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“It is dark, 6:30 p.m. They don't do the Daylight savings time here, but they do in Iraq.
I am setting in my work tent in civilian clothes watching a DVD of Dave Chapelle.
It is about 85 degrees with 90 percent humidity.
I am writing messages to TT.
The A/C just started working again, thank heaven.
I am missing trees, mountains, rivers, my family and friends.
I am working on the plan for our next perimeter patrol.
I am also making plans for a backpacking trip when I get out of here.
Also, I am really enjoying reading all the threads, makes me wish I was there and think about the times I was there. And the pics are all awesome.”
thanks for keeping us posted. Durante616 (from the flip side) is in Iraq and hikernks is heading your way shortly...
All ya'lls just come home safely!”
Hurry back, we all want to hike with you.”
“Yes, stay safe!!
and keep us posted, if you want some buddies on the trail, I am sure you will get a lot, could be a lot of fun !!
“I saw that a bunch of folks were posting and thought this would be a good time to get in touch. Each patrol is sort of like a backpacking trip, although the patrols in Iraq aren't quite as much fun as the ones in Kuwait.
I can't believe how many people I know are over here, and how many people other folks know are here as well. It seems like everyone knows someone over here. I guess with the number of troops over here, it is inevitable. I even ran into a couple of folks from basic training. This is very suprising because I went to basic in 1986!”
“It is a small world when you get all the troops together, it was the same in '91. I went thru basic in '88. I was in Canadian Armed forces, and was sent to Canada Dry Tent 1 for 3 months, I met Canadians and Americans I knew from back home all the time to, it feels great though doesn't it, to have friends so far away from home. How long have you been out there ?”
“Tahoe....keep the faith....bring it home soon....peace and God Bless.....joe”
“Angii, 7 months down and 5 months to go. I also deployed back in 91 but it was much shorter, I was only here for about 3 months. It is great to run in to people I know. Did you ever get into Kuwait? There is a nice recreation spot here, and I that is where I see most of the people I haven't seen in a while.”
“Stay safe. The trails will be waiting for you. I remember my time overseas way back when. It seemed like my tour would never end, but it did, and I was whisked back to the land of the big PX.”
“Good to hear from ya Tahoe! Stay safe out there, and try not to shoot powdered milk thru your nose when Chappelle starts talking about the baby selling pot on the corner in the ghetto.”
“Oh man BB, the bit about the baby was killing me. He is now on oral sex with powerful people, man my sides hurt from laughing.”
No we were packed, there were so many Iraqies coming to our tent for help, I was suppose to get into Kuwait for some leave for 3 days but never made it. Where were you in '91, what post?”
"Gun Store, Liquor Store, Gun Store, Liquor.... where the hell are you takin' me!"”
“hey tahoe where are you at? what unit are you in?
i was in 1st ID, 82nd eng.”
“Angi, in 91 I was in Kuwait, after the war was over. I worked at Camp Doha, not quite the Camp it is now.
SacOHeads, now I am with the 321st Signal Company, from the Nevad National Guard, working at most of the camps in Kuwait, based out of Camp Virginia.”
I was a Med-A (medical assistant). At Canada Dry 1 (feild hospital) we were totally packed with soldiers and Iraqies. The Iraqies(soldiers) would come to us starving because they were given no food, and were told they would get none until they were successful. So they would come in huge groups hands up in the air and naked to show they were not hostile. We even had a few die of starvation and dehydration. It was intense. We had 3 month rotation, 3 months there 3 months home, 3 months back, but I only went once seeing as it ended quite quickly.”
“Thanks Tahoe and to all you other TTers who are serving and have served. I want you all to come home safely and soon. Let's hit the American trail then.
My bf is in Afghanistan right now. He's also NG. Sometimes he posts here as LT.”
“Yo Tahoe! Lawng time, keep the faith man, just keep your a$$ clean of pesky Arabs! When we PCS back stateside I'm totally into a thru-hike of the TRT, hopefully you and the missus will be over your honeymoon by then and you'll wanna join me. Count them days down with my Italain honey eh?!!”
“Tahoe, you are in Kuwait now? I saw on Ophra that the people there get dressed up every day. They don't dress casual. Have you had the opportunity to see any civilians to see how they are. The people there are supposed to be treated nice by the gov't.
I worked for a car co. that exported American cars there, and they ordered them to be made up fancy with pillows and things in them. I only worked for this guy for one day because he was an nut, so I never really got to see what was going on. I just didn't understand them wanting American cars, unless they like some of ours that are big, like Lincolns or Cadillacs.”
“Glad to hear you are safe Tahoe, keep doing whatever you are, it seems to be working.”
Hope this works
“This one's for you!
