Thursday, January 31, 2013

Update 31JAN13

Hope everyone is doing well.

Today we've hit a harsh storm, the ship is rocking pretty hard and we've had our hands full making sure all our marines are doing ok against sea-sickness.

My kindle broke last night, we had to redo our living arrangements and put even more of our gear into our coffin lockers and when I put my kindle in there last night it mistakenly got crushed. Heavy blow, considering that was my main source of entertainment. Looking to buy and new one as soon as I get back, and hoping that won't be too difficult because I want the older ones that use the e-ink screens, no touch screen (2nd gen). The new Kindle Fires are nice but they are just tablets in disguise, and I don't want the distractions. If anyone with good internet could send me good links to cases that would work well for deployments (waterproof, sand proof, hard shell, etc) that would be amazing. I'll be watching on my email: JLHaskins2008@hotmail.com if anyone gets a chance to get that to me.

We are prepping for a main drill for mass casualties, getting ready to do a project off ship and staying pretty busy. I've enjoyed all the emails and messages, always brings a smile.

GREAT BOOKS to check out:

499 things to do before you die
Dead Zone - Stephen King
Carrie - Stephen King
Misery - Stephen King

Sadly that list will have to wait to grow until I get my next kindle. Take care everyone.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Update - 20JAN13

A week out so far, back on shore to pick up some more personnel and then back out. Its been a rough first week out, working 17+ hour days. There has been a few mix ups so far and a lot of set backs already but working through everything day by day. Major issue is sleep hours, terrible sleeping conditions and terrible noise/cold issues. I miss my "rack" back in Lejeune compared to these coffins. Word is still confusing, and systems are still slow with our people. I've had to go up against higher ups at-least a half-dozen times to make sure my marines are getting everything they need to keep out of bad times. One of the great perks about being "Doc".

So far things are going amazing with my marines, getting really close to a lot of them and found some great new friends. Planning a trip for Puerto Rico when I get back for some R & R with a new friend from there.

Working on reading at least 1 book a week and currently studying Arabic. Check out "The Dead Zone"- Stephen King for a great short reader that takes place in the early 1960-70's and follows a man who is in a coma for 5 years. Love the romance side that King decided to use in the book.

Slow progress on my educational side of things, but just waiting for more hours to work with, not wanting to do much besides sleep with 17hr work days. I've found people who want to learn computer systems, so I'm bringing all my A+ certification lessons on-board and teaching while we're underway, I also have a buddy working with my Spanish.

I miss my camera already, so many moments I wish I could capture every day. I will have more to post in about 30+ days but for now I'm back to other things.

No contact information yet. Working on getting access for my marines 1st, then I'll let you know for me. Talk to everyone soon.

The Light Behind Your Eyes


So long to all of my friends
Everyone of them met tragic ends
With every passing day
I’d be lying if I didn’t say
That I miss them all tonight
And if they only knew what I would say

If I could be with you tonight
I would sing you to sleep
Never let them take the light behind your eyes
One day I’ll lose this fight
As we fade in the dark
Just remember you will always burn as bright

Be strong and hold my hand
Time becomes for us, you’ll understand
We’ll say goodbye today
And we’re sorry how it ends this way
If you promise not to cry
Then I’ll tell you just what I would say

If I could be with you tonight
I would sing you to sleep
Never let them take the light behind your eyes
I’ll fail and lose this fight
Never fade in the dark
Just remember you will always burn as bright

The light behind your eyes
The light behind your

Sometimes we must grow stronger and
You can’t be stronger in the dark
When I’m here, no longer
You must be stronger and

If I could be with you tonight
I would sing you to sleep
Never let them take the light behind your eyes
I failed and lost this fight
Never fade in the dark
Just remember you will always burn as bright

The light behind your eyes

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Amazing speech - reposted

Watch "Charlie Chaplin's Great Dictator's Final Speech - (Oct.1940)" on YouTube

Gone

Heading out. Scheduled to return somewhere late Feb. For refitting. I won't have my phone so email me numbers or send me a message on FB.

Possible locations i may be going this year.
-France
-Israel
-Egypt
-Yemen
-Pakistan
-Italy
-Greece
-Spain

Once I get a better contact method I will try to update everyone here or have my sister keep you updated on my wall on FB.

I'm going to miss you all, but I should be back around a while at the end of the year.

Stay safe.
-Jason