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Cheetos People

An Air Force mom's view on the preisdential campaign.

When my son Andrew went to Iraq, I didn't hear from him for about four weeks. It was at that point he sent an email and said "Mom, if you want to send something to me, please do We have nothing,  and l mean nothing" After a couple of emails back and forth to determine his needs,  he told me that they had a tiny area with a few shelves that would get stocked when the truck came in. Or plane. I am not entirely clear on how they received their supplies. He said that when the supplies came in, they were gone as soon as they were on the shelves.  These were things like toiletries, etc.   If you were working,  you just missed out.  My son never asks me for anything. I got in my car and I went to the Fairlawn WalMart and filled my cart with everything I could think of. Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, Crystal Light, beef jerky, razors, socks, and so on. It was very emotional to know that your child needed things and you couldn't get them there fast enough.  When I got to the check out, there was a woman in front of me, arguing that the bag of Cheetos she had were NOT $0.69. They were two for a dollar. The clerk was very polite and explained that the Cheetos on sale were a different size bag. The woman argued to the point that the clerk locked her register to go and check the price herself.  When the clerk left the register, the woman turned around and looked at me. She crossed her arms and disgustedly said, "Do you believe this?" I looked at her and I said, "Lady, you should be in Iraq".  She turned back around. To this day when I hear squabbling and arguments that are going no where and are helping no one, I call these people Cheetos people.  To read some of the comments about Mr Obama and Mr Romney, I am just amazed that there is so much energy being expended in arguing. Is Mr Romney rich?  Yes. Is Mr Obama rich?  Yes. There is no one in the country that is able to run for President unless they ARE rich.  So Mr Romney paid 14.1% income taxes last year. I don't know how much money he makes, but let's just say that it's five million dollars. 14% is $700,000. If I were "rich" I would be pissed off that I had to give $700,000 to the government. After all, he doesn't eat more, take up more space or wear more clothing than anyone else.   There are people in the United States that pay more and people that pay nothing. I don't believe that Mr Romney draws a salary. His income is from capital gains, and the tax rate for that is what he pays. He would be stupid to pay more. If you don't like the capital gains tax rate, then write your congressman and ask to get the law changed.  Regardless of what either man makes, there is nothing to be served by arguing about it. Personally, I am not an Obama fan. I am not really a Romney fan either. I don't feel that either of these men are going to save us. There is no viable third choice. If I had to vote today, i would vote for Mr Romney because I have been unimpressed with Mr Obama's lack of leadership, (he has been campaigning from the first day on the job),  his choice of "czars" were less than stellar, his foreign policy skills are non-existent, and I am not better off, or even with where I was four years ago.   Mr Romney doesn't have anymore  foreign policy skills than Mr Obama did when he was elected  He may have had more foreign social skills, but I don't know more than that.   It seems odd to me that the Leader of the Free World is a learn on the job type of position.   But they are both rich and clearly that's what it takes to be President. The perfect person for the job is out there somewhere, but doesn't have the financial backing to go through the idiocy of campaigning.  Whoever "wins" will win, and we will somehow survive. And half of the people will be glad and half of the people will be sad. Arguing over it is Cheetos mentality. Do something about what you don't like. I am certain that both campaigns are accepting volunteers. Go work for your side and quit squabbling.  By the way, Crystal Light is as good as cash in the desert. And if you want to send a snack for the tent mates to share, send old fashioned candy from Cracker Barrel.  Andy told me that was the treat that generated the most conversation. He said it reminded them of home and when they were little kids.  Just forget the Cheetos.

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Megan Rozsa September 25, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Your dogs are adorable! I've always wanted a Chow!
Laurel Myers Hurst September 25, 2012 at 03:36 PM
HyUP! Thanks Jennette. Love from a Wingmom with an AB in WOT5 (and this week is his birthday).
Jennette Cox September 25, 2012 at 04:08 PM
To Laurel Myers Hurst: Right back atcha! Thanks for letting me know. There aren't as many military people in our general area... not like around an area with an active base. Nice to hear from you!. Jeni
soldiermom11 September 25, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Way to go Jenette! My son Army (tank commander) served 3 tours in Iraq. When he first got there there was nothing. Everything was taken by the previous occupants, the British. No showers, slept under the tank, not much of anything. I have a picture of him sitting on top of his tank with a pop tart and a match. That was his birthday cake. I sent more packages that year than I care to remember. I also sent them a 7 foot Christmas tree with decorations. He was just a private then and his sergeant kept asking him where's the Christmas tree? They all enjoy things from home and I appreciate all your efforts to bring a little bit of America to Iraq.
Jennette Cox September 25, 2012 at 09:40 PM
To Soldiermom11: When Andy got to Iraq and actually sent me an email... and actually ASKED for something... I thought, "Oh geez...this is bad". My nerve endings were already sticking out through my skin, and after I packed up 8 boxes of stuff... I carried them to the Fairlawn Post Office and stood in line. People offered to help me hold the boxes. It was nice. When I finally stepped up to the counter, the clerk saidk, "You need customs sheets with these." I looked at the clerk and said, "Grllpppp" and started to cry at the counter. I was so overwhelmed that I couldn't talk. (Hard to imagine, huh?) He called me about two weeks later on a crackly phone and said... "Thanks, Mom for the EIGHT BOXES THAT CAME ALL AT ONCE" that he had to carry back to the tent. He laughed and laughed at me for that. The Cracker Barrell candy was a Halloween treat. I didn't think of sending a tree! That was a good job, mom! No showers, they washed with bottles of water... I sent him a battery operated fan with a spray mist. I don't think he was ever more demonstrative in his thanks than that time in his life. At one point, he DID say... OK mom... you can stop sending Gold Bond Powder... I've shared with everybody and we don't need any more! I'm with you, I have no idea how many packages I sent. I kept a box in my office and the staff would drop in an item or two... a book for the general area, small items, candy, etc. How nice to hear from you! Jeni

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