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Monday, January 23, 2006

Service Wash Please

I was wet.

In fact wet was probably an understatement.

It had been raining for two days without a pause but now it had stopped.

There's something particular demoralising about never really drying out but now it looked like we might have a chance.

We'd moved out of our leaguer from the night before and now we were sat on a track waiting for orders.

The engine was ticking over slowly and we weren't going anywhere soon.

Three of us crawled out of various hatches on the Warrior and sat on the front right hand side.

Why there?

Because that's where the engine exhaust louvres are.

If you don't mind stinking of diesel fumes and can cope with a minor case of Carbon Monoxide poisoning then you can get dry in a minute or two.

Funnily enough Mrs Soldier does the laundry in our house.


Blogger greavsie said...

Does she lay it out on the bonnet of the car?

8:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got a perfectly good warrior with a roof and your wet?...hmm.. I had the command post tent which connected onto the back of the FFR-Lannie with the exhaust pipe extended outside the tent... It was tropical in there....hmmmm... Oh I got evils when the lads came in from an evenings recce in the rain. It also kept me close to the CQMS who used to bring round bacon butties ;)

8:15 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Greavsie - only when I'm feeling nostalgic.

Lennie - they made us get occasionally.

8:30 pm  
Blogger greavsie said...


8:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something a little off topic. Have you seen this video clip?

10:44 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Lennie - cracking. So which comedian should we deploy against al-Qaeida?

7:13 am  
Blogger Katy Newton said...

The Warrior has various hatches!

I now have to write an entire musical just so that one of the numbers can involve a group of soldiers popping in and out of the hatches in rhythm.

10:05 am  
Blogger fjl said...

Incidentally ( re previous conversation about the White Cliffs of Dover.) When Dad married my Mama he was wearing a tie with one little bluebird in the middle.
They had style, the early secret keepers, did they not.
That's a precious memory, and shows how useful the blogs can be.

11:35 am  
Blogger savante said...

How didja get wet with a good warrior! Maybe brollies should be provided.


12:32 pm  
Blogger PI said...

And I'll bet you're sitting at your desk yearning for the good old days?

3:31 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Katy - 'I'm going to wash that tank right out of my hair.'

FJL- yes.

Savante - they make us get out sometimes.

PI - sometimes but not for very long.

6:20 pm  
Blogger fjl said...

An informed fellow knows there's a short answer to that.

6:58 pm  

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