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.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Minus 147 Days - Showers of Blessing

When Wayne was still in Iraq, one of the things he said he missed most was long hot showers.

With Wayne and Lauren's beach wedding now on the summer horizon, we’re all thinking about water these days. As in: Drink more water.
Eat less. Move more

Still, the first place I get to move more around here is in the shower,
just to get the water where I need it. Whoever built this house obviously didn’t have the same affection for the therapeutic experience Jerry Tucker describes as some vague memory from childhood, which perhaps returns when visiting someone who lives in an old home.
You turn on the shower and the water washes over your whole self as if you are standing under a warm-spring waterfall. It is generous and therapeutic. The spray is heavy and hard, enough even to work muscle cramps out of your back, enough to wash the conditioner out of your hair, enough to leave you feeling wholly renewed — enough to get you completely clean.
According to Jerry, many people now hack their showers — or customize them, if you prefer. “You can take your shower head down, pull the washer out with a screwdriver, and remove the offending intrusion that is restricting water flow. It can be a tiny second washer or it can be a hard plastic piece. Just pop it out and replace the washer. Sometimes it is necessary to trim it out using a pen knife.”

“Using such strategies,” he contends, “you can increase your water flow from 2 gallons per minute to 3 and even 4 gallons per minute. You can easily clock this using a stopwatch and a milk carton.”

One of my favorite fantasies is a strong water pressure from a
light up shower head!

What a great wedding present…!