Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
by Wm. F. Lang 9 x 10 photo owned by collector John Ertzgaard
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Thank you Pakistan.......
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Ouch, that smarts.
I was sitting on the elevated side. When my hand got smashed, I was fairly sure I had broken a finger. Once I got back to base I had it checked at the hospital and, yup, a small crack. Nothing terribly wrong, but I'm going to be a bit inconvenienced for a couple of weeks.
Of course, my colleagues have been every bit as funny about this as I expected... "sounds like someone needs a hug", or, "Hey, did you break your finger throwing yourself out of the back?"
So I will post more when this starts to get better. You should see me typing with the tip of just one finger on the hurt hand... I confess it does look fairly funny.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Getting a bit tired
Anyhoo - posting may be light for a little while. Unless events warrant otherwise.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
The fellow who taught me to use it had me run through single shot, then automatic.
"Hey, did I hit anything?"
When I had finished that, he told me to run through the rest of a magazine from the hip. I felt like a 1920s gangster...
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Low level flying and last departure
A couple of days back I got the Tour of All Southern Iraq, inadvertantly. I was flying what I thought was a quick trip back to my usual digs. Instead, I was asked where I was going, and more than once I was told "oh, you're last off" in a rather ominous manner. But hey, I had never seen Um Qasr, Camp Bucca, etc...
On the flight back I decided to pull out my obsolecent camera and flip it to movie mode and try to capture a bit of the feel of flying low over Southern Iraq. My first effort with Blogger's movie clip feature failed, so I embedded it from YouTube.
The only constant is change
But for now I will still be posting from the Basrah metro area.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Lest we forget....
Violence up this week in the East
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
Back to Busy
The bad guys are trying to harrass us outside of the city of Basrah, from which they have been chased. A place as important to the Jaish al Mahdi for revenue (smuggling, extorsion, theft and ransoms) and refuge won't be ignored by them - or us. If we can keep the malign Iranian influence out of the area, things will stay calm. When they manage to smuggle rockets or such into the area, we see innocents killed or wounded.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
"President Jalal Talibani summoned the leaders of the Iraqi parliament to his office for a meeting. In the middle of the meeting his wife calls him and says, 'Jalal, there is a thief in our house!' President Talibani replies, 'impossible, they are all here with me.'"
I guess we have some things in common with the Iraqis, yes?