"Jonathan Swift's Irish Mystery Meat"
Lcpl Doody, D.P.
8th ESB (Fwd) Alpha Co., 1st Platoon
You can send pretty much anything you think I'll like to that address, with a few exceptions I'll note below. A big favorite is DVDs. We have a whole mess of portable DVD players within the platoon, and they are a great way to zone out for awhile. My personal favorite thing to get are books. Thrillers & mysteries, mainly. We got a box of harlequin romance novels last time, and I must admit, after a few months alone, they get your motor running. If you know what I mean.
If you want to send food, make sure it's non-perishable. The heat over there will destroy perishables. Someone tried sending us some girl scout cookies last time, but when it got to us, all we had was girl scout soup. Hard candy triumphs in the desert environment.
Aside from that, you can let the following help guide you on what to send: "If I was going on a really boring, shitty camping trip, what would I want?"
On the No-No list we have most of what you would expect: No alcohol, firearms, ammunition, drugs, etc. etc. They say that pornography isn't allowed, but it's physically impossible for me to type words that say you can't send it. Aside from their obvious uses, Tobacco and Pornography are the desert equivalent of gold ingots. Anything from a Blackhawk Helicopter to bricks of pure cocaine can be yours if you've got enough cigarettes or XXX money shots to pay for it.
Now that we've covered my two favorite subjects, Nose candy & porn, I'm on to a more serious note. I found out on Sunday that my Grandfather is in the hospital with pnemonia. After having my emergency leave request denied, I sent him an email that should be with him by now. Just in case the words I'm typing out here reach you Grandad, I want you to know that I love you, and you've been in my thoughts constantly in the last few days.
That's all for the moment. I will do my damndest to put in one final update before I leave for Iraq. Then I will do my damndest once again to find a way to keep this thing updated while I'm over there.