September 26th, 2011

Before You Complain, Remember: It Could Be Worse…

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Every day when I wake up, I wake up to a luxurious life. I’m not saying that I’m wealthy or have an abundance of material things. What I am saying is that when I wake up, I browse the internet at my leisure or call my friends on my Blackberry. I can go to the movies with my friends or eat dinner with my family. This is what makes my life luxurious, especially in comparison to people who aren’t able to do such things, such as our men in uniform. Soldiers will be able to make a phone call to their loved ones every several months at best. The idea of not seeing my family and friends alone is scary, but not being able to talk to them for months seems like torture. Americans are addicted to their cell phones, so imagine going overseas and that’s suddenly gone? How would you even react when your communication with the world is taken away?

We take for granted things, like being able to have dinner with our families, when soldiers would kill to have home cooked meals with their loved ones. Regular citizens in America complain about having to work their minimum wage paying job or having to read a book for school. I think it’s pretty hilarious that we all have the nerve to complain about such petty things (and we are all guilty of doing so). Soldier’s overseas are fighting for us, dealing with such lovely things like sandstorms and 120 degree weather. A great deal of their comrades die or get severely injured in war, which is something we don’t have to see or deal with here on American soil; Soldiers deal with it on the regular. Remember how it feels when a loved one dies? Now imagine you had to feel that way over and over because so many people you knew were being killed. So how is it that we have the audacity to complain about our lives that are so comfortable and easy in comparison to these brave soldiers? I guess we’re all just very self-absorbed.

September 18th, 2011

Life is precious.

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So recently this week I’ve decided to change my theme. I was debating a few themes for a while, and although I decided to write about life on tour, I changed my mind again. After reading several stories written by United States soldiers who were on tour in Iraq, I knew I wanted to change my theme for good. I intend on writing about the Iraq war through the eyes of a United States soldier who has been on tour in Iraq. The way every day citizens view the war is far different than how a soldier who is in combat in 120 degree weather every day views it. I feel like this blog will give me an opportunity to show people what these soldiers go truly experience, so everyone can gain a better understanding of what it’s like to be a soldier. So with that said, here’s my first blog post about this theme…


 You know they say to enjoy every moment of your life because life is precious. It can be taken from you in the blink of an eye.  Every day I check my watch and find comfort when I see the hours pass by. The passing of time helps me believe that I’ll be home soon; that I’ll soon be able to hold my baby girl and see my beautiful wife.  But whoever said life is precious was right, and I can’t sit around day dreaming about when I’m going to be with my family next. My comrades have become my family now, Iraq has become my temporary home, and somehow, I’ve learned to embrace it. Sometimes you have to see the light in the darkest of situations.  It’s not something that’s easy to accomplish, but you really must try to make the best of what you have no matter the circumstances. You never know when your unit will be ambushed, or when an operation will go terribly wrong.  So far my unit has been lucky, but having served prior to this tour in Iraq and being a part of Operation Desert Storm, I expect the worst and hope for the best.

Five days ago several of my soldier’s witnessed their first attack during their travels about two miles away from the final destination. One of the men from another unit who served as a convoy escort for ours had been killed by a planted explosive device.  He was the first fallen soldier we’ve had since our arrival in Iraq. Yesterday I attended the memorial service held for our fallen soldier, Christopher Jones.  The service honored Jones, his time and service in military, and his family. I think the saddest part aside from his death, is that his family couldn’t be there to mourn Jones with his military family, or experience the memorial. It made me wonder what would happen if I were to fall victim to this war overseas. What would happen to my wife and child? Who would take care of them? Jones death reminded me of the fine line we walk here between life and death. I haven’t written a will or a “just in case” letter but I think now is a good time to get that started. There is so much to say to everyone once this is all said and done, but I may not live to see that day. I think I’ll get that started now while I have free time. Hope to write again soon.

September 12th, 2011

Introductory Post

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My name is Julie Engel. I am 21 years old and am an upper junior at Queens College. I’m studying English but my passion has always been music. At first I was debating between a few themes, such as government conspiracy theories, sports, and romance. I am choosing to write about music, more specifically musicians, simply because I have so much knowledge and experience in the field. I feel that writing about anything music related will come naturally to me.

            Since this is a creative writing course and we must blur the line between reality and imagination, I’m going to take my knowledge and put it to good use. I plan on writing my blog about the life of a touring musician. Many of my friends are touring musicians, so I’ve heard quite some interesting stories that are inspiration for my blog. I intend to reveal truth about life on the road as a musician who isn’t rich and famous. Many stories that my friends have shared with me have given me ideas as to how I can portray certain characters as well.

I want to explore this subject because I seen that people have a misconception of how life is on the road for musicians. People think that it is all fun and games, that it is easy, and that every night is a party. What people do not realize is how much these musicians struggle just to get their name out there. They aren’t getting radio play and never will, so they have to sacrifice a great deal of time and money just to be heard. A great quote from a band Anberlin, “It’s not about the money we make. It’s about the passion that we ache for. What makes your heart beat faster?” I want people to see the passion and love these musicians have for music. They are dedicated and give up so much just for a chance at being decently known, not even expecting to be on TV or become rich and famous. I just want to really put this stereotype of a “rock star” lifestyle to rest.

September 11th, 2011

Hello world!

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