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A MESSAGE FROM A FRIEND WHO IS NOW IN IRAQ

477733757_e92802af071.jpgHey Reggie,You most definitely can share this with Lou. If you put it up as part of your blog I’ll be able to answer directly on that.

We do hear gunfire everyday and bombs explosions 3 – 4 times a week. The gunfire I think is from the practice range, but the major explosions I have yet to figure out if they are incoming or outgoing, probably both.

When I originally applied for this job a lot of people ask me why I would want to work in war zones…….I never really told them why but I will tell you why.

All of the negative press about whats going on over here was really making me mad, but I knew I was too old to join the military to do my patriotic duty. Regardless of what people want to believe, this war is keeping the bad guys out of the United States. Now that I’m here, I know that to be a fact. If we leave I firmly believe they will attack again in the states. I came over here to support the troops the only way (at my age) I can to support our troops by helping them to be comfortable when they return from outside the wire. As a company, we are doing that and I am proud to be the small part of it with my contributions of knowledge.

I can only tell you certain things about what is going on or any descriptions of the camp, so if it seems generic and non-specific, it is.

We have 3 eating facilities on this base called DFAC’s short for dining facilities, they serve excellent meals, both good and bad for you. If you want to eat healthy you most diffenently can but if you like fast food that is available also. And the desserts!!!!! Cakes, pies, ice cream, pastry, sodas, chocolate milk, whip cream, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, bananas, smoothies, etc,etc!!!!!! It is great.

I got a TV the other day to play movies, but if I want to watch cable AFN (Armed Forces Network) I have to go elsewhere. When I’m doing 12-14 hr work days I really don’t have time to watch much.

After I get off work, I eat at the DFAC, come back to my room and rest for about 30 minutes and go to the gym to workout. I’ve been working out for almost a month now and it is really helping me perform my job better. So I work, eat, workout and sleep, that is the life of a working patriot.

Anyway, the time difference between Houston and Iraq……I am 9 hours ahead of you, it is 8:50 pm right now and your time is 11:50 am. During the day I start work at 6:00am on Monday here and it is 9:00pm Sunday night there.

I’ve been following your website and photos the best I can, but internet access is hard to come by and the phones are near impossible during prime hours.

Any questions you have about this place I’ll answer if I can, but don’t hesitate to ask.

I’ve got to go……other people waiting to use the computer. I’ll be back on after my workout and if the phones are available I’ll give you a buzz. Talk to you soon.

Your friend,

Jerry T

September 27, 2007 - Posted by | Awareness, Friend, Friends of NF, neurofibromatosis | , , , ,

107 Comments »

  1. Hey Jerry, Thank you for what you are doing to support our troops.

    Most of us here enjoy our deserts. Can you tell us something about the ones that are available to you?

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | September 27, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hi, and welcome, I respect you very much, I believe that war is necessary evil, I don’t like it, but if “we” don’t go over there, they will come over here. I pray and support our troops and everybody else that is over there. I wished I could do more to suport. Thank you for your service and take care

    Comment by Patricia Stokley | September 27, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hey Jerry,
    What the hell are you doing in Iraq!!!! Try to stay alive long enough to at least have a beer with Reggie and me. Astros are sucking big time, you’re not missing much unless of course you’re a Texans fan!!! Woo-hoo!! The best, Lou

    Comment by adgiant | September 28, 2007 | Reply

  4. Hey Lou,

    Have you ever thought about going over there. You can bore the enemy into sundering. Just tell some of your jokes. lol

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | September 28, 2007 | Reply

  5. Be quiet or we’ll send you over to Iraq for target practice.

    Comment by adgiant | September 28, 2007 | Reply

  6. Afte hearing your jokes in any language, there will be no need for target practice. lol I’m sure the group will agree.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | September 28, 2007 | Reply

  7. Hello Jerry T.

    You and I have a super friend whose name if Reggie Bibbs. I met him at Anderson in Houston where I worked for 30 years. I would not have known about you if it were not for Reggie and I appreciate what you are doing. I exercise daily myself, and it does, for sure make a difference. What were the stats on eating one chocolate bar?; it takes 3 laps around a football field to run it off. Just do it anyway because you deserve it. Best of luck to you. We’ll try to keep Mr. R. B. in line stateside but it’s as hard to do as what you have to do!!

