Visiting Places....

I've been getting e-mails from a friend of mine who is currently taking a six-month vacation...He is spending most of his time around the Pacific Rim..He plans on hitting New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, and Malaysia..currently, he is Vietnam...I received one yesterday describing his visit to Hue...

It will suffice to say that I AM JEALOUS...I've been to a few Asian countries - most recently, Bangladesh, and I've enjoyed ALL of my travels...I love to go places that I've never been before..it sorta re-affirms my belief in humanity...but, I'm not JUST jealous because he's traveling, I'm jealous because he is in HUE! My Dad spent some time there...but, the natives weren't too friendly....he was wounded by a mortar round there in '68 while attached to the 1/5...but, I'd LOVE to visit that city...once known as the "Paris of the Orient"...

I was just over at Kelly's place, and she mentioned that she'd never like to visit the Sudan..Well, I've never been there...which makes me WANT to go!...Hell, sometimes when I've had a bit too much Scotch, I throw Sahara in the VCR, and imagine myself there with Bogie...I LOVE desert movies..especially WWII desert movies...of course, The Big Red One is a drunken fav of mine too...

Speaking of movies....and Hue...and Vietnam....I just found THIS over at Matt's place...WHOO HOOO..DAMN! I love THAT MOVIE....watch out...it's got a little cussin'....man, Ermey reminds me of MY D.I...Sgt. Day of Plt 3072...

by Eric on November 15, 2003 | Comments(5) | Psycho Rants

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I watched "Blackhawk Down" this morning. That's a goddam good movie, especially if you read the book first.

posted by: Acidman on November 15, 2003 10:06 AM

Yeah, that is a great movie...hmmm...I think I should post a top 25 war movies post....

posted by: Eric on November 15, 2003 10:10 AM

Eric - just turned and looked at the Blackfive DVD collection...

Blackhawk Down
Patton
Gettysburg
The Longest Day
Band of Brothers
The Big Red One
Full Metal Jacket
Almost every John Wayne movie ever made...

I read Blackhawk Down in two days - that was a great non-fiction book. In fact, the best I've ever read. I had a friend there.

Another great non-fiction book that I would highly recommend is The Secrets of Inchon by Eugene Clark. It's about the most daring, behind the lines mission of the Korean War - by, of all services, the Navy.

posted by: Blackfive on November 15, 2003 11:04 AM

Yeah, Blackfive...I've been looking at that list..and I think I'll make it a top 25 instead of just 10...

When I got sent to Scotland, my roomate was sent to Somalia with a Radio Bn..

I'll check that book out..thanks!

posted by: Eric on November 15, 2003 11:14 AM

You can download all Ermy's soundbites at his website. Interestingly, Ermy never reached the rank of GySGT. He got out as a SSGT.

posted by: Cannoncocker on November 18, 2003 03:30 PM