written by William Broyles Jr., from the book by Anthony Swofford
Swofford: Suggestive techniques for the Marine to use in the avoidance of boredom and loneliness. Masturbation. Re-reading of letters from unfaithful wives and girlfriends. Cleaning your rifle. Further masturbation. Rewiring Walkman. Arguing about religion and meaning of life. Discussing in detail, every women the Marine has ever fucked. Debating differences, such as Cuban versus Mexican, Harleys versus Hondas, left versus right-handed masturbation. Further cleaning of rifle. Studying the mail-order bride catalogue. Further masturbation. Planning a Marine's first meal on return home. Imagining what a Marine's girlfriend and her man Jody are doing in the alley or in a hotel bed.
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