October 8th, 2006

Today, Gary Trudeau introduced an out-of-the-(sand)box concept: The Sandbox; a clean, lightly-edited debriefing environment where all correspondence is read, and as much as possible is posted. And contributors may rest assured that all content, no matter how robust, is currently secured by the First Amendment. If you want to support our troops:

You need to know what they know…
You need to understand what they do…
You need to feel what they feel.

We burn a lot of things out here. There is a huge pit where we destroy much of our trash. There is no city dump to drop things off, where trash is divided into papers, plastics, and metals to help with the ever-imminent energy crisis always lurking behind the door. There is also no Environmental Protection Agency. Somebody surely cares, somewhere, but alas, he is not here. Just tonight I walked outside and the air was thick with acrid smoke. It smelled like burning plastic or rubber or something else one wouldn’t normally burn back home.

I’ve seen the people that have been “distance abused.” Spouses and significant others don’t relate to what the Soldier is going through. They want the text message, phone calls, digital pictures, letters, and hell some probably even want sky writing. They think that just because it is available, then the Soldier should jump through every hoop there is to meet their expectations.

There is lots more and it’s all good stuff. Bill Mauldin and Ernie Pyle would have been proud.

2 Responses to “OPERATION SANDBOX…”

  1. Melissa says:


    Just wanted to let you know I linked to your blog in my column on CBSNews.com today. Thanks!

    If you want to take a look, here’s the link.



  2. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Melissa,

    First, thank you for stopping in, for reading and, most importantly, for taking the time to write a comment. It’s all about the conversation.

    Second, thank you for the link.

    I’m glad you found something of interest on Have Coffee Will Write and that perhaps you’ll find time to come back on a regular basis.


    Jeff Hess

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