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A Gift Well Received

Some of you may realize that there was a Kodak Moment Contest in December.  Prizes were awarded and one of the prize winners was Karen Kruschka.  She won second prize for this photo, which is a wonderful look into her son's past, brought forward to make a poignant point now.  That prize was a Kodak Pulse, a digital photo frame, and a very nice prize!

She, Art and her son determined that they wanted to give this award instead to someone else and determined that it should be to a military person or family.  I had commented on one of her posts and it became obvious that I have a son serving now, on his fourth all-expense paid trip to the Middle East.  So they gave the prize to us!

Karen contacted me and we met for lunch.  We had a delightful time, which culminated in our getting the Kodak Pulse from the Kruschkas.  That was a very, very special thing to do for us.

This tour began early December and communication from our son is very sporadic.  While I knew where he is, our only email just said that he had arrived and would deploy soon thereafter.  But no address!  We did not have an address to send it.

Then I happened to receive this by email while I was on the computer. 

A couple of electronic communications later I had an address!

Let me interpret the photo.

It's about 60 degrees and the locals are excited that the pool is about to open.  The sun will be out any month now.

Just over his shoulder you are looking at Hekmullah's Palace O' Kabobs.  The people are excitedly lining up for the mid-day meal.  The special that day was steak and cheese subs.  My son says the food is very fresh.  The sheep graze just out back, are brought in the door, and boom, they're on your flat bread!

I noticed he is holding his weapon left handed.  Asking him about that he tells me he has trained himself to shoot using his left eye, which is not dominant, and can shoot from that side as well.

He tells me he can hit a balloon (the size of a human head) with 100% accuracy from both sides at 800 yards.  I would expect nothing less!  He taught himself to shoot both ways so that no matter which side he is on patrol his weapon is not pointing at his company.  He likes the left side though because it allows him to quickly reach his sidearm, which you cannot see here under his right arm.

He also informed us that this tour has been extended, for "lack of bodies."  Music to our ears.

Here is what he said about the Kodak Pulse.  "Give my regards to the family that gave the picture frame to you. That was really nice of them to want to do something nice like that.  I'll be able to put some pictures of the family on there so that'll be good to keep around for while I'm clacking away on the computer."

They get computer time every day, but not for email.  We'll probably hear from him again...

So, let me reiterate to Karen, Art and their son, THANK YOU very much!  Looks like your generosity has made this tour a bit more manageable!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 30 commentsJay Markanich • February 12 2011 05:58AM

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What a great story.  So glad you guys could meet and hats off to your son and his amazing skills.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 8 years ago

Thank you Debbie.  Unfortunately those are necessary skills.  This is what he wants to do though.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Wonderful!! You know my heart is with you and your family. I look forward to this coming Spring when my boy comes back! Extended? Not good news.

Posted by Renée Montgomery, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Century 21 New Millennium) over 8 years ago

Renee - well, you know why.  So many are quitting under this "commander" there aren't enough to go around!  How are you?

Thanks for your son!  Hope you see him soon!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Heartwarming meetings with other AR folks....gotta cherish those times...and the things they share about themselves....we learn, we care...congratualate....and send all our best to those who give theirs.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 8 years ago

Thanks S&D!  And when you want to go to Hek's for a sandwich lemmino!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay, Cool! 800 Yards! Wow! In the early days of sniper training we were doing good to hit the target at 650 yards. Weaponry has certainly improved...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Michael - that's just for practice.  They go further out than that!  The sniper weaponry now and scopes are exactly the same as they used in Vietnam.  What may be different is the ammo.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Hi Jay

What a nice gesture thanks for the post

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 8 years ago

It really was James.  Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

What a nice thing for Karen and Art to do - and what an awesome son you have.  As the wife of a combat vet (now in the reserves, although I swear he would go back in a heartbeat), who has deployed many times, starting with Desert Storm, to that particular sandbox, your son - and his family - has my gratitude and appreciation.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 8 years ago

Thank you Susan.  And it truly is a sand box.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Now how cool is that! Your son sounds like an outstanding guy, you must be very proud.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 8 years ago

That was really cool of Karen. I have a HUGE appreciation for your son being willing to do what he does to keep my kids and myself safe a half a world away. With an Air Force Base in our town the military is always in our prayers.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 8 years ago

Jay that was very nice of Karen and her family to do that for your son. May he walk with a special helper on his shoulder through this current 'vacation'.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 8 years ago

Hi Jay,

That is so awesome.  Best wishes to your son for a safe tour.

Lisa

Posted by The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties (Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville) over 8 years ago

Jay  Arthur, Max and I couldn't be happier - may the Lord keep him safe and bring him and all our men and women home to their family

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 8 years ago

Your son is in my prayers!  My hubby is going there for a six week vacation in the next couple of months...exact date TBD.  Great story!  Active Rain has so many nice people on board.

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) over 8 years ago

Jay,

Thanks for sharing a great story, and thanks to Karen for sharing her well-deserved prize and to your son for his continuing service. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 8 years ago

Thanks Cynthia.  He's okay I guess...     ;>)

OK, we are really proud!

Bob - that's the idea.  The sworn oath of the US military is the protection of the Constitution.  That covers all of us.

Thanks Ed.  We have asked for that special companion.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Thanks Lisa.  We have been here before!

Karen - he is usually very dead pan about gifts and such and this one really seemed to turn him on!  Thanks again and again!

Good luck to him Kathryn.  So that's why you are in Norfolk!

Steve - this whole thing worked out all the way around!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

What an awesome story, Karen sounds like a very kind person. Thank your son for his service and sacrifices. I’ll keep him in my prayers that he have a safe tour. 

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 8 years ago

Thank you Sue.  This was a great story every which way!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

I'll bet it gave Karen and Art tremendous satisfaction to share their prize with your son, and I'm even more sure he (and you) really appreciate it.  Kudos to everyone!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 8 years ago

He is not one to show emotion Margaret, but seemed real pleased with this.  I think Art and Karen had a great time with this too.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

God bless him, and tell him we thank him for his service to our country.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) over 8 years ago

Jay - What a gracious gesture by Karen.  You must be very proud of your son, and should be.  With young people like him, I feel that the country is going to be alright.

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) over 8 years ago

Thank you Ken.  He's doing well.

Yolanda - what he is doing is definitely for the young.  The older we get, the less immortal.  I think Karen had a pretty good time with this too!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay, who's getting older?  Speak for yourself.  LOL

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) over 8 years ago

Yolanda!  It's older or the alternative!  I choose OLDER!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

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