Editor's note: U.S. Army Capt. Dan Sukman is serving a one-year deployment to Iraq. For previous entries and his bio, see the Soldier's Diary archives.

1 September

Our time is short, nearly equivalent in days to the Mets' Magic Number; I think it's a good way to keep track of time, as clinching the National League East and a redeployment are both inevitable.

August is over, and needless to say it's a tremendous feeling. The days are getting shorter, the temperature is starting to drop and Labor Day weekend is fast approaching....