It’s been two months since I stepped off the airplane and walked across the ramp at Baghdad International Airport. Given my six-month deployment, I should have about four months left before taking that final journey home.
I thought this would be a good opportunity to sum up what I’ve learned so far.
In no particular order of importance, this is what I know:
- Fish can be deadly.
- Burger King is much friendlier when it’s run by Iraqis.
- If the vice president visits Baghdad, and I don’t see him, he didn’t really visit.
- People who send me Oreos WITHOUT milk actually hate me.
- When you hear booms outside your room, that’s bad.
- I speak better Swahili than I do Arabic.
- Angelina Jolie breaks alarm clocks.
- If you can get the government to pay $100 per bag of laundry, you should be allowed to electrocute a few people.
- Toilet paper is ineffective as a paper towel.
- Birds cannot be trusted to just act normal.
I can’t find just a normal countdown clock, but I thought this might be a good visualization of the time I have left in Baghdad.