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I hope Joss reads this!!!!

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Monday, February 16, 2004 7:10 PM

STATIC


I know that a couple of people who are not real thrilled that some of us soldier-type guys shout out firefly-isms during combat, and I can honestly understand that. However, I hope that Joss and Tim read this and find it inspiring, and I hope that everyone feels their guts knot up as much as I did. . .and maybe a tear or two will well up in your eyes, as they are streaming down my face just from the telling of this. . .

As you all know, I've been a soldier stationed in Afghanistan for quite some time now. Many of you know that I'm posting this from my own home tonight, as I have been permitted to come home for ten days on leave. It's been a very long time since I've been home. I flew from Afghanistan to Frankfurt via military cargo jet (C-17 for those 'in the know'), and the next morning, we got on a commercial flight to Chicago. I got off the plane, grabbed my big-assed duffel bags and prepared to wait in line for customs, and to my delight, the Customs officers were pulling any soldier-types out of line and passing them through, with a pat on the back and a 'welcome home'. I immediately had to re-check my bags for my final flight, and after doing so, I made a beeline outside. I crossed the street and walked into the snow, the first I'd seen since January 2003, and stood at the base of the American Flag for a second before I finally became overwhelmed and fell to my knees. I grabbed a double handful of snow and rubbed it all over my face. When I stood up, I realized there were almost 20 other soldiers with me, all who had the same idea. Most of us didn't know each other at all, but for that moment, we were brothers who had been best of friends all our lives.
We decided to head on inside, and one young man, his name was Mike, was still overwhelmed with emotion and could not stand. Another soldier, a friend of his, went to lift Mike, and I took Mike's other arm. Mike smiled weakly and thanked us. Here's where it gets tough to even tell the story, and I hope Joss and Tim read this. . .

Mike's friend said, "You know the saying, Mikey. . .when you can't run anymore you crawl. . ." and before he could say anymore, I finished it for him. "And when you can't do that anymore, you find someone to carry you."

Mike and his buddy, and about half the guys who were standing there with us all smiled. We looked up at the flag and Mike said, "They didn't take the sky from us." Turns out they were all Browncoats, and they were home from Iraq for good.

Joss, Tim and all the rest of you. . .I don't know if you had any idea that what you created would be so powerful, and provide such inspiration for those of us who serve, but it does. Thank you.

And to all of you whom I've come to call my friends on this site, thank YOU. Because of your love and support, the 'bad guys' are unable to take the sky from ME.

I'M HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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"Wash. . .we got some local color happening. A grand entrance would not go amiss."

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Monday, February 16, 2004 7:38 PM

STIZO


Your posts always make me grin, Static.I hope Joss, Tim, and everyone who worked on Firefly see this too. Its good to know that the show has had such a positive impact on so many people in diffrent walks of life. With fans like these, I think Firefly will live on forever.
Welcome back,
Keep flyin

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Conquering the galaxy with terrifying space monkeys, one ship at a time...

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Monday, February 16, 2004 7:46 PM

SUCCATASH


Welcome home, Static. Glad you're back.

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Monday, February 16, 2004 7:53 PM

WULFHAWK


Whether he reads it or not, I promise this post will not get buried for the next 10 days.

Damned glad you're back safe; have some fun, soldier. Talk at ya later.

Take my love
Take my land

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Monday, February 16, 2004 9:36 PM

MANIACNUMBERONE


That is a pretty damn good story... worthy of Fireflyisms. Very glad to have you back too.

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Monday, February 16, 2004 9:39 PM

MAKEROFPATHS


'Luck dude! ;-) And to all your new pals.


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Monday, February 16, 2004 9:43 PM

11THHOUR


Welcome home Static, and thank you for this very affecting story. Both Joss and Tim would find it high praise indeed that their work transcended "entertainment", and found a place in such powerful expression.

11thHour

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"Doing the impossible makes us mighty." - Malcolm Reynolds

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 4:18 AM

DRAKON


Welcome back home. Great story. Could have used a bit of warning, though. My co-workers already think I'm nuts.

Glad you are back, and glad you are back in one piece.

"Wash, where is my damn spaceship?"

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 4:24 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Welcome home Static! Even if it is only for ten days, enjoy every minute of it my friend, you have more than earned it.

Great story. It does choke one up a bit. I remember when I got home from Iraq after Desert Storm and Desert Shield over ten years ago, and how the feeling of homecoming overwhelmed me.

I do hope that Joss and the cast read this story, and many more like it and know just how deeply they have touched all of us.

"May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one."


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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:25 AM

CHANNAIN

i DO aim to misbehave


That was IMMENSELY powerful.

Welcome home Static - now go spend quality time with your family. Go on - git!

We have art so as not to die of truth ~ Neitzsche
http://www.mnartists.org/artistHome.do?rid=7922

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:44 AM

WERESPAZ


Great to hear you home safe Static, even if it's only for a bit.

