14 June 2010

Fires, books, and beer

Props to SpongeBob for snagging this picture of me coming out of the office.

I suppose I lost track of time again so it's been a while since I posted last.  I have been putting a lot of energy into tweaking my Amazon.com profile hoping that I can get my reviewer score high enough to get in the Amazon Vine program (apparently it's a program where you can get free stuff sent to you if you just review it).  It sounds exciting enough, so I've been spending what little free time I have between work and studying trying to post reviews of books and other things (you can check it out http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AUCOL2XUE1IX7?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_T16_56).  If you feel like it, like or dislike my reviews so I can move up in ranking.

Other than that, it's been interesting lately.  We are currently going through a transition, a downsizing if you will.  More on that later though.  I've been keeping busy fighting various fires... literally.  In the past week we've had two dumpster fires and a connex fire.  None of our stuff got hurt thankfully, but I did get to use the fire extinguisher on the dumpsters (honestly how many times do you actually get to use a fire extinguisher).  In an unrelated fire incident I managed to set my hand on fire.  It's okay, but it looks like I was bitten by a zombie (perhaps I'll post pictures of that later).  Below is a picture that LT III Don (aka FrieDaddy) took of me.  I am not sure what's going on in this picture, but I believe I am still reeling from the dumpster fire.

It's been pretty hot here lately (I'm beginning to see a theme), and I have mad respect for the guys that do the real engineer work while I sit in the office all day.  Today was the Army's Birthday and to celebrate, they gave out a limited number of beers with dinner.  The rules for getting the beer were needlessly complex, but I guess it makes the Army feel like it gave us something.  Beer here is a big deal since it's expressly prohibited by General Order 1A (aka the Fun Prohibition Rule).  I didn't partake largely because having to ride a bus a half an hour for two beers really isn't my idea of a good time.

I've been paying particularly close attention to the special economic system we have going here, which seems to revolve around hard to come by items such as printer cartridges and Kuwaiti water (it comes in little bottles that don't get hot before you finish it).  Other items can be traded for engineering work or any number of food items.  My item of the week to obtain is fire extinguishers (to replace the used ones from the dumpster fires).  I have an acquisition team looking for those along with spray paint... another commodity here.

Until later...

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