How does it feel to lose something precious which doesn’t belong to you in the first place?

          My thoughts were reactivated at 0400H in the morning with the alarm on my Casio wristwatch. Calling the span of the moments that I lost my thinking sleep because I was there lying on my folding bed, I was asking myself what’s the big deal for the day. 3 hours that passed I was anxiously trying to shut-off my thinking in gaining some rest while struggling to fight my usual insomnia on the eve of my first flight mission the day to follow. And as in the previous nights however, like in the typical anticipation of a first experience in my life, I didn’t have a good night’s sleep true to the literal meaning of the word. So losing my consciousness a bit while and opening my thinking back at the day of the actual event I’m hearing a voice speak from within. . . .”So here we go again buddy, now what are we going to do. . . .should we do something or simply watch the thing to arrive doing nothing?”

Early Bath

          I took my sleeping gears outside the maintenance office and traversed the hangar to the corner where the steel lockers were situated. Setting my combat boots ready and packing my things, I set out for a bath. It was quite early in the morning to be part of the day’s bathers waiting for their turn in line so that I was the first to have used the bathroom that particular day without the usual rush.  The coldness of the first burst of water on the shower was just like the first surge of a feeling of alienation on a new thing to be tried in life. In due time it loses its sting and familiarization sets in. . . .then the boredom. Bathing isn’t a thing to be bored about doing however, there’s that individual necessity to get cleaned and your personal feelings towards the act becomes trivial.  Despite a heavy feeling owing to a short sleep, the water from the shower doesn’t lose its power to wash up whatever undesirable thing you may have from both without and within. A fresh feeling follows. . . .That doesn’t keep me from asking however how much baths I could take in my lifetime enduring lack of sleep. I was told it wasn’t good for the health to take a bath after a late night’s sleep. How would one apply that case situation to an insomniac? I was caught in the habit as early as my first year in college taking ¾ of the evening reviewing for exams the next day. Bad habits are hard to break I supposed, you can’t set aside bathing at the first hour of the day and endure rest of the working hour feeling sticky and foul smelling in a country whose average temperature could top 37°C in high noon. . . . So I’d rather take a short life span in taking a bath against health restrictions and feel fresh than endure forever feeling sticky and miserable.

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  • chantell on Oct 18, 2009

    A little long, but great work.

  • Francois Hagnere on Oct 18, 2009

    That is so excellent. You are such a great writer. I’m impressed in each time more!

  • Christine Ramsay on Oct 18, 2009

    Such a good piece. You are a talented writer.

    Christine

  • Christine Ramsay on Oct 18, 2009

    Such a good piece. You are a talented writer.

    Christine

  • Brenda Nelson on Oct 18, 2009

    very detailed writting.

  • CHAN LEE PENG on Oct 18, 2009

    When one lost something precious which didn\’t belong to them in life, it must be an irritating feeling. But nothing is permanent in this world, so LOST and GAIN are always existed in our life. By adopting a healthy thought on this issue, we\’ll accept its \”go and come\”. Great piece! :-)

  • ken bultman on Oct 18, 2009

    As always, I enjoyed taking the ride with you. I’m sorry you had to pump fuel by hand but you couldn’t expect the star officer to do it. Remember, R.H.I.P.

  • deep blue on Oct 18, 2009

    Ken, rank has its privileges alright. Now I’ll be contented sweeping the floor in a company who see people without the rank. BTW it’s a bit amusing I get a general’s payroll without somebody to salute. Funny it seems.

  • Goodselfme on Oct 18, 2009

    Well shared composition. I subscribe to your posts and never got a post you submitted this. I just happened to seek you out. So glad I did to read this well written post.

  • cebuanaeyez on Oct 18, 2009

    You are a wonderful writer!

  • ahmad joko setyawan on Oct 18, 2009

    As always, I loved your story Will.You have such a wonderful way with words and ideas, incorporating and executuing them wonderfully! Your pen name suits you to a tee,you are a very deep writer but a damn good one!! I\’m glad you got sleep in the end and though it may have been beer induced,sleep is sleep!Also glad you found the key.The ending was outstanding as with the whole story for that matter! Keep them coming my friend,they are so very enjoyable to read,like a breath of fresh air!

  • deep blue on Oct 18, 2009

    Thanks for all the comments. BTW that story was based on the events that transpired way back March 2001.

  • Ruby Hawk on Oct 18, 2009

    I absolutely loved your whole article. My grandson is crew chief on the Black Hawk and it was just like talking to him. I feel sure he goes through very much the same thing every day.Thanks for the share.

  • monica55 on Oct 19, 2009

    What an interesting write? I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks for sharing.
    Monica.

  • Lady Sunshine on Oct 19, 2009

    Wow, Will! You are one fascinating guy! And the adventures you lived! Great story!

  • chitragopi on Oct 19, 2009

    Interesting adventure. Great that you’re able to express it in writing

  • Jane Jane on Oct 19, 2009

    wow. that\’s so long. great!

  • CutestPrincess on Nov 10, 2009

    that’s great,your works are always interesting

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