    Thanks to you Reggie, for having such fine friends; well, maybe one is questionable and his name is Lou C.!! We can’t have everything perfect.

    John K.

    Comment by John | September 28, 2007 | Reply

  8. That was a good one John. Lou will remember you. Weclone to the blog. Thank you for your hard work at MD Anderson.

    Comment by Reggie | September 28, 2007 | Reply

  9. MY ONLY REAL FRIEND ON THIS SITE IS ELEANOR AND EVEN SHE HAS ABANDONED ME!!!!

    Comment by adgiant | September 28, 2007 | Reply

  10. Have you ever thought about paying people to be your friend. I think that will be your only hope. lol

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | September 28, 2007 | Reply

  11. Glad you’re back Lou, and I am sure Eleanor is still your friend she has been busy, just like you have been too busy for us. lol

    Comment by Patricia Stokley | September 28, 2007 | Reply

  12. Hi guys! Reggie was kind enough to email me and remind me that I’ve been slacking off and not dropping in here lately! I’m sorry though, things have been very hectic around here. I think some of you know I’m pregnant (with my 3rd might I add, lol) and up until a couple of weeks ago I was horribly sick all day every day. Thank goodness that is over with now and I can just enjoy being pregnant! Also, my husband had back surgery this week to fuse together part of his spine. And Elijah (my son) has been having some issues with his stomach lately. We arent sure what is going on, but he is seeing a specialist now and we are going to have some tests run to see if we can figure it out. They dont think it is related to his NF at all, hopefully it is nothing serious, but I will let you all know when we know more.
    Oh and I was told that Lou misses being picked on. Well dont worry, I can handle that, lol. Dont get me wrong, I like you Lou, but if Reggie says I have to pick on you then I just have to! =P

    Comment by Emily | September 28, 2007 | Reply

  13. Hi Emily, congrats on the pregnacy, I remember morning sickness yea more like 24 7 sickness for about 5 months, then it was good. glad it is over for you. but when you bundle of joy comes it was all worth it, hope you husband recovers good, and you son tests comes out ok well good news, and yes we listen to what Reggie tells us lol Lou watch out lol

    Comment by Patricia Stokley | September 28, 2007 | Reply

  14. Poor Lou. lol

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  15. That is too funny. Good thing Lou enjoys being picked on. lol

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  16. Lou Im your friend I love to pick on Reggie too

    Comment by Shelley | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  17. Of course we know that. I know I enjoy it. LOL

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  18. {{{{{{{{{{everybody}}}}}}}} A HUG

    Comment by Shelley | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  19. Okay okay I’ll be an equal oppurtunity picker-on-er, lol. So nobody will feel left out! So that means everybody is fair game!!! =P

    Comment by Emily | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  20. Thank you Shelley

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  21. boy there all yall go again sturring up the hornets nest again oh well like they say what are friends for right

    Comment by Brian | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  22. lol! Yea I guess we better leave that nest alone.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  23. that would probably be a really good Idea Reggie

    Comment by Brian | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  24. Lets see if they let me send this comment out. I feel very patriotic in my participation in helping to keep our soldiers comfortable. As far as working out and calories, I can’t figure out the calorie loss with a relentless 140 degree heat.

    Comment by Jerry T | September 30, 2007 | Reply

  25. OK I see that comment went through. Lou, I dream about having a cold one (anything other than water) and I will stay alive to have that one with you guys in the future.
    It is a nessessary evil that we had to come over here. One thing about being here is learning what the US media won’t talk about…….there most definently was terrorist traning going on over here, Al Quida, and if we are forced to leave, Iran will come in and create an absolute bloodbath, I’ll get to deserts in my next comments!!!!

    Comment by Jerry T | September 30, 2007 | Reply

  26. Oh wow! Welcome Jerry. I hope you say the nice comments about you. Looking forward to hearing about the deserts.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | September 30, 2007 | Reply

  27. Jerry – From what I understand by reading your email, you arent military, correct? What exactly do you do over there? I for one have total respect for anyone who has the guts to go over there and help our country and our troops in any way. My husband is military, he is in the Navy, so I support him and his fellow sailors/soldiers. He isnt deployed, and to this day we have been lucky that he has never been deployed, but I know it will happen eventually.

