Monthly Archives: November 2009

Elliptical Ecstasy

So I was working out at the big gym on Saturday, (there is small gym on my compound and then the large USO gym, USO provides moral and welfare activities) doing 45 minutes on the stationary bike, with speed intervals every five minutes for … Continue reading

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The Great Pillowcase Drama

For those of you who follow my blog regularly, you know that I have had numerous fights with the laundry trying to recover the sacred frog pillowcase.  Every time I get a new cleaner, he takes it puts it in … Continue reading

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Mud, frozen pumpkin pie and a lot of driving

This year Thanksgiving coinicided with Eid Iftar and an increased threat of kidnapping.  A specifTic threat was made against NGOs; militias are looking to kidnap NGO workers to  exchange them for detainees from the Charge of Knights, an offensive launched … Continue reading

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The Scented Marshlands

So I asked for new carpet, I thought it wasn’t that big of an ask as myorganization pays $135 a day for this and the carpet has stains all over it, not sure what they are from and not sure … Continue reading

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Living in the Marshlands aka my trailer

Well it’s day two after the great flood and my room is now starting to smell halfway between moldy mushroom and wet dog, by tomorrow it should be pretty intolerable.  I asked them to take care of it today and … Continue reading

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After the flood

Last night I went to a dinner party at Jacq’s.  I brought the hors d’oeuvres, chips and salsa, Shaun brought dessert, cookies.  Six of us met at Jacq’s then we headed into the DFAC to get steaks and food and … Continue reading

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Flooding in Basra

No don’t be alarmed it was just my toilet.  Since I got back from home leave, my toilet has been running about once a week.  Normally I just prop up the floater and it stops and then goes back to … Continue reading

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