In the ongoing struggle between east and west coast Marines, it usually comes down to two things:
- Mountains on the west coast.
- Sand fleas on the east coast.
Keep in mind that Marines, especially infantry, take great pride in knowing they had it so much worse than you. Their misery is a point of accomplishment, akin to the medals and ribbons on their chest. As a west coast Marine, I never really bought into the horror of the sand fleas, least not in comparison to the “Alpha Shelf” or “Reaper” hikes that we had to endure at Camp Pendleton.
If anything, the east coast Marine Corps just sounds miserable because it’s a miserable fucking place. Everything I’ve ever heard about Camp Lejeune and the surrounding areas has made me nowhere near interested in taking a visit. The horrors of the sand fleas, the sights and smells of Jacksonville, it doesn’t seem like the kind of place I’d want to be.
So I’ll give you guys that.
The east coast sucks, as a general thing.
In other news, my book “The White Donkey” will be available for purchase on Amazon starting February 1st! We’ve sent out around 1000 books to Kickstarter backers over the last week, it’s been a madhouse here. Trying to send them all out to you guys before the 1st, but bear with me. Speaking of backers, today’s strip features Austin Coulter, a Kickstarter backer that purchased himself a spot in a Terminal Lance comic strip! (I know, it was a long time ago and I’m still finishing this stuff, I’m a piece of shit)
The book will be available here on Monday.