The last week or so has been filled with a lot of activity and some lack of sleep for many people here on KAF. The bad guys have been active in the region (what else is new?) and military medicine has saved life, limb and eyesight, hopefully winning the hearts and minds of the local populace. We’ve had a couple of rocket attacks in recent days, the latest of which even hit the world news stage, thanks to AP news and some embedded reporters who were witnesses to wartime activity. Needless to say, when I finally got home after a LONG night at the office (ha…what an understatement), only to catch a couple of hours of shut-eye before heading back to do it all over again, the first thing, the only thing I wanted to do was call home. THANK GOODNESS FOR SKYPE. There is a lot of comfort in knowing your loved ones are safe and secure back home. The only time Skype has “failed” me was when my family held a surprise birthday party for me and Skype just wouldn’t play along. We were able to have audio connectivity but not video, so I had to settle for photos emailed of the event. I loved the gesture, considering how much I hate suprises, and appreciated that the tech was available.
After 10 hours of sleep, I was refreshed enough at 4 this morning to Skype home, eat some cereal, and do some laundry. When I left for the self-serve laundry, I had at least 20 pounds of additional equipment on me. It’s surreal to walk around like any other day, but with Kevlar and flak. There were quite a few folks who had the same idea I did…laundry. Now there has been a delay of sorts on KAF laundry (a victim of a recent rocket attack, but now back in operation), but I think there are just more people who do their own laundry.
Speaking of laundry…there are many here deployed to Afghanistan’s smaller FOBs (forward operating bases) who live day in and out in much less comfortable living conditions than we here on KAF. I literally bumped into a former coworker on the Boardwalk the other day who was transiting through KAF enroute to his FOB after a couple weeks R&R back home. His unit’s been here 9 months and just recently got laundry facilities on their FOB. In the meantime, handwashing was the only way they would get clean clothing. So I consider myself very lucky to have to walk a few minutes away to a laundry “mod” or have my laundry picked up or dropped off at work.
Well, it’s time to head off to work… another day, another tax-free dollar.