Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13921
Posted:Mods, feel free to take this down if you like, but I just got this E-mail from Ray and asked him if I might share it with the Board:

Written by: RaymundPhule
>> Well I am so very sorry for the delay in my writing, but things have been
>> busy.
>>
>> From the last time I said good-bye to just about everyone except my parents
>> it took me almost a week to get to Iraq! No biggie, just glad I kept the car
>> for Mom to pick up smile Thank you so much Mom for doing that.
>>
>> All is well. If you had to serve 7 months or so in Iraq this is the place to
>> do it. Needless to say your tax dollars are not going to waste out here. I
>> am actually quite happy.
>>
>> Yesterday a little before 7 am we got our (my units) first Iraqi wake up
>> call. About 7 122mm rockets were fired into base along with an attack on our
>> front gate. The rockets are suspected of being fired out of a town 20 miles
>> away. They didn't hit near me but something that big... you hear and feel a few
>> miles away! I was at work at the time and just stuck my head out the door long
>> enough to watch a few hit the ground pretty far away and I shrugged and went
>> back to what I was doing.
>>
>> Anyhow...
>>
>> This is my site, something that I will constantly update... well as often as
>> I can... feel free to poke around smile



-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Posted:Thanks for the update, Mike!
Cheers!


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Mags The Jedi
GOLD Member since May 2004

Mags The Jedi

Fool
Location: Cornwall, UK

Total posts: 2020
Posted:What's he doing there Mike?

"I believe the cost of life is Death and we will all pay that in full. Everything else should be a gift. We paid the cover charge of life, we were born."

Bill Hicks, February 1988

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vanize
SILVER Member since Aug 2001

vanize

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Total posts: 3899
Posted:well, seeing as how raymund is a marine or some such thing, I imagine he is dodging suicide bombers for a living.

somehow I suspect raymund is having the time of his life doing that too.


-v-

Wiederstand ist Zwecklos!

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Dentrassi
GOLD Member since Apr 2003

Dentrassi

ZORT!
Location: Brisbane, Australia

Total posts: 3044
Posted:would he mind if you posted all the updates? it could be very interesting seeing his perspective as a US soldier.

hug


"Here kitty kitty...." - Schroedinger.

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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: , United Kingdom

Total posts: 15414
Posted:Well, regardless of your (in the generall collective that is HOP), or anyones opinion on our fellow spinner, he is still someone who needs our support(?) right now.



I cerainly dont want him getting all dead up, regardless of previous stuff.



Im thinking of you Raymond.

Stay safe.



smile


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coleman
SILVER Member since Aug 2002

coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay, United Kin...

Total posts: 7330
Posted:word up jonnny smile

may god protect you mr phule hug


cole. x


"i see you at 'dis cafe.
i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
they do porridge."
- tim westwood

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Valura
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

Valura

Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia

Total posts: 6391
Posted:oh lordy, Iraq.
I will send love to Ray every day..cause I know it cant be a place for a soul to be happy.
All our support Ray.. be safe my friend hug


TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

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Dom
BRONZE Member since Dec 2001

Dom

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Bristol, UK

Total posts: 3009
Posted:I'm not being dismissive, but Ray's an armoury guy. He's unlikely to be out on the streets patrolling.

He was always keen on having the chance to get out somewhere and fight for what he believed in. Hopefully he'll learn some important life lessons. Good luck to him.


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telic


I don't want a title.


Total posts: 940
Posted:Seconding the request to please keep posting his updates, if possible. I'm very curious to see how it goes. And sending best wishes his way!

E pluribus unum, baby.

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13921
Posted:I'll keep posting 'em.

-L


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13921
Posted:In fact...

Written by: Raymund Phule

Hey Mike,

Since you asked if I would mind if you posted my e-mail on HoP I decided to take a peek into what was said. I havn't been on those boards for quite some time and I am supprised to see some of the same old faces.

To answer a few of the posts, no I am most definatly not dodging scuicide bombers, luckily for me I am not in a hot spot. Though I must correct Dom, it is not because of my job that I am not put out on the streets patroling, but because of my unit and location, both I am not going to discuss openly. No offence to anyone but they just don't need to know.

