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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving in Iraq

Here I am during the 10k run,
not a bad way to prepare for the big
feast that was coming later on.

Normally I love Thanksgiving, this year was a weird one. First off I was 8000 miles from my family and this was the first big holiday away from home. I spent the morning participating in a 10k “Fun Run,” called the Turkey Trot. Then I was off to work. That’s just not the same as watching football. After work I traveled back to the Embassy Annex area for Thanksgiving dinner.
Unfortunately it wasn’t that easy, on the way the indirect fire alarm went off. So we all offloaded our vehicle and entered the bunker nearby. I’m not really sure how many or where the rockets actually landed but spending part of my thanksgiving in a bunker was a new experience for me. I’m hoping it’s not going to be a new holiday tradition.
The all-clear sounded and we finally got to eat our holiday dinner. KBR, the government hired contractors that handle the food service, put on quite a spread. Everything you could ask for was available. I got totry a few foods that were never on the menu at home. All in all it was a good day, just allot different than any Turkey day I’ve had before.

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