Ask me anything

I woke up this morning, feeling great, it’s a beautiful day, I’m full of vim and vigor (or as close as I ever approach that state) and yet…

There’s absolutely nothing I feel like writing about right now (I’ve got a few things in draft) and nothing I’m inspired to link.

I hate this.

Surely, you, gentle reader, have some questions, either about the Army, soldier life, the price of tea in China, how many peanuts in a Snickers bar…

Ask away.

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45 responses to “Ask me anything

  1. themavf14d

    How about anything on OPFOR and/or the US Army using Soviet equipment (MBTs, APCs, etc)?

  2. Now I’m curious, how many peanuts in a Snickers bar?

  3. MikeD

    How many pieces do you have in a field stripped M2?

    • I can’t remember, but after reassembly, I usually have two. The gun and some spring or something that leaves me confuzzled.

    • dgharvey

      8, unless you take the bolt group apart.

    • Esli

      I get receiver, barrel, barrel extension, buffer assembly and spring, bolt, extractor, operating rod, jesus pin and backplate assembly. I’m saying ten.

    • MikeD

      I was actually wondering, as I was only an MI pogue and never got to play with Ma Deuce. But I find it interesting that we got so many different answers.

  4. ultimaratioregis

    What do Andrew Johnson, Chester A. Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson all have in common?

  5. ultimaratioregis

    And what was Millard Fillmore’s shoe size?

  6. ultimaratioregis

    Well-done, Roamy!!!

    Gold star for you!

    xbrad, not so much. Millard Fillmore was actually elected President before feet were invented. I looked it up on Wikipedia.

  7. Post this link and see what replies you get. I thought the first comment sounded just exactly like URR.

    • ultimaratioregis

      Curtis, you ain’t seen the football since kickoff.

    • If he’s talking about the comment I think he’s talking about, you’d probably get a kick out of it.

      I didn’t LOL, but I did “heh.”

    • I don’t know if the first comment now is the one he’s talking about, but the snark about sorry AT-ATs and overpriced acquisitions is funny.

    • I thought it was funny as hell. I suspect whossname didn’t read the first comment. That one is a keeper. It’s right up there with Summer’s “On Strategy.” I added it to my blog yesterday.

    • You got a blog? Toss us a link. We’ll be happy to look at it.

    • whalend

      Yep, a genuinish realistic looking blog. I started it a long time ago. I was curious about them after phib banned me. I think the problem was that I started with Lex in the morning then read Far East and finished by reading phibs. The veneer of civilization wore thinner and thinner. Just This Guy found it once years ago.
      I enjoy your blog.

    • No link?

      I’d like to see it. I generally play nice on other people’s blogs.

  8. Paul L. Quandt


    Is “42” your standard answer when you really don’t know the correct answer, but figure that no one else does ether? Not that there is anything wrong about that, I’m just curious.


    • Pretty much. And it’s a riff on the answer to the question of life, the universe, and everything (see Adams, Douglas).

    • whalend

      Apple missed a no brainer. I just bought an iPad last week and when I got around to Siri I asked the obvious question expecting the answer, “42.” Apple had a chance for greatness but missed it.

  9. ultimaratioregis

    “I can at least tell Roamy and Aggie apart”

    Well-stated. Aggie gets the Gold Star.

    Roamy will have to settle for the Predator “Stays in Vegas” Medal. Which is senior to a Bronze Star for heroism on the battlefield, at least.

  10. Esli

    Why the anger and provocation in the last line on the Distinguished Warfare Medal? (There’s a dumb name; almost as bad as GWOTSM, which of course people want to pronounce as a word.) This is the 19 O years, not the 5 E years, asking. Holy cow, has it really been that long? Don’t answer that question as you will be dating yourself unfavorably.

    • How many enlisted guys do you think will be awarded this? It’s obviously written with AF drone pilots in mind. It will, of course, spread to anyone who valiantly tackles processing paperwork for a deploying unit, but not a heck of a lot of NCOs will earn it.

      We already have far too many awards for service.

    • Esli

      Way too much stereotyping and generalized aspersions-casting going on for me to tap out a reply. Maybe later, on a proper keyboard.

  11. What is the nomenclature for a 1903 Springfield?

  12. What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?