Day Seven Update – Operation: Prairie Dog

Day Seven Update – Operation: Prairie Dog
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Mike Lee

Mike Lee, a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

Anatomy of a Day
Team Rubicon
Operation: Prairie Dog
Sunday, 28 April 2013

0700

Wake up.  Crawl into yesterday’s muddy pants and fresh TR t-shirt (maybe).

0800

Arrive at pancake breakfast at American Legion.

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0900

Check in at FOB.

Finish complimentary coffee.

Get assignments.  Roll out.

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0930 – 1200

Work your tail off.

Gut houses.

Clean up Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall site.

Make homeowners smile and instill hope.

Get dirty.

Crack jokes.

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1200 – 1230

Eat sandwiches and Little Debbie Swiss Rolls.

Talk some smack.

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 1230 – 1600

Gut more homes.

Get muddier.

Get your stink on (more so).

More jokes cracked.

More work orders completed.

More grateful homeowners.

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1600

Debrief.

Fatigue sets in…

So does sense of accomplishment.

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1600 – 1700

Gather at Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall.

Pause.

Reflect.

Honor.

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1700 – 1800

Eat home-cooked fried chicken, green beans, and discount cola at American Legion.

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1815

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.

Gather.

Drink beer.

Crack jokes.

Watch sunset over landing strip.

Talk about the day.

Debate who gutted more homes.

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2000 – 2030

Clean ‘barracks’ in whirlwind group effort.

2030 – 2100

Call home (or text, in some cases).

Prep cots for new arrivals from Denver.

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2100

Drink some more beer.

More good conversation.

Gaze at stars.

 

Rinse and repeat.

Please help us repeat more days like this on Operation: Prairie Dog.  100% of your donation goes to our teams in the field.  http://bit.ly/12bG6Ta

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