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December 25, 2006

H&I* Fires Dec 25, 2006

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. [Admittedly, I'm fibbing. Trackbacks are still broken]

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We'll be spending this morning with my parents, then go with them this afternoon to my sister's for dinner. If Prodigal Son and his Sweetie had been able to make it, it would have been the largest gathering of the Donovan blood in literally decades. Nephew and his Sweetie who were stranded in Denver finally made it home yesterday. Apparently for Nephew, it's good to have a Sweetie who's father is a travel agent!

Here's hoping the rest of you have good tales to tell of this day, and that traffic here is... negligible except for bored googlers! -the Armorer

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However, if you *do* visit today - click that Christmas Message link. It'll be good for ya.

Via Jules, comes this:

A Christmas Message from a guy in a cave.

Thank you very much, Scott. *That* was priceless. -the Armorer

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Merry Christ-Mass to one and all, specially to my good friend & classmate Tato - El Sapo aka 1Lt Ricardo Miranda Cruz - C Btry 1-162 FA BN - "Caribbean Thunders" who's headding back to 'Stan shortly - BOQ

*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

Comments on H&I* Fires Dec 25, 2006
Neffi briefed on December 25, 2006 12:27 PM

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! You shoulda let me know yer neff-yew was stranded at DIA, John- I'm only 40 minutes away and they could have stayed here in the swank guest bedroom... I fixed all the holes in the air mattress.

Trias briefed on December 25, 2006 05:08 PM

Merry Christmas to you all. We here at well-ahead-of-you-land are in Recovery Day.

AFSister briefed on December 25, 2006 09:13 PM

Best Christmas EVER, John! *sigh*
BEST. EVER.

Hope yours was wonderful too, and the same to everyone else around here!

jimmyb briefed on December 25, 2006 09:31 PM

Merry Christmas to you all! :)

Cricket briefed on December 25, 2006 11:51 PM

We owe the Great Ott so much. Now as to the Feast of the Christ Child, this was on the menu at Chez Engineer today:

Stuffed and rolled tenderloin
Roast carrots
THE best green bean casserole EVER
Horseradish potatoes
Green salad
popovers

Sweet potato cheesecake. We didn't have any pumpkin (how the helk that happened in the Provisioning of the Engineer Larder is Beyond Moi)
so we Made Do with sweet potato instead.
Rich, creamy and velvet textured, it turned out
really well.

And no, I don't use cream of ? soup in making casseroles. I make an honest to goodness bechamel
or other type of sauce to gently simmer the main ingredient.


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