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August 21, 2009

Been There, Done That....

...got the T-shirt.

A few of us were commiserating offline about deployments. A certain Army wife who shall remain nameless suggested we get t-shirts made. But what to put on the t-shirt?

We need a catchy slogan. If we get a really good one, perhaps the Princess will have some printed up to give out in lieu of the usual stuffed marmosett.

Do your wurst, folks. You know you want to :)

Posted by Cassandra at August 21, 2009 02:10 PM

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The War Is At Home.
Stand Down Abroad.

Posted by: twolaneflash at August 21, 2009 03:12 PM

My Other T-Shirt Is Made Of Kevlar...

Posted by: BillT at August 21, 2009 03:22 PM

No need for t-shirts. You need some of these. Or not.

In fact, I would actually think that would be a bad idea.

Posted by: Mac at August 21, 2009 03:43 PM

If Terror Lived Here...
We'd Be Home By Now.

Posted by: spd rdr at August 21, 2009 03:44 PM

My *Husband/Wife* saved your country's a$$ and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt.

Posted by: Captain Obvious at August 21, 2009 03:50 PM

My Husband is either in Afghanistan,
or not.
I have ten or less items in my grocery cart,
or not.

Are you feeling lucky?

Posted by: spd rdr at August 21, 2009 04:10 PM

Don't make me call my battle buddies!!

Posted by: Carrie at August 21, 2009 04:37 PM

Dependent, my a$$!!!!!!

Posted by: Carrie at August 21, 2009 04:40 PM

I sleep alone so that you can sleep safe.

Posted by: Carrie at August 21, 2009 04:42 PM

You are en fuego!

Riffing on one Carrie came up with earlier:

"My Battle Buddy can beat up your Battle Buddy".

Mac, that was messed up :p
I like jeans, but not those!

Posted by: Cassandra at August 21, 2009 04:47 PM

Your freedom comes at a price.
And I am a co-payer.

Posted by: Carrie at August 21, 2009 04:48 PM

Because I can't resist:

"Marine Wife: the toughest job in the Navy".

You've gotta love ambiguity.

Posted by: Cassandra at August 21, 2009 04:48 PM

Heh...misdirected anger can be productive, no?

Posted by: Carrie at August 21, 2009 04:49 PM

"Bring Back the Draft."

Posted by: Grim at August 21, 2009 04:51 PM

Aorry, my man is busy taking out
the garbage in Afghanistan.

But thanks for recycling!

Posted by: spd rdr at August 21, 2009 05:04 PM

"Aorry," for you newbies, is the sound that immediately follows me busting someone in the nose. Private lessons are available.

Posted by: spd rdr at August 21, 2009 05:10 PM

"Private lessons are available"

That's okay, I own a glock.

Posted by: Carrie at August 21, 2009 05:13 PM

A heavily armed woman is the the most feared of any of God's creations.
-Steve from Centerville (1968 -2009)

Posted by: Drive-by Shooting at August 21, 2009 05:24 PM

"Oh yes, please do tell me how you know just exactly how I feel because your husband goes away on business trips every couple of months."

"Yes, your son going away to college is EXACTLY like my son deploying to Afghanistan. Exactly!!"

Hmm...might be wookie time.

Posted by: Carrie at August 21, 2009 05:25 PM

She calls me "precious"...

Posted by: Carrie's glock at August 21, 2009 05:27 PM

Ok. I'm officially really scared now.

Posted by: spd rdr at August 21, 2009 05:33 PM

Yeah, even I was a little suprised when Will bought that for me..

Posted by: Carrie at August 21, 2009 05:48 PM

Well, whatever you do, don't talk back to it.

Posted by: spd rdr at August 21, 2009 05:55 PM

I'll see your Glock and raise you a Beretta and a Taurus.

Posted by: Sly's Wardrobe Mistress at August 21, 2009 06:04 PM

You left out that you are a redhead...

That trumps all.

Posted by: Carrie at August 21, 2009 06:13 PM

Oh..but I've got an Expedition and a bad attitude...

Posted by: Carrie at August 21, 2009 06:18 PM

Well, yes, Carrie, being a redhead does trump all.
However, being married to a redhead, and having close to eleventy-seven redheaded offspring, sleeping with a pistol under the pillow is only sensible.

