Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Boom Part II

Well I was going to take the day off from posting because I feel lazy tonight but 2 large explosions just served as a powerful reminder that I better get some stuff down while I can. I just hope I don’t buy it while I am on the toilet. My roommate has orders to drag me into the bedroom and put a beer in my hand. Some guy got killed inside this compound while he was taking the morning shower. That sucks.

This is the 3rd day in a row that at about 1700 we have gotten incoming. Today 1 round landed near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which is next to the Iran-Iraq War Memorial and started a fire. KBR fire department was called and they put it out.

The other landed near the water point. It’s a single place for all the water trucks to fill up their tanks and make deliveries. That one resulted in a casualty. I do not know what the casualty is but it sounds serious.

Well about the Tomb. It is really cool. I took lots of pictures when I was here in the Army but I did not bring them with me when I returned. I want to show you the tremendous difference from 04 to now. It used to be run down and decrepit, but now it has been fixed up pretty nicely.

So anyway, I get a report 3 times daily that summarizes all the major Arabic media outlets; web, TV, and broadcast. Usually they all focus on the same 3 things. Those things change everyday but usually at least 2 of the 3 main topics are the same on all outlets. Then it summarizes the next 5 or so things that are being talked about. You know what? The Lebanese thing is barely making a blip. Today’s report said nothing at all about Lebanon. Now I know that the report is focused mainly on what is being said about the Iraq war, but still I was shocked to not see anything at all.

What else? Oh yeah, the ball is tomorrow, I am so looking forward to this. So I decided to impress my date and get her a corsage for her gown. She actually brought 3 gowns don’t ask me why. Women. So I called a buddy of mine and asked if he could go to the flower shop and get me one. He said sure and went over there. Then he called me and asked me what color to get. Red. Then he brings it back to me and guess what? It is the most God awful ugly FAKE corsage you could ever imagine. I am going to give it to her anyway to see her reaction. I hope she doesn’t lie and say she likes it. I hope she laughs and says that she won’t wear the gaudy thing. I will let you know what happens.

So my AC is sort of fixed which is good. Now the trailer is cooled to about 90. Tolerable but not very pleasant. Oh well. Funny thing about heat like this, while you never get fully accustomed to it, it does tend to get more bearable. At the end of spring I told my buddy it felt like it was over 100 today. He laughed and said its been 110 for the last 10 days. I guess I am used to it. But you never felt heat till you go to Kuwait! The second I stepped off the plane I exploded with sweat from the heat and humidity. Kuwait is unbearable. So is Dubai most of the year.

Speaking of Dubai. That is one cool city. I heard that 18% of the world’s cranes are in Dubai. Everyone has their own skyscraper it seems. But it is weird, sort of fake, like Vegas. Everything is its own little micro city. Each skyscraper has malls, restaurants, gyms, you name it. You never have to leave if you don’t want to. But Dubai also has a huge expat community. It’s a little tough to break in, but once you do I hear you are set. I am hoping to get an operations job at the airport and pop smoke here.

Well anyway here is the picture I tried to post yesterday. Hopefully it will work. My computer sucks so it might not. It wont. Take 3 tomorrow.



Blogger BangYourHead said...

Gee, all you can do is bitch about the heat? It's upper 90s here in Missourah, plus 80% humidity.

Yesterday I was talking with my best friend and told him about being stuck in traffic on I-10 going through Phoenix. The "temperature" was 109 but then they keep the thermometers in the shade so they don't explode. I had the top down on my jeep and it was surreal.

I really didn't mind the heat. Down in Tucson I worked for a tree company the summer and fall before starting classes at the U of A. We'd drink water all day and never take a piss.

So you got a hot date huh? Well here's hoping you get lucky and sweaty to boot.


Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 12:04:00 AM GMT+4  
Blogger BangYourHead said...

BTW, for photos...

If you have photos on the web (I use and Googles Picasa) you have to provide a link.

Marble Creek

There's also a description of how to upload here:


I also have an email on DR and might be able to explain it better if you'd like some help.


Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 12:35:00 AM GMT+4  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi Walt!

Thanks for showing me your blog.

I'm getting ready for a ball as well. I don't get a coursage

Have a great time!

And Oz...

"Yesterday I was talking with my best friend and told him about being stuck in traffic on I-10 going through Phoenix. "

I thought "I" was your best friend??


Funny how things change when I'm out of town!

Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 2:30:00 AM GMT+4  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi Walt!

Thanks for sharing your blog with me. It's nice to read about your experiences.

I too, am getting ready for a ball. I'll send you a pix of me in my gown.

Hey OZ?

"Yesterday I was talking with my best friend and told him about being stuck in traffic on I-10 going through Phoenix. "

I thought I was your best friend.


My, my, things change when I'm out of town!!

Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 2:32:00 AM GMT+4  
Blogger Lisa said...

Sorry...I didn't think that the first one posted.

I'm a computer dork!

Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 2:33:00 AM GMT+4  
Blogger Walt said...


Is that yalls place? Very nice pics dude.

I am having a hard time posting pics but I think it more due to computer problems than anything else. I have this POS Alienware that would serve well as a clay pigeon.

I can post pics from work but OI don't have my full photo collection on both computers.


You guys have a good one.


Friday, July 21, 2006 at 5:36:00 PM GMT+4  
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