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January 12, 2006

A Note on Operation 14 15 (!) Marines of Christmas

I wanted to drop a quick post for those of you who haven't heard from 'your' Marines. It's turned out pretty much like I thought ~ they've been hugely busy in hi-tempo ops and were overwhelmed with the generosity of not only our little enterprise, but lots of church and other tender hearted folks. I'd like to pass along bits of a quick email from Lt. Sarah and I'm hoping to hear more.

Those of you who've been sending stuff to the Marines, I ask that you keep doing so. I know to you guys it seems like we're almost home, but to all of us out here we still have TWO MORE MONTHS. The virtual candy store my desk became is now barren and Marines have begun demanding new sweets again....so, I know I said earlier not to send anymore candy, but if you want to send stuff like treats and sweets I will definitely display them on my desk and share with everyone. :-) Also, if you do send packages to individuals, reference me in someway - not to give me credit, but so they know that it was from someone they "knew" and not just a completely random box. Because many of them are on other mailing groups, it's hard for me to tell them whether or not something they got was from someone I know. Anyway, if they know it's connected to someone here they know, they're more likely to be appreciative and send thank you notes and stuff.

You all have been awesome about letting me know when you've heard back and that is so cool! From dearest friend RenoRed, I got this surprising email:
It’s been great around here…I just start a box with magazines and wall street journals and people ask what’s that for? …and I tell them and the next thing ya know they are popping stuff in the box…….found out my company will pay for the shipping so it works out great….i just pack it up and take it to our shipping department – all our company asks is that we don’t pack booze, pork or porno. So we don’t.

That's incredible ~ a Swill Salute to everyone at IGT!

If you'd still like to touch base with your Marine, schmaybe check up and see that things got there, just reference the Swilling and Lt. (Sarah) Plummer. If you'd like to adopt one or adopt another one, email moi! I'm so sorry we didn't think of that to begin with (It seems simple enough, right?), but this got started off the cuff and Lord knows, I have no organizational skills at all. My bad entirely.

Anyway, Mardi Gras's coming up and, in between paint sniffing, I'm getting party boxes together. Moon pies and beads are cheapcheapcheap and cheerful. All of us here at the Swilling would like to thank you incredible guys again for your awesome and unwavering efforts for our Marines. If I could buy you all a beer, I would. If you're ever down Bangla-cola way, I will. ( Excepting a certain bull-dozer happy tree-killer, that is. ::sigh:: )

Posted by tree hugging sister at January 12, 2006 10:59 AM


That hurt....that really hurt...

*sulks in the corner*

Posted by: WunderKraut at January 12, 2006 11:09 AM

It's not that important that he know WE sent the stuff per se, but if you want you can tell Lt. Sarah that the Hermanns in San Antonio are the ones sending stuff to S. Sgt. Francisco Tataje through the Swilling.

I am thrilled to hear that they are getting lots of stuff. I think I will go to the P.O. now to send the box that has been in my car for a week, that I just remembered now is in there.

I am bad - I followed the Blonde Joke for a few links, so I am clearly not that sharp.

Posted by: Susanna at January 12, 2006 11:22 AM

Booze, pork and porno.


Not that some of those really righteous, unholy, nutso zealots wouldn't like to get their hands on some booze, pork and porno... but for the purposes of CNN, Allah does not approve.

Posted by: Susanna at January 12, 2006 11:25 AM

(Who said it was you, huh? Huh? Guiltyguiltyconscienceconsciencetreekillertreekiller, huh?)

Posted by: tree hugging sister at January 12, 2006 11:44 AM

You really need to have that speech impediment looked at...

Posted by: WunderKraut at January 12, 2006 02:31 PM

Okay, okay. I fixed it.

Posted by: tree hugging sister at January 12, 2006 02:43 PM

Making concessions to the tree killer. Next thing you know she'll be knocking down children's parks to put up nuclear energy plants.

Posted by: Cullen at January 12, 2006 02:48 PM

I'm trying not to be so condemning and judgemental in deference to the New Year. Since Kraut is a dear friend in spite of his wicked, WICKED ways and merely a pawn of the ee-ville doers in his local government who ordered the tree killed and who will most assuredly be trampled by enraged Ents at some point in time, thereby showing THEM not to mess with Mother Nature...I fixed it.

Posted by: tree hugging sister at January 12, 2006 03:01 PM

Well thanks THS... I think...

Actually, I prefer to be called a "bureaucratic tool". But a mere pawn works as well.

To set the record straight, I did not personally cut any trees down. I did not approve of the tree coming down. It was in the way and the DOT said it had to go. State trumps City. But I did get a strange satisfaction seeing the thing get cut down.

Posted by: WunderKraut at January 12, 2006 07:16 PM