Pensacola...

... I received a call from an old buddy the other day that made my year... he and I had served together in Scotland but we'd lost touch over time... he'd even been the last man in the cordon at my wedding and had smacked my Wife in the ass with the sword yelling, "Welcome to the Marine Corps, Mrs. SWG!"... she never has forgiven him for that, by the way....

... but yeah, we ended up going our separate ways... me?... I de-mobbed and slipped quietly into the Scottish countryside and blended with the rest of the peasantry... him?... off to Drill Instructor School and then a few tours as a 3rd Battalion heavy at Parris Island...

... what a hoot it was catching up with him after all these years... and what a nightmare it was imagining him with the power of a Drill Instructor.... talk about making your blood run cold, good God... I know the man and what he is capable of as a mere squad leader... but wearing a Montana Peak and a green belt?... he'd make the Marquis de Sade look like a choirboy...

... people, you should have heard the evil that resided in his cackle as he regaled me with his Parris Island exploits... it was funny and shocking at the same time..

... anyway, our conversation started me down a road this morning... something he had said bubbled back to the surface as I sat here reading.... "Eric," says he with a voice full of seriousness, "It is the best job in the World, and truly, there is nothing like being a Living God to 70 motivated Marine recruits."...

... and he has a point... I remember messing with the heads of the newbies once they arrived at crypto school in Pensacola... fresh from training, they would always get to their room and crash.. thinking they could finally rest.. so one of the gang that had nearly completed school would don the Smokey Bear and go pay them a visit... and let me tell you, it was a LOT of fun to scare the hell out of those guys for a few minutes..

... but sure, after a while, we'd let them in on the joke... hey, what's a little hazing among Brothers in Arms?... heh heh... I have to admit though.. I normally didn't get picked to go on DI detail... I just wasn't mean enough to pull off the act properly... plus, I was a scrawny little cuss and didn't look much older than 14... so it was hard for me to put the fear of God into anyone....

... but, happily for the sake of posterity, a photograph does exist of me in breach of about thirty regulations... it was taken just after I had dug a poor little Pvt nearly to death on the rug in his room... check it out...

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... here's the bigger version...

.... good times, people.. good times.... notice that the wall-locker is opened?... I have a feeling I had just performed a random "inspection"...

... hey, a little bit of power in the wrong hands can be a bad, bad thing... fortunately, I've always enjoyed being such a tender-hearted guy... otherwise I could have been dangerous....

by Eric on March 06, 2006 | Bullshit (12) | TrackBack (0) | Military Stuff
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Right on. Cold blooded, indeed. I would expect no less from you.

Comparisions to God have been bandied about for eons in regards to a number of subjects, some deserving and some not so. Makes sense that to the lowly boot, the closest you are ever gonna get to the golden flowing robes on earth is a Marine DI. It's a damn fitting comparison, indeed. Must be quite the headtrip to walk under the hat.

Bullshitted by bitterman on March 6, 2006 01:43 PM

Such a cute little baby face you have... trying to scowl. *grin*

Bullshitted by Teresa on March 6, 2006 02:52 PM

Ack! They need to find the Marine who recruited you! I didn't know they allowed recruiters into our middle schools!!! ;-)

Bullshitted by Bou on March 6, 2006 04:11 PM

Now, now... Bou. Teresa. He looks very very very mean. Down right scary! Really, really intimidating. Capable of instilling abject terror!

And cuuuuuuuuute!! ;)

Bullshitted by Richmond on March 6, 2006 04:28 PM

Man, some of the best stories I've heard were told by a buddy who was a Drill Instructor.

That boy just ain't right, and to think he was influencing the newbies is damn, scary indeed.

Bullshitted by phin on March 6, 2006 04:30 PM

.. thank you, Richmond... your sarcasm is duly noted...

Bullshitted by Eric on March 6, 2006 05:28 PM

Holy Smokes. When I first pop'd over to the post and saw the picture (before reading of course), I thought it was going to be a story of Eric dressed up as a kid. He is definitely a 'snuggly' looking marine. ** runs **

Bullshitted by vw bug on March 6, 2006 08:19 PM

REally Eric, just when I think you are a pussy, you show how big your balls are by posting a picture like that.....youth....ahhhhh

Bullshitted by armywifetoddlermom on March 6, 2006 09:05 PM

... I just got off the phone with my DI friend... evidently my belt tip is out of regs.... figures, really... too damn short....

Bullshitted by Eric on March 6, 2006 09:36 PM

Is that a carpet you're standing on?

Are those drapes in back of you?

Are you sure that isn't an Air Force Base?

[ducking]

Bullshitted by Jim - PRS on March 6, 2006 09:45 PM

Holy crap! You look really mean in that picture.

Bullshitted by Sadie on March 6, 2006 09:45 PM

... bite me, Jimbo..

... but hey, we even had rifles!... no throwing rocks like it was back when you were in the military!...

Bullshitted by Eric on March 6, 2006 09:56 PM