Posts Tagged ‘Bundle’

Fallujah and Bin Laden — things I never thought I’d say together

May 2, 2011

Just a couple things – it’s late, I’m tired, and all that good stuff.

1.  thank to all of you for the nice notes and emails today, regarding the recent military operations in the Afghanistan / Pakistan areas, in order to capture / kill Usama bin Laden.  I do appreciate your kind words and well wishes.  The jokes of the day was, of course, “Thanks, but you do realize I am in Baghdad, and that’s nowhere near Pakistan, right?”  All jokes aside, it’s good to see operations go smoothly, it’s good to see our Joe’s make it in and out OK, and it’s good to see that they hit the objective and the target was there.  Intelligence drives operations, or so they say.

2.  Fallujah.  Wow.  thank you, all of you, for all that you have done to help with Fallujah.  With it being rather remote, bundles will surely take some time to make their way to Fallujah.  But that’s OK.  You all are awesome for helping.

3.  I’m gonna take a short pause.  I’m going to have to let my foot off of the gas for IBOL for this month, and work on, well, work.  No, it’s no bin Laden’s fault; my battle buddy is on R&R, and I’m swamped.  Asking people to put bundles into the mail by the end of April was no accident; I saw this train wreck coming even back then.  So, bear with me while I bear down and try — try! — to do the work of two.  This should be interesting — the wailing and gnashing of teeth you hear is likely me.

4.  OMG, OMG, OMG.  June will being the next round of IBOL.  The big push, pre-Ramadan (which kicks off around 01 August, depending on the moon — really).  Why is it OMB?  I won’t be IBOL.  Yep — sealed the deal.  We’re pushing stuff to Afghanistan.  Maybe a little bit more to Iraq, we’ll see, but we have AWESOME plans for Afghanistan.  Get ready to get giddy, it’s gonna be a ball.  If you’ve enjoyed the secret projects, or enjoyed helping Iraq, or found solace or goodness or reward in helping with IBOL, I suspect you’ll find the same or more when you hear how this is going to play out.

But first, some sleep, some work, a little bit of food, and even some running.  Yes, besides all this, I am back out there running, and making noise about making a run at the Kauai marathon in the fall.  I’m too busy these days to run a fever, yet somehow I got it in my head to train for some longer running.  Egads.

But sleep.  That’s next.

And thanks.  Thank you all for tagging along on this mighty adventure.  Thank you for helping out in ways I never dreamed possible.

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Bundles into Fallujah

April 17, 2011

If you’re curious, the first of the bundles have arrived in fallujah.  Superman Jared told me this weekend that the first dozen or so had arrived.  “Are there more en route?” he asked.

Yes, Jared.  There are more en route.

The Baghdad 500

April 13, 2011

So, how’d we do?

We did just fine.  Box count for Baghdad right now stands at about 350, with some more in the mail.  I suspect we’ll max out around 400 by the time they’re all here.  Short of 500, but still a fine set of some awesome bundles for use in some of the tougher neighborhoods here in the city.

So, thank you.  Very generous of you all to help out.  We do appreciate it.

Turning off the spigot

March 13, 2011

Folks, I’m turning off the spigot.  Shutting off the valve.  Closing the tap.

For the 500 Bundle Challenge, I think we have it.  In going back over the emails, the notes, the comments in Facebook and all that, it sounds like the 500 are all on their way.

If you’ve talked to me about mailing bundles but have not done so yet, of course, go ahead and plan to mail them.  I just think I can account for 500, to include the ones people have said they are going to mail.

From here, I need to finish up for details for the next iteration of IBOL.  I have ideas, I have your feedback, I have a plan.

And yes, there are other things in the works.

Oh, and thank you.  Thank you for the bundles,  thank you for the kind words, thank you for the emails and the laughs.

Shhhhh, I have a new bundle count

March 7, 2011

We’re halfway there.

300 and counting

February 23, 2011

Just a quick note.  I had a few more people check in today; there are a hair over 300 bundles en route.  We’re getting there, folks.

Fun and excitement here in iraq, if sarcasm is allowed.  There are calls for protests in Baghdad and elsewhere, for this Friday.  Could the fires of Tunisia and Egypt be spreading to Iraq?  Well, we’ll all need to wait until friday to see — Iraq is one of those places where you need to wait and see it to believe it.

Exciting times, though.

New Bundle Count

February 22, 2011

Just like that, another almost 100 bundles arrived.  Poof — like magic.

Emails keep rolling in, too.  Folks asking for the address, but also wonderful comments and stories from people, sharing their tales of this little adventure of ours.  Pretty cool stuff.

