June 07, 2005

I'm Baaaaaack

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Sunset in Afghanistan. I took this photo one of the last nights I was up here. I'm going to miss this place.

Well I made it back to Kuwait. Lovely. The weather was a comfortable 115 F (46 C) yesterday, and don't forget, that's just "warming up," as they like to say. Sheesh.

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I flew in on a C-17. These planes are huge! In the photo you can see a Dodge Pickup and a few guys laying around.

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I wanted to include this photo. This is a German Armored Personnel Carrier. Germany is out in Afghanistan working for ISAF (International Security Assistance Force). ISAF was originally UN-controlled, but is now run by NATO.

I've got just a few weeks here in Kuwait, and then I'm off to Ukraine for my vacation! I'll post again shortly...

Posted by Dan at 12:17 PM | Comments (2)

June 12, 2005

Every Saturday should be like this

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Hanging out at the Hard Rock Cafe again. What a view...

One thing to note, us contractors are lucky punks, because we are allowed off base to enjoy Kuwait's culture, food, and entertainment. Most military personnel do not have this privilege, so if you know someone deployed out here, you might not want to show them my website... :)

My buddy Jeff just got done with his time in Iraq, so I picked him up at Camp Doha. I worked with him in Al Kut for the Multinational Division. Click Here to see our times in Al Kut. We headed out, along with a new coworker, Rich, to get some food and just enjoy our day off in beautiful, hot, Kuwait.

After lunch, we rented some Jet Skis and took a cruise around Kuwait City...

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Here's Rich, cruising past the Kuwait Towers.

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And here's Jeff doing his usual high-speed flight training.

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I'm still trying to work on my farmer's tan. Hola, white boy.

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Here's a better one...

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For some reason, I like this picture, even though I'm not cruising around. I'm just sitting there, cleaning the salt water off my shades.

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Rich, trying to sneak into the water park.

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After the ride, we all climbed into the Kuwait Towers and took the elevator to the observation sphere.

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The main tower is over 590 feet (180 meters), and was built in 1979 by Swedish designers (go figure...they look like meatballs on a stick!). The sphere in the middle tower is a water storage tank, and holds a million gallons, while the large one is a restaurant and observation tower.

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A fantastic view of Kuwait City. As Mike Tyson used to say, "Totally Ecstatic!"

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Looking down, here's the water park we jetted past. This is the same water park I went to back in June, before I left for Iraq. To the right you can see the go-cart track, and behind that is the paintball course. Good stuff.

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You can almost see our houses from here...

After that, we rehydrated and headed down to Fahaheel, to do some shopping and replace my watch battery.

I also went to the Ukraine Embassy and took care of my travel visa. I will be airborne for Kiev on the 28th of this month, and will spend a few weeks with my friend, Vitalik, whom I met in Al Kut.

I'll probably post again, just before the trip, and I'll take a million pictures. Of course, they will go on the site just like my trip to Europe.

Posted by Dan at 02:56 PM | Comments (5)

June 27, 2005

I am...

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On Tuesday, I leave for Ukraine, to visit my friend Vitalik. He and his girlfriend Anya will show me their country, starting in the capital, Kiev. I have been wanting to do this for almost a year now, and I can't believe how lucky I am.

I'll update when I get back. I'll post pictures from my trip, just like when I went to Europe in February/March.

Other news...

I can't believe that my site has already gotten over 47,000 individual hits this year! It's really cool to hear from so many of you (in over 50 different countries), and learn about how you found my site. Thanks for stopping by.

Please note, I'm going to eventually switch off all the domains for this site and make www.taxson.net as the address for this page. So if you use www.imightgetkilledatwork.com or whatever to get to my site, please start using www.taxson.net. Thanks.

And now for some random pictures...

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I went to Al Boom again. For those who don't know, Al Boom is a restaurant in Kuwait, but you dine in the belly of a large sailing ship, called a Dhow. In the foreground, you can see the flag of Kuwait.

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Just outside the restaurant, you can watch the crew baking bread. They take small pieces of dough and stick them to the inside of the stone-made oven.

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And lastly, what good would this entry be without another photo of a wreck in Kuwait. This one - actually - isn't that bad, but it's the most recent one I've seen. I see at least four good accidents a week on the roads.

Well, that's all for now. Until next time...

Posted by Dan at 08:51 PM | Comments (2)