Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Looking for Tammy Faye Baker

Looking for Tammy Faye Baker
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
8:27:00 AM CDT

10 April 2004

I did kind of leave out an interesting episode from Thursday nights adventure at the club in the Marriott. It was probably about 2 am and Rick was fairly well-along and was carrying on a conversation with a Saudi guy (who had a body guard) at the table next to us. Clayton and I were discussing Kosovo since he had been there previously and I had been reading a book shortly before deploying to Iraq about the war in Yugoslavia. Well, I should have figured something was going to happen when anyone mixes Rick, Muslims on alchol (no, it's not a new Middle East Band, yet!) and the subject of religion! Next thing you know, Clayton has a hand grasping at his arm and shirt sleeve. We look over and Rick has his gand wrapped around the guy's silk shirt up to the guy's neck and saying, "Do you believe?!" I guess Rick turns into Oral Roberts or Jim Baker when he has a few beers. At the same time that Clayton is getting Rick to chill out, the Saudi guy's bodyguard is stepping in. Everybody calmed down and they were back to talking politics again in five minutes!

This Saudi guy actually had lived in the US for about five years and went to school in the US, so he was very sympathetic to us being in the Middle East. Out best advise to Rick is to give up any dreams he may have had of becoming a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department. That and he is absolutely forbidden to talk politics and religion after three beers or after communion on Sundays.
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