Sunday, June 11, 2006

Goodbye Dawn

My friend PCS-ed last weekend so we had a big PCS party for her. Reggae was the theme and we had surf movies, jerk chicken, reggae music, rum punch and a bonfire. It was a fun party.

PCS is military speak for Permanent Change of Station or... Moved away. I like it b/c you can simply say "oh, they PCS-ed" you don't have to be specific about where they moved to etc. It is just they moved away from here. When I lived in the states I found it hard NOT to say PCS - most civilians have no idea what it means so I didn't use it... but i find it to be so "universal". I guess in the same way Y'all is.

Kwajalein is very transient. We are all on contracts, most of us signed 2 year contracts with this new company (when I was here with Raytheon was 1 year contracts). So, if you like Kwaj you stay - if you don't you leave after 1 or 2 years. We all get used to people leaving. It can be hard though... friendships here are deep and intense. You become friends quickly because you spend so much time together and most of us don't have family around- your friends become your family. I've noticed that Kwaj friends you always end up seeing them again. Kwaj people are like that... they visit each other, plan vacations togheter, their doors are always open to other kwaj people who are coming through town etc. It is a unique bond the Kwaj-bond. I'm going to miss my friend Dawn, but I know I will see her again soon.


Amy said...

Glad to see you're blogging again. The party looks like it was fun...and melancholy.

Amanda said...

well, melancholy at times... there was a dance floor and big screen playing videos on the other side. There was much silly dancing!

Christina said...

Wow what a cool party. We are in the military so I am very familiar with PCS. I am in Hawaii, but I am sure not exactly island life. We have 5 Walmarts so that qualifies as modern I'm sure. It must be awesome to enjoy real island life. I am dying to try it. I want my hsband to at least try to get us to Guam.

Donovan said...

Wow, Your still out there on that rock. Kwaj is truely a life style that can't find any where else! I miss it and every one I still knkow out there. You still look the same.
Donovan. (GSK)

Amanda said...

HI Donovan!
Well, I'm out here again, I went back to the states for 5 years :) but you know how it is nothing changes... people still ask me if I was on vacation ;)