Yesterday marked the last day of April and the last day for American fast food at the Kandahar Airfield Boardwalk. S’long Burger King. Farewell Pizza Hut. G’bye Subway. The familiar comforts of home for many an American solder/sailor/airman/civilian living here on KAF is now apparently closed, as a result of GEN McChrystal’s order to close AAFES fast food and other businesses here in Afghanistan. What’s interesting is that not only did fast food places close, but the tailor and press shop, too. If you didn’t need those services, such as the Army and Air Force, then that would make sense. However, there are a good number of Navy and DOD employees who prefer pressed uniforms or have uniforms (Desert Camouflage) that need tailoring or sewn (not velcro) collar devices and nametapes. Of course, one can always take out a needle and thread and whipstitch a bit, but heck, sometimes, it just looks better when it’s professionally done. Hopefully there will be another tailor or press shop opening soon.
There are still other modern comforts available here on KAF. There are a couple of places for decent coffee here on KAF, namely Tim Horton’s and Green Beans. The French cafe has yummy pastries and coffees as well. TGIFriday’s and a pizzeria are also available. Then there are the many dining facilities, all with their special themes (Canadian/North American, British, European, Far East, American…). It is quite easy for someone to gain weight here on KAF, simply by eating 3 square meals a day at the DFAC.
Thankfully, the kabob place is still open so I can get my fill of the lamb kabob plate. Mmmm… life is good.