Monthly Archives: September 2012

As we stare into the face of uncertainty in our tent, we are joking around to set our minds at ease. Laughing about explosions and receiving awards is tonights flavor. Billie’s rose scented hair is like Christmas morning to our noses as we all haven’t had a shower in quite some time. Daniel was saying off the wall comments like always. Tony was the father figure of the tent, he kept everybody calm. Whatever he said went. I love how we can find humor in the worst scenarios.

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I will be leaving the military after this deployment and I have this idea. My idea is to set up writing workshops for veterans. I would love to have some English teachers volunteer time out of their day to teach writing styles to veterans, and then have them write about whatever they wanted. After each workshop, somehow scan their writing and show it to the world. I’d love feedback on my idea

I will be leavi…

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What do you get when you have a group of people with different accents around each other all the time? A very distinctive form of dialects is what the end result is. I have had the opportunity to work with people from all over the world and my language has changed considerably.

I was at the gym on post last week when I heard and individual speaking Spanish. I asked him what country his dialect came from, to which he replied “Army”. I laughed because although he was of Mexican decent, I had personally never heard his dialect. The great thing about our country is the diverse group of people that make-up our armed forces. He was explaining to me that before he joined he would have never used certain words, but being around different ethnic groups had changed his dialect.

I personally work with several different individuals ranging from Arabic backgrounds to Hispanic to Southern Country. One thing that I have noticed is that in times of great stress or anger our original accent comes out, whether it is Arabic, Spanish, or Country American. I find it interesting that we use words at work, that back at home we would have never heard of. I had never heard of the word “Yolked”, a co-worker of mine from Wisconsin was talking about getting “Yolked” at the gym. I looked at him and said, “What the f*ck are you saying dude?”, to which he replied, “Uh…you know getting big, muscular”. I just laughed because I found it amusing.

 

I’ll continue this later on, hope y’all are having a great weekend.

What do you get…

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