My apologies to all for taking so long to post a new blog and new pictures, I know you all have been on the edge of your seat. Still working the picture thing. Let me catch you up on what’s been going on in my life lately.
Last month I flew to another base for a few days. It took 6 attempts to get out and about 24 hours in four days waiting at the passenger terminal. The trip went well, I took a couple of academic tests and got to visit with some of the 123rd members who were down there.
I ran in my first 5K race! I was very proud of myself for finishing, and not too ashamed of my time, which was a little over 29 min. Plus I got a free t-shirt, and well, anything is worth doing if there’s a free t-shirt involved.
I saw a band called Hollowell (http://www.myspace.com/hollowell). They were a lot of fun and played some of their own music and some covers as well. I always like to support bands that come over.
We had a cook-out for Easter Dinner. I, along with countless people to help me, organized a cook-out, an Easter Egg-hunt, and a cornhole tournament. We had 14 teams signed up to play cornhole! Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate and cornhole was canceled. Still, I think a good time was had by all.
We have had a lot of crazy weather, the lowest the temperature has been is 23 and the highest is about 85, but that’s not even the crazy part. The sandstorms are absolutely insane! Most of the time the wind starts to pick up and gets stronger and stronger and the air gets dustier and dustier until the air is completely filled and the whole outside takes on an orange-ish glow. Then, typically, it rains after a big sandstorm, and it literally rains mud. I thought the first couple were kind of cool, it’s a new weather phenomenon that I had never experienced and I’m a fan of most storms. Since then, though they are a pain in the neck. You can’t walk outside without being completely covered in dirt, it gets in your mouth and eyes and nose. We are only allowed one 3 minute shower per day, so it sucks. We did, however, have a REALLY cool sandstorm on Saturday. It was like something out of a movie. There was a tidal wave of sand that we could see off in the distance and we watched it get closer and closer until we were forced to take shelter. When I get the pictures loaded you’ll all see how crazy it was.
The other exciting part about Saturday, was that The Charlie Daniels Band www.charliedaniels.com came. They played some really good music and gave out autographed pictures of the band. Also, I got my picture taken with the man himself! Once again, stand-by for pictures…
The last thing I wanted to talk about is the new Turkish restaurant, Katar Restaurant, that opened on base. It is wonderful! Maybe it’s just the idea of being waited on, and having real plates and silverware (at the chow hall it’s plastic on Styrofoam, blech!), plus…wait for it…indoor plumbing! So far it’s the only building on base that I know of that has it. Not only do they have an indoor bathroom, but it’s actually a nice bathroom with pedestal bowl sinks, etc. Oh, and the food is fantastic! Donor kebabs, Tava, it’s all delicious. The place has been open for 19 days, and I’ve been there 4 times already, once by myself!
Thanks to everyone for their continued well wishes. It won’t be long now!