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Thursday, March 15, 2007

15 March 2007, A gas heater in a gun powder store? Yes, see folks, I'm not the dimmest light bulb in the bunch. That's what the story is sounding like right now for downtown Kabul yesterday. It was a very quiet day and almost boring for me. At about noon I was ready for a nap. I came back to my connex after work and worked on my black box packing. What is a black box? A Stanley Mobile Job Chest that they purchased for us at the beginning of this deployment. It's a little larger than a foot locker and we are allowed to pack whatever personal items we wanted to bring with us. For the trip back it will mostly contain all my cold weather gear, of which I didn't wear any of it. Last trip here in 2003 they issued us a cold weather suit. It looked like a bear suit. I could have gotten a bear mask and had a costume for Halloween with it. I don't get cold very often, and it usually takes wind to make that happen. The wind doesn't blow very much at all during the winter. Of course, I'm almost reluctant now to ship anything with the Army after they lost two of my boxes on the trip over here. As I mentioned, they ship it by boat, which docks in Pakistan and then is driven here on jingle trucks. Well, a little band of thieves decided to detour the trucks and raid them. I was out about $1400 worth of personal stuff. All the paperwork was filled out back in September and I'm just waiting on the Army to settle with me.
I'm going to ab lab tonight and will try to get some cardio in first. Not much else to report today. Be safe and have a great day.

10 comments:

Dixiechick said...

Hopefully they will settle with you soon...

Glad you are safe... oh and hey.. do a little cardio for me too...
;-)

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

hi dub! sounds like things are progerssing and you are about to move in the right direction (home!) yea you!

smiles, bee

DariDonovan said...

Good luck on the settlement Sgt. My son is still waiting for an 1800.00 loss from the Army. They sure take a long time to clear things up.

You asked me about his time at Fort Carson. That is his duty station currently and he and his wife live off base in Colorado Springs so he is at Fort Carson now until he redeploys sometime around the middle of July. (or so thats the rumor around the base right now)

As for his leave, it is not permanantly cancelled. He just cannot schedule it that far in advance right now with the way things are. Still, I wish they had thought of that before they approved it. He says things are changing so fast that they probably assumed at the time it would be okay. I do understand that the Army must be his priority but it is still disappointing.

I flew all my life all over the wrold until 9-11 and I just cannot get that image of the plane hitting that tower out of my mind. I have not been able to board one since. But, it looks like I am going to have to down a few shots and get on out to Colorado before he heads back to Iraq.

It would be so totally cool if the two of you met during your demobilization.

Stay safe!

MrsDub said...

I'm putting my foot down when it comes to more Army stuff in our garage! If they're going to issue it, then they need to provide you with a place to store it! Do you think they would reimburse us to build that barn? Just a thought! BTW, you REALLY need to do a post about the March 14th "Letter to the Editor" that was published in the Daily Oklahoman regarding the Governor's visit. I loved your reply - now let's see if it gets published!

Ron Simpson said...

umm. Doesn't the army provide guards for military shipments? I mean, if they don't they should. I was an armed guard on trains and convoys here in the US during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. You would figure that armed guards would be a must over there.

Desert Songbird said...

Gas heater + gun store = KABOOM!

Gee, isn't that basic, first grade math? You'd think so.

Good luck with securing that settlement from the Army. Yeah, right...

Stay safe, and thanks for the visit, Han.

Sign me,
Hon

Wade Huntsinger said...

What, the Army lost something. surely you jest. I remember the time they moved our entire household. AHHHH the memories. Keep it real and safe!

AMAZING GRACIE said...

News Flash: Dan Rather on "The Tonight Show," says, "If you really want to know what's going on in Afghanistan, watch my special ... " Right! Seems to me I'm not going to believe the word of a man who can't vouch for his own sources! Uh, didn't he lose his job for that???
Sheesh!
Thanks for coming by - glad I was able to provide a few laughs and a smile...
~~~Blessings~~~

Odat said...

I wanna see the bear suit!!!
Peace

Heather in Beautiful BC said...

Well, that's always the way isn't it... too bad it wasn't the bear suit those darn thieves got... that might have been funny!