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2013-06-18 11:41:26 AM
Give them each one of these...

www.taverntrove.com
 
2013-06-18 11:42:15 AM
www.timdrussell.com

Well speaking as Drone pilot I just drone on and on and on...never letting anyone else get a word in edgeways, until I start foaming at the mouth and fall over backwards
 
2013-06-18 11:42:57 AM
Can't blame them for being bored--its new mexico....
 
2013-06-18 11:43:50 AM
"Like, I'll know at 5am this guy is gonna go outside and take a shiat. I've seen a lot of dudes take shiats."

Awesome.
 
2013-06-18 11:44:41 AM
Streetlight... people...
 
2013-06-18 11:45:15 AM

TheShavingofOccam123: Give them each one of these...

[www.taverntrove.com image 381x508]



Yes I quite agree with you, I mean what's the point of being treated like a sheep, I mean I'm fed up with going abroad and being treated like a sheep, what's the point of being carted around in buses surrounded by sweaty mindless oafs from Kettering and Boventry in their cloth caps and their cardigans and their transistor radios and their 'Sunday Mirrors', complaining about the tea, 'Oh they don't make it properly here do they not like at home' stopping at Majorcan bodegas, selling fish and chips and Watney's Red Barrel and calamares and two veg and sitting in cotton sun frocks squirting Timothy White's suncream all over their puffy raw swollen purulent flesh cos they 'overdid it on the first day'!...And being herded into endless Hotel Miramars and Bellvueses and Bontinentals with their international luxury modern roomettes and their Watney's Red Barrel and their swimming pools full of fat German businessmen pretending they're acrobats and forming pyramids and frightening the children and barging in to the queues and if you're not at your table spot on seven you miss your bowl of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup, the first item on the menu of International Cuisine, and every Thursday night there's a bloody cabaret in the bar featuring some tiny emaciated dago with nine-inch hips and some big fat bloated tart with her hair brylcreemed down and a big arse presenting Flamenco for Foreigners.And then some adenoidal typists from Birmingham with diarrhoea and flabby white legs and hairy bandy-legged wop waiters called Manuel, and then, once a week there's an excursion to the local Roman ruins where you can buy cherryade and melted ice cream and bleedin' Watney's Red Barrel, and one night they take you to a local restaurant with local colour and colouring and they show you there and you sit next to a party of people from Rhyl who keeps singing 'Torremolinos, Torremolinos' and complaining about the food - 'Oh! It's so greasy isn't it?' and then you get cornered by some drunken greengrocer from Luton with an Instamatic and Dr Scholl sandals and last Tuesday's 'Daily Express' and he drones on and on and on about how Mr. Smith should be running this country and how many languages Enoch Powell can speak and then he throws up all over the Cuba Libres. And sending tinted postcards of places they don't know they haven't even visited, 'to all at number 22, weather wonderful, our room is marked with an "X". Wish you were here.' 'Food very greasy but we have managed to find this marvellous little place hidden away in the back streets.''Where you can even get Watney's Red Barrel and cheese and onion crisps and the accordionist plays "Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner"' and spending four days on the tarmac at Luton airport on a five-day package tour with nothing to eat but dried Watney's sandwhiches and there's nowhere to sleep and the kids are vomitting and throwing up on the plastic flowers and they keep telling you it'll only be another hour although your plane is still in Iceland waiting to take some Swedes to Yugoslavia before it can pick you up on the tarmac at 3 a.m. in the bloody morning and you sit on the tarmac till six because of 'unforeseen difficulties'. i.e. the permanent strike of Air Traffic Control in Paris, and nobody can go to the lavatory until you take off at eight, and when you get to Malaga airport everybody's swallowing Enterovioform tablets and queuing for the toilets and when you finally get to the hotel, there's no water in the taps, there's no water in the pool, there's no water in the bog and there's a bleeding lizard in the bidet, and half the rooms are double-booked and you can't sleep anyway...
 
2013-06-18 11:46:46 AM

Arkanaut: Streetlight... people...


seems as though they may have stopped believin.  they no longer hold on to that feeling.
 
2013-06-18 11:53:40 AM
Sooner or later I'd just attach a loudspeaker to it and have it loop Ride of the Valkyries for funsies.
 
2013-06-18 11:54:26 AM
They should look at it this way: they're having a better day than their targets.
 
2013-06-18 12:00:04 PM
Let me get this straight. They train and dream of doing something they find interesting but are forced to do something similar but much more boring.

Welcome to real life.

If they really want to be shot at, I guess they could just piss off their wives.
 
2013-06-18 12:00:12 PM
If he's so bored then why doesn't he just get together with his colleagues for some shirtless beach volleyball?
 
2013-06-18 12:00:35 PM

Gosling: Sooner or later I'd just attach a loudspeaker to it and have it loop Ride of the Valkyries for funsies.


Even nastier would be the adhan.
 
2013-06-18 12:02:17 PM
www.washingtonpost.com
 
2013-06-18 12:16:30 PM
It's a shame that killing people isn't more fun for the people doing it. The poor things.
 
2013-06-18 12:19:58 PM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: It's a shame that killing people isn't more fun for the people doing it. The poor things.


actually they are bored with not killing people. the killing part seems like the only bit they find interesting.
 
2013-06-18 12:20:15 PM
www.mtv.com
 
2013-06-18 12:24:06 PM

TrollingForColumbine: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: It's a shame that killing people isn't more fun for the people doing it. The poor things.

actually they are bored with not killing people. the killing part seems like the only bit they find interesting.


I'm sure that they will transition back to civilian life with no problems.
 
2013-06-18 12:29:55 PM
 
2013-06-18 12:30:18 PM

ampoliros: Let me get this straight. They train and dream of doing something they find interesting but are forced to do something similar but much more boring.

Welcome to real life.

If they really want to be shot at, I guess they could just piss off their wives.


I think its the g-forces they miss. That said, they should have these guys on rotating schedules for being test pilots. They are in New Mexico after all.
 
2013-06-18 12:33:17 PM

Parthenogenetic: He just... kept... talking in... one... long... incredibly unbroken sentence moving from topic to topic so that no-one had the chance to interrupt it was really quite hypnotic, notic, notic...


www.bitlogic.com
 
2013-06-18 12:38:30 PM

graeth: Can't blame them for being bored--its new mexico....


Ding ding ding!

There is precious little reason to station them in New Mexico given they are operating vehicles several thousand miles away.  It's long tedius work...and if the off hours were spent wandering some shiatty little town in the middle of nowhere, I can see why life would suck.
 
2013-06-18 01:40:03 PM

FTA...Mike's morning commute to the battlefield begins with his usual Egg McMuffin and black coffee from a McDonald's drive-through window in Alamogordo, New Mexico.



Breakfast FAIL. Should be hitting up Eddie's Burritos.
 
Juc
2013-06-19 05:13:25 AM
why don't they just use VR goggles to give the guys more immersion with the whole flying thing they're doing, might make them feel a little better if they could do that.
 
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