Saturday, May 08, 2004

Same Old, Same Old

Same Old, Same Old
Saturday, May 8, 2004
10:02:00 AM CDT

8 May 2004

Things have been pretty uneventful around here. I've been keeping up with my running and got up at 0515 to do 4.5 miles. With the daytime temps over 100 now, running in the mornings is about the only way to go. Don't want to run in the evenings because by the time I'm off at 8, seems to be abou the time the mortars are flying. I don't like the idea of running in the "Back 40" with nowhere to find cover. Plus, mortars just kind of break up the whole running routine.

The chow hall keeps on getting more food. Over the past couple of days we have been reaquainted with the likes of apples, oranges, lettuce, tomatoes and hopefully some bananas (need that potasium). I had heard that at one point there were some 19 trucks of food up in Balad/Camp Anaconda awaiting a convoy south. Well, they're here and we're happy.

No if only our BX/PX (Base Exchange/Post Exchange) would receive some stuff. There are *no* drinks at all in there except liters of sweetened crappy tea from Turkey and some bottled water. Like I should pay for bottled water when I can get it anywhere on base! The chow hall (DEFAC-Dining Facility) has had packets of dry powder Gatorade available for free too, but that doesn't mean that we wouldn't and didn't buy it cold in this heat. I think they're holding out on us. The new BX/PX circus tent is opening on Victory North on Monday and we think alot of the stuff has been diverted over there. This place will be about 10 times as big as our current BX, and will hopefully have some selection of items (and probably only 3 working checkout lanes!!)

But everyday we still go over to our BX and wander the isles like Zombies in Dawn of the Dead in the shopping mall, hoping to see that one new item that they just got in. The service and selection kind of resemble the remarks of Lily Thomlin when she played Ernestine the Operator on Laugh In. "Sir, Sir, We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company!" As if to say that if you don't like what we have, shop somewhere else!
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