I've been busy lately. Over President's Day, I took a little trip to San Francisco to give myself a mental break and visit friends, and mostly what I found when I got there was rain. A couple of days ago, we had a job fair at school, and mostly what I found when I got THERE was not very many jobs. In other news, I was waxing poetic on the GDC blog about how nice it would be to have a house for everyone, considering there are so many empty houses and so very many people who could use them. But that's just some of the things I think about.
Mainly I wanted to write today to tell you about a movie I saw on HBO. You may have heard of it, it's called Taking Chance, and it's about the path that a fallen soldier's body takes home from war. I recommend that everyone watch this movie. It stars the always awesome Kevin Bacon as the Lt. Col. who volunteers to escort the soldier's remains back to his family from Dover, Delaware all the way to Wyoming. Now I'm not going to lie and say that I didn't sob throughout pretty much the whole thing, but I still think that everyone should watch it through OnDemand or when it comes to video or however possible. Having never seen a military transport or funeral of any kind, it was an eye-opener for me. Also it's amazing to me how big this country is, that in towns and cities in every state there are very young soldiers who have fallen in this ill-gotten war of ours. It reminded me that no matter how much we didn't want it, we still got it, and there are still good soldiers who have perished in it, and continue to give their lives for it.
To date, there have been 4247 Americans that died in Iraq. 4108 of those have died since Bush's "Mission Accomplished" announcement of May 1, 2003. And did you know that 18 service people have died since President Obama was inaugurated? I'm going to put a counter on my blog here so I don't forget about it, and hopefully you won't either.