How to make al Qaeda prisoners talk

Just sit them through a laser eye procedure!

Not lasiks, but what I had done today, which was where the ophthalmologist used a laser to blast away some scar tissue behind the lens implant in my right eye. There’s no actual pain involved, but it’s like having to sit there, with your eye held open by a contact device, and stare at welder flash for hours on end two minutes.

Like I said, no pain, but you have a natural instinct to close your eyes, to look away, to avoid that painfully bright light. Having to sit there seems almost unbearable; Khalid Sheikh Muhammad? He’d have broken, and quickly!

Oh, by the way, I can see a lot better now. :)

In the meantime, whilst sitting in the doctor’s office — but before the laserboarding treatment — my cell phone rang. It was PFC Pico. She had told me that she had to be at her unit at 8:00 PM today, and that her unit was going to Fort Dix for some sort of training. Well, turns out that she was supposed to be at her unit at 8:00 AM today. I thought that was why the military used military time, to prevent foul-ups like this.

The Army is being nice, and they came by and picked her up (just a few minutes ago). She is anticipating push-ups for this one; hopefully it will be fewer than a thousand.

9 Comments

  1. Therein lies the problem with people in the National Girls, as my daughter calls them. Most of the time, they’re civilians. On rare occasions, they’re military. And that means most of the time, they can’t tell time.

    And push-ups in this weather and this amount of snow? I’d think she’d avoid those push-ups by fully clearing the bivouac while everyone else is huddled together around the flameless (meaning light-free) heat source.

    But, hey, NJP is much more gooder than UCMJ alternatives. Speaking from experience, NJP is definitely preferred.

  2. PFC Pico blamed it on her cell phone, not showing the text message properly; the A looked like a P.

    Riiiight!

    She has always been blessed with selective hearing; perhaps selective vision is there as well.

  3. Former Marine John Hitchcock wrote:

    And push-ups in this weather and this amount of snow?

    I don’t know how much snow Fort Dix got, probably more than the inch we got here, as it was snowing more heavily south and east, but still not ore than a couple, I’d think. And the exercise will keep her warm.

    She had to do a PT test during her last drill, in early December: it was about 22ยบ F that day. They did the push-ups and sit-ups indoors, but the two-mile run was outside.

  4. Text message from PFC Pico:

    We are here . . . no pushups so far. We’re just doing medical stuff tomorrow. Inside all day, yay for heat.

    So far . . . .

  5. Mr Pico (and I use that term loosely), you selectively quoted me. In other words, you took my quote out of context. Push-ups in this snow (5 inches overnight) is weak sauce for NJP.

  6. t was PFC Pico. She had told me that she had to be at her unit at 8:00 PM today, and that her unit was going to Fort Dix for some sort of training. Well, turns out that she was supposed to be at her unit at 8:00 AM today. I thought that was why the military used military time, to prevent foul-ups like this.

    it is why they use it…and PFC Pico effed up :) hence the private ranking…still has to learn I guess.

    congrats on the vision.

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