Mission Accomplished

Well, folks… that’s all she wrote. I’ve departed Baghdad, Iraq for the grassy knolls of the United States. However, it will still be some time before I step off a plane onto U.S. soil.

I had a friend of mine put together this Photoshop job replacing the image of President George W. Bush with mine.

In my last briefing to the commanding general of Task Force 134, we displayed it on the screen. It was quite a hit.

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Iraqi Survival Guide

When you work in a country where you don’t speak the language, sometimes you need a little help communicating. That’s where it’s helpful if you have one of these Iraq Visual Language Survival Guides.

Fortunately, I’ve been lucky enough to have a great teammate who not only knows the language but also knows the culture very well. He’s been able to help me so much that I’ve never really had to crack open this survival guide.

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Clear as Mud

I’ve blogged about how good the bottled water is here. However, I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned how good the regular water is. There’s a reason for that.

The water in my building is the crappiest of the crappy. When I first got here, the water was generally clear. You could wash your hands in it, but you wouldn’t want to drink it. However, now it’s so bad, nobody even wants to wash their hands in it.

I’ve moved exclusively to hand sanitizer while in the office.

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The Leaning Tower of Postage

Here’s a little bit of advice for those of you in a deployed environment. Don’t go on a junket to Afghanistan for a week and then receive eight boxes of mail. If you do, then this happens to your desk.

I dreamed up this idea after a particularly unsatisfactory lunch. However, after stacking these boxes, I instantly felt better. Perhaps I thought it was really funny, or maybe my OCD was soothed a little.

Either way, I was impressed with my ability to stack. What’s worse is that today, he received another package. It went on the very top of the tower.