They Said It Better Than I Ever Could...

These words that I write, they keep me from total insanity. -Charles Bukowski

Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived, or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed? -Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Sep 21, 2009

Embrace The Suck As A Philosophy Of Life...

I know the title sounds almost laughable.

But think about it.

Here's how I think any soldier, sailor, airman, or marine would define "embrace the suck" if you asked him or her.

Embrace The Suck: A sometimes polite, possibly even forceful reminder from one troop to another that this life of theirs sucks and you only have two choices. Embrace it, or roll over and die.

I was fortunate enough to find a definition in the Urban dictionary that fits also...

Often used by NCO's in the military. The term would be used when an individual or a group must complete a task that is pointless, tiring, and/or lame.

NCO: Hey gather up, we need to mow the grass before we are released today.
Soldier: That's bullshit, we had all day to do that.
NCO: Well then just embrace the suck and get it done.

So since the article hit the paper, I've been having entirely too much fun. I have pretty much been drunk for 2 and a half weeks now. Minus a few 14-16 hour snoozes, I have been intoxicated for the duration. So that's about the only update I can really give you because I don't remember between 80 and 90 percent of the past few weeks. And what I do, I am unsure as to whether or not my recollections are accurate or not.

Moving on from that, what the hell am I talking about here?

Embrace the suck as a philosophy of life!

I can't tell you how many times (mostly from drunkenness) that I've been presented with a situation and thought of embracing the suck of it all.

Some examples,

I'm running out of cash...Embrace the suck!
Gotta go back to work tomorrow...Embrace the suck!
Gotta buy an overpriced POS car...Embrace the suck!
Heard a car backfire and dove for cover...Embrace the suck!
Had to deal with some jackass drunk at the bar...Embrace the suck!
Women are a pain in the ass...Embrace the suck!
Everyone wants to see you all at once...Embrace the suck!
Even though all I want is to be alone...Embrace the suck!
And they get pissed if you don't do what they want...Embrace the suck!
Sox are losing every other game...Embrace the suck!
Packers beat the Bears...Embrace the suck!
Gotta get out of the mom's house...Embrace the suck!
Cigarettes cost a shit ton here...Embrace the suck!
Some guy just asked me if I had killed anyone over there...Embrace the suck!

I could go on and on.

But for all of our sanity's sake I will not.

Afghanistan is still as crystal clear in my mind as the keyboard in front me. I see it in all its suckiness. And I see the world through that lens now. Whether I like it or not. And let me tell you I don't like it one bit.

Funny part is, none of the previously listed things even came close to bothering me. It used to be that when my checking account was getting a little low I would go into a fit of anxiety. If the Bears lost to the Packers, my whole week was shot. When I couldn't accommodate people I would feel horrible.

I guess I may have learned to embrace the suck. Wait, there is no guessing. I did learn to embrace the suck.

So I've been forming that one little phrase into the baseline for my entire outlook on the world. At first I didn't really think it could be that profound. But the more that I think about it the more it works.

I'll steal one from Dennis Miller here, but its true. "Life is just one protracted episode of getting kicked in the nuts with one thing or another."

That being said, life in all its glory and all its suck needs to be embraced. Better open them arms and get ready to give it a hug!

So where am I going with this...who knows, who cares? I don't. I just love writing and am going to keep right on doing it whether anyone reads it or not. What am I going to write about? The world through a pair of suck colored spectacles!!!

Stay tuned, lets see how it looks...


I love you Mom...


  1. Looking forward to more Embrass the Suck! Missed your writing, but glad your home and having a some fun!

  2. Thanks for the update. We all embrace the suck to one extent or the other. I'm a nurse - patient poops him or herself from head to toe - my job? Clean it up - embrace the suck. Orders from the CEO - ABSOLUTELY NO OVERTIME FOR ANY EMPLOYEE!!! WTF? Loose $2,000 a month like that. Embrace the suck. My life in a nutshell. Glad you are home and safe. Please do keep writing - we are out here reading and every new post is a cheer up. Have fun and carry on. Love lorraine

  3. Yes! Please keep writing! You are right. Reminds me when I was about to give birth to firstborn, and my husband reminded me that I was gonna have this baby---and I could whine and complain or not, it was gonna happen. And now, that firstborn has a baby of his own who can scream at the top of her little lungs and break glass! It is a hoot. Everything is sorta a mixed blessing---fun parts, and the poopy parts. And now I look at life through the eyes of an overprotective mom.

    I am so glad you are enjoying being home. Please keep writing. I enjoy your adventures and observations! And I love how you end your posts with, "I love you, mom!" That is great. Please thank your mom for sharing you with us. Our middle son's Afghanistan deployment has been pushed from Dec. 1 to mid January, so I appreciate all you say about Afghanistan and how to be a better supportive mom when he goes. And this president is full of mixed messages about what is going on over there. I can't wait until you start talking about that, too. We don't want to leave Afghanistan as a terrorist haven, and how do we stop the males of Afghanistan to stop throwing acid in the faces of their women???

  4. I'm gald you are sober enough to write again. I truly hope you save the original stuff, too. That was some good shit.

  5. With the news coming out of Afghanistan these days, I'm so glad you guys are home!

    As I hear of the continued loss of life over there I think of a conversation I had the other day about Obama . . . .

    who I am not ashamed to say I voted for, but I am wondering if I made the right choice and we laughed about his "Yes We Can" statement, right now we're thinking Yes we can WHAT! We're hoping he doesn't make us regret our vote. Just thought I would share that thought. Again, so glad you guys are home and Embracing the Suck here instead of over there.

    Mom Kasper

  6. Hi Mud Puppy,just opened your blog read it it's really true I've learned to Embrace the suck it is what it is. Glad you came home safe God Bless you,Embrace the suck with pride.
    Blessings to you and your Family

  7. Hi Mud Puppy,just opened your blog read it it's really true I've learned to Embrace the suck it is what it is. Glad you came home safe God Bless you,Embrace the suck with pride.
    Blessings to you and your Family

  8. Love it! Keep on writing.