Next time you have tower guard, think about those poor schmoes that had to guard the Tower of Sauron.
If you’re guarding the Tower of Sauron, and a couple of Hobbits manage to sneak in and trash the place and head off on their mission to destroy the Ring, you may as well help them, because if they fail, you don’t want to be on Sauron’s bad side. You want to make good and sure that they send that Ring into ol’ Mount Doom, pronto.
Hey, at least it isn’t a Star Wars joke, right? Remember that Joe Rock sprained his ankle and he’s on Tower Guard while everyone else is on convoys.
Anyhow, we’d do anything to make tower guard exciting, and by “exciting”, I mean, find interesting way to pass the time, not “enduring a concentrated enemy attack” kind of excitement. We’d take turns reading inside the tower with flashlights, or watch random things with our night-vision scopes. We saw stray dogs, mostly, and sometimes some of the female KBR contractors (Filipina women that did the housecleaning for the latrine trailers) would bring their boyfriends out near the wall to make out, probably under the assumption that they were alone. In the towers, we were under strict “light and noise discipline” meaning we had to be quiet and not alert anyone to our presence, so it’s not like we could call out, “Yo, get a room!” Besides, they weren’t hurting anyone, so we didn’t care. Magazines and books, hand-held video games (such as there were back in 2005; life before Candy Crush), minor graffiti, and so on.
And now, for a quick announcement, reposted from the comic’s Facebook page:
COMICS ANNIVERSARY ANNOUNCEMENT–
Usually, Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day is the anniversary of BOHICA Blues. It was on the 11th of November, 2013, that I launched the comic. When I launched it, I did so with the first 4 comics, launched in 2-hour intervals, over the course of the day.
In 2014, I did an Anniversary Special: each day of the week had a 3-page comic, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday– a total of 15 pages worth of comics for the week.
I wanted to do the same “big anniversary release” thing this year but as you can probably guess, the work schedule that caused me to post black-and-white comics a couple weeks ago, and switch to a Monday & Thursday schedule, didn’t allow me to get much progress done on this year’s Anniversary Special. However, I do have a script and several pages already penciled out.
I’m going to try to have the Anniversary Special done but instead of this week, I will probably release it on the week of the Thanksgiving Holiday in the US. It will be late, but still in November (the anniversary month, at least). This will give me time to finish it without being rushed or overwhelmed. No spoilers, but it will focus on some of the ridiculous politics that went with the allied forces and their interactions with the locals.
I look forward to sharing it with you and have a great autumn, as well as a great Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day.