Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Day 295 - Who Ya Gonna Call?

The only thing more colorful than the trees in Hot Springs was our telephone conversation with Wayne this morning.

The little turkey caught me totally off guard with a 284 area code on my caller ID.
"Mornin', May-um," the rather countrified voice drawled through the phone line. "Do yew know who this ee-uz?"

"Help me out a little bit," I coaxed, rolling my eyes trying to guess which new non-sales-call gimmick I had fallen for. "I don't recognize the area code."

"Thee-us ee-uz yer son, Waaaayne West," he continued, unable to hold back the laugh any longer. "HI, MAMA!"

True to form, classic Wayne-o.

The rest of our 20 minute visit, (grandmother) GG and I mostly just giggled like teenagers talking to the most favorite person we could think to interrupt our work day. Wayne, entertaining us on the speaker phone, talked mostly about breakfast, his favorite meal of the day, telling us how much he loves omelets and mangos. We milked the conversation for all it was worth, too, right up until the last phone minute expired.

In case you missed Sunday's post about Project Valour IT, it's not too late to help push Army over the top of their $20K goal to provide voice activated software to enable soldiers recovering in military hospitals from hand and arm injuries to communicate with friends, family and their military buddies.

A short while ago, we received an email from CPT Charles "Chuck" Ziegenfuss, announcing his wife, Carren, will appear on MSNBC's "Connected Coast to Coast" Wednesday.
Don't know how long she'll be on, but please tune in... The show runs from 1200-1300. That's noon to 1 p.m. EST fer ya civilians out there. My beloved is supposed to be on around 1240, but I will rest assured her looks, personality and general charm will either get her on early, or the show will go into extra rounds like Rocky and the Big Ruskie in Rocky IV.