This is very tragic news I have to report to you today. Milblogger Andrew Olmsted,
was killed in Iraq. Our hearts and prayers are with his family,
friends, and everyone that got to know him, as they face this enormous
loss and tragedy in their lives.
From The Huffington Post:
The Huffington Post) Andr
ew Olmsted, who also posted here as G`Kar, was killed yesterday in
Iraq. Andy gave me a post to publish in the event of his death; the
last revisions to it were made in July.
Andy was a wonderful person: decent, honorable,
generous, principled, courageous, sweet, and very funny. The world has
a horrible hole in it that nothing can fill. I`m glad Andy -- generous
as always -- wrote something for me to publish now, since I have no
words at all. Beyond: Andy, I will miss you.
My thoughts are with his wife, his parents, and his brother and sister.
is an entry I would have preferred not to have published, but there are
limits to what we can control in life, and apparently I have passed one
of those limits. And so, like G`Kar, I must say here what I would much prefer to say
in person. I want to thank hilzo! y for pu tting it up for me. It`s not
easy asking anyone to do something for you in the event of your death,
and it is a testament to her quality that she didn`t hesitate to accept
the charge. As with many bloggers, I have a disgustingly large ego, and
so I just couldn`t bear the thought of not being able to have the last
word if the need arose. Perhaps I take that further than most, I don`t
know. I hope so. It`s frightening to think there are many people as
neurotic as I am in the world. In any case, since I won`t get another
chance to say what I think, I wanted to take advantage of this
opportunity. Such as it is.
An Australian Newspaper has an article on "How it feels … to be a sewage diver" which is not to be confused with Dumpster Diving. The article has great quotes with a sense of humor that only the Aussies seem to have any more.
"I've done about 1000 hours of sewage diving. Working in a pit of sewage
is very difficult; you can't see anything for a start, so everything's
done by feel."
"You can walk through the sewage but not really swim. We've had times
when there were big islands we've had to remove when pumps have broken
down. We've had to go in with big suction heads and suck 500 foot of
solid poo out — lovely days!
It doesn't smell bad at all for the
diver; he's normally on processed air. The hardest job is the people
who have to wash them down and clean them up afterwards."
"You might occasionally get a glove tear but that's really no difference to a piece of toilet paper ripping in the morning.It is a problem still though."
"People usually stand back a bit when they find out what we do — most of the time we can get a clear space at the bar."
And the best quote for last - "It doesn't really worry us, what we're diving in, but it would be nicer if people actually chewed their corn."