In Qatar, we are given slightly different accommodations than the trailer where I live in Baghdad.
If you are a senior officer or senior enlisted leader, you receive one of these container rooms.
Quite simply, these are rooms built into shipping containers… the same containers that people use to get smuggled into the United States. However, these rooms have beds, a couch, and a desk. It’s good to be a senior officer, I guess.
I don’t get to stay there, though. As a junior officer, I am relegated to a large room with 20 bunk beds. I’ve been lucky that they haven’t all been occupied at once, but when people move in and out of the rooms, everybody knows it. There was a group of people who came in last night at about 4 a.m.
So, it’s occasions like those (when people can’t help but slam doors and move their noisy crap all over the place) when I wish I was in a container like this.
It’s not a Holiday Inn or even an Embassy Suites, but for someone like me who values their privacy, I would pay a massive amount of cash for the opportunity to smuggle myself to a good night’s sleep.
I guess when you aren’t paying a dime for your accommodations, you can’t really complain about the noisy people.