If you want to turn this into a war / no war thread, piss off - stay on topic, or kiss my ass. The following may be too frank for some, if you are thin skinned or looking for a war debate, find another post now.
Yes, I've had a 'few'. Those that know me, would know I haven't had THAT many (and still be able to type this). Just settling down, my 34th birthday has past. It's almost 2a.m. central standard time. My last 'move' for the night? A double, no make it triple helping of leftover birthday cake, and 20oz glass of 2% to wash it down.
Ok, the girlfriend is asleep (man, I am so in love with her) - I need that late night itch scratched. Yeah yeah yeah, fatty like cake, I know. Slice it once, twice, thrice. BIG plate o' cake. BIG glass o' milk. Sit down in the HT room, grab the remote. First stop - 03 - Discovery Channel. Jesse James, Iraq Confidential. Caught maybe the last ten minutes of it. I didn't finish my cake.
I do however have tears in my eyes. Christ, my biggest dilemma an hour ago, was:
A. Do I drink more Beam and get hella trashed?
2. Go to bed with my lady, and have romper room birthday sex and forget the killer buzz?
I feel ashamed. How many men and women overseas would dream of such a choice to make right now? Their sacrifice is the ultimate. I don't consider myself a wimpy guy, but I'm not sure it is one I could make. I really can't seem to find the words - when I sat down to share - I had something very prophetic thought out in my head, yet when presented with hand and keyboard - my bag is empty.
What I do know - I am thankful for the men and women that serve, and protect my life, liberty, and pursuit of silly things like speakers, blondes, and bourbon. They do it SO ****ing well, I might forget about it from time to time.
I'm going to work on being a better citizen, a better patriot.
I love my country. I pray and fear for our future, and those fighting every day for it. I am thankful to be an American.
Happy Birthday to the colors that never run. To the red, white, and blue. To The United States of America.