I have been b.u.s.y lately. I haven't commented as much as usual lately either. I stop by and scan the RBR goings-on often but there just hasn't been much time for participating. I've been training up for several months to deploy to UAE of all places. And the time to jump is just about here. To call this a "deployment'' feels a little dirty when I think of the men and women that are really doing the heavy work in Afghanistan and Iraq. I am a PATRIOT Missile Engagement Control Operator. So I will just be spending long hours looking at an Atari-like representation of Iran's airspace, hoping they will lob something up so I can shoot it down. There promises to be many boring hours for me over the next year. I hope to be able to follow the Tide via AFN and whatever internet access I can get. I will be relying on you, RBR citizens to keep me clued in. I have started up a Tumblr page so that I can post up some pics and thoughts during the 130 degree days to pass some time and keep my family and friends up to date. It would be my honor if some of the RBR faithful followed my blog or checked in on it from time to time. I will try to keep it interesting, informative and fun. I would also love it if those of you with Tumblr accounts let me know where to find you so that I could follow you as well. Okay, I'm through, thanks.