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And veterans also! Are one of those people who gets flustered and doesn't know what to say when complete strangers come up and tell you "Thank you for your service"? I don't blame you! It is a tricky one because you can either just smile or say nothing, which is pretty much like saying "THAT'S RIGHT I AM DAMN AWESOME WORSHIP ME" or you can attempt to contradict them and say something like "Don't thank me, I just signed up three weeks ago after I got fired from the chicken-processing plant for stealing necks" which just makes things awkward as hell.

So I actually found a discussion about this on reddit a nice part of the internet and someone said that he used to find it awkward, but then he started replying to the phrase "Thank you for your service" with "Thank you for your support!". I passed this advice on to A (WHO SOMEHOW STILL LOOKS LIKE A MILITARY PERSON DESPITE HIS LONG MANLY BEARD) and every time he has said it the other person's face just lights up and it's really nice and sweet.
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..it can cause temporary Hat Derangement Syndrome, like not long before he got out me and Adam went to Easter liturgy and he wore his dress blues, and then when we were outside he didn't put his cover on. And I asked him "Why are you still holding your cover?" and he said "I'm getting out soon! I don't care about my stupid cover!" and then a lady from church who's been in the Air Force for like 15 years went by and yelled "WHERE'S YOUR COVER SAILOR" and he just automatically put it on

Then when we were in Vegas last year he bought a hat because it was really hot and sunny, but we were inside a mall for like an hour and he kept wearing the stupid hat. And I was like "take your hat off, we're inside, there is no sun" and he was like "Woman I am wearing this hat inside BECAUSE I CAN"

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  • Competence. I guess active-duty people would find it pretty that I'm using 'military' and 'competence' in the same sentence, but bear with me. Being active duty involves having your shit sorted out to a certain extent. Because if you are incapable of showing up somewhere you've promised you'll be multiple times, or if you refuse to answer your phone and act as if the concept of answering a phone is just baffling to you, you will be weeded out. And so when you only hang around active duty people and their families, you start to assume a certain level of "I have my shit together" from people and then you start to assume that people are just like that. And then you are out and you start to realize just how many people your age do not have their shit sorted out to even the slightest extent.

  • Some level of understanding? This one applies to me in the sense that my husband now has a job that also takes him away a lot and sometimes I can't contact him much. I am used to that, but I used to live in an area where other people were also used to that. If you stepped outside your house, the average spouse you met would also have been dealing with this for years. Now I don't have that. One acquaintance here had her husband go on his first ever business trip and kept messaging me saying "I miss him sooo much OMG I don't know how you DOOO it" and I'm like OMG he's away for one week, really?!

  • Camaraderie. I never got along with most military wives because I am an antisocial person who hates everyone, but at least there was one thing connecting us most of the time. Now I feel like I don't have much connecting me with the average person I meet, not even nationality. That might just be me though because of the hating everyone thing.

  • Cute uniforms

  • Shopping at Camp Pendleton



That's about it.
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A person I have known online for years and also met and hung out with in real life just found out I have never been in the military, and said he was “flabbergasted."

I was like for real bro

I cry when the guy yells at me during the obstacle course in Call of Duty

Oh MAN

Sep. 20th, 2012 08:42 am
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My first Internet argument in like a YEAR and the science-fiction author who called me cowardly for questioning the wisdom of a war with Libya is not answering my question about how many times he has deployed or how many family members he has in the military.

It's like the whole internet has LOST ITS SPIRIT.
sephira: (sailor girl)

Husband: I am sorry the Navy has been working me so hard lately.
Me: That's okay. I know it's not your fault.
Husband: I'm sorry the only meaningful bonding time we had today was when you were cutting my neck hair.

Sigh

Apr. 27th, 2012 12:03 pm
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So my husband just had a special military yearly check-up and they measured his hearing loss at 40 dB in one ear. The doctor told him that the hearing loss probably came from "using Q-tips."

The thing is, this seems to be GENERAL NAVY HEARING LOSS POLICY because according to him, the doctor back in Washington said the same thing. 

OF COURSE this is the case, because the enlisted sailor demographic is obviously the type to practice excessive bodily cleanliness to the extent of self harm. I hear that like 15% of all injuries on this base are cause by sailors EXFOLIATING THEIR SKIN UNTIL IT BLEEDS and another 5% are cross-infections from everyone rushing the pedicure salon at once.

WHY

Aug. 13th, 2011 07:43 pm
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HUSBAND: They made a whole movie about the Navy! It's awesome! It has fighting and explosions and stuff! You have to come see it with me when it comes out! You HAVE to!

ME: Sure! Of course I'll go see it with you!

He takes me over to the computer to watch the trailer. It's Battleship.

FML.

sephira: (Support Our Troops)

It’s getting close to the end of the month, and that means you’re probably starting to pinch pennies and combine all the cereal-dust from different boxes of cereal so you can make a big communal bowl of cereal dust for dinner. But why struggle? Let these simple money-saving suggestions help you out!

