11 August 2009
So...ya' wanna' dance?
From the Soldier side: One of the things I've tried to teach my soldiers over the years is how to survive in any situation. It could be a gun fight, or how to avoid an "Article 15". Another thing I tried to pass on is how to have fun anywhere you're at.
Sometimes, other people tried to set up "fun" for the troops. My fun was looking at the everyday things in Bosnia and later Iraq and trying to laugh.
So, how many of you like to dance? I'm not very good at it...and I usually don't even try unless I've had a few drinks. Since I don't drink much these days...I don't dance much. At my age and place in life...that doesn't matter.
However, one day when we were in Baghdad, Iraq (did I really have to put "Iraq" after Baghdad?) the nice folks who ran the MWR (Moral, Welfare and Recreation) had come up with a "Salsa Dance" night. I had a couple of guys on my team at the time who were really into Salsa Dancing, so they talked me into coming along.
I have no friggen idea how to Salsa Dance...and since we had "General Order Number One" we had nothing to drink. But, I thought I'd walk the mile over to the MWR center with my guys just to see if they had anything else that I might consider fun....
Nope. Just Salsa Dancing.
I am one who will try to not waste any given moment in time to find something funny. So, work with me on this...try to think of 3 female soldiers and about 100 male soldiers. It's a war zone, so everyone is carrying some kind of weapon. M-9's, M-16s, M-249s.... and trying to salsa dance whilst holding their weapons.
I laughed my ass off.....I am sure I had just as much fun as everyone else did. I finally had enough fun and suggested that everyone "stack arms" and I'd watch the weapons.
A fun time was had by all....I guess.
The next day my team and I got sent off on another mission to Kalsu...what a shithole that place was. No Salsa Dancing there. Just random mortar rounds everyday after lunch.