    Comment by Emily | September 30, 2007 | Reply

  28. HI Everybody

    Comment by Shelley | September 30, 2007 | Reply

  29. What up Shelley?

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | September 30, 2007 | Reply

  30. Hi Shelley, and everybody else, Hey Shelley have you had any Starbucks lately, I am thinking of a Toffie Nut Latte

    Comment by Patricia Stokley | September 30, 2007 | Reply

  31. Im good here I have Starbucks at home

    Comment by Shelley | September 30, 2007 | Reply

  32. I’m still drinking coffee, but not as much. I have to be careful now.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | September 30, 2007 | Reply

  33. I think starbucks has this orange spice of pumpkin spice. They only have it in the fall. Its has a pretty good kick to it.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | September 30, 2007 | Reply

  34. Shut up about Starbucks, lol. I dont drink caffeine when I’m pregnant and I dont like the taste of decafe coffee so I cant go to Starbucks.😦 Well enjoy some for me anyway!

    Comment by Emily | September 30, 2007 | Reply

  35. Hi Emily,
    I am a US D.O.D. Contractor. I am here on a military base to help provide needed services for military personel. My job is in the air conditioning departmrnt. My specific job in the department is to take care of the food containers (Reefers) either coolers or freezers or another way to look at it is millions of dollars worth of food (Reggies favorite subject). I promise to get to our deserts!!!
    We are required to work 12 hr days 7 days a week (it really is never ending with this heat) but we also get 3 paid R & R’s per year every 4 months of 2 weeks and we are reimbursed up to 860.00 in travel expenses. This is my opportunity to directly support our troops and have the chance to travel around the world on my R & R’s.
    Jerry T

    Comment by Jerry T | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  36. Emily,
    My prayers and thoughts will be with you and your husband.
    Thank you for writing.
    Jerry T

    Comment by Jerry T | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  37. For comment 34. Emily I understand. I use to drink a lot a coffee everyday. I have to cut back on it. No more them two cups a day for me. I use to drink a least 5 or 6 cups a day. Mums the word on starbucks.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  38. Hi Patricia,
    Thank you for the fine supporting comments. Your comments brightened my day. Thank you. Our soldiers will keep them out, but its all of your job to keep the the politicians in line….Vote, everyone needs to vote.
    Again thank you for your comments.
    Jerry T

    Comment by Jerry T | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  39. Hi Lou,
    I will stay alive just to have a beer with you guys again, but I think we should have that beer in England or Germany or BOTH!!!!!We can meet half way.
    And as far as why I’m here…..I felt coming to a war zone was a step up from where I was working!!!!!!
    E-mail me if you are interested in that beer say around May 2008 I’ll be ready for my 2nd R & R.
    Jerry T

    Comment by Jerry T | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  40. Hi John K,
    When I write about our desserts in the desert I won’t mention calories, I’m really trying to put some weight on right now preparing for the upcoming summer here. Most people drop about 15 – 30lbs over the summer and just ask Reggie, I can’t afford to lose that kind of weight! I’m trying to bulk up and the workouts tend to put it in the right places. Thanks for your kind comments and yes I think you guys have a HARDER job than mine trying to keep RB in line!!!!!

    Comment by Jerry T | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  41. Hey JT. I;m not such a hard task to keep in line. I’m a easy kind of going guy. lol. I think.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  42. We’d hit him to keep him in line more but he’d probably like it.

    Comment by adgiant | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  43. Hey Lou You still play with voodoo dolls

    Comment by Shelley | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  44. Oh Reggie U drinking coffee?

    Comment by Shelley | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  45. I’m drinking coffee, but not as much.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  46. I drink one pot of coffee a day after my coffeepot is empty I dont drink anymore till the next day

    Comment by Shelley | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  47. I drink a lot of coffee too, its hard to say how much, there is at least of us sharing a coffee pot at work and sometimes I think we might go thru about 5 pots.

