Got a call from my son, who is stationed in Kandahar, a few days ago. When we asked what he planned to do for Christmas, he replied, "I'm going to leave my combat outpost and do some caroling in the local village."
Virtually everyone who knows John finds him completely tactless and insufferably opinionated. He sees himself as refreshingly honest. That said, this blog is still an excellent way to kill time while putting off work. If you're a newcomer, you might find browsing through the older posts an amusing waste of time as well.