Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Show Off!

That's right tomorrow night I get to show off. As most of my friends and many of you know, I was a vocal performance major in college before I joined the Army. Well tomorrow night is Karaoke night at the camp recreation spot, and I'll be there! A couple of nights ago they had open mic night and my guys kept trying to convince me to go and play my guitar and sing, but all I can play on the guitar so far is "Mary had a little lamb" and "Row, row, row your boat", and I sure wasn't gonna get up there and do that.

Some of my friends think I am too cocky and confident when it comes to singing. What they don't understand is it takes a kind of bravado and confidence to get up in front of people and expose yourself to their criticism. I have just become comfortable in that spotlight and have grown to enjoy it.

Work is about to get really busy for me and my guys so it will be nice to get up there and relax a bit and have some fun with my guys. I tend to be a personable guy and usually get along well with my soldiers, but lately I have been a little grumpy with them due to the amount crap I am having to deal with that they don't see, and all of the stupid crap they have been doing. It will just be a good opportunity to get up there and let the guys see that the "ole sarge" is just another one of the guys, for the most part.

Man that "ole" really hit home just then. I'm about to turn 30 this month and while I know that's not old, I am at least 4 years older than all of my guys and one of the NCOs that works for me is only 20. Kinda puts things in perspective.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to the 30 club bro!And ya your cocky, but we love ya anyways! Keep the daily log going, love to hear how your doing over there. And I'm praying for a safe and quick tour for ya bro!

Mike M.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

Well, I see your NOT one of those that believes that you can't be a friend and a boss at the same time.

I just hope you can pull it off. Because it usually doesn't work out.

This is my post

Papa Ray
West Texas

9:40 PM  
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10:09 PM  
Blogger FbL said...

Soldier, I just found your blog, and I've been enjoying it. Can't say I've ever heard of a voice major who went regular army after graduating, though...Neat!

You're right, of course. Being a high-quailty singer requires a significant amount of bravado. However, being a keyboard major at one of the finer music schools in the country, I had the opportunity to learn that there's often more than bravado there. Here's to keeping the prima donna (primo don?) qualities under control... (Just teasing!)

Seriously, enjoy your time kicking back.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Shar said...

Thor! Hi, I just found your new blog. I followed your old blog on your last trip to the sandbox. Gee, it doesn't seem like you were home for very long before getting rotated back. I guess thats how it is, alot of people are on their next rotation. Anyway, I just wanted to say hi, and wish you and your family well.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad to see you back in the desert. Last time we talked you didnt think you had to go. I have finished my tour of Iraq. I am currently in germany waiting for my flight back. Im glad you are in Kuwait and not Iraq, trust me its fucking insane here. I wish you well and stay safe. Oh yeah its funny to read about your trails and trinulations of working with idiots. Kinda like the crew I had for our trip to Kuwait. Just wait till one of them runs around the bay naked with a towel around his neck. Tkae care say hi to Joyce and Reid for me.

11:25 PM  

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