01 October — ish

I’ve learned some interesting life lessons from my time in the Army, things that come from who we are and what we do but that apply to normal every day life.  I should probably make some time later, to write a book about them — some are worth both sharing and explaining.  For example:

  • When it’s pointed at you, assume it’s loaded;
  • Being old doesn’t mean they don’t have ammunition for it;
  • You may be in a free fall, but by definition, at some point, you will hit something and stop;
  • Gunfights are not a good place for a knife fighter;
  • In a tank engagement, Infantry should probably just get the h*ll out of the way;
  • Close often counts.

I tell you this, as tomorrow is 01 October.  It’s the dreaded deadline, the day on which I asked you to try and get those last boxes into the mail.  That point in time when new things stop going into the mail, and the effort shifts to Iraq and the distribution of the bundles.

But really — no one is going to arrest you if the box goes in the mail on Monday.  I am not some powerful man, someone with a private Army or my own militia.  There’d be no visit from the secret police, no cease-and-desist letter in the mail, no wanted posted at the Post Office.  No, you’d just have a bundle or two getting into the mail a little bit after the goal date of 01 October.

Close often counts.

Now, if you email me on the 2nd, well, I’m probably going to tell you to hold on while I try to put together another iteration of IBOL for later this year.  But really, if I don’t know that you’re a day late, no one knows that you’re a day late.  01 October is a control measure to keep bundles from going into the mail long after IBOL II has closed up shop and ended.

So, do what you have to do. I’m going to go stand over here with the Infantry.

Oh, and did I mention that Nahed email to me some photos?  Yep, she sure did.  From the recent distribution with the Organization of Iraqi Family, in Salah ad Din.  More after the break.

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15 Responses to “01 October — ish”

  1. Darcene Says:

    What a smart man you are….”ish” works for me….and I thought I would have to be sneaky to send my boxes on Monday….you have caught me….but close is good for me and I know from sending packages to my son when he was there that even if I mail several of them on the same day, they will not always arrive at the same time…but they will arrive closely enough to count…..

  2. Elizabeth D Says:

    Good thing you didn’t post this message yesterday!! I got myself to the P.O. yesterday, with the things I’d pulled to send over a month ago. It’s not always convenient to go in the pouring rain, but it sure cuts down on how long you have to stand in line.

  3. Carol Says:

    Okay, so I ran out of large boxes…. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1601011&l=ed47187fdf&id=1069565311

  4. jennifer Says:

    awesome photos! thanks for posting them. i love how all the old machines say “smile” on them… i just got myself a “new” old singer from 1923 and it looks exactly like a few in these pictures.

    my bundle will get out later today, maybe tomorrow…. i have to stand in line with my customs forms…

  5. Vicki Says:

    Hey, I need the address! I’m hoping to mail mine today. 🙂

  6. stephanie allgood Says:

    I’m so happy we could help with this again! Thank you for all you do- peace can be built one person at a time…maybe it’s really the only road that can last!

  7. Marshall Collins Says:

    I’m the guy that worked with Kristen at Sew Mama getting her all the discount notions.
    Well I have put the call out here at my work and I am currently sitting at my desk putting together some HUGE bundles made with all the donated stuff from the people I work with.
    The postman comes at 2:30. Just need an address!


  8. Elaine Says:

    Mailed mine today, just in the nick of time!

  9. lizzy Says:

    I was just so happy to help. Can’t wait till they get my box. They will also find a bag of beads to sew or for little ones to string for a necklace or bracelet. My grandchildren always loved to do that when they were young. I like to try out making different quilting squares and had a stack that I really wasn’t quite sure what to do with. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them. I wish you all PEACE AND LOVE
    Snicerely Mumzer(lizzy)

  10. Florence Hosler Says:

    Thanks for posting all the photos, my mom has a Singer like some ot the ladies do…still makes the best button holes ever.
    Do the ladies ever get to see photos of us??

  11. Janimal Says:

    I just found you today! I can’t make it home to pack up a bundle from my stash to get out today — BUT – there is a lovely knitting shop close to my office AND a shipping place in the same plaza. Please send me the address and I will pack a knitting bundle and get it out today!
    jandayatl at yahoo dot com

  12. a case of the Crafties » Blog Archive » 100th Post Special Says:

    […] man does have a great sense of humor;) and read the story behind it, see the pictures of the families accepting bundles, and wait for the next round to be announced. It will make you feel good, and […]

  13. Jill Says:

    I had so much fun making these bundles! Thanks for putting up some pictures.

  14. 2010 in review « Iraqi Bundles of Love Says:

    […] The busiest day of the year was October 1st with 2,481 views. The most popular post that day was 01 October — ish. […]

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