My move to Wash DC

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Posted: 5/4/2012 10:56:28 PM
Hey gents...been awhile, wanted to check in and keep you posted. As some of you may remember, months ago, I found out that I got this competitive assignment in the Pentagon, which is great because I have two sons under the age of 3 and am coming off three combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. A nice break while working a great assignment and enjoying some family time.
From the moment I left my previous job with 101st airborne to the start of my new job, I had about 40 days. I took some leave and found a townhouse to rent near DC. However, the house I picked was not going to be available until 1 may. The home I own and was leaving was already scheduled to be rented out to my tenants 10 April. Therefore, I had about 3 weeks where I had nowhere to live. My mom, who lives outside penn state univ, offered to house me, my wife and my two boys for the three weeks. The nice part of that is I could live there rent free and avoid paying for a hotel. The bad part is my mom drives me nuts. By the time it was time to leave my moms, I almost lost my mind. But we made it. It also was not good for the marriage...my wife and I were ready to kill each other by the end of our 3 week visit.

2 may: the movers contracted by the army deliver our household goods. These three idiots arrive and start emptying boxes all over the house. Enormous mess. The guy in charge tells me that he can't find the box that has all the parts to the beds, kids beds, dressers, etc. it's the most vital box. I start going through the mess myself but to no avail. They leave. My house looks like it was hit by a tornado. Horrid.mim tired, sore from lifting, bad mood, kids are tired, wife in bad mood. While cleaning the mess, my wife finds the bag holding the parts suffednnder a pile ofnshit they dumped on my bed. Keep in mind that the contract says they are supposed to unpack everything.
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Posted: 5/4/2012 11:00:50 PM
We find the parts and start putting the furniture together on our own so the kids have a bed to sleep in. We get it done. I am exhausted and start my new job in 48 hrs.

Wife tells me she wants to use our washer and dryer that I bought last year as opposed to the washer dryer that the home owners have installed.mdoesnt matter to me either way but it's what she wants. I go in the basement and check the hoses and ensure the water is turned off before I unhook the washer. It doesn't crank at all. Must be good to go. I use a wrench and beginning cranking. Suddenly is comes off and water is spraying at an unbelievable pressure. Water spraying everywhere. I can't control it and the basement is flooding. My 3 yr old start crying and runs upstairs screaming for mom. She runs down and sees me soaked and trying to contain this mess. I finally bend the hose to cut the pressure.
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Posted: 5/4/2012 11:02:18 PM
Hope all is well with you brother. Thanks again for all that you do for us. Hey bud, I always wanted to ask you, do you know a Lieutenant Frank McCabe? He's my cousin. I was just curious.
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Posted: 5/4/2012 11:03:15 PM
Sorry I didn't mean to cut you off.....
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Wife grabs the hose so i can crank the water pressure down with a wrench. By the time it's over, the basement and I are soaked. Kids crying. I change clothes and go to Walmart. Drop 70 bucks on towels and start the cleaning process. 

Then the dryer. I unhook the dryer to hook my new dryer. No go. My dryer is 4 prong. The outlet is 3 prong. Did i check this prior to? No. I change back to the old dryer. I say darn it and also Hook up the old original washer. All in all, absolutely no change.
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Posted: 5/4/2012 11:12:50 PM
Sounds like it couldn't get much worse than that my friend...but garbage, I guess it could always be worse. Shake it off and you will have it all running in a matter of a couple weeks BOL man 
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Posted: 5/4/2012 11:14:34 PM
Oh and my dog has glaucoma. I took her iinto the vet and they determined that she needed to immediately remove her left eye. she's had this awful cone around her neck so she can't scratch the stitches on her eye. And I don't even like her. She's my wife's dog. I think we should out her down because she is old but my wife insists we keep her alive so I do because she is part of family and you can't say no to family. 

All in all....my place is still a mess. But my kids are comfortable in there beds and all is ok now. My new job is awesome and tomorrow, I'm taking the ram to the nationals game. Pushing through.
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Posted: 5/4/2012 11:19:39 PM
Worst part is my wife and I are not on the same page still. I know it's been a hectic month but there is definitely some tension and it feels like we are just being polite to each other for the sake of the kids. We will see if this is a temporary thing soon I guess.

Hope all is well. Have not get a game in awhile but I may bet a few on cotton just for the value. Take care guys and enjoy the weekend,
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Posted: 5/4/2012 11:20:53 PM
Bet a few on cotto.

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Posted: 5/4/2012 11:48:02 PM

Irish, things will get better. I don't see how they can get worse......

New place has to be better for the wife than Moms' (for both of you-remind her of that)

Sounds like you're fighting a war at home. As you are not dead yet, you have to consider yourself a damn good soldier. I think a Ranger can get this job done.

Please post again if ANYTHING gets better. You've got a lot of people pulling for you. Remember that.

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Posted: 5/5/2012 1:32:34 AM
Your last week has given you ample material to look on and laugh at in a few years.  In a way, a gift.  Just keep smiling.
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Posted: 5/5/2012 7:40:35 PM
T6rider...no issues brother. Sorry, I do not believe I know McCabe.

Thanks for the words hawk and depeche
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