditable service.

I'm debating staying in (since they don't seem inclined to medically retire me like they were inclined to do ten months ago or so) or getting out.

If I get out, I'm debating growing a full on crazy Viking beard...
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silversurfer:

A beard like that would be really cool. Still, I don't think it should be the determining factor in your decision. wink

learningcurve:

We had a civilian contractor on my FOB in A'stan that I don't know if he was Asatru or doing a full on Gimli the dwarf impersonation or what, but had this massive red beard with rune-carved silver rings all braided up in it. My money was on Gimli the dwarf, but maybe that was because Afghanistan does a credible impersonation of Mordor. Anyway, I think his employers eventually made him shave, but I can't imagine what the Afghans thought about his beard in the meantime.

Tuesday May 14, 2013

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Nat'l Law Enforcement Memorial Day was last Friday, which is my yearly Little Darkness besides the Big Darkness in the dead of winter. It is humbling to not be a name etched on a wall due to a random scheduling conflict.
starglow:

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Monday Jan 21, 2013

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silversurfer:

So, about your previous blog.... I'm glad to hear that you decided to get some help, and that you're making good progress dealing with your PTSD. As you said, in doing that you really manned up. Tungsten wrecking ball, for sure.

Thanks for sharing your story. On this site, people write about a huge range of topics, and in a huge range of styles. What you wrote is very profound, and you said it very well.

Sunday Jan 20, 2013

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So I don't post very often, and rarely post much of anything of either a personal or earth shattering nature. Haven't posted much at all lately, come to think of it.

This, traditionally, is not a great time of year for me -- if they ever start making advent calendars in hell mine will start yearly on December 1st and that last big, ain...
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bringyouhell:

It's good you decided to get help instead of taking another route. I hope things get easier for you with time.

learningcurve:

Thanks. They do -- I've got some weird brain architecture or something that activates in late November/early Decemeber and that peaks and then ebbs after the 9th. Something about the dark, the snow, the way the air smells, all kinds of things sort of drag me back to that time frame. Every year I start coming out of it a few weeks after The Day comes and goes. It's just some part of me at this point, I guess.

Sunday Jul 29, 2012

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Back in US again, a bit earlier than expected due to medical drama.
pogue_mahone:

Welcome back, dude.