Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Well, I've had my first full day in Kuwait. My first observation is the weather. It's not that bad. Then again, it's only been about 80 to 90 degrees today, and fortunately the forecast for the next few days (when I expect to be out in the desert for more advanced training) aren't going to be that much hotter. Still, it's enough to keep you sweating and keep you drinking water. That's the second observation. There is plenty of bottled water everywhere. It's not cold, but then again, it doesn't need to be. But I have never seen so much water in my life. The third observation is the chow hall, or in Army terminology the DFAC (Dining FACility). I may have made less than complimentary remarks about the Army food at Fort Jackson, but the food here is great. There's a main line with three entree choices, all of which are appealing. Or you can do the short order line for burgers or similar food. There's a salad bar, a soup bar, and a sandwich bar, and all sorts of beverage choices. And if all that doesn't work, you can skip the DFAC and go to the fast food area with a McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Subway. Rumor is that the main bases up in Iraq are similar, but sometimes even better. So I can say I'm looking forward to the food. (There goes my one-year weight-loss program!) This will probably be my last posting for several days while I go off to training, and then hop a flight "up north" as they say here, or "into the sandbox" as they say there. Wish me luck on my little camping adventure, and with luck, the next update will be from Baghdad.