    Comment by Patricia Stokley | October 2, 2007 | Reply

  48. Hey Jerry, I vote and I open my mouth quite often and tell people what I think, and I get so upset with people I tell them regardless of what you think of the war you SHOULD ALWAYS SUPPORT OURT TROUPS. Support of our troops comes first opion on the war comes last. God Bless

    Comment by Patricia Stokley | October 2, 2007 | Reply

  49. I have a friend who makes good coffee. He will never know, because I will never say. I wouldn’t want him to do to proud about making coffee. lol.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 2, 2007 | Reply

  50. I have a link on here to send a thank you to our troops. I think we should all say thank you. Lets not wait until we hear bad news before we give thanks.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 2, 2007 | Reply

  51. Good for you Patricia, you are a great support for all of us over here. These are young men fighting for our freedom and deserve our support.
    God bless you and we’ll all fight another war, the war of ignorance towards NF.
    Jerry T

    Comment by Jerry T | October 3, 2007 | Reply

  52. Jerry GOD BLESS YOU I had a cousin in Kuwait also thank you for your support for the troops everybody over there is in my prayers keep up the good work and again GOD BLESS YOU

    Comment by Brian | October 3, 2007 | Reply

  53. Shelley dont forget to drink starbucks for me just to let you all know I am ok but going in for surgery on Monday the 8th it will be just a day surgery but I am ok

    Comment by Brian | October 3, 2007 | Reply

  54. so pray for me

    Comment by Brian | October 3, 2007 | Reply

  55. Brian I will be praying for you. You are a Good man. And God will be with you. Don’t worry I know I won’t be the only one praying for you. Your friend for ever. Reggie

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 3, 2007 | Reply

  56. I will be praying for you also, and I guess that I will just force myself to Starbucks, order a Vente Toffee Nut Latte withe 3 sweet and lows, and drink it just for you Brian, ok, It might be hard but I will do it just for you. LOL, no seriously I will be praying for you and I hope everything goes well, you take care

    Comment by Patricia Stokley | October 3, 2007 | Reply

  57. thanks Patricia you are very sweet thank you and thanks Reggie you will be my friend for ever too

    Comment by Brian | October 3, 2007 | Reply

  58. You know I will pray for you Brian

    Comment by Shelley | October 3, 2007 | Reply

  59. Brian,
    Thanks for your comments. Your prayers will help us all.
    Have a fabulous day.
    Jerry T

    Comment by Jerry T | October 3, 2007 | Reply

  60. (____)? (_____)? (_____)? (_____)? Fresh Starbucks

    Comment by Shelley | October 4, 2007 | Reply

  61. whats up Shelley hows it going drinking that fresh Starbucks for me

    Comment by Brian | October 4, 2007 | Reply

  62. Dont have anymore Starbucks Brian I have Folgers

    Comment by Shelley | October 4, 2007 | Reply

  63. hey Folgers is good too I drink that because that is all I can afford to drink Shelley LOL

    Comment by Brian | October 4, 2007 | Reply

  64. I like most all brands of coffee. I do not like decaf. yuck!

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 4, 2007 | Reply

  65. I dont like decaf either

    Comment by Shelley | October 5, 2007 | Reply

  66. No decaf for me either

    Comment by Patricia Stokley | October 5, 2007 | Reply

  67. Yea if your are going to drink decaf you might as well drink a cup of water.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 6, 2007 | Reply

  68. True Reggie true

    Comment by Shelley | October 6, 2007 | Reply

  69. If you are going to drink coffee it should be real coffee.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 6, 2007 | Reply

  70. YEP

    Comment by Shelley | October 6, 2007 | Reply

  71. I had starbucks today wo hoo

    Comment by Patricia Stokley | October 6, 2007 | Reply

  72. I had Folgers. It worked for me. Tonight is going to be a good night. I’m cooking my famous spaghetti I might try to get a picture of my full plate. The sauce is cooking now. The only thing to now is eat a few cooking.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 6, 2007 | Reply

  73. we sure talk alot about food here, I like food, i just wished it did’nt like me so much that it just glues itself to my hips lol

    Comment by Patricia Stokley | October 6, 2007 | Reply

  74. I love to talk about food. Don’t feel like the long ranger. It loves me as well. I try not to worry about it.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 7, 2007 | Reply

  75. Reggie maybe I should send you recipes on stuff

    Comment by Shelley | October 8, 2007 | Reply

  76. Where is Lou and Brian ? I need yall to talk to me

    Comment by Shelley | October 8, 2007 | Reply

  77. Shelley yea you can send me some recipes.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 8, 2007 | Reply

  78. It’s not telling where Lou is. Don’t get him started. I’m sure we will hear from Brian in a few days.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 8, 2007 | Reply

