Cu-Chi, Tuesday, July 1, 9:30 pm:
Oh, how I long to be in your arms this very moment! I'm physically and mentally bushed and no help is on the way. I only hope I can hold together for 65 more days.
I just got back from the shower. We're using the new showers now. The ones with the chain you pull for water. Have you ever tried showering with one arm in the air all the time? It's rough! And besides that, the water is freezing cold and tastes awful. If I didn't hate sleeping with hair on my body so much, I'd skip the shower.
My pinochle partner “Zip” (Foster Zebuth) and I just won a game against "the Champs", so we're very happy. I even skipped Star Trek to come and write you this letter because I've been neglecting you the past few days while Dave was here. I thought I'd write a long one tonight for a change if I can think of anything to write.
My neck and eyes are really bothering me now. That bending my head down all day and close focusing of my eyes is really starting to tell on me.
I didn't want anymore darvon after yesterday but I sure should have had a good neck rub. I slept very good last night and felt real good this morning. It was fairly busy today so the day went fast. A couple more days like today and I'll have enough for my tape recorder - one that works
I'm truly sorry about the tape getting screwed up on you. I really look forward to your tapes even when they're screwed up. I sure would have liked to hear you and Jonette chattering.
I just fixed my little radio to the big battery again. My little portable will run for years off the big lantern battery I have. It's easier than changing batteries every week.
It's been raining real good here finally. I would say that the Monsoons have started. And Lan is having a tough time getting my clothes dry because it keeps raining on them just before they're dry.
Well, dear, I tried but I ran out of gossip for you. I sure do miss you. I could really dig a back rub right now.
Cu-Chi, Wednesday, July 2, l0:l5 pm:
How the hell are ya? I thought that would be good for a change instead of the usual I love you's.
I'm proud of myself. I'm still a man of principle. I turned down a $1.00 tip today because I didn't like the haircut I gave the guy. At least money still doesn't run my life, although it influences it quite a bit.
My hootch maid got a raise to $34 a month plus she's doing laundry for two guys next door which gives her another $30 or so. She still does all my stuff #1 so I don't mind her working for a little extra. She's really nice dear, even you'd like her after you get over being jealous. The one thing that I can't get enthused about her is that she's not built like you. Her legs are short and plump, while yours are long and slender. She's flat chested, while you’re ……….! And besides that, she doesn’t give as good of backrubs as you. I guess I’ll just stick with you for a while. At least until eternity is over with.
I'm sorry to hear about Maria's teeth. Dennis should have checked her mouth before he bought her, any good horse trader knows that! I'm sure glad you have a nice mouth. Why, it even tastes good.
I tried to call on MARS tonight but they're running a mobile unit out to the troops in the field so I'm glad that the line troops are getting a chance to call home. I'll keep trying and one of these days I'll whip it on you.
I gave up on my diet tonight. I was just getting too hungry and weak and not losing any weight to speak of. So if I start to gain I'll quit again.
Don't forget your suntan! I'll expect a golden brown wife when I get home and no reneging. Get your lazy butt outside and get some sun in your new bikini.
I love you so much I can't stand it. Take extra care now that I'm short. Two months from Friday I leave here.
Cu-Chi, Thursday, July 3, ll:00 pm:
Just lost a close card game but went down fighting. We'll have to take up cards or something once in a while. Strip Poker?!
I was real busy today and at lunch I had Lan use the vibrator on my back and legs and then I fell asleep and almost didn't open on time. My legs are in bad shape tonight but I'll survive just so I can come home to you.
I had a chance to go on a Psy-ops mission this evening but I had to work late tonight, so I couldn't go. Psy-ops is Psychological Warfare Operations and what they do is fly in a chopper over the jungles broadcasting surrender messages to those hiding on the ground. They fly at night so Charlie can't see them as good to shoot them.
I got a letter from Cherilyn today and she sounds depressed as I would expect. I imagine Jim is even more so where he's at because Ft. Polk is really a bad place -swampy and hot. The weather here cleared up after 2-3 days of rain and tonight is one of those warm summer nights when it's nice to just sit outside and listen to the crickets chirp. I'd stay up to enjoy it but it's so late and I still have to work tomorrow.
Oh yes, I just remembered that l00p is $1.00 so 1p is worth about one cent. So in figuring that 430p I earned, just put in a decimal point and there it is. $4.30
For the month of June I earned:
Tips = $292.65 + 200p
Salary = ? I didn't go get paid but it's the same as last month. Tips were low this month because everyone was broke for some reason.
I hope you have enough money to get you by. Don't worry about saving too much except the house payment for Sept. I should be back to work by then.
The reason I didn't get paid is because they started playing games again and for $4.00 I wasn't! So I'll just get $4.00 more next month.
p.s. Two months to go tomorrow (July 4th).
Cu-Chi, Saturday, July 5, l0:30 pm:
Another week gone past, thank goodness. I just got back from the flick "More than a Miracle" with Omar Shariff and that fantastically beautiful, Sophia Loren. She sure is good on tired eyes. Of course the only reason she's so nice is that she reminds me of you.
It sprinkled on us during the last 45 minutes of the movie. The first rain in three days. It was pretty hot here today but Barbara Feldon was being interviewed on the radio so the time went fast.
They're playing oldies on the radio and that really brings on the nostalgia.Well, I'm out of things to say so I'll make this one short but sweet because I miss you.
I hope you don't have too much trouble with your back until I get there to fix it. Stay sweet because I love you.
p.s. I just got out my pictures to send you a couple and the water got to them and ruined about 20 of them.
Cu-Chi, Sunday, July 6, 7:30 pm:
Hello, from the rain capitol of the south. It rained so hard today for about an hour that the place looked like a lake with huts in the middle. My bed got all wet before I dared go check. Even when I did dash to my room, which is only ten feet away, I got soaked.
But my partner and I won another close card game (double deck pinochle). Then I started to write this and got caught in another game which we also won. We finally quit at l0 o'clock. I guess I should have quit and gone to bed early but playing cards takes my mind off this lousy place for at least a little while.
I sent you a china catalog today so you can pick out the one you want. I have another copy here so just tell me the name of the one you want to go with our brassware. Personally, I like the "Bancroft" or in the ivory, the "Virginia", but you run the household and I'll earn the money so you choose and I'll love it. I also sent away for a silverware catalog, the prices of which are in the upper right of the price list I sent you. So you can see they're inexpensive.
It really rained today. I mean HARD! The wind was blowing it down and there was lots of it all at once. We needed it though. It was starting to get dusty again.
Col. Straughm just brought me my "Bronco Buster" plaque for my scrapbook. It's really nice too!
I went to church today but slept most of it. I was really tired after eating lunch. I guess I'm behind on my sleep this month. I went over to the PX after church to turn in a roll of film and the guy wouldn't let me enter in civilian clothes, so I'll have to go tomorrow.
Only 60 more days sweetheart. I don't think I'll know how to act when I get home. I guess I'll leave it up to you.
I just about have enough for my tape recorder but they don't have any in the PX yet.
Goodnight my precious. Don't ever forget that I love you every way.