Archive for April, 2010

Slowing Down

We are finally slowing down our operations… it’s been nice to have a bit more time off and be away from the office.  I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time in my PTs lately, too, which is nice because it’s starting to get hot out.

My time here is coming to an end shortly.  I’m super excited to be leaving and to come home and see all my friends and family, but I think there are parts of this that I will miss.  My teammates (most of them), working with the women in Mosul, the new friends I’ve made…

But it just means a new chapter in my life will be starting.  Hopefully it will be as exciting as the one that is ending.

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April 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm 3 comments

Zac Brown Band

I had my first overseas concert last night.  The Zac Brown Band came to Mosul during a tour of Iraq and other countries in the area.  I have to admit I didn’t know a lot of their songs, except Chicken Fried.  I had downloaded their album a few days prior to the concert, so I was able to hear them before the concert… I love them!

And the concert was awesome.  Of course, the atmosphere made it a bit more subdued than I’m used to for concerts, but they were understanding and were able to play to the audience well.  It was a really fun night.  I wish I had pictures, but forgot my camera.

April 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

So I smoke now?

OK!  Before you go chewing me out… I don’t really smoke… not cigarettes at least.  I still tell people on a daily basis that cigarettes will kill them.

I’ve always like cigars, and now I really like hookah.

A hookah is essentially a large, water-cooled pipe.  You use flavored tobacco, which is really tasty.  It took me awhile to get the hang of it.  It still gives you a bit of a buzz, and it makes me sleepy.

Most of the ones here (there is a hookah bar on post) are around 3 feet tall.  I bought one in Qatar that was only about a foot tall.  Hookah bars are also gaining popularity in the states because it doesn’t have the chemicals that cigarettes have.

It’s still not something that you would want to do all the time, especially if you have a PT test coming up.  But it is fun to relax and socialize around.  I would suggest that everyone should at least try it once…

April 11, 2010 at 9:41 pm 1 comment

Desert Queens

So it’s well known in the military that females get “prettier” during deployments… mainly for the fact that there are less of us to go around than in the States.  The term given to the females who go up a few notches while deployed is “desert queen”.  They get a lot more guys ogling and asking them out than they would while at home.

I like to think I don’t fall into that category… first of all, I like to think that I’m fairly attractive in the real world.  Second, I actually have gotten asked out less here.  It seems only married guys feel the need to approach me, which is a whole other story!  Not totally true, but the majority feel the need to tell me that the divorce papers are in their CHU, they’ll show me!  LOL!

Anyway, my point, I guess, is that it’s funny how females act here.  They finally have the upper hand when it comes to the dating pool.  And guys willingly give it to them.  I just wonder how they will react when they get off the plane back home…

April 11, 2010 at 9:33 pm 1 comment

Salsa Night

I can’t dance… not well at least.  I’m not very coordinated and don’t improvise well… but I still like to have fun.

So tonight Jess and I went to Salsa night on post with some other people.  And we had fun!  Jess can dance pretty well… and I got some help from one of our linguists and some of the people that run the event each week.  All in all, I did alright… I’m learning.  But now my calves and my glutes hurt… and I’m sure they’ll be worse in the morning.  We’re going back next week!

April 4, 2010 at 12:46 am 1 comment

Toilet Paper Shenanigans

So my pass was great, but I was ready to come back to Mosul and get back to work… I had a couple of long days of travel, including a broken airplane, sleeping in an airport, and eating crappy, crappy food… so, needless to say, I was ready to go to bed when I arrived at my CHU around midnight.

IT GLOWS!

I was greeted by glow sticks taped to my door surrounding a little note welcoming me home… ok, what did they do to my room?  See previously we had covered my team leaders room in tiny leaflets.  We had shoved them everywhere!!  And another team members room was filled with balloons… so what did they do to mine?  I knew I wasn’t going to be happy about…

Out of her room comes Jessica, camera in hand, waiting to get my reaction to it all.  Not a good sign.  I open my door and am greeted by a wall of TP, and my collection of PT (reflective) belts.

Look at all the pretty colors!

"Man, I hate you guys..."

My room was covered!!  There were things taped to the walls, the ceiling.  TP covered almost every inch possible.  Even the turtle was taped to the ceiling! It was outrageous!  I was soooo mad… cursing, pulling stuff down, trying to find all the TP.

I didn't know turtles could climb...

Get me down from here!!

I finally started to laugh about it after reading all the silly notes they left taped to my walls.  And I really couldn’t be mad… I had helped on the previous room pranks.  I am still, days later, finding bits of TP all over my room…

April 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm 2 comments


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