Thursday, July 27, 2006

Not Boom

I have to think of more titles because “Boom” is getting worn out. Today I was startled when 2 loud rockets exploded within minutes of each other and then I heard a huge car bomb. Those car bombs are very loud. A few of you military guys have heard large mortars and rockets explode but you may not have heard car bombs. They are about 3 to 5 times louder than rockets. A while back I was walking near Checkpoint 2 when a humongous car bomb exploded outside the checkpoint. I was at least 200 meters away and there was a T-Wall between me and the explosion so I was in no danger, but let me tell you, it was freaking loud. I hit the deck so fast that time. Also, the only guy injured was the one driving the vehicle. I love when suicide bombers only blow themselves up, it really cracks me up. Just like when they blow themselves up trying to make them. I wonder if they get their virgins if all they did was commit suicide basically. I don’t think you are entitled to virgins just for committing suicide. Well I hope they don’t, it would serve them right.

I can imagine what the Israelis are feeling right now. They are getting close to about 100 rockets a day. The rockets they get are the same as we get, but we are lucky to get more than 2 a day. The most I have ever experienced is 15 a day in early 04, but 100 a day! I am not at all surprised at their reaction to these rockets. I am surprised they didn’t just nuke the dudes.

I have to make sure I tailor this remark carefully because I found out my boss was reading this. IF we get 100 rockets a day, I am gone! I don’t think it could happen because the security patrols in Baghdad in particular have really ramped up and there is talk of sending in more US forces and it hasn’t happened yet.

Why is the city still out of control when there are about 50,000 Iraqis guarding it? Simple. The guys guarding it are from Baghdad. The guys policing the streets are not able to enforce the laws because they will be punished by their families. For example, the average Iraqi Police is not going to shoot his cousin for setting up an IED. What they need to do is bring people from the South to police Baghdad and send the Baghdad natives to the West and North. Send people from the North to police the South. That is the only way it will work.

Today was a quiet day at work. Like I said earlier, Thursdays are like Fridays here so there wasn’t much business and tomorrow will be absolutely dead. Fine I guess. Tonight I am going to the embassy bar named “Lock and Load”. I really love that title. It is only open Thursday night and it is usually pretty packed with embassy staff.

I am a commercial pilot so I love aviation talk. Check out this website:
http://austinpilot.blogspot.com/ The guy is blogging his trip across the States. Nice reading.

Not much else to say today. Let me find a cool picture and I will post it and leave it at that.

Cheers,
Walt

This is a pic of me in a restaurant in Prague. I look perturbed at the guy because he kept coming over and serenading us with his violin. Normally I would like a good serenade for my date, the problem is that my date was my sister.

6 Comments:

Blogger kanrei said...

How about:
"Ka-Boom"
"Kla-Pow"
"Bada Bing"
Or my personal favorite "Oh Shit".

Really Walt, sound scarey as hell. Glad you can find some good times there.

Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 6:54:00 PM GMT+4  
Blogger avoid said...

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Friday, July 28, 2006 at 3:30:00 AM GMT+4  
Blogger avoid said...

Hello Walt. Seeing as you said you're a commercial pilot, I want to share this with you. I hope you haven't seen it already. My 16 yr old son is a Cadet in the Civil Air Patrol with plans on eventually becoming an Air Force pilot. One of the CAP pilots emailed him this:
This was allegedly posted very briefly on the McDonnell Douglas Website by
an employee there who obviously has a sense of humour. The company of course
does not have a sense of humour and made the web department take it down
immediately


McDonnell Douglas Warranty Card

Thank you for purchasing a McDonnell Douglas military aircraft. In order to
protect your new investment, please take a few moments to fill out the
warranty registration card below. Answering the survey questions is not
required, but the information will help us to develop new products that best
meet your needs and desires.

1. Title
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Classified [_] Other
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Initial: ..........
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Code Name:..............................................
Latitude-Longitude-Altitude: ........................


2. Which model of aircraft did you purchase?
[_] F-14 Tomcat [_] F-15 Eagle [_] F-16 Falcon [_] F-117A Stealth [_]
Classified

3. Date of purchase (Year/Month/Day): ......../......./......


4. Serial Number: ..........................................


5. Please indicate where this product was purchased:
[_] Received as gift / aid package [_] Catalogue / showroom [_] Independent
arms broker [_] Mail order [_] Discount store [_] Government surplus [_]
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have just purchased: [_] Heard loud noise, looked up [_] Store display [_]
Espionage [_] Recommended by friend / relative / ally [_] Political lobbying
by manufacturer [_] Previously attacked by one


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to purchase this McDonnell Douglas product: [_] Style / appearance [_] Speed
/ manoeuvrability [_] Price / value [_] Comfort / convenience [_] Kickback /
bribe [_] Recommended by salesperson [_] McDonnell Douglas reputation [_]
Advanced Weapons Systems [_] Backroom politics [_] Negative experience
opposing one in combat



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North America [_] Iraq [_] Aircraft carrier [_] Iraq [_] Middle East (not
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9. Please indicate the products that you currently own or intend to purchase
in the near future: [_] Color TV [_] VCR [_] ICBM [_] Killer satellite [_]
CD player [_] Surface to air missile system [_] Space shuttle [_] Home
computer [_] Nuclear weapon [ ] Chemical / biological agent [ ] Other weapon
of mass destruction


10. How would you describe yourself or your organization? (Indicate all that
apply:)
[_] Communist / Socialist [_] Terrorist [_] Crazed [_] Neutral [_]
Democratic [_] Dictatorship [_] Corrupt [_] Primitive / Tribal


11. How did you pay for your McDonnell Douglas product?
[_] Deficit spending [_] Cash [_] Suitcase of cocaine [_] Oil revenues [_]
Personal check [_] Credit card [_] Ransom money [_] Travellers check


12. Your occupation:
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Default on loans [_] Gardening [_] Crafts [_] Black market / smuggling [_]
Collectibles / collections [_] Watching sports on TV [_] Wines [_]
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Friday, July 28, 2006 at 3:30:00 AM GMT+4  
Blogger avoid said...

Why the heck do my posts post twice??

Friday, July 28, 2006 at 3:34:00 AM GMT+4  
Blogger Walt said...

Nice.

I wonder if that is real?

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