Over Christmast, I flew out to Michigan and back (I live in Colorado). On the return flight, from Detroit to Denver, I saw a soldier across the isle from me. He still had Sand on his boots, so I could tell that he was just coming back from somewhere. I thought how happy he must be to be either coming home for good, or even on leave. It didn't really hit me until we were getting off the plane and his wife was there waiting for him. He was taller than me (I'm 6'2") and she was about 5'5" and he practically fell into her arms and the both stood their weeping. That's when it hit me that, whatever reason they are fighting for, we still need to do whatever we can to help our troops come home safe and sound and soon. I can't even begin to imagine what it's like to serve overseas, so far from home. Great now I gotta go blow my nose....

-The SpAz

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:47 AM

WERZBOWSKI


Quote:

Mike's friend said, "You know the saying, Mikey. . .when you can't run anymore you crawl. . ." and before he could say anymore, I finished it for him. "And when you can't do that anymore, you find someone to carry you."

Mike and his buddy, and about half the guys who were standing there with us all smiled. We looked up at the flag and Mike said, "They didn't take the sky from us." Turns out they were all Browncoats, and they were home from Iraq for good.



Damn, Static. Bring a tear to my eye why don't ya.

Welcome home. Enjoy your leave. You really are one of the Big Damn Heroes out there.


"Wherever you go, there you are."
- Dr. B. Banzai

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 7:11 AM

NOOCYTE


Well, THERE'S a story to set the spine a-shimmerin' like a ship's mast in a thunderstorm!! Thank you so much for sharing that with us and for...you know...everything else.

Here's hoping you are WAAAY too busy for the next ten days to read this! Have a milk for your stateside compadres...ah hell with the milk! Make it the best whiskey in the house!!

(the hero of Kabul, the man they call...STATIC!!)



Department of Redundancy Department

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 7:26 AM

JAKE7


Very touching story!

Glad you're home! Even if it is for a brief time - enjoy the H*LL out of it!!

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MAL: Everybody's makin' a fuss.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 7:48 AM

KNIBBLET


Soldiers, Sailers, Airmen, Marines, Coasties and Browncoats.

You are our pride. Stay safe. Stay warm.

"Just keep walkin, preacher man."

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 8:04 AM

DFERGATL


Just how can we get this to Joss??? There has to be a way we can make sure he sees this. This one is too touching to let slip.

Sir, I think we have a problem with your brain being missing.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:13 AM

SNEAKER98


Helluva story. Almost brought a tear to my eye and im in the middle of class!

We'll keep bumping this topic :)

"I do the job... and then I get paid. Go run your little world."
-Malcolm Reynolds

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:22 AM

SPOOKYJESUS


Thanks for sharing that - it's really great (made me get all teary and everything).

Keep safe.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:30 AM

CAPTAINTIGHTPANTS


Glad to hear you're home for a bit. And the others too. Take care, enjoy your leave and know that all of you are BIG DAMN HEROES as far as I'm concerned!




You're gonna come with us...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:30 AM

CAPTAINTIGHTPANTS


Glad to hear you're home for a bit. And the others too. Take care, enjoy your leave and know that all of you are BIG DAMN HEROES as far as I'm concerned!




You're gonna come with us...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:48 AM

TEMPEST10


Woah, bit of warning, eh? Sittin' here with tears down my face.
Sure glad you're back safe. Enjoy your leave.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:53 AM

POETIC4U


Welcome back!!! This is such a beautiful story, I'm literally crying at work.

Nadia

"Older men declare war, but it is the youth who must fight and die. And it is the youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow, and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war"
- Herbert Clark Hoover

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 10:00 AM

ASTRIANA


Static: One more reason your harem loves you. You have a way of writing that conveys emotion so swiftly, it boggles the mind a bit. Glad you're home on leave, Sweets! Be even gladder when you're home for good.

Now, as Channain so succinctly put it - Git! Go enjoy your friends and family. Soak it up to take back with you when you go. (You'll have letters waiting!)

~A~

...I'm still free,
You can't take the sky from me.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 10:08 AM

ZAPHODB


Welcome back, Static. Your posts were great!

Industrial Looniee & Madness - http://www3.telus.net/vchrusch

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 10:17 AM

ADEPTUS


Nice one, Static. Browncoats are everywhere!

Welcome home, enjoy your leave, and when you have to get back, kick some terrorist butt for me!

No power in the 'verse can stop me.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 10:33 AM

FORTUNATUS


Welcome home, Static.

_______________
"Yep. That's a cow fetus."

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 12:11 PM

STILLSHINY


words, I use em much myself, but I can't in this case. welcome home.



