"A soldier doesn't fight because he hates what is in front of him. A soldier fights because he loves what he left behind." - unknown

"God is our refuge and strength. He will protect us and make us strong" (ps 46:1). For those who will fly today, for those who are there now, and for those who will soon join the fight, Lord, shield them from all evil, strengthen their hearts, and bring them home safely.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Things to Be Aware of

Things to be Aware of …
(At Fort Carson)

The post underwent major road construction over the past year – most streets have been converted to one ways. Whatever little you thought you knew about how to get somewhere is completely void.

You will learn this the hard way.

The nearest Starbucks from one’s village is a fifteen-minute drive off post, without traffic, and is in a grocery store. You won’t get Starbucks rewards stars in a grocery store. Without earning said stars you cannot get free drinks. The nearest drive-thru is about thirty minutes away in a totally different direction.

Addicts will go through withdrawals.

Post housing does not supply microwaves – so if you buy some VIA and a new, cute mug (because your HHG haven’t arrived yet and your very awesome coffee pot is still in storage) and fill it with water you cannot heat it up. Even if you don’t discover this until the first morning when you wake up to children still on central-time when you are now in mountain-time, no microwave will magically appear.

Until you go buy one.

No one will have mopped the floors in the post housing before they hand over the keys.

Lowe’s has the small Shark mop on sale. The small Shark can pick up an unmentionable amount of dirt in a short period of time. It will be disgusting.

The PX is now checking ID’s as you enter. The ladies at the door are not just greeting you with their hands out.

They will yell at you and cause a scene if you smile, say hello, and continue to walk inside.  You will turn red with embarrassment.

It happens.

Just roll with it.


  1. Oh wow. What a welcome!
    Glad you can laugh about it all!

  2. Oh, learning a new post....fun stuff.

  3. when I was down there in December the one way streets killed me. AHH! best of luck...and if you arne't opposed to cold coffee, try the iced VIA :) its pretty tasty!

  4. Sometimes you just have to laugh!

    I'll try the iced! Thanks!


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