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Vexen Crabtree 2015


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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Hard day at work... I started off in uniform but was quickly tasked to fatigues.

I spent all day, in the sweltering heat, setting up large 12x12 and 12x24 heavy thick-skinned tents. Over a dozen of them. This included loading them onto DAF trucks, complete with multiple hardwood tables, benches and chairs, and unloading them... was a satisfying day of simple hard work! Got friction burns from thick rope, string and mooring cables. Was doing other tasks too.

This type of very simple, productive and healthy manual work is one the main things that attracts me to my current job. (The other things being the geeky electronics and techie stuff I get to do too).

Off to shower now... 7am-7pm, a 12-hour workday, and tomorrow will be even longer as we're starting early, and then tearing the entire field back down from 7pm or something.

Otherwise this week I would have been on "duty keys", being responsible for unlocking the work building that my particular work subunit use, guarding it over lunch break, and locking up at nighttime. Duty Keys, misnomer-ically (sp???!!!), also entails keeping the work kitchen stocked up on coffee, milk, sugar and tea, and collecting mail from the central post office, and for that reason the duty keys bod is normally just called "the duty bitch".

Building tents was more fun!

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I still find it bizarre to think of you being in the military. Such a unique world view. Such an individualist. Experimenting with rigid authority and that structure. Just bizarre. I suppose the whole mind and body aspect appeals to you. Still bizarre.

I'm watching this programme about the foreign legion NOT for the purpose of oggling fit sweaty soldiers as they do Rock Aerobics. This makes me think about you and the obsessive cleaning that seems to have the purpose of making you really focus on details. None of the people in the legion seem to realise this, grr, they're so stupid. Yay vexen for knowing stuff like this x x x

From Anonymous 7

I congratulate you on being in the military. It's an honorable career to serve one's country. My son-in-law is a Captain in the U.S. Army and I'm VERY PROUD of him and he loves the military. You are doing a great service to your country and should be proud to do so. Hmmm ... what's your opinion of the war in Iraq??? Of course, you may not be able to answer that question and I understand because if miliatry sensitivity. I'm very pro-military. I just wanted to let you know that even this intolerable and annoying born-again Christian thinks that your miliatry service is honorable. You should be proud! I pray that God keeps you safe and out of harm's way. :>

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