"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN' SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn." --Joss

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 12:36 PM

BLUESUNCORPORATEGOON


Welcome back,Static.

always enjoy your posts,not looking to stop that trend.come home for good soon.enjoy your 10 days,even Big Damn Hero's need some time off.
Cheers(raising my bottle of Killian's)- BSCG

I'll be in my bunk.-Jayne

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 1:36 PM

MOONSTARRR


Welcome back. I've been sharing some of your posts with my co-workers and we're all glad you're back safe. We sincerely want to thank you for your service to our country. Keep flyin'!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 1:51 PM

LEAFY


Afghanistan seems so far away until I read your posts. My relatives are all either way too old or way too young to be in the military, but I gotta say, You go, guys!! You rock!!

Welcome home if even for a short time. And hang on to that sky ...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 1:59 PM

MYCROFT2


Welcome home Static!





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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 2:48 PM

WULFHAWK


Ready...
Salute!

Take my love
Take my land

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 3:01 PM

TEELABROWN


Welcome back Static! Glad to have you back!

Isn't somebody's sig: "Yes there are Fireflyfans all over the world. Even in little switzerland."?

Teela Brown, who is working on her own harem, and joined the ones that people offered, welcomes you back to the harem. We missed you!

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"Freedom is the Freedom to say that 2+2 makes 4. If that is granted, all else follws"-Winston, 1984
Teela Brown, keeper of bad typing.
"No one reads these things any way."- Bart on Blackboard

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 4:10 PM

TMURRIE


I find that pretty funny, browncoats right there beside ya. Have fun at home.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 4:23 PM

FIREFLYWILDCARD1


Awesome and touching story, Static! So glad you wound up amongst fellow Browncoats on your layover! Welcome home! Enjoy your 10 days. Come home safe for good soon, Static! And pass those wishes on to all your fellow soldiers.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 4:52 PM

VETERAN

Don't squat with your spurs on.


Static, I think we all read you loud 'n clear. Bless you. And keep flying.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 7:35 PM

WULFHAWK


and. . .
Salute

Take my love
Take my land

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 8:07 PM

MAL'SGAL


Beautiful story Static.

Welcome home!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004 2:50 AM

SHERECE


Welcome home Static, and thank you for sharing that story and for helping defend this land.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004 3:59 AM

COMMANDERCHRISTOF


its always nice when you get a warning before a beatuiful story like that :) i;m siutting here tears storling down my face thinking to myself that i don';t think enough about our nations fighting men, tis a hard life but someones got to do it and i want to say that any man/woman who fights for his country is welcome at my house/store/heart i'll be thinking bout you all :)
now that that sentimental stuff is over with lets party :)

~once you've been to serenity you never really leave~

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004 5:35 AM

PINGWRAITH


Back to the top with you.. ;)

Welcome home brother, enjoy your time.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004 7:50 AM

ASTRIANA


Bumpin' and sending more kisses from Static's Harem!

StaticHarem Girls

~A~

...I'm still free,
You can't take the sky from me.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004 8:17 AM

KNIBBLET


How do I join the harem?

I'm in the Methos Harem, how do I get into Static's harem? :)

"Just keep walkin, preacher man."

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004 8:30 AM

GORRAMREAVERS


Very nice story Static. Brought a tear to my eye and I am at work, huddled in my cube. Even better that your home safe. Must be like being on Serenity.


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Wednesday, February 18, 2004 8:33 AM

CIARA


As has been said, Static...I hope you're way too busy at home to read this :0 BUT, for when you get back out--here's some love and gratitude for ya.

*HUGS*

don't let the snow getcha ;) and for those interested in Static's Harem--oh behalf of Channain, Astriana, all the others and myself--I hereby minionize thee in the name of all things Static :)

Have a good leave, Hero



Just a humble supplicant in service to all things Joss

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004 8:36 AM

ASTRIANA


Just gotta love Static, and send him love letters while he's in Afghanistan - so his fellas think he's got a harem on the line back home...

On another cool note, this thread has been posted over on the OB (Official Board), increasing the likelihood that Joss et al will get to see it:

http://forums.prospero.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=foxfirefly&msg=1326
5.1


~A~

...I'm still free,
You can't take the sky from me.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004 10:38 AM

ASTRIANA


Bumpity Bump!

~A~

...I'm still free,
You can't take the sky from me.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004 12:59 PM

WULFHAWK


Present...
ARMS!


Take my love
Take my land

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004 2:57 PM

AURANI


Back to the top again.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004 3:03 PM

TEELABROWN


Quote:

Originally posted by Knibblet:
How do I join the harem?

I'm in the Methos Harem, how do I get into Static's harem? :)

"Just keep walkin, preacher man."



You just say you're in it. And send a kiss his way.

_____________
"Freedom is the Freedom to say that 2+2 makes 4. If that is granted, all else follws"-Winston, 1984
Teela Brown, keeper of bad typing.
"No one reads these things any way."- Bart on Blackboard

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