Posted by: spd rdr at August 21, 2009 06:18 PM

I do see the logic, Spd.

Posted by: Carrie at August 21, 2009 06:20 PM

Uh oh.

Posted by: spd rdr at August 21, 2009 06:45 PM

"Join the Marines
See the World
Meet interesting people
Then kill them"

I cribbed that from somewhere, but I forgot exactly where.

"Semper Fidelis"
He's away from home
He better be.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at August 21, 2009 06:48 PM

Dialing for Pizza in the New America:

The Atlanta Radio Theatre’s handling of the same idea: ‘Nosinet.’

(Second item on the program.)


Posted by: RNB at August 21, 2009 06:49 PM

I do too!!

Posted by: Carrie's glock at August 21, 2009 07:06 PM

It's easy to be brave from a safe distance.

Posted by: Marine Wife at August 21, 2009 07:13 PM

I like that a lot, Marine Wife.

This quote is on my Facebook page and I like it too. I think it applies..

Courage is endurance for one moment more.

Posted by: Carrie at August 21, 2009 07:21 PM

Or maybe:

It's easy to be brave from a safe distance. ~Aesop

How's that latte?

Posted by: Marine Wife at August 21, 2009 07:22 PM

Sexually Deprived for Your Freedom

Posted by: The Army Wife With the Coveted Sunglasses that are Now Chipped at August 21, 2009 09:20 PM

Heh... :)

I like that one.

Posted by: Cassandra at August 21, 2009 09:36 PM

I think that there's a market for these .. at least I would hope so. I also would like to ask that some of you consider those of us who support you and yours on the deployment. We may not have a family member off ... in the case of the Great White North that would be Afghanistan ... but we support you nonetheless.

I like Marine Wife's as well as Carrie's (at 4:42 pm).


Posted by: George at August 21, 2009 09:52 PM

I have done many events for the hospitals here in the DC area and I am constantly..CONSTANTLY overwhelmed with the level of support from people all over the country.

Please consider the more "angry" t-shirt suggestions as therapy although the cashier at the grocery store really did think that her son going off to college was the same as mine going to A-stan...
I didn't have the glock with me and I actually like her so I just blinked a couple of times...:)

Posted by: Carrie at August 22, 2009 08:14 AM

Since the Marines are part of the Navy, I respectfully submit the following;




Posted by: vet66 at August 22, 2009 10:08 AM

I'm not sure these really qualify for T-shirts as it but under the circumstances they made me chuckle.

My wife tells me she doesn't care what I do when I'm away, as long as I'm not enjoying it. ~Lee Trevino

A man's wife has more power over him than the state has. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals

For the T-shirt, perhaps a riff on Milton:

They also serve who only stand and wait - and raise the kids, pay the bills, mow the lawn, ...

Or for those days you're feeling cranky replace "Graduate School" with "Marine Wife", "Military Wife" or whatever you prefer in this from one of my old T-shirts:

Graduate School: It's not just a job. It's an indenture.

Posted by: Elise at August 22, 2009 10:59 AM

Not just a redhead. A redhead with whiplash.

Posted by: Sly's Wardrobe Mistress at August 22, 2009 04:37 PM

Carrie ... anger's a very good thing for those who have someone deployed. Isn't it amazing how humans ... the same race as you and I ... could possibly exhibit a state of mind like that cashier? I suppose it's not really her (?) fault ... Christ on a pogo stick ... where was her head?

One of the most moving videos I've seen is the "Thank You" one, shot in an airport as returning troops deplane. It ranks up there with the one we're most proud of ... the flag waving and honour giving of ordinary people, firemen and cops on Canada's Highway of Heroes ... as the remains of a hero returns from overseas. That part of the 401 Highway in Ontario will forever be special in my mind.

Print the T-shirts! Use all of the suggestions!


Posted by: George at August 23, 2009 03:04 AM

"I May Look Harmless, But I'm Married To A Marine"

Posted by: BillT at August 23, 2009 03:17 PM

One of those who stands between you and chaos reports to me.

