Thursday, February 15, 2007

From Kuwait:

I flew over Baghdad last night around 2 AM on my way into Kuwait City. Two observations: It looked like a lively city with a lot of lights, which is a good sign; the lights were not in the form of tracer rounds aimed at the plane----even better sign.
I am at Camp Virginia, Kuwait while I wait for the final leg of the journey: Al Asad. The flight was as long as I thought it would be. We stopped in Newfoundland first. The flight crew said the ice cream was the best, so we ran across the tarmac to the terminal for chocolate ice cream. It was 20 degrees, but I really didn't have anything better planned. The second stop was in Budapest, Hungary, of which there are two districts: Buda and Pest, separated by the River Danube. We weren't allowed off the plane, nor did they bring us any we must have been in the Pest district.
The feedback I am getting back on the site is phenomenal! Thanks! Why does it seem like everyone is enjoying the blog more than I am????? .........that's not fair, people.


ChiTown Sandy said...

Carl, sounds like you really wanted some goulash. I'll find out how to make it while you're gone. You are right about us enjoying your blog. Lots of names of people I don't know...does my heart good to know you are loved by so many besides your family. God be with you and all those sent to Iraq. Love and peace.

Bruce said...

You have been doing a great job on the blog. So of course we are enjoying it.
What is the pest district?

Anybody can post a comment by choosing "other" in the identity field. No need for an account.

Anonymous said...

glad you made it squeak


Vanessa said...

Carl! Hi guy. We were only visiting among ourselves while we waited for you :) You know me. There are no strangers, only friends I haven't met yet LOL New people to talk to...
I totally get the chocolate ice cream thing in 20F weather.
But did you meet any Farkas' in Hungary? Farkas is hungarian for Wolf. Talk to you later.
Ness Farkas :)

Dad said...

I'd steer clear of the goulash if I were you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bruce, for telling me about the "other identity" option when leaving a comment.

I almost addressed this comment to "Thanks BTW, whoever you are".


Anonymous said...

Hey Carl!
Havin so much fun with the comments almost forgot about you. How ya doin? How's the weather?

Just kidding of course. We miss you, but you should have set up this a long time ago so I could meet your crazy friends.
By the way (aka btw), Vanessa wants to know the secret story of "Sleepy Hollow". Do you want to share that story with her or should I?


Anonymous said...

Bruce, thanks also for the "anonymous" tip. Sure makes things a whole lot easier.

ChiTown Sandy

P.S. Hi Carl

Desert Flier said...

The weather: our first sand storm, and I've only been here 24 hours! Visibility is down to 1/4 mile at best, and the sand is getting everywhere.......I'll leave that to your imagination. However, no sandstorm is going to keep me from the chow hall, rest assured....
Sleepy Hollow: OK, so I get to Illinois to visit family and friends for a few days before leaving and borrow my Dad's car. I was in it for 5 minutes when I got my first moving violation since high school.....

Anonymous said...

Good thing you won't be driving any tanks.

ChiTown Sandy

Bruce said...

Sand is everywhere. Do you have some good sunglasses or goggles?

I sure you will bring some back whether you want to or not huh.

Funny Sleepyhollow, 2 cops, I think. They are there everyday just waiting...
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Vanessa said...

Sleepy Hollow doesn't sound so sleepy to me! Sounds like they were wide awake :) Or at least had their radar on and the volumn turned up lol
I was not kidding you about that being a name I have picked out for my Quilt Shop...(OK, it is an 'imaginary' Quilt Shop but a girl can still dream in the good old U.S. of A, can't she?! :) Too funny.
Sand. ick.

Anonymous said...

Hey y'all!
I got an email from Carl today. Very brief. Said he and his unit will arrive in Al Asad about 10:30 a.m. Saturday their time which is about 2:30 a.m. Chicago time.
The only other comment was about having to re-pack his bag again and not expecting to sleep Friday night.
I'll let you know if I hear something else.


Vanessa said...

Hi Carl
I don't see anyplace on the blog to email you? Is your address still the same?
Hope you are making the adjustment OK... No hurry, just thinking about you is all.

Phil said...

Let me know where I can send a package of assorted gifts for you to enjoy over there.

Wendy said...

Hi Carl,
Hope all is well with you. We are watching your blog's our first blog so we don't know what else to do! Great pictures on your blog.

Take care & can't wait to hear from you,
Wendy & Ken

Anonymous said...

Hi Carl,
Talked to Uncle Chuck and Aunt Jean yesterday. He had trouble getting into the blog, so they wanted me to tell you they love you and take good care of yourself. (me, too)
Chitown Sandy

Anonymous said...

Carl, good to hear that your travels went well, Folks on Jet Blue airlines were stuck on the tarmac for 5 hours and they didnt get any ice-cream. If the sand gets too bad , maybe you can pick up a nice berka, with a Lexan grill. Hope you get some good rest soon . G

Anonymous said...

Carl good to hear your flights went ok. Jet Blue dosnt offer ice-cream,or goulash during their 5 hour layovers.If the sand storms get too bad pick yourself up one of those Berkas with the Lexan Grill. G

odette said...

MMMMmmmm Goulash!

Gwen Mangelson said...

HI Carl
I want you to know that my family supports your efforts, we believe in what you are doing and we are TRULY grateful for your sacrafices to protect or family here in the states. Please share this message so that all soldiers know we love them and appreciate you more than anyone can express!!
Gwen & Family

Sue said...

Greetings from Canada! Glad you enjoyed our ice-cream! I have had the icecream at the airport in NF and I airline crew (not Jet Blue LOL) we always try to get there and have some on a stop over.

Take care of yourself!