Monday, September 06, 2004
Well, I just had one of the most intensely insane moments of my life. I blame it all on Kharma. Today I told everyone how nice and safe this place was, and how secure we are here. Sure, we’ve had rockets fired at us often and the occasional sniper taking aim, but that seemed to be just background noise. We’re so busy doing so many different things, it’s easy to make that stuff seem unimportant. Well the shit hit the fan tonight.
I was on a rooftop with some folks, just as we typically do once or twice a week. We had been up there for about 45 minutes just telling jokes and talking about home. Next thing I know I hear a whoosh and Boom, and saw the flash. A damn rocket hit right behind the building we were on top of. I don’t know if I was knocked out of my chair or I just jumped, but we all hit the deck, expecting a rain of crap to come down on top of us. I feel bad but I crushed a guy underneath me. Can’t really coordinate those things when you’re all hitting the deck at the same time.
Anyways, we’re now glued to the rooftop and one guy shouts that the rockets almost always come in two's. Just great, we’re totally out in the open and stuck to the rooftop, not sure whether to run for the stairs in the center of the building or just sit there. We ran. I guess you can tell the new guys from the old, because the old ones weren’t as shell shocked by this as us new guys were. So we make it down stairs and now we’re stuck in this building until all is found secure.
Can’t explain the situation any better. All is well, and this will just be chalked up as another average rocket attack, but not for me. That was too close for comfort. Honestly, that really sucked. Yes, understatement of the century, but I’m trying to be calm. It’s that damn being an Officer crap. We’re supposed to always be calm and collected. Of course I am calm on the outside, but inside I’m definitely shaken. Who wouldn’t be? My head’s still ringing… Personally, I hope I never see that crap again.
Keep those prayers coming!
**Okay, an hour has passed and all is good. Been busy with the post attack stuff, but it’s complete. Hopefully the ringing in my ear goes away tonight.
posted by El Capitan at 6:38 AM