Posted by: bt_drop_and_give_me_fifty_hun at August 23, 2009 04:00 PM

A Chris Muir cartoon suggestion: anon idiot on the left being faced down Sam-ish wife, Zeb-like Marine at her back facing down attacking goblins from the right. Single balloon, both speaking "Don't worry, honey -- I've got your back!"

Posted by: htom at August 23, 2009 04:59 PM

Home Alone!

(Picture of a .45)

Do you feel lucky?

Posted by: Ozzy at August 23, 2009 09:34 PM

I am in too good a mood to make snark. On the otter heiny, something about going to red alert on Code Pink comes to mind...just can't find the words.

Posted by: Cricket at August 23, 2009 10:25 PM

[Comment deleted: there's a fine line. This one stepped over it. 'nuff said.]

Posted by: Robby at August 23, 2009 10:53 PM

Lifted from Wendy's Site.... more thoughts than slogans, but....

Have a laugh - or a cringe!

1. You run in terror from a controlled detonation your first week, then stand in the open to watch real mortars landing, a month later.

2. The most intimate contact you’ve had in months is with the shower curtain.

3. Your most successful pick-up line is “I’ve got a vehicle”.

4. All the Air Force people look like glow-in-the-dark Power Rangers and you can’t see the Army Folks.

5. Your 6:00 am wake-up call is “BOOM” Alarm Red, Alarm Red, Alarm Red”.

6. They actually give weapons to the Air Force personnel.

7. You give directions using T-Wall & Bunker murals.

8. You realize AAFES is their own country, and can print their own money.

9. The amount of sand in your boots is only surpassed by the amount in your nose.

10. Something as simple as taking a shower or going to the bathroom at 2:00 in the morning requires preparation equal to the Apollo moon landing.

11. The Texas Style Brisket is not from Texas, is not brisket, and has no style.

12. You are watching a “chick-flick” with 300 guys with machine guns.

13. Your internet connection is twice as slow as your old dial-up connection back home, and you’re paying twice as much.

14. Your lying under your bed in your IBA writing to your spouse, “No, nothing exciting happened today” and you mean it.

15. You can buy a car or truck from the on post AAFES, but paper towels are nowhere to be found.

16. You live in a gated community, but your home is still a trailer.

17. You are caught way over the speed limit and you are only going 22 MPH.

18. During Alarm Red someone jumps out of the bunker to tell you to get your hands out of your pockets.

19. Your idea of a night on the town is going to another DFAC.

20. The grass is greener on the other side of the fence, but you still wouldn’t want to be on that side of the fence.

21. Dusting the furniture has a whole new meaning.

22. “Pimp my Ride” means putting doors on your Hummer.

23. U2 is hitting the charts again.

24. The local community holds fireworks displays every night in your honor.

25. Driving over the curb seems totally natural.

26. The outcome of the war hinges on how you wear your reflective belt.

27. You see a guy in full battle rattle driving a Humvee trying not to spill his latte’.

28. It feels normal to dry your hands at the DFAC with toilet paper.

29. Your idea of a clear day is when you can see the perimeter of the base from where you’re at.

30. The dust on the dashboard of your vehicle is an inch think, but you don’t even notice it.

31. You don’t even notice T-walls anymore.

32. Cold water from the shower is only possible after 1 Oct.

33. Getting your laundry back from the contractor is a big deal.

34. A 105-degree day in the summer actually feels cool.

35. You don’t even notice an F-16 taking off anymore.

36. You don’t stop what you’re doing anymore, when you hear automatic gun fire coming from the perimeter.

37. You used to think that F-16’s, doing afterburner take-offs, were cool. Now it just pisses you off.

38. Without even looking outside, you know that the weather sucks,because you weren’t woke up all night from the roar of the F-16’s.

Posted by: kbob in Katy at August 23, 2009 11:35 PM

And "Robby", that was just rude.

Posted by: kbob in Katy at August 23, 2009 11:36 PM

Rude, crude and socially unacceptable. Take yours trash talk elsewhere, "Robby".

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at August 24, 2009 12:01 AM

kbob in Katy, I was reading these to the Engineer, but the one that got me to snort my rice pudding was the guys watching chick flicks.


Posted by: Cricket at August 24, 2009 10:58 AM