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Sunday, December 11, 2005

I suppose i should close this formally

If there is anyone whoever looks at this anymore, I wanted to let you know that I'm home. Actually I've been home for awhile. Sorry.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Alright, so I'm a really bad blogger

The thing is, my life is incredibaly uneventful and the few things I find ammusing are either more personal reflections that no one outside of my closest friends would understand or are classified. So I haven't written in quite awhile because I hate reading mundane blogs, but even more than that I hate writting them. Anyway, I'm supposed to be going home in the next few weeks. If I don't I'll post here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Sorry it's been so long

I've just been really busy. Not busy ina good way, I've mostly been just waiting around for people who need rides or in case a phone rings. Anyway, I haven't been able to get down to use the internet. Everything is good. We've started the process of packing up our stuff to send home on boats. The stuff we absolutely need will fly home with us, everything else goes home now by ship so that we'll have it when we get back.

Also, today (the 20th) is the last day that anyone can send something to me and be assured that it'll reach me. After today, if it gets anywhere at all, there's a good chance that it'll just get sent back to you.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

More on the heat

I know that I just wrote about the heat, but I wanted to drive the point home. Usually when it's hot a breeze makes things better, at least that's been my experience. The passing wind cools the temperature on your skin just a little. That isn't the case here. It is so hot here that the breeze is only pushing around hot air. The affect is more like that of standing near an exaust.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

It sure is getting hot

We have a group of turks that are building a new fence for us here. They have been working for a little over a week and the fence is just about finished. They generally work whenever it's light outside, although they take semi-frequent breaks because of the heat. It gets above 100 most everyday here. The part of CO I'm from can get pretty warm in the summer, highs in the 80s and 90s aren't unheard of, but those are the temperatures in the middle of the day. 80s and 90s are the temperatures here just before the sun goes down. Anyway, props to those guys for building a fence in that weather.

Today I have to go and start to prepare a vehicle to put a new system in it. I'll be outside for a large portion of the afternoon as a result.

Friday, July 08, 2005

London

I don't have much to say about the recent London bombimgs, except that it was a horrible tragedy. Nearly 4 years after the 9/11 attacks, you would think that America, the strongest nation in the world, would have been able to put a dent in Al Qaeda's ability to operate, but that hasn't been the case. AQ continues to attack countries throughout the world. This is just a thought, but seeing as how we haven't had much success so far, maybe we should think about changing our strategy in this war.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

I'm going to be sore tomorrow

I probably worked harder today than on any other day since I deployed. I woke up at 6 to go and help with some tents. We put up one, which wasn't hard. After that though, we had to move a number of tents around. For some reason, there was a lot of stray tent parts that had somehow gathered in a central location, and it was our task to put to together as many tent kits as possible. For those of you unfamiliar with military tents, they are sometimes quite large, the biggest ones of 10 or more seperate packages. First we had to divide all of the pieces up, putting sides with sides, floors with floors, doors with doors, etc. Once that was done, we put together kits for 6 complete tents, with a great deal of pieces left over. We then moved the rest of the pieces into a storage container and then put three of the tents into a different container. Alltold, it took around 4 hours of lifting in the middle of the day in the middle of the summer in the middle of the desert. I'm not complaining, just letting you know what I did today.

After I finished with that, I wanted to take a shower as it looked like someone had dumped a bucket of water over my head. I was in the shower for just long enough to get all sudsy when the circuit that controls the water pump gave out. Its not uncommon for that to happen, and usually you just have someone who comes in to use the bathroom turn on the circuit for you. Today, though, no body came in to use the latrine. I stood in the shower naked with soap slowly drying into a disgusting cake on my skin for a good 5 minutes, hating the world the whole time, before I decided to go get someone. I put on a pair of shorts and poked my head out of the bathroom door until I found someone to turn on the breaker. Then I finished my shower.