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The Wann

TheWann formely known as the Airman in Iraq blog, since I am no longer in Iraq I decided to make this still for family and friends, with a wider stretch of thoughts for anyone else. 

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

8:18 AM - Post Secret

I have just purchased the second book by Frank Warren called
My Secret: A Postsecret Book and just like the first book its crazy awesome! And a must buy for everyone!

I already have his third up and coming book The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book on stand by at Barnes and Nobles but it comes out Jan 1 2007 and I just hope I will get it before I take off.

For those of ya that have no clue about this book or about the website PostSecret let me tell ya, it is by far my favorite site out there and is ranked as the third most viewed blog on the net. Well let me just quote from the site:

You are invited to anonymously contribute your secrets to PostSecret. Each secret can be a regret, hope, funny experience, unseen kindness, fantasy, belief, fear, betrayal, erotic desire, feeling, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything - as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before.

(PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.)

You will have to check the site out or go and buy the book, or just look through it while shopping for other books at your local book store, but its well worth the look and I can't wait 'till his third book, I am addicted!!

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Monday, October 30, 2006

12:40 PM - Going back again!

Well looks like I will be going back to the desert! I obviously can't say where or when yet but it is kinda soon-ish. I can't wait, its a whole nother place with a whole nother mission different than last time but just as rewarding if not more so. I assume it will be for about the same amount of time. It seems like no one knows for sure yet though. But this will make it so I am debt free (other than my car), get out of doing the same ol' office type of stuff and really get into the entire reason I signed up! It will have its moments again but all in all I see it being a great oppertunity again. I know what my mission is but I don't really want to say yet, its nothing big and bad, nothing classified by any means but just to play it safe for the moment I will let you all know when ever it gets to be closer to that time frame.

I am thinking about making this a private blog while I am over there that way I can express what is going on a tiny bit more so than I could if it was 100% public. Directed to my family and friends of course. There was alot of things I wanted to blog about last time I was over and didn't because of how public this was. If it was just the family and couple of friends checking it once a week I would have put more down which is what I am planning on doing this time. I ahve found websites recently that will allow you to make your blog into a book slash printed version of a journal. So that is something I may just do for my own personal keepsake.

Well....stay tuned and I will give updates as they happen, and if you are one of the lucky few that get to see what I write... well then you must be special in my book LOL.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

4:07 PM - My name in Google

Someone just recently contacted me that I haven't heard from in a long while and I got interested in how she found me on the internet, granted it isn't hard to find someone on the net if you know just a little bit about the person but for fun and for curisoty sake I decided to type name into the Google and see if it was that easy... well I guess so! I didn't know this but I was in Iraq during last Christmas and like most people did a Holiday greeting back home for my family and friends. well that was the first thing that popped up, Google has it on Google Videos. That is pretty cool and exciting...and scary, watch out ladies... any vids made can and most likely will be found on Google Videos or on the YouTube :-)

Oh and of course some of my posts from this are on there as is an article written about some of the people I worked with in Iraq from the base paper showed up as well.


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3:09 PM - My Week Long Trip

Well I just got back yesterday from a little bit of a trip thang! Drove to Utah to visit an old friend who was back on her way to Alaska. Wasn't able to spend but and hour and a half with her but that was really the entire reason behind the trip and that was the highlight, yes even more so than the beloved Blue Man Group show in Vegas. Vegas, you say?!?!??! Calm down my friends, it was only a day(Saturday, so a weekend and a night hehe) and thankfully, or not depending on your outlook, I had a friend with me that was able to keep me out of trouble. But after hanging with the friend at the airport, and seeing her off went and hung out at my other buddies place in Utah for the week. Getting caught up on my Jericho and my Battlestar Galactica shows (and the nerd comes back out).
Then went to the Vegas down in the Nevada. Stayed at the Circus Circus, DO NOT ever stay there. You will be better off sleeping in your car.
Rating- Worst hotel EVA!!
So we headed over to the Venetian and ate a killer meal and I took a shot of well...I'll just come out and say it, Vanilla Vodka with Scallops chopped up in it. Good but I will never mix vodka and seafood again. Then went to see the Blue Man Group and the Venetian. There is a reason why it is the number one act in Vegas! But sadly it isn't a show that is easy to explain. But it is the best thing I have ever seen, beating out even most concerts that I have been to and every play. So if you have the chance, just fork over the cash money and enjoy. Worth every penny.
Well than my friend got tired, it was around midnight-thirty. and took off for the hotel, well that was when I thought it would be a great idea to drink even more! **DumbAss** Well not ever stepping foot into the place called Sin City...and then being 'a bit' drunk... I got pretty lost and ended up in some apartment complex, shortly there after was "offered a good time" got scared and ran away like a twelve year old little boy. (I am sure she didn't cost much) got back to the Crappy Crappy, I mean Circus Circus, and fell asleep around 0300 had to leave around 0800 cause I was trying to get to the Albuquerque by 1800 but to no luck I got here a bit later than that. Oh well good stuff, good times and glad I met up with two of my close friends....
Well 'till next time.........

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Friday, October 06, 2006

9:02 AM - Mitch Albom's "For One More Day"

This is my book of the moment. This guy keeps coming out with some of the best material I have read. I am only half way through it and will most likely finish it up tonight, but I jsut had to blog abit about it and give it the prop that this thing needs.
From the books website:

“Every family is a ghost story . . .”

Mitch Albom mesmerized readers around the world with his number one New York Times bestsellers, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie. Now he returns with a beautiful, haunting novel about the family we love and the chances we miss.

For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?

As a child, Charley “Chick” Benetto was told by his father, “You can be a mama’s boy or a daddy’s boy, but you can’t be both.” So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.

Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.

He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother -- who died eight years earlier -- is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened.

And a conversation companion that I found at starucks but couldn't locate on-line:

1. In the first Paragraph of the novel, and repeated several times throughout the book, is the line "every family is a ghost story." What do you think that means? Who is the real ghost in the Benetto family?

2. Which scene resonated with you the most, and why?

3. How does the true identity of the narrator effect your view of chick's story?

4. Is there someone in your own life with whom you'd like to spend one more day?

5. Why do you think Chick tried to commit suicide? Was it for the reasonshe statee or was there somethign else behind it?

6. On page 4, Chick says "Mothers support certain illusions about their children." What did he mean by that statement? What about fathers?

7. Consider the passage on page 6 in which Chick talks about missing his daughter's wedding. Given the identity of the book's narrator, what do you thinkis happenign here? Is it manipulation, guilt, pride or something else entirely?

8. In the novel, Chick's father tells him that you can either be a mama's boy or a daddy's boy, but not both. Do you agree?

9. Chick believe's strongly in the power of words: "divorcee" (page 67), "Mom" (page 49), "She died" (page 172). What makes these words so powerful? Is it the context of the story or are they just as powerful in your life, too?

10. Throughout the novel, Chick outlines various times when he failed to stand up for his mother and was often quite cold to her. Is there a special cruelty that children inflict on their parents? Is Chick cruel to other characters?

11. Novels about mother mother-son relationships are relatively rare. Can you think of any others you've read and enjoyed? How did their portrayals compare to For One More Day?

12. Discuss the significance of the Old Timers' Game--its timing, Chick's deception, his father;s involvement. How is it a turning point?

13. Chick learns a shocking secret about his father's life on page 181. How does it change his understanding of his parents' relationship? How does it change your understanding of Posey, Leonard and Chick as characters?

I like getting with friends and discussing a good book and if any of you are like that then maybe that little guide above will help stir a good talk. If you haven't got this thing yet its a must own, along with his other books!

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