Sunday, April 25, 2004

Baghdad Cafe

Baghdad Cafe
Sunday, April 25, 2004
12:49:00 PM CDT

25 April 2004

Don't quite know at this point if the QC/ISO9000 storm has calmed any. I do know that I'm not going to pursue it any further and will shy away from giving *any* advise on the subject! Joe's favorite location for exiling people on his **it list is Taji (pronounced Tah' gee), so maybe I should call ahead for reservations. I spoke with Barb in Qatar today and she doesn't seem to think this QC firestorm will have any negative impact on me. Then again, she only deals with Joe on a casual basis, or shall I say that Joe avoids Barb on a casual basis? Speaking of Taji, five soldiers died from a rocket attack at Taji on Friday night. Four died that night and another died of wounds received on Saturday.

When I was out running yesterday (running off my frustration over this whole QC mess!) I saw for the first time a reconnaissance balloon passing over the east side of Victory. It started around North Victory and floated south past ISG/Camp Slayer. So if anything was moving around on the ground, I'm sure that it was noted. But then again, we had a sandstorm last night. It only lasted about three hours and then cleared up by 10pm. So if the insurgents were going to launch an attack, they still could have since most attacks haven't started until after 10 pm anyway.

Besides, if the insurgents don't get us, the food poisoning from the chow hall will! Four people from ITT have contracted food poisoning in the last week. Chris was kept overnight at the TMC (the medical center) and filled with 4 iv's from his bout with it. They told him that they can't shut down the chow hall, so basically the chow hall can operate with no restrictions on what dosages of botulism and E coli they produce for our consumption! Where are the senators and distinguished guests touring the base when you really have something worth sharing with them? They'd change their tune quickly about our so-called quality of life here if they left with a good case of Saddam's Revenge!! ;) The chow hall finally shut down the grill which was the suspected source. Just to be safe, I'm going to go the TMC to get my second round of hepatitus shots tomorrow. Who knows what else is being served up at the Baghdad Cafe*?

*Not to be confused with the potential cult movie classic, Bagdad Cafe!
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