One of the positive opportunities that comes with a deployment or just overseas travel is getting to sample the cuisine locale. I was in the British PX today and ran across a can of Indian Tonic Water I had not seen before. It was not nearly as bitter as I expected, especially since it contains quinine. Somewhere between Sprite and 7up but not as sweet and without the bite of ginger ale. I highly recommend it as a wonderful refreshment on a hot day. The view in the picture is from my room looking out at the mountains around Kabul.
I also wandered into the Turkish PX and found a good deal on some Meerschaum pipes, so I will likely be picking one up.
I also had a black coffee with a shot of espresso at the coffee bar at the airfield, very good and the ambiance is great. It gave me some wonderful ideas for a coffee bar and bakery that I think would be fun to run. One wall has sets of couches with high wood backs behind them, facing each other over low tables and the other wall has tables for 4, many with chess sets at the ready. It was pretty empty, but an Afghan official and a US LTC were playing chess at one table and 2 Brit contractors were talking shop, complaining about the lack of understanding regarding ISR and SIGINT assets among their bosses on a set of couches.
Got in my first workout this morning, we have a pretty good gym and time to use it, so I am making the most of it.
I am slowly getting in the saddle here. My job wont be hard, but a lot of high visibility. Fortunately I am an experienced Powerpoint Ranger, as I prep the monthly slides for briefings for about 200 Colonels and then a follow-up brief for about 35-40 Generals around the world. Not a good place to screw the pooch!
And let me say publically, for my kiddos, I am VERY proud of each of you, for doing so well in all your endeavors and for being such a wonderful strength for your Mother and I for these months. You are my heroes.