The little stuff

It some ways it is not the big things that throw the deployed environment into sharp contrast with home, it is the little things.

  • Being able to brush one’s teeth with water from the tap
  • Passing people on the street who are not wearing weapon harnesses
  • Asphalt streets glittering like diamonds with ice coating rather than being coated with dust and sand
  • Paths paved with bone stone rather than just covered with ankle twisting size rocks.

But again there are things the same:

  • idiots on the S-Bahns who want four seats to themselves, just like everyone on the downrange buses, only without the excuse of wearing battlerattle.
  • Drivers who manage to speed even in areas where it should not be possible.
  • People working hard to get their jobs done and support others.

In the end, I think it comes down to how easy it is to get the job done and how much stress it creates on a daily basis. Changing environments, in and of itself is stressful.

On the other hand, Aviation DFAC can’t compare with a really good Thai dinner.

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2 Responses to The little stuff

  1. Alison says:

    Now I have Paul Simon in my head, singing “Diamonds on the souls of her shoes.”

    Bone stone? Wow. Way different from anything I’ve ever considered.

  2. Holly says:

    Ah – bone stone is interdigitated paving stones that look like dog bones. I forgot that it is a real European thing!

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