A young man's strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk...and apparently, back again.

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The details of my life are quite inconsequential, really. Summers in Rangoon...luge lessons...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Range

Sure, I grumbled when I learned that I'd spend over a week truckin' down to Stone Bay rifle range for the slow, painful slog known as Rifle Qual.  For those that don't know, there's nothing like waking each day at 3-something a.m., meeting at 0400, drawing your weapon from the armory, and then standing around in the dark for over an hour, waiting for the word to form up in 45 separate short lines...then wait some more, receive a brief, walk downrange, line back up, load some ammo...then wait some more, until it's light enough to see your target.  You know what happened, though?  A funny thing...I remembered that I like being paid to send hot lead downrange.

There must be some voodoo or trickery in all this Marine Corps marksmanship business...because a guy like me can arrive at pre-deployment training wanting no part of the bizarre world of the Range, but end up feeling pretty damn happy that he got to simply be a rifleman for a week.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wonder things don't move along - everyone is waiting to board or being taken off the planes! Guess the sandstorms don't help either - but it's that part of the world. Unlike you, I am very able to sleep on planes - think it comes from riding on the subways and "studying."

I look forward to all of your happenings and photos....will write you about life here in Fort Lee and Leonia.

Love, Auntie B.

May 23, 2010 at 4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the new "deputy director" titles and I also got the Cheers ref.

Interesting pictures... I will have to read more.

And from the Bloom file:

"My greatest fear has been realized, the .25 cent hot dog is sold out"!

May 26, 2010 at 2:28 PM  

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