January 28th, 2008 at 8:09 am (Trips)
Because Kevin was being deployed to Iraq, Loretta and I decided to take a quick trip to Seattle to see him before he went. We both pray that he’ll be ok and away from most of the fighting, but you never know when in a war zone.
This was, of course, the day after her 40th birthday party and we’re both tired. Add an early morning departure to that, and we’re just happy we haven’t killed the perky flight attendants or anyone else.
The out-bound flight is uneventful. We land and then have to figure out how to get to our hotel. We try the bus, but it’s taking WAY too long to get there. So, we opt for a cab.
The hotel is small, but nice. Half of Kevin’s platoon is in the lobby area, hanging out until they have to go back to base at 8 p.m. We check in, get Kevin, and head up to the room. It has a great view of the space needle (which I requested specifically. What’s the point of being in a hotel in downtown Seattle if you don’t have a view of the needle?).
We go have some tasty crab and sangria, then go see the aquarium. They’re feeding the octopus when we get there, so we have to see it. Those things are fast and tentacley. But it isn’t interested in eating, just racing around and looking preditorial.
We look around, take pictures, and head back to the hotel for drinks. We chat about politics, family and listen to stories from his unit mates about Kevin’s ability to push people’s buttons. No change there!
Then it’s time for him to go back to base, which we both hate. I really don’t like this. I tell his unit people that he’s not allowed to dive in front of them or to go without his body armor. I really hate this. I tell him to take care, dying is not an option. Neither is maiming, unless it’s the other side. And while I feel like crying, I don’t. I watch the limo drive off (yeah, at least they get limo service back to the base) and Retta and I wander back into the bar for a few more drinks.
Did I mention that I really hate this war? I wasn’t in favor of it before, and now, it really sucks. I hope it ends soon. Be safe, little brother. And don’t poke sticks at strange objects.