And we’re back, actually I didn’t go anywhere I’ve been here the whole time. Another week in the books. So this time last week I was anticipating leaving the next morning to go down to Kandahar for a few days to do some stuff down there. Well that didn’t happen. First my flight to Bagram, which I got up early for, got canceled for no apparent reason. Now this isn’t the first time something like this has happened, in all reality it is pretty common for flights to get canceled even when you were approved for them and were on the schedule when you went to bed. Just another part of traveling in theater which you get used to and just accept, really unless you’re wearing a star (or more) on your chest there isn’t a whole lot you can do about it. Anyway there was another flight scheduled for that afternoon which looked like it should have space so I could hop on and make it down to Bargam to meet up with the guys I was going to head down to Kandahar with so I figured I’d just hop on that one. Cue forward 6 or 7 hours. I’m back out waiting for the flight with some other people. Then this GO walks up with his posse, not really that rare of an occurrence here at the C3 and they start waiting for a flight as well. Well this GO somehow had an M4, which is somewhat weird but I guess if you’re a GO you can get whatever you want, people don’t say NO to GOs even when they should. Anyway this guy had the WORST muzzle discipline I’ve ever seen. Just because you have a star doesn’t mean common sense rules for handling a firearm don’t apply to you. It almost got to the point where I was ready to go over and remind him where not to point the thing. I guess that’s why they normally don’t let GOs have long guns… Anywho the flights we were waiting for got canceled. Well except for the GOs but that is a different story for a different time. (I would have been a terrible army officer) So no trip down to Kandahar for me, as going the next day would have made an already short trip not even worth it.
On the plus side I was able to hit up the Bazaar over the weekend which was nice as I had been wanting to pick some stuff up before I left. I got two really nice paintings which Im pretty happy about. Also picked up some other random stuff. I have a few more things on the list assuming I get a few more chances which I should. I also got the Massoud getup, and by that I mean a scarf, parkul, and blanket. (Went with a nice camel hair one) I got a lot of comments on them as I got some of the rarer colors I think. But they look good. Now the MAJs and I are working on getting some pictures taken with all of us in our get ups. Actually If I got a tan I could probably go walk the streets without to much trouble, or so I’ve been told. I’m not going to test that one out. Now I have a bunch of stuff to ship home too, especially with trying to get rid of as much stuff as possible so I don’t have to carry much back with me.
Speaking of redeployment. It has been a rather exciting week on that front too. My replacement had a medical issue pop up so for a while I was looking at extending while he got that taken care of, but it turned out to be nothing major so he is back on track to get here when scheduled. Which of course is good both for him and me, everyone wins. Actually I wouldn’t have minded staying a few more weeks but I have NO problems going home. Also going home is less paperwork which is a plus.
It’s rained here the past two days, the season really is changing. It has even been getting pretty chilly at night when I go out after working out. But I’ve always liked the fall so no complaints there. Hopefully it doesn’t rain tomorrow since that would keep them from grilling steaks and the grilled steaks are much much better than the non-grilled steaks. Actually I’m fine waiting for a day without rain for the steaks, but I don’t get to make those sorts of decisions. Thanks the MAJ I did find out about the Mango sorbet bars they have here, they are actually rather good and close enough to fruit that I can pretend they are healthy and aren’t really a dessert. (hey they are 30% pulp, that has to count for something.) I snack so much here, and I’ve never been a huge snacker. Oh well I’m still at the lower end of what I feel is acceptable for my weight so I guess it hasn’t hurt to much.
Not much else to report, life goes on.