Cu-Chi, Wednesday, June 25, l0:30 pm:
Oh, the suffering I do for you. I just finished my exercises and they get harder every night it seems. If I didn't like the thought of being sexy to my lover I wouldn't bother because I'm always dead tired by bedtime. But for you I suffer because I love you.
At lunch, after a very slow morning, I felt what I thought was a piece of bone or wood stuck between my teeth and when I couldn't get it out I looked in the mirror and half my tooth had just cracked and fallen out. It's the same one that has been giving me all the trouble, so when I get home I'll have to get it capped. It's a little shorter than the other, but the dentist smoothed off the rough edges for me this afternoon.
Tonight I silk screened some more t-shirts and then went home teaching for a while, until Mission Impossible came on. The one on tonight was about a micro-circuit, crazy dope-heads, padded cells, etc.
I get some more pictures back Friday or Saturday so I'll send you one as soon as I get them. Meanwhile I still have plenty Vietnam countryside to keep you busy with.
I have $l25 saved so far towards my tape recorder, but I won't have enough by payday to get it, I don't think. Maybe next month.
I sure get head-neck aches to go with your backaches so I guess we're good medicine for each other. I'll hurry home.
If you can talk the people out of our house by Aug 31, you could get Hugo to move the stuff and we could move there when I get home instead of staying at your parents. How's that sound?
I love you dear. I've said that so much it seems like a cliché or whatever. Stay tight and don't forget your pills and prayers.
p.s. Still no tape, but I got two letters dated March 12.
Cu-Chi, Friday, June 27, 9:30 pm:
The flick got out early for a change so I just might get enough sleep again tonight.
A treat for you tonight. I got the pictures back of my big airplane ride already so I'll send you one or two at a time.
Business was slow today and I only got your letter so (not to sound ungrateful) it was just a normal everyday type day around here. The only thing exciting to happen is that I went and got two more uniforms to send home for wearing around the house when I work.
Someone just threw a smoke grenade by my hootch and I didn't even know it until one of the guys opened my door and stuck his head in with his gas mask on, then I noticed my room full of smoke. Lucky it was only smoke this time because if it had been CS gas (tear gas), I would have gotten the full dose. One of the guys from chemical was just telling me how fast you can get killed with nerve gas (5 seconds) and how useless our gas masks are against it. Oh well! 69 days and I won't even have a mask.
Those pictures you're taking are really good. Wait till I send you some lenses (telephoto) so you can take portrait shots.
I'm glad Larry and Barbara like their china. I can't even remember which one it was now. Did I tell you that a similar Bronzeware set with only 82 pieces sells for $l44.50 here. I guess we got a good deal after all. Save me some love, I'll be home soon.
Cu-Chi, Saturday, June 28, ll:00 pm:
Another Saturday gone by. I just returned from losing a pinochle game but it was fun. We sat around a footlocker on cushions playing for about two hours.
I got some more pictures back today from the "sniff mission" I went on. I now have so many pictures to send you I don't know what to do. I guess I'll have to send 2-3 at a time like you do so you'll get more excitement out of waiting.
The monsoons almost got here today. It rained off and on all day today, so much so that my clothes never dried enough to iron and besides, today Wild, Wild West was on in the afternoon and Lan is in love with that #1 cowboy James West. I just couldn't make her miss that program or she would hate me forever. Hai and Lan begged me to give them a picture of Nikki to go with the one of Jonette they already carry in their wallets You send such cute pictures of our kids even the hootch girls love them. As far as me choosing one of Nikki - I just couldn't because I think they're all super fantastic and you as the photographer get 50% of the credit. The rest goes to my good-looking daughters.
I found out who threw that CS grenade at my hootch the other night. It was Russ Blanchard, the one Steve knows (whether he admits it or not).
If it gets much slower at the shop I'm going to close up and take a 3-day pass. Everyone is out of money so they don't come in for fear of getting the wrath of the barber on their heads. I have $150 saved up for my tape recorder but I need $238 so I'm still a little short this month. Speaking of short. I hope your money is lasting the whole month now. You only get this one and two more before I get home, but that's $1500 in 3 months and even you should have trouble spending that much.
I love you very truly dear so take care of yourself and watch for Trojans bearing gifts or something. I'll be home soon (I hope) and we'll take up where we left off, only better.
Cu-Chi, Sunday, June 29, ll:00 pm:
Just a note to tell you I still love you. Dave Anderson came down tonight and he and I were playing cards against the guys next door to a draw and quit before the last hand because it was so late. It's even later now so I'll just enclose a couple of pictures of me to make up for not writing more.
Cu-Chi, Monday, June 30, 8:00 pm:
I'm writing early tonight because I'm going to bed early. I'm really dead tonight for some reason, mainly lack of sleep. I didn't get to sleep till midnight last night because Dave and I sat up BSing. Today was payday and business picked up a little. I had a real bad headache so I took three Darvon. They didn't seem to work so I took another and everything was groovy till about 4:30 pm when my vision started getting blurry and I felt weird all over, in fact I almost didn't finish the last haircut because I couldn't see very good. I sat down for a while and when I got up to go next door I staggered just like I was drunk. Wow! I'm still a little dizzy but I don't have a headache. This is the first time Darvon did anything for me and it sure socked it to me. It was like drinking a 6-pack of Coors or something. I'll be more careful next time. It's just a good thing it was closing time or I would have really been in big trouble.
Right now we're sitting here watching the Grammy awards on TV and eating that smoked Salmon you sent me. The guys say thanks to you. Ron Watson (the Chicago Cop) of 9th Chem. bought a new Mamiya like yours, so I was showing him how to work it so he can take pictures as good as yours. He also bought a new Akai tape recorder so we've been listening to the tapes you sent me. Dave Anderson didn't get back to Tay Ninh so he's staying over again tonight. It's nice to have him here where he can sleep without worrying that Charlie is going to sneak up and wipe him out. I have a real deep sense of compassion for him because he's out in the boonies and living in the mud. I try and make it as pleasant on him as I can while he's here because he's not here very often or long.
Otherwise dear, I love and miss you terribly and can't wait to come home to you and your special backrubs.
I'm really looking forward to your tape now that you've started it.
p.s. Lan's boyfriend (an ARVN Captain) is jealous of me. I guess I still have the old zing!