I’m In a Bad Moo-d

I’m In a Bad Moo-d

- in Moos Room

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I received a call from my ‘Navy Son’ last night.  He called me from Japan where he’s been stationed for the past two and a half years.  It was great to hear from him.  Until, of course, he told me why he was calling.  

In hindsight, I should have known that the call would come.  And I should have been better prepared to respond to it.

On September 30th, 2013 Congress sent a Bill to President Obama to assure the continued funding for Active Duty Military.  It was signed.  And then…

My son called me last night to tell me that on October 1st he had a ‘pending transaction’ for his Credit Union account.  This, of course, was his ‘normally scheduled’ paycheck deposit.  Except, for some reason, his ‘normally scheduled’ paycheck was NOT normal.

The following morning he awoke to find no deposit, no ‘pending transactions’, only the balance he had in his account on September 30th.

Perhaps it is typical for Federal Workers to be mistreated by their employer?  After all, the folks who PAY FOR the Federal Government are often mistreated by it, so yeah, I guess my son NOT being paid should not have surprised me.  

I asked him the logical question, “Okay, so, why didn’t you get paid?”

His logical and completely unsatisfying response, “I don’t know, and my Commanding Officer doesn’t know either, but Dad, it’s not just me, it’s everyone here wearing a Navy uniform – no one is getting paid.  Part-time employees at the base were told last week that they’d have to get ‘loans’ to pay their bills, but we were told that we were going to get paid.  And now…”

The second-most logical question escaped me before I could stop it, “Okay, so do you know WHEN you will be paid?”

He got very quiet and then said, “No.”

I told him that I’d ‘work on it’, told him that I loved him, that he shouldn’t worry, and then I hung up the phone.

For the record, I haven’t seen my son in the two and a half years since he was stationed in Japan.  I see his face when I close my eyes, but I realize that the face I’m seeing is most likely not the same one that he currently wears.  I imagine that his current, more-grown-up face is narrower, and more serious than the one I remember from spring of 2011 when he spent a few weeks with us following his time at Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Illinois.  The boy has grown up, but hey, he’s still my boy.

I will do what the folks in Washington said they were going to do – I’ll pay my son’s way until the President, the Treasury, and Congress decide to honor the commitment each made on September 30th to the men and women who serve our country.  

In this era of broken promises, broken dreams, and shattered hopes, why would I have expected any other outcome from the rolling tide of ineptitude which is the Obama Administration?

In the end, we all will get wet. 
I guess that’s why I’m feeling kind of ‘soaked’ lately.  My face is particularly wet but I don’t know if it’s from tears of sadness or rage?  

Probably a little of both, but I suspect more of one than the other.

As for my boy in Japan, you know that we’ve always got your back, but you’re gonna owe us big when you get your sorry rumpus back here to the States.  Until then, we miss you every day, and hope that you know how proud of you that we are.


Stay dry kidd-o.

p.s.:  Oh, and I think you’re going to need a bigger boat… 

Yeah, with three more years of this President, we’re all going to need a bigger boat…

Sharks included, no extra charge.

And yes, we’ll continue getting soaked for the foreseeable future.  


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Website:  Mike's MoosRoom. Social media: Google+: Mike Kane Facebook: @moosroomblog Twitter: @dailymoos   **************************************************************   My name is Mike Kane. I've been writing stories for years. Most are a release valve from the weirdness of everyday life. Some of these will find their way here, others will fade off into the ether. A select few will be sent via e-mail directly to friends, family, and sometimes complete strangers (you have been warned (assuming that you are 'completely strange')). I've been in Sales all of my adult life. Sometimes sales are good, sometimes sales are bad, but in reality, 'life' is always good (regardless of sales). Well, 'LIFE' is a lot better than the alternative, at least. p.s.: No cows were injured in the generation of this blog. However, a trace amount of methane was released moments ago... For this, if nothing else, I am sorry.

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    It’s been a few days– any word Moos

  2. I have one word. It starts with an F.
    On it.

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    I’m missing something- I thought the military was getting paid, but you’re saying his entire outfit was stiffed?

    Thanks Moos- I’ll work on it a little too

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      Grumpy, Yes, I was also under the ‘impression’ that the Military would be completely funded under the September 30th Bill passed by House and Senate, then signed by the President. (I actually looked it up to see if I needed to sell stock (or other family members) to beef up my cash flow for just such an occasion as this.)

      However, no one on base has received their October 1st salary as of today, and no one can tell my 21-year old son exactly why the check isn’t in the mail.

      My fear is that the legislation passed by the House and Senate authorizes ‘pay’ for the troops, but it may NOT actually ‘pay’ them prior to the CR being approved. Kind of like how furloughed workers will be paid, just ‘not yet’ until the Republicans, and/or Boehner caves.

      The Devil, as they say, is in the Details, and sometimes in the District of Columbia…

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