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Dear Deb,
One more voice wishing you well.
Is there anything we can send you?
Be safe and thank you.
Penny in Bristol

----- Original Message -----
From: "Deb Beckett" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 12:30 AM
Subject: Hello from Kuwait


> Hi all,
> Just a quick note to say hello from the desert.  All
> here is OK, getting used to a whole new way of life
> out here.  I have been following the upcoming
> elections in Iraq pretty closely and have come to the
> conclusion that poll workers at home should never
> again complain about whats being served for lunch.
> Its really pretty amazing to watch some of this, most
> areas are up and ready to go with no problems but in
> some places, the election workers are being assinated,
> bombed, kidnapped, etc.  The amazing thing is people
> are still volunteering to be a part of the process.
> It will be interesting to see how things unfold on the
> 30th.
> I am starting to get used to living in the desert.  I
> have discovered that eating an ice cream cone outside
> during a sand storm does not work.  Toothpaste also
> attracts sand on a windy day (our sinks are all
> outside) and it is better to use the port-a-potties
> within 10 minutes of them being cleaned (usually
> between 9:15 and 9:30 in my area).
> My new job is pretty good as jobs go out here.  I am
> on the Quick Response Force.  That just means I get to
> ride around in humvees doing roving patrols of the
> outer perimeter and inner perimeter.  Pretty much we
> check fences, berms, guard towers to make sure the
> guards are awake and alert, we also provide security
> for incoming convoys and general stuff like that. And
> respond to any threats at the entry control point.
> Yesterday we did come upon an unexploded ordinance
> (UXO) - we guarded it until the bomb disposal guys
> could blow it up.  Fortunately things have been pretty
> uneventful for us.  Our shift is 24 hours, generally
> 12 hours of patrol and 12 hours of stand-by.  I just
> came off a little while ago.  My squad has patrol on
> the night shift (7 PM till 7 AM).  Have seen some
> pretty awesome sunrises and sunsets on this shift.
> Well, I have to go as there is a line forming here at
> the cyber center.
> Good luck with the upcoming town reports and town
> meeting.
> Bye for now
> Deb
>
>
>
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