And yes, one rule-breaker sent me about a dozen boxes of Girl Scout cookies.  Talk about making my day.  And talk about lighting up the faces of a few dozen Soldiers, too.  That was pretty awesome.

The high score

February 18, 2011

So, what’s the high score, you ask?

That’s a very “guy” question, I know.  Guys ask things like that.  But I’ll tell you anyway.

31.  The high score right now is 31.

When the planets align, and there’s a full moon (go check), and there’s cash in the wallet, and a stash to be busted, the high score becomes 31.

By the way — I am in awe.  You all see how giddy I get over one box, or photos of a bundle being made.  31 boxes?  Yeah, that’s pretty cool.

Anyway, i think I am caught up on email right this second.  Which means I should log off before more start to come in.  I’ll be on the road for a couple of days, so understand that it’ll be quite time for me – no emails, no twitter, no FB, nothing.  I’ll be…. reading a book, I guess.  Is that what that’s called?  I mean, it’s one of those bound paper thingies, like pre-Kindle.  So, I’ll check back in, in a couple of days.  If you need the address, leave a comment — just know that it’s going to be a couple of days again before I can answer it.

We have a bundle count!

February 10, 2011

if you view this from the main IBOL webpage, you’ll be able to look to the right side and see the bundle count.  It’s near the top, just under the listing of the various pages (About Me, FAQ, How to build a spy plane, Why cats barf, etc).  No, I’m not going to give the bundle count here — go see for yourself!

More on the box count, distro, and Houston

October 26, 2010

Busy time here in IBOL land.  Let’s review the bidding.

1.  The box count totaled out at around 900 — which, i have to say, is pretty darn-tootin’ awesome.  I’ll let you in on a little secret — moving by hand all those boxes in IBOL I just about broke me, and I was worried IBOL II would be the death of Nahed.  But she sent me a nice note (more on that in a second) and said that yes, the boxes have all arrived, and that it came to around 900 boxes.  I gotta say — that’s a very fine and respectable number.

2.  Thank you.  I think I’ve said it a few times this time around, but let me say that again.  Thank you.  I’m squirreled away in my quiet life in Hawaii, Nahed is busy making the world a better place in Hawaii, but you –all of you — are what has made this go-round of IBOL such a huge success.  Thank you for your caring, for your generosity, for your willingness to (gasp!) bust your stash in order to reach out and help others.

3.  And Nahed, if you’re reading this, let me again say, oh so very publicly, that you are my hero.  You have made my year.  I had thought IBOL was going to be a one-time hero, but you said you were game and that you could pull it off, and you sure have.

4.  Distro is still ongoing.  I’ve got some photos that Nahed sent, and a wee-bit of background to go with them.

In the middle there, I think, is Ms. Alcy Frelick, the head of the Office of Provincial Affairs at the US Embassy in Baghdad.  She was up in Salah ad Din, visiting the Provincial Reconstruction Team (where Nahed works) and had time to see some of the great things the PRT has been doing — and to visit a local sewing coop, where everyone regaled her with tales of IBOL.

I just love that, the world over, everyone makes cute clothes for kids.  And that red one on the bottom?  It could almost be a Happy Zombie special!

I think I mentioned this before — one of the local radio stations, just north of Tikrit and near the city of Bayji, has a radio station that is both active in the community and active in a lot of women’s issues.  The station was, and I think still is, run by a woman from the area, and she has been a strong supporter of IBOL in the area.  In conjunction with the visit from Ms. Frelick, the station came down to do some interviews as well.  How cool is that?

Do you see yours in here?  Someone will, I’m sure.  These are another example of why I love, love, love the bundle design — a snip here, a snip there, the box comes off, and poof, a bundle of love.  Awesome.

OK, so it’s a little out of focus.  But look — look at the all the thread!  Yahoo!

5.  And Houston.  OK, folks — in a week, the family and I head to the airport and fly across the Pacific and half of America, to meet all of you in Houston at the International Quilt Festival.  Shoot, the excitement is just about going to kill me — or drive me to song.  We’ve got some new threads, a handy-dandy new iPhone so we can take and post photos and videos, and yes, 1000 IBOL business cards to hand out.  Egads — I am sooooo going to be out of my element.  But, I will do my best, and I promise to be nice and police and courteous, and if that fails, to hide behind my kids and made their cuteness will you all over.  I’ll try to make some time to post some of the photos here, but if you want to see it while it happens (and yes, I’ll try to remind you again right before this all kicks off), I’ll be posted a whole lot to Facebook at the little IBOL corner of the world there.  So, grab you family, grab your camera, grab your IBOL shirt, and come meet us in Houston!