This completely unrelated picture is Bretton Woods, NH, the place where they came up with the Bretton Woods monetary agreements after WWII. We went up there when we lived in NH, walked part way up Mt Washington. It is a hard climb. The picture is still on my old blog site, so I do not need to upload anything. The blog entry, BTW, is http://johnmatel.com/2003/08/23/mount-washington/
I am currently stuck in Baghdad using the computer at the Internet café. It is not bad here, but I would like to get back to Al Asad.
I have walked over to the landing zone several times, carrying all my gear and body armor. All that stuff weighs maybe 70 lbs. It is hard to walk up stairs etc. You get tired just walking around. I don’t know how fat people do it. More heroically, I do not know how our soldiers can run and fight with all that weight on their backs.
Anyway, maybe tomorrow I can get out. I have some work I need to do back at Al Asad. I can do some things here, but I need my files for the rest. Besides, I am not supposed to use these machines for official business. Even for the less official stuff, the computers at the Internet café do not have easily accessed ports for the thumb drives, so I cannot even use what I have along with me. I would feel funny crawling under the tables to find the ports. If I stay here much longer, I may consider that, however.
I should get to bed. It is 0300. I had to wait at the LZ until they positively cancelled by flight. They guy told me that there was a small chance I could fly and I should wait until it went to zero. I was not alone there. The room was crowded with the other unfortunates. I am better off than many, since I can come back and easily get my can back and I do not have to sleep on the floor.