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Christmas Moon, Aliens, Singing & Saving Kittens


I could not get this picture to come out no matter how I tried to sharpen it.  Those little dots are artifacts of the sharpening, not part of the picture. It would be at the edge of the photo. You can see it, but it is nowhere near what I saw.  The moon had a very bright halo ring all around it.  I have never seen it like that.  I stared up at the sky several minutes until I realized that I was cold.  It was like you might expect to see in a Sci-fi movie - UFOs, strange aliens etc.  Since I wanted to avoid any alien probing, I took a picture and quickly skedaddled into the safety of my can.  Who would believe me?

I got a box from Chrissy, which ironically made me sad, since it reminded me that I was not with her and the kids.  Alex sent me some wonderful books and I also got some of my tree farm magazines.  I suppose it is natural to feel lonely and homesick when you are away on Christmas.  I do.

The Marines got together, led by our British Royal Marine colleague, and sang the twelve days of Christmas with Marine themes.  It was funny.  


I don’t have too much more to write today.  I just felt like writing something before going to sleep. Good night and Merry Christmas.


Oh yeah – take a look at this very UnPC poster on OPSEC.  It is memorable.  Think of the kittens.


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Good Morning on Christmas Day John. I hope you get some down-time today. The photo of the moon reminded me how stunning it can be in that part of the world. Especially without dust in the air. Stay well, Kate

Jake -

Merry Christmas, although I suppose it's the next day by now in Iraq. When will you get home? I know when you were here you said you could come home throughout the year. I'm sure your family is missing you too.


I will be back in April - for spring tree work, in July/August - to avoid some of the hottest weather here in Iraq and I will come home permanently o/a Sept 25.

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