I am however quite happy and have actually learned a thing or two about this part of the world. Iraq is not my enimy, nor has it ever been. The people of Iraq, at least the ones I have met and spoken to, are both kind and of some of the highest caliber of people I have ever met. I do not know any well, and am speeking on face value alone, but none seem to have the arrogance us "Westerners" seem to think we don't have. They are not evil nor even a little bit bad.

Well, my time is almost up (we have a limited time on the internet and I have used it to write to the populous of HoP), so I must bid a fond farewell and a very big thank you for the king thoughts, especially from Valura, our last words were not of friendship and I thank her and apologise to her for all that was said.

Know that I am happy and proud to serve my country, I hope that we can rebuild Iraq to a higher level than when we first came here a decade or so ago.

Farewell,

S.B.
Cpl. USMC



My response was:
"Hey, S.

Regardless, do watch out for those suicide bombers. We want you back in one piece and moving under your own power, rather than draped under a flag, OK?"


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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NYC


NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA

Total posts: 9232
Posted:Well I'm glad that somebody over there thinks what they're doing is worth while. Because the emails I've been getting from family members and ex-students over there have been quite depressing.

I assume, like all things, everyone has a different experience of what's going on in Iraq and it's nice to hear differing perspectives.

Stay safe. And the purple heart is overrated. wink


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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Bender_the_Offender
GOLD Member since Nov 2001

Bender_the_Offender

still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 6979
Posted:ray ray, come back in one piece one day! peace

Laugh Often, Smile Much, Post lolcats Always

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mech
BRONZE Member since Jun 2003

mech

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: "In your ear", United Kingdom

Total posts: 6207
Posted:stay safe, pls,

i have a best mate, and a sister going over there next month, and i dont want either to go, best mate for a 2nd turn, and sister for a 1st

pls be safe,

and think of one of my life motos, the only heros i ever saw are dead ones!


Step (el-nombrie)

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Flynt
SILVER Member since May 2002

Flynt

Intrepid Penguin
Location: , Australia

Total posts: 5635
Posted:Stay safe Ray oxxo

Currently on the right side up of the world.

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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

Total posts: 6193
Posted:I have to say that I agree with NYC, and with my friends hubby prepping to head up 150 infantry marines to go over to join the fight in Jan. it is not getting much better.

Ray, no matter what you do job wise, be careful, be safe and come home soon.

Love, hugs and happy thoughts,
Pele


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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Dunc
GOLD Member since Aug 2003

Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands, United Kingd...

Total posts: 7263
Posted:Wow didn't realise Ray was doing that when he left. I certainly wouldn't/couldn't do it, I don't have it in me so props Ray.

So will HoP one day let Ray back in? I hope so, even tho I didn't agree with lots of what he said he had strong well formed opinions most would be honoured to have formed!


Let's relight this forum ubblove

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Stone
GOLD Member since Jun 2001

Stream Entrant
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 2830
Posted:Hi Ray

wavehello


If we as members of the human race practice meditation, we can transcend our fear, despair, and forgetfulness. Meditation is not an escape. It is the courage to look at reality with mindfulness and concentration. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Valura
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

Valura

Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia

Total posts: 6391
Posted:Written by:
a very big thank you for the king thoughts, especially from Valura, our last words were not of friendship and I thank her and apologise to her for all that was said.



thats all good ray... to be honest I cant remember what the whole thing was about. biggrin hug ubbrollsmile


TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

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Gidg
BRONZE Member since Apr 2003

Gidg

Super Gidg!!!!
Location: Portland Oregon USA

Total posts: 8506
Posted:Stay safe Ray. hug

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is NOT.
Proud member of the HoP DPS.
Sanity is a highly overrated state of mind.
I'm normal ... it's everyone else that's crazy.

Gidg

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Mistress Aurora


Mistress Aurora

Hot Schtuff
Location: Stillwater,OK/Wichita Falls,TX

Total posts: 1032
Posted:Be safe Ray hug

My bro's unit is preparring to ship out soon to go to Iraq. My 2nd bros gf is fixing to graduate out of marine boot camp at Camp Lagoune(sp).

Sending my prayers to you smile



RISK: Do not follow the common path; Go where there is no path and leave a trail.

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