The Queue: N/A
In-Progress: Personal Art Only
OP STATUS 05APR2017:
// I AM DEPLOYED //
What this means -- responses will be extremely limited as I work 12-16 hour shifts with very little reprieve between days/nights. Down days will be few and far between and I'm on permanent 'standby' status, but I'll take time every so often to respond to messages. 'v'
Thank you for reading and stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful day!
As some of you may already know given the title of my Tumblr a while back, I have been officially deployed to the Middle East (affectionately known in the DoD as 'the Sandbox')! 'v'
I've actually been here for a little while now and have already moved living quarters twice (to the best on base, eheh). This is partially the reason why it's taken me so long to sit down and write a solid journal entry.
There has been a ton of shuffling about, meet'n greets with leadership, team integration, running into old friends and best buds, as well as exploring the different compounds 'inside the wire'. There's a lot to do and see here, aside from brown-tinged everything, and so far I am exceedingly enjoying my stay. I blame the awesome company and expertise within my team on top of the HI-VIS mission I perform -- simply put, my team 'schwacks' bad guys.
Mmm, delicious terrorist tears.
The culture shock has been minute, at best. I read ahead on the sort of cultural differences I'd experience between the USA and the culture present within this country as well as some of the history revolving around the local government and society. The only slight issue I've run into is having to switch over to utilizing my right hand for everything since I'm naturally left-handed. In this country, utilizing the left hand is seen as rude and disrespectful, and I don't want to inadvertently piss anyone off or leave the wrong impression! 'v'
As I write this, I'm actually experiencing a few hours of actual downtime, which is extremely precious! The last few times I've had some free-time it was spent with off-shift friends who've enthusiastically given me several tours. Whenever they're busy I will be utilizing this time to engage in some PT, play some PC games, and hop into Photoshop for some much deserved arts! Heads up, by the way, art is definitely incoming. I brought along my external HDD containing all of the files from my home desktop so I won't have to recreate anything. It is packed to the brim with hundreds of personal files (I've been sketching, doodling, and painting quite a bit offline) and I'll have some stuff to post soon, mission permitting. If you guys are excited to see anything or anyone in particular, hit me up in a comment or note and I can see about pushing those requests to the head of the line. 'v'
Alright, guys, I hope you've all been well, and again I apologize for my complete and utter absence in all things art, online, and chatting. I miss you all and hope to grab some time to chat with you guys at a later date!
Take care and best wishes! 'v'
// BOOM, BABY //