Hi. Welcome to
Joeslist for April 8, 2003.
It's pleasant breezy evening here in southern Iraq
and for us it's
been a slow, "wait for it" kind of day. Much news north of here as I'm
you've heard. At
this time we still don't know whether Saddam is dead or not, all are
Each day, there
is a bit more light from the the town of Umm Qasr, and things get a bit
the Brit ship "Sir Galahad" came to town. Since yesterday, we've been
food!), (hot!) shower and wash clothes there. I've had a few meals and
enjoyed the air
satelite TV news several times yesterday and today.
*** News flash! I just head that the ship is
"quarentined". I haven't verified this yet. I
this means we are again screwed. I may be able to tell you this before
up this message.
Hah! It **IS** quarentined due dissentary (spelled right? Naw!). Now I
that we don't
all get sick.
I took a hot
shower (water pressure AND heat at the same time!) and had breakfast,
did laundry on
the Brit ship whil I enjoyed the air conditioning. We had a BBQ with
and dogs that
the ship flew out to us on the copter. Life is good. (Well, it sucks
anyway). I watched TV as SkyTV did a story about the ship that I was on
at the time.
humanatarian ship arrived yesterday and unloaded. I think that things
rapidly for the people around here. I certainly hope so. It looks like
getting out of
here soon. I can't discuss where we'll be going or what we'll be doing,
our work is
done. I'll let you know as I can.
A bunch of us
got tired of dealing with dirty, stinking greasy hair and shaved our
So for the next
day or so I'll look like a cancer patient or a nazi skinhead (with
sounds kind of extreme, but feels really good.
I've got the TV
going while I listen to music on the MP3 Player (Thanks Rusty!).
There's no point
in trying to
listen to the TV sound cuz it's in Arabic or Farci or ??? So I just
look at the pictures.
There are times
that they pick up a feed from CNN, Fox or Al Jazeera and you see the
in one "window"
and another with the "arab dude or dudette" providing translation and
the Arab audience. We get TV from Iran, Iraq and Kuwait here (on the TV
looted from an
abandoned office <just like LA!>). Our place is about as wired as
you can be in
disgusting old warehouse. We have TV, LAN, AC and DC power and
lighting. Electric fans
and I was going
to steal a refrigerator today, but it looks like I'll be leaving
enables you to
do things that you'd never imagine youself doing (looting, killing and
food made in
1992). I've avoided killing, not caught any diseases (yet) and only
I'll be returning everything) a bit. We did "open" a few uncooperative
with a forklift
(That was really satisfying! Are you listening Cingular Wireless?). I
have a hard time
taking the TV out of there, as I just kept flashing back to Rodney King
Some of our
MRE's **WERE** made in 1992, but the government assures us that they
edible (they wouldn't lie).
Some of the
video on the sat TV was really dramatic and surreal. I know that it was
some of the reporters and places and other things. This whole thing has
been a unique
I may be on a helecopter tomorrow out of here, we'll see how it goes. I
that the 3 of us from Mobile Unit SEVEN may be able to leave ahead of
Lets all keep
our fingers crossed (mine are).
Tim Rainer came
out on the bird yesterday from the ship. Last night was his first night
to sleep (and
othewise function) here. He's adapted well, though he had the usual
with all the
machine gun fire" problem. Before you get really alarmed, all of the
sounds we hear
are not REALLY machine guns. This will sound really odd to you I'm sure
of us have these
fold up cots that sound EXACTLY like machine guns when you roll over. I
one of these (I
sleep on the floor, it's OK though). But the sound they make is exactly
fire. This is a
cruel trick, that I couldn't have dreamed up it's so nuts. Your first
really sucks. I
was here earlier when it was less safe than today and was scared
better rapidly.I'll close for now but tomorrow brings many
possibilities: Saddams demise?
Unexpected travel to another area garden spot/armpit?
hear from me tommorow or shortly after.