1. If you are in the Navy or Marine Corps, you might want to consider the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, which can provide small emergency loans and often has a food pantry that stocks a wide variety of cans of tuna and peanut butter. There you can find enough cans of tuna and peanut butter to keep your family going through the week. If you are in the Army, a similar service is offered by Army Emergency Relief. If you are in the Air Force, try pawning one of your husband’s diamond-encrusted desk chairs.

2. Tricare military health insurance can be an unlikely source of food benefits in times of need. For example, appetite-suppressing amphetamines are usually available after only a few appointments, and will be provided free by your pharmacist. If your children are already on amphetamines and still have appetites, try infecting everyone in the house with bronchial pneumonia. The hospital will provide food three times a day for no cost.

3. If you have a small amount of cash that you need to stretch for two days or more, a simple meal from your base’s Rice King will provide you with the food poisoning you need to stay non-hungry for days. You might also consider sharing the food with your husband, who is on a salary and so can afford to skip work. NOTE: he will still have to check in to work to prove he’s sick, so get the washing machine ready for that vomit-stained uniform!

4. If you’re feeling photogenic, you might want to solicit private donations. This can be done with the aid of a local newspaper or television station, and a child/pet who is suffering from a rare disease and/or wants to attend a special event that your family can’t afford. Maximize your profit by researching the medium beforehand. Right-leaning/conservative news outlets might benefit from an image of your husband rescuing a kitten from a burning tree; left-leaning ones might appreciate it better if you imply that poverty and wartime cruelty have driven your husband to the verge of domestic abuse.

5. Try making money at home from the Internet. Article revenue from freelance writing sites such as Associated Content and HubPages will easily cover the cost of money it took to power the computer while you wrote them.

6. If none of the above has worked, you might want to try selling military secrets to China. Take note that the effectiveness of this will vary according to what part of the military your spouse works in: an engineering-related job will probably work for this, while an IT job might have America’s rivals scratching their heads and trying to figure out what a floppy disk is. Also, it helps to psychologically prepare yourself for uncontrolled laughter when the Chinese spies find out how many hundreds of thousands of dollars the American military paid for that piece of velcro with nails stuck to it. 
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I accidentally made the Sekrit Distress Signal while driving onto base today and was treated to a mini-lecture while the guard checked that I was alone in the car. Now don't get me wrong, I am happy that he was doing his job (it's much better than the "Your ID is out of date, ma'am. HA HA. JUST KIDDING!") But really, if I was secretly being held at gunpoint by an extremely well-hidden terrorist, I probably would not have been blasting the Sisters of Mercy really loud. Unless he was a goth terrorist.
 
Anyway, on a vaguely related note:

After almost a decade of war, American soldiers are revered by most of the country. It’s not that soldiers [don't] appreciate it, but all this reverence has an unfortunate side effect: pop culture doesn’t dare to criticize Army culture. Or make fun of it, which is a shame. It is a better setting for comedy than for drama.

The writer kind of gets it wrong by ignoring the existence of Generation Kill, which granted wasn't about the Army, but is still pretty much exactly what she's asking for. I also disagree with her point about The Hurt Locker, which I didn't really see as being About The War: it's more of a character piece that used war as a way to tell a story about a guy who Can't Let Go Of His Job (this is something that most movies and TV shows do using cops.) Focusing on the Iraq War angle in that movie is like expecting deep insight into modern life in the FBI by watching Point Break.

But apart from this, yes. There are two ways of fictionally portraying military people in America today: evil, bloodthirsty child-killers (and this is dying off, especially since Obama got elected and everyone decided that war was awesome after all) and Angelic Spotless Heroes. Which is why I remember people complaining bitterly online about watching GK and being shocked - shocked - to see its disgusting portrayals of troops making pedophilia jokes, and then other commenters coming in and telling the poor bastards that it was a true story.
 
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 Yes I know this movie came out like eighteen months ago. I wish I had seen it sooner, so I could have told more people to watch it. As it is I’ll probably just have to encourage people to get the DVD.

Before I begin: for years, people have been talking about how bad movies are and I’ve been saying “Meh, they’re still kind of fun,” and then this year I’ve seen two movies in cinemas and each one has been preceded by a roll of trailers that are so unbelievably awful in every way that even five years ago I would have thought they were parodies. When did Congress pass that law that every single scene in a movie should have at least 18 bad CG dragons? Isn’t one bad CG dragon enough? You can't just hide behind the piles of CG dragons, Hollywood.

And do not get me started on Red Riding Hood. A year ago on this journal I was all ‘Hey Twilight isn’t a bad thing because at least it’s honest about elements of female sexuality that have long been censored outside of romance novels’ and now I’m like ‘SWEET MOTHER OF GOD WHAT HAVE WE DONE??’

I guess I’m not too pessimistic about it because a) TV is much better than it used to be, so maybe we’ll all just accept movies as filling the little-appreciated CGI dragon audience niche and b) it can’t possibly keep being this bad for long. But man, I remember when I used to look forward to trailers before movies.

