Saturday, December 11, 2010

Not a Chinese Fire Drill

James's unit is now approaching the midpoint of its deployment to Afghanistan. And luckily, he's situated where he has pretty good internet connection, so he gets to visit with his bride Amber most days.

Unfortunately, James's sweetheart apparently had a tough time getting to sleep last night, but fortunately (because James wanted to let her sleep in), that means we were blessed with a chance to skype with him.

At one point Joyce noticed that James had something taped to the door of his room, so she asked:

Joyce: What's that taped to your door?

James: What? (Looking behind him.) Oh that. That's just the evacuation plan for the building. If we didn't have that sheet of paper on the inside of every room, we'd never figure out how to walk down the shotgun hall to the closest outside door.

Joyce: So you have fire drills?

James: In a sense.

Joyce: How's that?

James: They're more like "indirect fire" drills.

We laughed, but I thought to myself: Good thing Amber didn't hear that."

(Don't worry, James. It'll just be our little secret.)


joyce said...

and we got to see him make himself a cup of apple cider, and eat a brown sugar pop tart. so good to see him laugh.

Jerry said...

"indirect fire drills". I am going to have to remember that one.

Do not pass go, do not collect $200, get your backside into the bunker outside ASAP!

(It is a good thing that Amber doesn't read your blog, right?)

Jerry said...

Make sure to wave in the general direction of DFW tomorrow afternoon between 5:00 and 6:40. I will be changing planes there.

Bridget said...

I will keep the secert! Oh,Amber is calling!