Sunday, April 24, 2011

"Hold It Against Me" - Interpretation by VMM-266, HMLA-169 U.S.M.C.

I have no use for Brittany Spears. I don't dislike her, it's just that I never have really cared for pop music and as a typical 50 year old white male, have never learned to dance or appreciate dance music.

That's why I surprised myself by liking this video:

It was made by some U.S. Marines over in "The Stan", by members of a V-22 Osprey squadron and an AH-1 Cobra squadron. I think they did a great job with it and I think it shows how young people can adapt to their situation and manage to create and have a good time despite their surroundings.

Knowing that Easter is a few hours away and that I will sitting down with my family to have dinner and to have a good time, while people like those in the video are stuck on the other side of the planet, fighting an increasingly unpopular war is extremely humbling to me.

Frankly, I take my ability to have a good time for granted, while they have to savor the moment and have a good time when and where they can. I guess it's their spirit that I admire.

For those of you who celebrate Easter, please say a prayer for those men and women overseas. Ask for their safety, ask for wisdom for their leaders and ask for mercy for all of us.

Thanks for reading, have a great Easter.


  1. Cap,

    I've found young Marines continually find the humor in everything they do, and aren't shy about sharing it with the world. These devildogs are probably working 14-18 hours a day flying and maintaining, so the amount of effort they put into this is amazing. You just can't keep those kids down.

    And, as a SNCO, I do not envy the Squadron Master Sgts/1st Sgts-those female Marines in the video are more attractive than the average WM by an order of magnitude. That can be trouble. ;)

  2. John - I am glad these Marines are able to maintain their sense of humor, I am sure it is a coping mechanism and a way to retain a reference to the real world while maintaining mission readiness.

    I too noted the physical characteristics of those young ladies and sensed that trouble was possible as well.

    Hopefully, training and professionalism will prevail over rotting lust. Time will tell.