Anyway, on to the movie. According to what I’d heard from a few people, I could expect what was pretty much a remake of my all-time favorite movie, Independence Day. You know, Brent Spiner, Jeff Goldblum, dog rescuing, an alien Mac virus, inappropriately-timed romance, that sort of thing. I was not expecting a war movie. Let me be clear: this is a war movie. )
 
sephira: (Support Our Troops)
 Yes I know this movie came out like eighteen months ago. I wish I had seen it sooner, so I could have told more people to watch it. As it is I’ll probably just have to encourage people to get the DVD.

Before I begin: for years, people have been talking about how bad movies are and I’ve been saying “Meh, they’re still kind of fun,” and then this year I’ve seen two movies in cinemas and each one has been preceded by a roll of trailers that are so unbelievably awful in every way that even five years ago I would have thought they were parodies. When did Congress pass that law that every single scene in a movie should have at least 18 bad CG dragons? Isn’t one bad CG dragon enough? You can't just hide behind the piles of CG dragons, Hollywood.

And do not get me started on Red Riding Hood. A year ago on this journal I was all ‘Hey Twilight isn’t a bad thing because at least it’s honest about elements of female sexuality that have long been censored outside of romance novels’ and now I’m like ‘SWEET MOTHER OF GOD WHAT HAVE WE DONE??’

I guess I’m not too pessimistic about it because a) TV is much better than it used to be, so maybe we’ll all just accept movies as filling the little-appreciated CGI dragon audience niche and b) it can’t possibly keep being this bad for long. But man, I remember when I used to look forward to trailers before movies.

Anyway, on to the movie. According to what I’d heard from a few people, I could expect what was pretty much a remake of my all-time favorite movie, Independence Day. You know, Brent Spiner, Jeff Goldblum, dog rescuing, an alien Mac virus, inappropriately-timed romance, that sort of thing. I was not expecting a war movie. Let me be clear: this is a war movie. )
 
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 So, for the past six months or so, I have been watching movies about the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, regardless of perceived quality. I didn’t really undertake this task deliberately. It started when I happened to start watching the movie Sand Serpents, because look at the movie poster, come on:


Could you resist something that looks like that? No. Come, on, 'Terror Lies Beneath'? Get it? Terror?

Alas, the poster lied, because the movie was too awful to finish. There were some things I could look past, like the Sci-Fi channel apparently being too cheap to give any of the actors name-tapes on their uniforms, or one of the two black characters dying heroically to save his white companions. However, ten minutes later, when the sole remaining black character also died heroically to save her white companions, I turned it off.

Are they all bad, I wondered? I thought back to Battle For Haditha all those months ago, and thought 'Yes'. And so over the next couple of months, I went on a small quest to find an answer: are there any movies made about the current Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts that that surpass, or at least equal, the TV show Generation Kill?

The Very Long Answer )


The Short Answer )
sephira: (Support Our Troops)
 So, for the past six months or so, I have been watching movies about the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, regardless of perceived quality. I didn’t really undertake this task deliberately. It started when I happened to start watching the movie Sand Serpents, because look at the movie poster, come on:


Could you resist something that looks like that? No. Come, on, 'Terror Lies Beneath'? Get it? Terror?

Alas, the poster lied, because the movie was too awful to finish. There were some things I could look past, like the Sci-Fi channel apparently being too cheap to give any of the actors name-tapes on their uniforms, or one of the two black characters dying heroically to save his white companions. However, ten minutes later, when the sole remaining black character also died heroically to save her white companions, I turned it off.

Are they all bad, I wondered? I thought back to Battle For Haditha all those months ago, and thought 'Yes'. And so over the next couple of months, I went on a small quest to find an answer: are there any movies made about the current Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts that that surpass, or at least equal, the TV show Generation Kill?

The Very Long Answer )


The Short Answer )

Pimpin'

May. 31st, 2010 12:56 pm
sephira: (NAVY GIRL)
As anyone who reads this LJ (or has been to my house, heh) knows, I love vintage pin-up pictures. One night a while ago when I was shamefully doing internet searches for them I came across this site, belonging to a woman who sends 40's vintage-style pin-up calendars to active-duty troops and hospitalized veterans. You order them from her and can get them sent to a specific person, or (I think) just pay for one to be sent to someone who needs it. And they're very cute:


I finally ordered one the other day, and to my surprise she wrote me back! I don't think she gets a lot of female buyers, haha. Um. Anyway, the calendars are $10, and all the profits go to wounded veterans. So if you want an excuse to feel patriotic while looking at beautiful women, there you go.

Pimpin'

May. 31st, 2010 12:56 pm
sephira: (NAVY GIRL)
As anyone who reads this LJ (or has been to my house, heh) knows, I love vintage pin-up pictures. One night a while ago when I was shamefully doing internet searches for them I came across this site, belonging to a woman who sends 40's vintage-style pin-up calendars to active-duty troops and hospitalized veterans. You order them from her and can get them sent to a specific person, or (I think) just pay for one to be sent to someone who needs it. And they're very cute:


I finally ordered one the other day, and to my surprise she wrote me back! I don't think she gets a lot of female buyers, haha. Um. Anyway, the calendars are $10, and all the profits go to wounded veterans. So if you want an excuse to feel patriotic while looking at beautiful women, there you go.

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