My thoughts (Day 1 in Texas, Day 2 of the trip)
- Was Fort Bliss named after somebody or is the name just a cruel joke?
- I don't do heat well...awesome the low for the week is 98F.
- Ooh, look at all the pretty metal scroll work on the windows of that house...ooo and that house!! Oooo and that...wait a minute, they all have them... Uh guys! All the windows have bars on them! I'm not getting a great vibe, maybe we should find the hotel now?
- So the image in all the B Westerns of skinny cows with ribs sticking out eating cactus because that is all there is to eat: NOT invented by Hollywood. That is West Texas.
- These cockroaches are big enough to pack me away. Don't try stepping on one or three more will charge! Suddenly the La Cucaracha song has lost all charm...
- I am happy the Hubby is National Guard and as his wife I don't have to move here!
I was floating on cloud nine. Suddenly I couldn't image a more perfect place in the world, I was standing right next to my husband. The hardest part? As he was in uniform I wasn't allowed any PDA. No hugging, kissing, hand-holding...nothing. 20 hours in a van, standing close enough to smell his aftershave...and I was supposed to keep my hands to myself. He cracked first! After 10 minutes he gave me a big hug, then we took a walk (holding hands, unless we met other soldiers). I was taking whatever I could get, and was giddy from head to toe!
Did you know that a soldier in uniform:
- Can't talk on a phone and walk at the same time.
- Can't have have their hands in their pockets
- Must keep their right hand empty/free at all times (in case they need to salute)
- If you are walking beside them you should be on the left (see above)
- Can't show any PDA
- They may link elbows for escorting someone, but if more than one woman accompanies him, it must be the older woman (ex: mother before wife)
- Depending on the unit, they also not be allowed to chew gum or smoke in uniform