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Old 06-05-2011, 06:42 PM   #1666
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Many people have asked what do I do? Now that this is public I can link you to it. I'm the repair tech on this system. http://www.eucom.mil/english/fullsto...le-Counter-IED
Shu, you are truly one cool dude! A great job, a great attitude and mass skills!

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Old 06-12-2011, 03:44 AM   #1667
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We are set up and training soldiers in Poland. The response has been great from the troops. It has been a long week. When the convoy was going down the highway the local truckers were on their CB's talking that the Russians were coming back. Here are a couple pics, I'm in one, dorf dude...
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Thank you for the inspiration. I found this site late 2010 when I was about to start helping my son do a major renovation to the house he bought next door to ours. I read every post from the first, involving many visits to the site and I keep checking for updates. What you've done is amazing.

I actually registered at the site to thank you then chickened out. I'm a lurker, and I think I felt a little like a stalker!

FYI, I am a 55 year old woman whose prior DIY experience was painting room walls and hanging pictures. Now my son and I can add to our resume: hanging, floating and sanding sheetrock. We primed and painted the entire interior. Placed underlayment and laminate flooring. Toilet installation. Gutting, sheetrocking kitchen walls and then the installation of and painting kitchen cabinets, countertops and the sink. Tomorrow we change a door and install a doggie door and over the summer hope to tackle the bathroom.

I don't think I would have had to courage to do much of this if I had not read your adventure. What you've done is so remarkable it gave me courage to TRY. When I read that you were quitting posting I had a physical, visceral reaction. My gut twisted. Isn't that crazy? But I kept checking, and was elated when you started posting again. So, please know, a whole lot of your 'view count' is one old Cajun lady who can't stop reading until the end of the story.

Keep up the good work, and keep sharing, because you'll never know who, or how many people you have helped. Just know that you have.

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Thank you for the inspiration. I found this site late 2010 when I was about to start helping my son do a major renovation to the house he bought next door to ours. I read every post from the first, involving many visits to the site and I keep checking for updates. What you've done is amazing.

I actually registered at the site to thank you then chickened out. I'm a lurker, and I think I felt a little like a stalker!

FYI, I am a 55 year old woman whose prior DIY experience was painting room walls and hanging pictures. Now my son and I can add to our resume: hanging, floating and sanding sheetrock. We primed and painted the entire interior. Placed underlayment and laminate flooring. Toilet installation. Gutting, sheetrocking kitchen walls and then the installation of and painting kitchen cabinets, countertops and the sink. Tomorrow we change a door and install a doggie door and over the summer hope to tackle the bathroom.

I don't think I would have had to courage to do much of this if I had not read your adventure. What you've done is so remarkable it gave me courage to TRY. When I read that you were quitting posting I had a physical, visceral reaction. My gut twisted. Isn't that crazy? But I kept checking, and was elated when you started posting again. So, please know, a whole lot of your 'view count' is one old Cajun lady who can't stop reading until the end of the story.

Keep up the good work, and keep sharing, because you'll never know who, or how many people you have helped. Just know that you have.

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Thank you very much. I'm glad you found the blog and it helped you. I was driven to do this by circumstances that were not of my choosing. I used it as therapy. Some times destroying things and rebuilding them helps! Start again new. Keep following, I'm not done yet, lot's to still do. dorf dude...
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Today was "Media Day" We were invaded by reporters. They did live broadcasts as we were training from inside the trailers. The Polish General gave us a gift thanking us for the training. We had helicopter flyovers. Crazy! Here are a couple pic's, dorf dude...
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I actually got to go fly in the Helicopter I know this isn't DIY but thought you might enjoy this. The Polish were training with "Fast Rope" and we got to squeeze in a little joy ride. We also had a Bomb dog go through and he went crazy in the Bomb making lair.
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Here is a pic from inside during the flight. It was fun.
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Today we had some Polish Heavy Metal roll in for training.
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Here is a pic from inside during the flight. It was fun.
Wasn't it a bit noisy in there without headphones on?

Last time I was up in a Huey it made quite the racket.
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Wasn't it a bit noisy in there without headphones on?

Last time I was up in a Huey it made quite the racket.

I know how loud those unit crank up I have ridden both pistion and turbine helicopters and spend enough time on Aéros { airplane }

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I have made it back from Poland. A month is a long time. I returned to a jungle in my garden! That sucker has really grown! I think I over did it with the flower seeds. They started tearing up the street in front of my house. Campbell moved my car so it wasn't stuck in my driveway. My grass is really long too. Here are a couple pics, dorf dude...
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Dorf Dude -

Welcome back!! I imagine there was a very happy dog waiting to see you again. How did you keep her out of the shots you took of the "jungle". I saw the "bomb dog" is the photos, but not yours.

A month in Poland can be a little long, but I enjoy the country and people. The beer is good and the Belarus "Russians" slip over the border or take the train to get the great Polish vodka that has gone out of sight in price here and in Poland.

Are you able to divulge what part of the country you were in, although most of it has the same history except for places like Warsaw. Southern Poland is very hospitable and some of the areas are much like Germany in food but you probably were at a base for most of the time.

A couple of days will make a world of difference in your yard and give you the option to thin and "fine-tune" it. the road work looks like it might lead to more noise or traffic, but you have the shutters to cut off many things if you choose. I think I can identify the tomato plants that will be fine after thinning. We have just reached the grass growing season when it is necessary to cut 2 or 3 times a week to keep things under control.

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Dick, funny you mention Vodka. I did pick up a bottle of Zubrowka, Bison Grass. I drink beer but this stuff is so smooth and such an after taste finish! It has a blade of grass inside the bottle. It has a green tint. I pick up Mia from the Dog Hotel tomorrow. dorf dude...
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Looks like you've had the same sort of weather we've been having here in NY. Lots of rain alternating with sunshine. Everything is growing like crazy here too.
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Welcome back Shu...glad you made it alive!

All that green looks much nicer than all that brown. All the rain we had here throughout the spring has finally caused everything to shoot up here - including the weeds of course. But for the past week or more we have the most sun imaginable.

It's just before 6 am as I write this, and it looks like sun again!

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