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Old 04-10-2007, 05:22   #1
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Talking Greetings from Iraq

Ok so there's no water in Iraq but that happens to be my current location! Hi I'm Kellie, I'm a Marine just waiting out this deployment so I can get back to the beautiful gift I just received. This deployment is 14 months long so I was able to take two weeks off which happened to be just recently. When I got home (North Carolina) first things first, dinner at La Hacienda for some guacamole with all my fellow boat bums. It was at dinner that some one gave me a card and in that card contained a key. That key unlocked the most amazing gift I have ever received (other than my salvation of course). Her name will be s/v Blessed with an official name-change cerememony as soon as I get home for good. She's a 1978 24' Eastward Ho that has been passed down from a Navy Chaplain. She's in excellent shape and sails wonderfully. While I was home, I was able to take her out one time with some great friends and my super cool dog. I'm looking forward to becoming a permanent fixture on the dock spending my weekends sanding teak, learning the lines and of course SAILING as much as humanly possible. Until then I'll be here in the desert dreaming of water and wind. God bless all of your adventures.

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Old 04-10-2007, 05:46   #2
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Thanks for your self sacrifice.

Come home safely.

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Old 04-10-2007, 05:56   #3
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What a great gift. Nothing puts you closer to the creator than sailing and sanding teak. Shout out to you and all your brothers and sisters in arms with what is a very difficult assignment. Get home safe!
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Old 04-10-2007, 10:12   #4
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Thumbs up Kellie

Welcome aboard!

A great gift indeed. We're look forward to your safe return and to get out on the sea. An active life always seems to be from one extreme to another. Be safe and stay alert.

Is it anything like this one??????

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Old 04-10-2007, 11:21   #5
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Aloha Kellie,
Welcome aboard!!
Thanks to you and your buddies for serving. You are one lucky Marine to receive such a great gift. Happy sailing!!
Are you going to stay in? I thought I'd get out after 2 years and stayed in for nearly 30. (Navy)
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Old 04-10-2007, 11:54   #6
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A great big thank you for what you are doing. Sailing your boat will be a well deserved heaven on earth. Can't promise any virgins or anything.
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Old 04-10-2007, 15:04   #7
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Welcome aboard and god bless you. Hang in there, we want you back.

She took my address and my name
Put my credit to shame
Sunspot Baby, sure had a real good time
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Old 04-10-2007, 16:42   #8
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Good to have you aboard and that is great news about the boat... You'll probably be spending much of your off time looking at web sites for parts and do dads for her. Stay safe and have fair winds.
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Old 06-10-2007, 10:22   #9
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Sweet little boat. Make sure you spend more time sailin' than sandin' and thanks for servin'.

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