25 May 2010

A Day in the Life of...

After learning from the comments on the last post (and Facebook comments) that people really are interested in the mundane details of our lives here, I have decided to attempt to share some of those details.

Much of my day consist of staring into a computer (well actually two - one for secret stuff and one for non-secret things).  I am largely confined to the 5 foot radius around my computer, but occasionally I am fortunate enough to attend various meetings (by occasionally, I mean at a minimum daily).  All of my work involves coordinating training activities and the various components of actual missions.  It seems relatively simplistic and straightforward, but the Army is extremely efficient in creating bureaucracy and inflicting it upon people.  Not to mention the overall mission structure is complex and there is a lot of coordination that must take place due to the fact that our trucks and soldiers now carry more electronics than a BestBuy (I was going to say Radio Shack but do they even sell electronics anymore?).

While I very much enjoy my actual job, I spend a large portion of my day yelling, complaining, and threatening people about the use of our civilian vehicle (referred to as a non-tactical vehicle or NTV in Army speak).  The NTV turns each day into a perverse game of capture the flag in which everyone tries to get the vehicle and obscure its where-abouts while every third person who walks by my desk ask where it is.  Despite a number of systems put into place to keep track of these vehicles (we only own 2) it continues to prevail as one of my more frustrating issues (this along with people not filling the water refrigerator back up).

Other than that life here is somewhat surreal.  Every office and living areas is contained within large concrete walls and it's like living within a giant maze.  Somehow we have all figured our way around, but navigating involves memorizing a series of landmarks in order to find the correct concrete cube containing your destination.  I get lost trying to find my room every other day.  We walk everywhere or take public transit (there is actually a good bus service here and we own a bus for the company).  The buses are small little Japanese creations that somehow fit as many people as a normal bus in like 1/4 of the space.  The roads are really bumpy and torn up (which is somewhat of a travesty considering we are horizontal engineers and horizontal engineers build and repair roads).

Until later...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

So happy our tax dollars are being so well spent.

Josh O'Conner said...

Thanks Anonymous! I don't remember speaking about egregious misspending of tax dollars, but I am sure that was in there somewhere. While I certainly respect your right to free speech and all that jazz... really? There are a number of more productive forums to express that opinion and I encourage you to use them (your elected representative office is perhaps an excellent place to start).

I write these post to provide an "on the ground" perspective to what's going on here and to provide some of the families of those I am over here with a little perspective into where/how/why we live. It's not really the forum to get into these types of things. All of us over here joined to help out in some way, y'all are more than welcome to sort out the politics of the beast while we are busy over here.