November 10th, 2005
|11:33 am - Overtime, veterans, and thanks.|
My favourite (Extra)ordinary Anthropologist, jenarael, has made a wonderful post regarding creationism and evolution.
She's a brilliant writer (even when she's pissed off at something). Please go take a look.
Tomorrow, Veteran's Day, I'm coming into work. With the way things have been going, I've been offered overtime, and because this is probably the only chance I'll ever have to be paid at time and a half, I've taken it. It's not like I can't use the cash, after all. It'll coincide nicely with my trip to Austria since it goes on this pay period (I'll get the overtime pay while I'm in Austria), and that's a windfall for me.
So I have a few plans that I have to either cancel or move around. Emails will go out about that when I get some time.
Actually, I think I only had one thing actually *planned* for tomorrow, and it didn't involve a set time, so I might be in the clear.
But the most important thing today, to me, is that tomorrow is Veteran's Day. It's somewhat annoying to me that I'm very unlikely to have the requisite time to make mention of it tomorrow, given the number of veterans I know, but honestly, the ones still serving will see this around the time that Nov. 11 dawns on Korea or Iraq (two locations where service-people who read my LJ are), if they're reading today. Ah, time zones: what strange evil are these?
But I wanted to say "thanks". While I haven't served and won't be serving (gods willing) in my lifetime, I very much appreciate the people who have and do. I'm not going to get all patriotic on my LJ today, but it means a lot to me.
My father served in Vietnam (volunteered for the Marines rather than be drafted into the Army), and my grandfathers served in WWII. My brother and my cousins on my mother's side are, I believe, the first generation of men in this family who have not been called to duty at some point in our lives. While one cousin did enlist, he is the only member of our family to do so in this generation, and he had the choice.
And for that, I know who to thank.
It isn't much, but thank you.
Current Mood: thankful
Current Music: "Sending the Old Man Home", -JB
I like this sentiment.
I don't know many veterans at all, but damn if I don't appreciate them just the same. They're part of the reason why I dont get all political about war... regardless of whether it is right or wrong, I support the people who are brave and selfless enough to engage in it for our country. I may be against the cause, or I may not, but it is important to remember that while these people carry out the cause, they are NOT the cause. they are people just like us, and they are doing what duty has asked them to. I admire that tremendously.
They're part of the reason why I dont get all political about war... regardless of whether it is right or wrong, I support the people who are brave and selfless enough to engage in it for our country.
To me, this is a good reason to be *very* political about war. If we as a country are going to ask them to put themselves on the line, then we owe it to them to not put them at risk unless we have damn good reasons for doing so.
At the same time, I also feel very strongly that just because a war may be politically questionable, that the people fighting it still deserve our respect & support.
Oh, I do see what you are saying. I was talking more about all those people who bitch all the time, refusing to support them because they don't support the war, etc. I don't really think they should be over there, either, but the point is, they currently are, so the least I can do is support them (but not necessarily Bush) until they can be brought back safely. They need to know that we believe in them.
I'm working tomorrow as well, but not for extra ;-)
I plan to kill the shops in Austria. That's how much I <3 shopping. Obviously, I can't get all I like, but I figure the 30 bucks I am making tomorrow will help a little.
My father wasn't in Vietnam... But he's in the reserves now, as is his brother. I don't feel good about that, but that's because I'm selfish and prefer not to have the spectre of them leaving looming above.
Have a nice evening.