Memorandum #1: Bored in Belle Chasse

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Blog entry by nurvreck posted 08-28-2010 05:15 AM 1220 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So right now I’m sitting in my room at NAS JRB in Belle Chasse, LA watching Fight Club (one of the best movies ever made). I’ve been here since Aug 14th. I’m here in TAD orders as in assistant instructor running a Martial Arts Instructor Course for a group of reservist here. Not a bad gig. Getting paid extra for half a month of being away from my actual job (mos instructor) to run a course that’s basically three weeks of inflicting pain into others. While I would much rather be doing this then what I normally do, it does come with its drawbacks.

First and foremost, I do have a family. At first it was nice to get a break from all the hecticness of home. Having three boys, there is plenty of commotion that goes on. After a couple of days, believe it or not, I miss all the noise, bickering, and smelly diapers….. okay, maybe not the diapers. Luckily this course is only a couple more days and when I get back to Pensacola, I have one day of work and then go straight on a 96! I’m definitely feeling a boys day out that weekend.

Although I do miss my family, I have had a good time since I’ve been here. Last night may have been a little too much though. What do you expect when tell a group of Marines they are gonna have the next day off. That’s right, two vehicles, 9 Marines, Bourbon Street. My first time there and what a time it was. Nothing crazy, just a good time you can only have with Marines. Other than last night, I’ve pretty much kept it quite here. It’s also been good training. I’ve got some good pics and once the course is over, I’ll post some to give everyone an idea of what it is I’m actually doing here. Fun stuff.

Last thought of the night. I miss playing with wood!!!! I had a few things I was working on for some friends before I left. Nothing big, a couple frames and some serving trays. But I had to leave in the middle of it because I had less then a week of notice of this course. Luckily they are close friends I work with so they understand. I cannot wait to get back in the shop though. I was also in the middle of little shop remodel. I happened to get a hold of workbench from a buddy who’s PCSing to Japan early next year. Its not a woodworking workbench but I think that with a few modifications, I can make it work. Moved it into the shop the day before I left and left the garage a mess. Call me crazy but I’m even looking forward to cleaning it all up. With that being said, I think its time to call it a night.

Until next time…..

-- Dan, SSgt/USMC, Yuma, AZ

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#1 posted 08-28-2010 02:55 PM

I can’t think of a better way to see Bourbon Street than in the company of Marines.

Missed the opportunity to visit New Orleans at Marti Gras, while stationed at NAS Memphis. Regret it to this day.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 02:55 AM

I do have to say it was a good time. Talking to everyone this morning about their night, all had a good night except one. He drank a little too much and somehow passed out a sidewalk. Woke up with none of his belongings and by the time he called to cancel his cards….. $2000 already racked up!!!

-- Dan, SSgt/USMC, Yuma, AZ

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#3 posted 09-04-2010 06:27 PM

Hi Dan.

Whaddaya mean ”only marines”? I’ll have you know us “fly fly boys” have some wild times too! ;)

As for your friend who enjoyed himself a bit too much, it reminds me of one weekend pass back in basic training. Before we left the base (for the first time in uniform), our DI drilled into our heads that we were not to be seen in public unless we had our neckties done up and our head dress on.

Well, one of our boys did the same thing your buddy did, and when he got back to our hotel it was one of the hottest nights of the year. He made it as far as the elevator, then just curled up in there and dozed off. Come morning, the chambermaid came and hit the button for the elevator. When the doors opened, there he was. His tie was neatly knotted around his neck. His hat was neatly squared away on his head…

The rest of his uniform was neatly piled on the floor of the elevator beside him!

I did a hitch in the AFPs, (air force police) busting guys for doing the same things I did on my day off. ;)

Semper fi, guy!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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