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Incoming - Helping New Neighbors
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How do you help new neighbors that have just PCS'd into your area, when you hate the area you live in?
Now I'm not saying I hate my current base, I'm saying I really really don't like the Washington DC, Northern Virgina, Maryland area, also known locally as "The DMV."
This thought popped into my mind about a week ago, just after we met our new neighbors picking up keys to their new house. They seem like a nice family and had just pcs'd back from Korea to work at the Pentagon. As we were talking they started asking a bunch of questions about the area, and me being one not to hold back, I told them how I felt...
This area sucks!!!
They were a little taken back with my honesty, and I'm sure that after a few weeks they will understand why I feel this way. I'm not sure if I should've sugar coated my response and explained to them why I feel this way. I hope they don't think I'm a weirdo and keep their distance now, because they seemed like a great family.
So my question to you all, and I would love to hear your thoughts, Do you sugar coat or tell it how it is?
Please comment or head over to the Forums and start a discussion.
A few weeks ago AT&T contacted me about writing a couple blogs on how best to appreciate a military spouse. Now, since Military Spouse Appreciation Day is on May 9th, I thought this was a great gesture by one of America's largest corporations to ask this question specifically of male spouses. Plus, AT&T offered a couple iPad gift baskets in exchange for my thoughts. The deal is that I have to share one of those iPads with you guys. I felt that offer was a no-brainer, so here you go. My top five ways people can acknowledge the sacrifices military spouses make on behalf of their families and nation. Before I begin, I want to make it clear that the following list is how I want to be appreciated; we're all different and I know other guys have different ideas. That's great! If you add your ideas below this story, I will put your name in a hat for a chance to win one of those AT&T iPad gift baskets (the only disclaimer I'm putting on this is that you must have your entry in before midnight on May 4th.)
One more thing, I feel a little self-conscious writing this because I really don't think anyone needs to appreciate me as a spouse. I'm happy and proud to live this lifestyle without any recognition. Tens of millions of people go to work everyday, many in not such great environments and/or circumstances. I do believe military spouses have it more difficult than most, but we're just doing our part to help make this country great.
YEAH SESAME STREET! This tour is still going on for those in Japan and Korea. Could be a great way to spend an afternoon with your family!