Friday, May 1, 2009

Luckiest Son Of A Bitch On The Planet

The stop-loss date was pushed back. Back, I tell you. Just beyond my date. Made it by the short hairs.


Chains falling off these wrists, and it's not real, how the hell could it be? Shock and disbelief, momentary paralysis, you gotta be fuckin' with me sarge. Then I saw the memo. An official looking memo with official dates and official lettered paragraphs and a signature and an insignia in the corner, and I damn near framed it right then and there.

My commander himself told me, "You're good to go."

I look all around me, completely skeptical. You can't do this shit to me, get my hopes up just to watch it all go down the shitter agai--

This shit's REAL, guy. As real as real gets, and gloriously so.

Everyone else is getting ready to deploy whenever they do, getting in that mindset, and they tell me to go back to clearing. No way! Seriously?

And then I snap the hell out of it, and bolt out the door to get paperwork, set up appointments, collect signatures, clean gear, Tasmanian Devil-style chaos with one fever-dream in mind: GETTING OUT. Squirming and fighting out of a crocodile's mouth. Escape that would make Indiana Jones proud, with the signature Last Second Hat Save. Retarded with excitement, I'm not wasting ANY time. I'm good as gone, a ghost, a speeding bullet tying up loose ends and wrapping shit up good and firm. Oh yes, Lordy.



    SO happy for you!!! And for your family and girlfriend!


    "Chariots Of Fire" -- you are amazing! The moment I heard it I knew you were free.

    Been a pleasure to know you Suspect - now turn the Ryan dude lose and watch him fly!

  2. Bummer. I wanted to hear you whine like Nught for another year. Just kidding. (Nobody cries like the Nughtster) Congrats. Run fast, and don't look back. They stop-lossed me back in 04 for another tour, and it fucking sucked. Got shot and almost killed on that one.

  3. Awesome. I'm glad a lot of persistence and a little luck paid off.

    Big Army: 12,558
    Joe: 1

  4. life is grand, brother. live it up!

  5. Great news Suspect!!! Get the fuck out of there as fast as you can. All the best with rest of your life.

  6. Whoa! This is fucking awesome! Play it cool or you're going to go into shock. Keep us posted! z

  7. wait a minute man, thought u still re-upped for 3 years.

  8. HOLY SHIT! That's wonderful, man! Talk about a good shock...

  9. Congrats, man. You deserve it in spades. Your luck has finally changed. Better buy a lottery ticket tonight.

  10. Before I began my celebratory dancing, I checked to make sure the calendar had not rolled back to April 1st. Ha ha! I cannot believe this news, I am so happy for you Ryan!!!! This post brought a smile to my heart. It is funny how fast the direction of one's life can change, huh? Now grab life by the horn's and ride like hell!

    And to end on a unicorn and rainbow moment, I figured you would enjoy the this:

    “This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”

    God(s) bless you Ryan. You are ever in my thoughts and prayers. :P

  11. Congratulations!
    Does this mean art school is back in your plans?

  12. Perhaps, Jean. I must learn what a beatnik is. And become one. Turtleneck included.

  13. No slacker you!

    Alex is oh-so-right: Persistance is key if/when it looks like the big nasty is gonna getcha. We saw initative work for CB, and I saw it work for my son.

    Great life lesson! The world's your oyster now man and I'm looking forward to seeing where you are 10 yrs from now -- dispatches from Japan perhaps????

    Celebrating your victory with fireworks on my Facebook!

    Much, much love! ~P~

  14. My, my...gonna be a beatnik...I'm not sure that's possible nowadays... Ah, sweet freedom! Not in a war no more! I was always worried you were gonna get greased, and somebody was going to post a message on this site. I am so fucking glad! Now your life is your own. You've no doubt got some damage, but we all do. It's going to go goodbadgoodbad, but now it's yours!! And you'll do fine, no matter what! z

  15. good stuff man, any chance of a 5th blog? im thinking "A More Civilized Suspect"

  16. Great for you! As EEdeuce said... looking for round 5!

  17. hehe...FYI... the Beatnik turtleneck must always be black, black horn-rimmed glasses (even if you don't need them) and a pipe (for the more formal occasions). Hand-rolled smokes for relaxing at home and with friends.
    Scotch, when someone else is buying.
    How do I know? I'm old ;-)

  18. Gotta learn your way around Coltrane, Kerouac, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Ginsberg...not a beat, but my favorite, Alan Watts...z

  19. Uh, oh. look out world, here he comes!
    This ought to be good.

  20. LOL Jean! Ah, the good old days :) Gosh, I'd forgotten about the glasses. Didn't need them but loved the heavy black frames!

    And hey Suspect, I've still got a dog-eared copy of "Coney Island of The Mind" around somewhere. You have a bit of a Lawrence Ferlinghetti feel about you....

  21. Fuckin-A man! Congratz and good luck out in the civilian world. I've been reading your blog since you started, it would be a pleasure to meet you one day. You seem like such a character...

    Well you take care out there.

  22. "Chariots of Fire" - my favorite movie of all time and the ringtone on my phone. The sound of obvious triumph against great odds.

    Outstanding! I don't trust the fukkers so were I you, I'd continue to watch my back. Don't believe you're really out until you see it in black and white on your DD-214.

    You might want to try on some E.E. Cummings (read the "Enormous Room"; I'm betting you'd see yourself there) and Richard Brautigan along with your Kerouac. Good shit, all!

  23. Very cool!!!
    Too bad they kept you on pins and needles for so long- that's just crazy.

    Take good care of yourself.

  24. im sad i just started reading this a year later but damn this guy is classic


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