“Dang impressive Tango, can you tell me how the heck you do that?! So, what, first you take your pic from your h-drive or scan it, then what do you do? Thanx huge ahead of time, if you can help a technoless kinda guy out.”
“Just met up with a great friend and her son who just returned home from Iraq, what a great kid. The time will pass quick Tahoe.”
“naked ape, No, I googled mountains and found this pic. I right clicked it and went to properties to get the url, copied it and pasted it in the message portion highlighted it and hit the img button...and Waa Laa!”
“Sorry about the delay, one of our commo cables got cut up by a tank. We fixed that up with some tape and conduit though!
Lipstick, about the folks over here, the Kuwaitis do usually dress very nice every day. The men wear that white robe with a head cover, and the women usually wear a black robe and a hood that covers there head and face. Not everyone dresses traditionally though, some people wear jeans or slacks with a nice shirt, and some of the women wear a nice dress, but still keep there head covered, but will show their faces. The majority of the labor force are third country nationals, folks from all over the middle east and India and even the Phillipines. Kuwait is a wealth nation, and imports most of its labor. I understand that Kuwait citizens recieve a stipend from the government, but I have no idea how much that is.”
“I think I've followed you, but that last part... you highlighted the url message, and then hit what? The "img" button, whur's that?”
“Naked Ape, When you use the "Post a Message" window, right above the window in which you type and right under the "Subject:" line there are 5 buttons: B, i, U, Url, Img. Click on the Img button after highlighting your url to the picture.”
Sometimes ya feel like a nut...
“....or a 'tard! Thanx Ruby, I guess it'd be plain as day to most, hehe. I'll give it a test later!”
“Tahoe, very good to hear from you again. Here's a copy-and-paste (don't know how to do a link) to pictures of the Wind-o-Rama trip. Enjoy!
All the mountains will be here when you come back, complete with the peace and serenity that mountains offer.”
“tahoe, from what I've seen on travel shows in Europe, the men don't wear sneakers and jeans. That's American and a good way to go to Europe and stand out, which you may not want to do. I always see men in casual dress pants, and casual shoes.
From your description, this woman wasn't too honest in saying how the people dressed. She was dressed to the nines in a very expensive and beautiful looking skirt suit, and her face and make up were very done up, almost like a professional did it, and maybe she was done up professionally, and was sent to represent the country as being totally modern.
She did say that newly married couples got $12,000.00 from the government.”
“Oh yeah, about the cars. I see lots of models over here from every manufacturer. Some of the models are not in the U.S. at all. They have these one cars that are a cross between a small van and an SUV. Mercedes is the most popular brand I've seen so far.”
“My command was sending me to Iraq, but they need me at CJTF Horn Of Africa more. At least no one will be shooting at me.”
“tahoe, it's always interesting to know how people live in other countries.”
“Tahoe, you still out there, keeping my sorry arse safe from badguys???
I'm throwin' a lil prayuh at ya, for the post election festivities you might hafta "enjoy".”
“Been there three times, stay safe, just lost three buddies up north”
“I am a mere 30 days out from being back in the U.S. About two weeks after that I'll be relased back into the National Guard, back to the life of a weekend warrior.
I am going to take some time off from work so that I can drink beers and get to know my wife again. I'm seriously looking forward to getting back out in the woods again. A year without trees is a little tough. So I will be seeing you all out on the trails real soon.”
“Safe travels :)”
“Excellant news Tahoe! Be safe.”
“Great to hear that you'll be getting back into your groove. Have fun! As one waiting for someone to come home, I can empathise.”
“Hey Tahoe come back safe, and be sure to post a report on your first trip.
“Tahoe, what good news. Stay safe. There will still be wildflowers when you come home.”
“good job and thanks!”
“It is my last day in Operation Iraqi Freedom. While I am looking forward to getting out of here, it seems that maybe I am leaving some things unfinished. I guess our replacements will take care of the rest of the business though.
I have finished packing my duffles and will clear from the post here shortly.
I have been looking at the trips page, and with any luck at all I will be able to link up with some of you out on the trail.
You know, I am almost nervous about returning to my regular job and my normal life. It is weird but life over here has become the most current version of normal HAHA!.
Thanks to all of you for your continued encouragement, and I am looking forward to meeting up with you on the trail.”
“Wonderful news Tahoe! Welcome home and very much congrats on a job very well done. Angain, thank you kindly for you and your family's sacrifices to keep my children in a more safe world.”
“Tahoe, thats great news! Welcome back and THANKS for doing what you have!”
“Welcome back to the world. Are you gonna need a blue port-a-potty in the back yard to feel at home?”
“Thanks Tahoe! Godspeed home.”
“Thank you tahoe for your sacrifices. Thank you very much.”
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