Anatomy of a Day
Operation: Prairie Dog
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Wake up. Crawl into yesterday’s muddy pants and fresh TR t-shirt (maybe).
Arrive at pancake breakfast at American Legion.
Check in at FOB.
Finish complimentary coffee.
Get assignments. Roll out.
0930 – 1200
Work your tail off.
Clean up Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall site.
Make homeowners smile and instill hope.
1200 – 1230
Eat sandwiches and Little Debbie Swiss Rolls.
Talk some smack.
1230 – 1600
Gut more homes.
Get your stink on (more so).
More jokes cracked.
More work orders completed.
More grateful homeowners.
Fatigue sets in…
So does sense of accomplishment.
1600 – 1700
Gather at Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall.
1700 – 1800
Eat home-cooked fried chicken, green beans, and discount cola at American Legion.
Stop at store to pick up some beer
1830 – 2000
Gather in parking lot of ‘barracks’ – in this case, the gracious hosts of Skydive Chicago.
Some shower. Some just use wet wipes.
Watch sunset over landing strip.
Talk about the day.
Debate who gutted more homes.
2000 – 2030
Clean ‘barracks’ in whirlwind group effort.
2030 – 2100
Call home (or text, in some cases).
Prep cots for new arrivals from Denver.
Drink some more beer.
More good conversation.
Gaze at stars.
Rinse and repeat.
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