Don’t get me wrong, I don’t necessarily support needless hazing boots, but it makes for a funny comic strip. I was lucky enough to get some really great Marines as boots when I came back from my first deployment to Iraq, they were actually a little older, more mature, and generally didn’t do stupid shit. We were all actually pretty chill, because I treated them with some mutual respect, rather than hazing the hell out of them for no reason.
Anyway, it’s Christmas time and I don’t really have too much to say. Pay no mind to that whole “continuity” thing between strips, because there really is none. Abe was on leave in the last strip I did, but since there’s no ongoing storyline (unless otherwise noted), it really doesn’t apply here. With that said, it’s also important to keep in mind that The White Donkey effectively takes place in an entirely separate universe, so don’t think anything from the regular strip will apply to the graphic novel.
If you’re at home for Christmas this year, enjoy yourself! Savor the company of your friends and family for those that cannot. If you’re deployed this Christmas, savor the company of your fellow Marines. You’re all each other have. Being on deployment during the holidays sucks, I’ve done it, but with good company it could always be a lot worse.
Merry Christmas from Terminal Lance!