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Old 07-04-07, 07:13 AM   #1
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Need Fooster assistance (maybe...)

I am working on a project to entertain my older son, who will be headed to the sandbox in the mideast very soon. I'm planning out a Myspace site for family & friends to keep in touch with him easily & "en mass", and I would like to have a feature I'm calling "EEK (Everyone Espe Knows)Shots (and then some...). Each picture would have lots of people in it - in unlikey or amusing places/poses, or mass quantities of people in public spaces - with "Hi Espe" designed somewhere into the photo (spelled out in signs, with people, marching bands, hay fields, on a billboard, phototron, etc.) Think G rated audience, please.

For instance, one will be a picture of Salsa getting his hair cut, with "Hi Espe" spelled out on the floor with Salsa's long curls...

Anyway, if this appeals to your sense of the absurd, and would like to like to help out, PM me for an address to email an EEK Shot.....

Have a safe holiday!!
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Old 07-04-07, 07:58 PM   #2
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A great idea; I wish him safe travels and a safe tour.

Please excuse this, but I would also like to make a suggestion to help him be as safe as possible. I would suggest some better body armor than what is issued; here is one type that is popular.
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I'm in. But, is "Espe" something related to YOU, in particular, apclassic9? <curious Vega look> If so, share that with us, so we understand it. I'm for anything that helps anyone over a particularly stressful or negative period in his or her life....

Along the lines of what Stevesurf has mentioned, is there any way for us (BF/Foo'er's) to better support your son as regards personal protection? I'm sure we all love him, deferentially to you.... A second question: is there a fund for other such soldiers (our brave men and women who voluntarily go where the COC sends them) so that they might also have the proper body- and vehicle- armor that protects them? <very curious Vega look>
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Old 07-04-07, 09:51 PM   #4
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Along the lines of what Stevesurf has mentioned, is there any way for us (BF/Foo'er's) to better support your son as regards personal protection?
Just a great idea...
I'll be happy to coordinate a possible discount through my contacts. Just someone PM me if this happens as I'm going overseas again late next week.
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The military is blocking out MySpace access because some folks haven't been very bright in it's usage. Might want to consider setting up your own domain. Not quite as convenient, but not overly difficult either. You can get by for less than $50 a year, including the registration costs.
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I'm in. But, is "Espe" something related to YOU, in particular, apclassic9?
Espe is her son's name.
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from one who's been there to one who's going...

safe travels my brother. here's to you coming back intact, both physically and mentally.

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A second question: is there a fund for other such soldiers (our brave men and women who voluntarily go where the COC sends them) so that they might also have the proper body- and vehicle- armor that protects them? <very curious Vega look>

didn't a community or something, a while back, get up enough money to buy a whole combat unit better body armor and the gov't wouldn't let them have it? i can't remember, i think it's been about 2 years or so back. some soldier's family got a fund-raising drive together, bought top-line body armor for their soldier and his whole unit, and uncle sugar wouldn't let them use it...


of course, i could be wrong. i'm trying to recollect things from a foggy memory...
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facebook from my understanding still works.....but you should just set up a cheap webhost or something for this.
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didn't a community or something, a while back, get up enough money to buy a whole combat unit better body armor and the gov't wouldn't let them have it? i can't remember, i think it's been about 2 years or so back. some soldier's family got a fund-raising drive together, bought top-line body armor for their soldier and his whole unit, and uncle sugar wouldn't let them use it...


of course, i could be wrong. i'm trying to recollect things from a foggy memory...

Yes, and some soldiers have gotten in trouble for having their personal firearms smuggled in (which were FAR superior to what they are using in the field).....someone I know got into a bit of deep over that....thing was, his personal gun used the same ammo, but was more accurate due to a more precise design....and that right there could save lives on his side (that's what mattered to him, is to go home alongside the same people he went there with).

I understand the logic behind it (it's hard to be certain something is better or not when you have no control of where it came from, let alone any liability risks if it fails at a really bad moment)....I just think sometimes it's a bit asinine.
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I will have to ask my son about the armour thing... the stuff they issued him looks like the stuff Stevesurf pointed me to, but perhaps it all looks alike on the outside. I do know that there were all sorts of fundraisers going on back in 2003 for this unit. We don't know exactly where he's headed, which is normal, but many of the guys in his unit have been to Iraq before (they were deployed 4 years ago) under a different unit designation. It's a construction/engineering unit, and they will supposedly be doing 'horizonal construction' .

Anyway, I will check out that myspace/facebook situation with the powers that be & just might break down & do the domain thing. I'll keep you all posted. Meanwhile,

Espe's making the most of the summer he has left here in WV..........
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I like your kids names
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Re the armour thing: My son's unit has all the required armour & then more. We had the whole discussion today, and it sounds like he will have protection for the full torso, arms & thighs. Evidently this unit got really well equipped the last time they deployed.

Meanwhile, I drove by the unit headquarters today on my way to work. About every surface one could possible tie a yellow ribbon to has one. I thought I was handleing this whole thing pretty well, but those ribbons brought tears to my eyes. Now my livingroom is filled with bits and pieces of his life - some for us to store, and some for his personal box which gets sealed up & shipped on Sunday. This is WAY harder than I thought.
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