An Anniversary (x2)

Wow, has it been that long already?  Sunday was the 2 year anniversary (yeah, I know) of my telling Uncle Sam I was done.  I found it quite ironic that while I was on AD for 20 years and 2 days, I left for Basic and Retired exactly 20 years apart.  Wouldn’t change a thing.

By now some of you are wondering what is the x2 for?  Well, 2 years ago tomorrow, I decided that I had enough of hacking my way through the day that I put down the cancer sticks and walked away from them.  Still have cravings every so often, but as long as I don’t act on them I am good.  “Hey, Sarge, why did you think of this today?”  Well, let me tell you.  On my way into the salt mine today, I heard an advertisement on the radio in the family transport for one of those stop smoking in one session “gurus.”  I went cold turkey and it was a day to day struggle to overcome the urge to light up, but  I think that I am stronger for it and I didn’t substitute one crutch for another.  I was offered some of those crutches while on AD, but I always told the docs, when I was ready I would walk away and that is what I did.  I don’t claim to be a non-smoker, I claim that I am a reformed smoker.  The next question from the doc is “How long” and now Sarge can tell them “Over two years.”

Sarge, Out

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4 Responses to “An Anniversary (x2)”

  1. Ambulance Driver Says:

    “Well, 2 years ago tomorrow, I decided that I had enough of hacking my way through the day that I put down the cancer sticks and walked away from them.”

    Good for you, Sarge! And thanks for the 20 years of service, too.

  2. Sarge Says:

    Thanks AD. Glad you come by. And thanks for what you do as well.

  3. GUYK Says:

    Yep. It was my anniversary also..1 April 1983 was when I retired after 22 years, five months, and 13 days. I have to admit that I sure missed it for a while..especially payday being twice a month. But I still contend that retiring was one of the three smartest things I have done in my life..the other two being enlisting to begin with and chasing sweetthing until she caught me.

  4. Sarge Says:

    Sounds like my story as well. Enlisted, chased CINCHOUSE, Retired. That along with SIT and the Command Post are my top five achievements (not necessarily in that order).

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