  79. I hope everything went ok with Brian, with his surgery, Shelley I could try a recipe, but my husband does’nt like my cooking, which is ok with me, cause then I don’t have to cook lol, but i do bake you have any good cookie or cake recipes I have been looking for a good EASY coconut cream pie

    Comment by Patricia Stokley | October 8, 2007 | Reply

  80. Brian is doing ok. He said he just have a little pain, which he has medication to take care of that. He will be back in a little of no time. And Patricia if that excuse works for your husband then that is a good thing. I bet you are really a good cook. We all know that. Baking is hard so if you can bake your dinner will be just as good. Don’t worry I won’t tell anyone. lol.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 8, 2007 | Reply

  81. I will send Reggie the recipes

    Comment by Shelley | October 8, 2007 | Reply

  82. I got it. You know somebody we all know an love will tell us to go to the food network and talk about all of this. But who cares.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 8, 2007 | Reply

  83. AW Reggie

    Comment by Shelley | October 8, 2007 | Reply

  84. I am back surgery went very well as Reggie has said with just a little pain but not to bad also just tired from all the medicine they have me on but thanks for all the prayers and thanks for everybody that has asked about me well I am great thanks to all of you

    Comment by Brian | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  85. Welcome back Brian.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  86. thanks Reggie its sur good to be back

    Comment by Brian | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  87. sure

    Comment by Brian | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  88. whats up Shelley I am back now I know you miss me but I am not gone for ever dont you worry I am back now

    Comment by Brian | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  89. Not alot here Brian Im out of Starbucks

    Comment by Shelley | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  90. well its not so bad to be out of Starbucks Shelley you can always drink some Folgers for me too

    Comment by Brian | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  91. I got my flavored cream, not as good as Starbucks but it is doable

    Comment by Patricia Stokley | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  92. Has any one heard from Jerry or Emily havent heard from them in awhile

    Comment by Patricia Stokley | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  93. Well I talk to Jerry on the phone the other day. I will tell him you asked about him if he calls me again. He said it’s hard to get on the computer. I’m sure he will write just as soon as he gets back on the computer.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  94. for comment comment 90. Brian. true true. Any named brand coffee with caffeine will work for me.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  95. comment 91. I don’t know about y’all, but I can’t just have any kind of cream. I have to have coffee mate or the cream they give you when you go out to eat.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  96. LOL Oh Reggie

    Comment by Shelley | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  97. Patricia I havent heard Eleanor either

    Comment by Shelley | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  98. comment 96 Well its true. Eleanor will be here soon. I will see if I can reach her.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  99. It is alittle hard to get on the computer most of the time. We have one computer for 14 guys and they use it during the day for business, so there’s a mad dash for it after work, then the night crew comes in and guess what they want to do? Use the computer!!! I have been following, just not enough time to actually write something. I stopped drinking coffee when I got over here, but we do have this drink called Rip-It, tasty and truly gives you a burst of energy that I have now substituted for my coffee, to hard to go cold turkey. Brian, I hope you’re feeling better real soon
    Jerry T

    Comment by Jerry T | October 10, 2007 | Reply

  100. Always good to hear from you Jerry. I guess you can see how everyone ask about you.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 10, 2007 | Reply

  101. thanks Jerry I appreciate it I have a little bit of pain every now and then but not to bad other than that I am ok and thanks for asking I should be better in no time one thing I hate its hard typing with one hand part of my surgery was one of my hands but its all good

    Comment by Brian | October 10, 2007 | Reply

  102. Yea Brian. It will be ok. On here it’s cool because we are not chatting live. So you can take your time and type with one hand. I would take a stab at Lou, but I will let him go on this one.

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 10, 2007 | Reply

  103. Yea, I won’t say how long long it takes me, and how many times I have to retype, lol

    Comment by Patricia Stokley | October 10, 2007 | Reply

  104. I know what you mean. Thank God for spell check. lol

    Comment by Reggie Bibbs | October 10, 2007 | Reply

  105. amen Reggie Amen

    Comment by Patricia | October 11, 2007 | Reply

  106. LOL

    Comment by Shelley | October 14, 2007 | Reply

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    Comment by Moses Fowler | June 22, 2008 | Reply


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