I love being involved in IBOL. I really do.
Yesterday morning, in the skies over Afghanistan, someone pushed a rig out of a perfectly good airplane, and used an airborne delivery to put some IBOL / ABOL bundles on the ground in a remote part of Afghanistan.
Just think about that one for a second. A guy in Baghdad, on a website in America, working with volunteers from all over the place (and not just in America), sending sewing, knitting and quilting supplies to an air base in Afghanistan, to be loaded onto and dropped out of an airplane.
Pretty darn-tootin’ cool, if you ask me. It’d be better only if they let me jump in, too.
And if yesterday wasn’t awesome enough, I closed out my day with almost an hour on the phone with Jan, one half (the better half?) behind the Lamia Afghan Foundation. What in the world would we have to talk about? Wow, what didn’t we talk about — logistics, contracts, tax status, vendors, 4×4 trucks, etc. But at the root of it all? My quest for sewing machines.
See, I’m stuck on a problem. The CST and the FET’s are a great match for IBOL/ABOL, as I see it. But sewing machines are always an issue — cost, availability, and (yes!) electricity. I can’t do money, I can’t make electricity, but maybe I can work availability.
So, we’re talking. I am interested in a solution more than I am in it being my solution. I am worried about finding a way to get it done, than I am about who does it. I know we can figure something out — it just takes some more head scratching, maybe some emails, maybe a phone call or two — and, I’m sure, some napkins on which to doodle and sketch.
So, yeah — sewing machines. Manual, nonelectric sewing machines, like the Janone 712T or something. Something local in Afghanistan is best — with service and parts and all that being right there, local.
More to follow. Email me if you have ideas — I’m open to everything. I’m stalking this like it’s a white whale and whale hunting wasn’t seen as a bad thing like i actually is. Wow — I just realized that Moby Dick is entirely wrong, in our society today. Bummer.