Monday, January 24, 2011

A typical day

What is it like here at Kandahar, Afghanistan? Most people have no idea. Here is what I do 7 days a week.

I get up at 5:30pm. I crawl out of bed, and put on my walking shorts, and shower shoes. I go to the shower house, and take a shower. Fortunately, the water is very hot, and the pressure is high. I need that shower. I dry off, and walk back to the tent. I grab a khaki uniform (not a US army uniform, just a khaki suit). I get my ID card, and cell phone, and go to the front of the tent.

The carpool arrives about 6:30, and I ride to the office. The day crew is finishing up, and I get a briefing on what is going down on the night shift. I check to see if anything is urgent, and if not, I walk to the chow hall.

The food is institutional, steam table food. Rice every day. Pork steaks, fish, broiled chicken, vegetables, salad, dessert. The bread is very good here.

I walk back to the office, and get on the cases. I analyze the cases, and write them up. I stop at 9:00pm, and go watch "Jeapordy" on the TV. I am pretty good at it.

I go back to the office, and continue to do the cases. I usually finish about 0100am.

Then I can read, or study some other cases. I am working on a Civil War book now.

I drink some coffee, and sometimes I will make a bowl of dehydrated noodles.

I finish at 0615. I go downstairs ,and meet the carpool. I ride back to the tent, take off my clothes, and crawl into the bed.

And that is what I do, seven days a week, from 7 am to 7pm . I will be finished with this portion of the work, in April. I may go back earlier, I may leave later.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Two months in Afghanistan

I have been in Afghanistan for two months.

Two months in Afghanistan

I have been in Afghanistan for two months.