Worth far more than a thousand

Tag Ab District, Afghanistan - Look carefully, and you’ll see Sgt. “Z,” scaling the mountain (alone,) to clear out that cave for us while our patrol was stopped. God Bless him. Check out the pics page to see how far he climbed.

Tag Ab District, Afghanistan –
Look carefully, and you’ll see Sgt. “Z,” scaling the mountain (alone,) to clear out that cave for us while our patrol was stopped. God Bless him. Check out the pics page to see how far he climbed.

I added some pics from my trip on the 24th. (See the Afghanistan Pics page.)

While posting, I was thinking about all of the old-school photo prints that I have. (Most of them are from when I was in the Marines … Back then, digital cameras were not really mainstream yet.) I really value those pictures, and expect to hold on to them forever; even pass them to Taj so he can remember his Dad’s experiences when I’m gone. (Hopefully he passes them to his son/daughter.)

But lately, I don’t print pictures anymore. I just have ‘em stored on my Macbook. Of course, I keep a back-up on an external drive, but they’re just not the same as simply holding a pic. (Besides, in the future, who knows if the current technology will even allow Taj to view them? They might be storing pictures on holograms or somethin’ like Star Wars.)

So, I worry about protecting my digital pics (or the computers and drives that store them.) I really want Taj to have pictures of Muna and I, so he’ll have something to base his life story on. Sadly, I don’t have many pictures documenting the life of my parents or grandparents. Sure, there are a few, but not a lot.

Because of this, I say that a picture is worth far more than just a thousand words … to me, they’re priceless.

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