I already mentioned the importance of mail in a previous posting.
Another example of the wonders of mail happened today. I received a box from the ladies in my office back at McGuire Air Force Base (now known as “Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.) It’s been several months now since I left them to head to training at Camp Atterbury, and then come here to the ‘stan.
I refer to them as the “Ladies,” not necessarily because they are, but because while I was there, I was the only male in the office. (Lemme tell ya … you think serving in a war zone is tough, try leading a group of strong-willed, smart, independent women with no additional testosterone for backup. Now THAT’s a challenge!)
Seriously, I miss them all. They always listened when I had something to say (even if it was just to continue to give me the illusion of having some authority.) But we had a good office, and I really wish I could have served more with them before being deployed to the ‘stan.
I was reminded of this today when their box came. In it were things that let me know they actually put thought into filling the box.
I remember how they would feign interest as I would rant about avoiding High Fructose Corn Syrup … In my box today there was lots of candy, NONE of which had HFCS in it. Classy … Just classy. Did you know M&Ms DON’T have HFCS? I didn’t, either. I just assumed they did (like almost everything else does.) Thanks to the Ladies, I’ll be eating them more often.
I’m a BMW addict … They gave me a BMW magazine. Ever since I left McGuire, I haven’t been following what’s going on with Bayerische Motoren Werkes … but, now whenever I’m COOPed up in my B-hut at night, I’ll get caught up, thanks to the Ladies.
They also included my favorite veggie chips. (I used to eat them with Tristan PHY’s mother, as we were both trying to eat healthy.)
They put two greeting cards in … one just to say “Hi,” and another to wish me a Happy Birthday (it was a little while ago.) Both had kinds words from the ladies scattered throughout. It was like they were sent from an ANGEL.
They even MYSTERIOUSly inserted a US Weekly magazine. Now, normally, I don’t read such celebrity tabloids. But given that pictures of hot women are scarce ‘round these parts, and most elicit materials are prohibited here in the ‘stan, the scantily-clad pics of Jennifer Aniston, Eva Mendez and BeYonce’ were greatly appreciated … Not just by me, but by SEVERAL members of our Army security forces, too. (To them, it’s as close to pornography as it gets.)
One of the ladies, Staff Sergeant J., even let me know that the office has been following my exploits here in the ‘stan. (In the card, she mentioned she saw the Philadelphia Inquirer story that was published a few weeks ago.)
It was nice to know that they were thinking of me. And, although I don’t miss the ridiculous workload of our office at McGuire Air Force Base, I sure do miss muddling through it with them.