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.