A friend of mine refers to the deployment as Groundhog day, as in the movie, each day the same.
Another friend of mine came home from leave recently, and I saw him today for the first time since his return. While at home on leave he had intended on asking his girlfriend to marry him, and I wanted the details. She said yes, of course, after calling him an ass as he got on one knee because she thought he was joking. He asked her at the park where they had their first date. I just thought it oh so sweet and romantic. Occasionally love still does exist in a pure form, untainted by the surroundings of filth and despair.