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you'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel by OffizierHashem you'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel by OffizierHashem
now imagine me making that shouting sound effect used when they show middle-easterners on the Simpsons :laughing: (if you don't know it [link] )

but seriously, I wear this while sleeping in Sinai because we don't use central heating in Egypt & my work station is on top of a windy hill between 2 mountains (& my bed is under an impassible-to-seal window).

a quick word to my friends:

I have been very busy the past couple of weeks to reply notes or favor/download your work, my sincere apologies.

during that time I've met with reserve officers academy staff (the "committee inspection" as we call it here) formed of 4 top ranking Generals. in this inspection a nominated 1st Lieutenant like me should state his name, degree & the phrase "I do accept" (= I accept my nomination) or be silent if he doesn't want to serve for 3 years as a reserve 1st Lieutenant & wants to serve for a single year as a private. it doesn't matter if you remain silent or not, the committee has the final word on the nomination according to the needs of the army but it's a final review to see who has real tendency to serve in the army.

that is not the best part, the best part is after 50 guys being reviewed (we stand in lines of 20 guys per line), saying their names, degrees & if they want to join or not, and after 10-15 guys saying "I do want" my turn came up. I shouted my name, degree & "I do want Sir!". my eyes were fixed up & center then I took a glimpse of the highest ranking general sitting in front of me, he says "Good Hashem, you'll be accepted", I'm the only guy he replied or mentioned by name!

it made me so happy.

on other news, I've submitted my papers in the military academy to join as a"regular" officer, I'll get my examination schedule on the 23rd.

I've hitchhiked to my job station in Sinai last week (missed the only bus going there in the morning). took me 19 hours to get there in a 0-3C desert night jumping from one pickup to another wearing very light clothes, even a bus I took along the journey for 6 hours was drafty like it has no roof at all... coldest night of my life!

I wonder how those WW2 soldiers managed to lift a single finger to fight in European snow while I couldn't stand a single night shivering at not-so-low temperature. R.I.P. all of them (Allies or Axis).

but I did enjoy this night, listened to the audio book of "Rita Hayworth & the Shawshank Redemption", the coldness added to the drama of the story which I'm a big fan of.

I'll try to reply your notes soon.
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someone1fy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
But even so that European snow makes freezing people, but you people can adapt in the hot desert and I cannot imagine that I am living in the desert!
PeanutbutterJelle Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel.
I love that Simpsons' quote! :lmao:
OffizierHashem Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
on the day of my "full" medical examination I'll be thinking of what of Grampa Simpson once said A doctor?!? I already got enough doctors touching me and poking me and squeezing me up here and jiggling me down there… And that's just the receptionist!
PeanutbutterJelle Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
LOL :D This one is new to me.
One of my fav Grandpa quotes is when Lisa calls him up and asks him "How are you, grandpa?" and he's like "Ohhh well you're really asking 3 questions there, honey, the first one takes me back to..." etc etc

And I always answer with that too when someone asks me some philosophical question for e.g.
PlagueJester Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
First of all, hysterical link! ULULULULULULU!

Second; terrifying pic. Having communicated with you, instead of my normal "savage with bomb strapped to chest" thought, I'm actually picturing a terrifying warrior. So thumbs up for achieving that!

Most importantly: AWESOME NEWS ABOUT THE GENERAL! Dude, that is so awesome. I'm pretty stoked for you. Seriously, that's very cool.

Speaking of cool, that trek across the cold desert was important. The challenge might have been small (let's face it, there are harder ones) but it was a challenge. And you made it. Very awesome, dude.

IanYannic Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Very nice photo Hashem :)
Hehe, that sound is always funny

And congratulations plus good luck then there with your examination ^^

Oh the most soldiers had a few tricks to keep their fingers warm or at least not so ice-cold ^^
kfirpanther3 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I Congratulate you and wish you the best in the examinations! Hail to you as always!
vaipaBG Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lookin' good, mate !
JPViktorJokinen Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like that awesome stare of yours.
Imuildaeren Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
You look pretty cool here.
crowhitewolf Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations man! Good luck at the examination!
DasBlondeBiest Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
A great photo and I love your sense of humor! You are truly one of the most memorable people in our community here on DA. You've given me great advice and have been a good Internet role model. I'm glad to hear that everything is going so well for you and I enjoy your updates; keep up the good work!
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