Posts Tagged ‘SSP’

Say hello to Lita

June 19, 2011

You’re going to want to swing by here and take a read of what Lita said in an awesome comment.

I also received a few SSP5 Operation BBD packages. These donations will be sent to a refugee camp in Kunar Province. The refugee camp has been there for many years and the hundreds of refugee children adore receiving the small tokens of friendship.

Thank you, Lita — so very nice to hear from you, and thank you for such nice words.

Sunday morning update

June 19, 2011

So, it’s been a busy week.

Bundles are arriving in Afghanistan, and the crew there is building the first shipments for onward movement.  And the more Super Secret Bundles have arrived, too.  It’s been a busy, busy week.

Buuuut, I got some photos in the mail.  And some awesome, awesome notes of encouragement.

So, back to a quiet Fathers Day. I’m watching a horrible movie, and doing some research on manual / hand-crank sewing machines.  Really — that’s how I spent Sunday mornings in Iraq.  And yes, my own dad would agree with both my choice of actions and even my movie selection.

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

May 31, 2011

Let me put this bluntly — my poor in box is taking a beating this week!

Thanks to all of you for leaving a comment, and sharing some great emails, and passing along such kind works of inspiration.  It’s nice to know that there are more than a couple of people out there willing to help.  I do appreciate it.

And SSP5 seems to have some takers.  I’ll be most curious to see how this one turns out.  I like Super Secret Projects — they are a fun distraction.

And before I close up shop for the night, here‘s a short article some of you might enjoy.  Nice, nice story.

Super Secret Project 5

May 30, 2011

Let’s not mess around this time. IBOL –> ABOL kicked off yesterday, and it’s already time for a SSP!

Ladies and gentlemen, I am looking for a few volunteers to help with Super Secret Project 5, Operation BBD.

  • No, I am not going to tell you what Operation BBD stands for.
  • Yes, the BBD part is important — and it’s a secret.
  • I am hoping to find a platoon of folks ready, willing and able to help with this most super, most secret side project.
  • It’ll be fun.  It won’t involve angry ferrets.
  • Target audience is folks whose kids are a little bit older now, but who still have too much of their old stuff laying around.  There’s a certain kind of something in demand in Afghanistan, and this Super Secret Project is to try to do something about that.

Sound mysterious?  It should.

Interested?  Leave me a comment or shoot me an email and I’ll send to you all of the Super Secret Details.  (insert maniacal laugh soundtrack).

Super Secret Project 4

April 28, 2011

Hiya, everybody.  So, here we are, coming down to the wire for getting bundles into the mail for Fallujah.  End of the week, if you can — getting things in the mail by the end of April means stuff should make it out to the far reaches of the world, or Fallujah, by mid to late May.  So, there’s still time if you’re putting the final touches on something or are just really, really quick about it.

And if you’re not super quick, and you’d find yourself missing that deadline?  Fear not.  I’m closing up the details for the next go around.  We’re take a small pause with the ending this month, catch our breath and, for me, sleep a little bit, and then kick off the next surge.  Will it be good?  Nope — it’ll be awesome.  Stick around, check in from time to time, or, if you’re brave, there’s an email subscription option over there on the right side of the page — you’ll get updates to the blog right there in your email in box.  Think of it like the flood of AOL CD’s you use to get in the mail, just not annoying or bad for the environment.

So, we have one last thing to talk about.  SSP4.  Time to be straight about it.

Super Secret Project 4 has been about babies.

Really.  Babies.  Yes, the hard-core killer Army guy behind IBOL has a soft spot for babies.

Who: The SSP4 Platoon
What:  Receiving blankets
When:  Now through the end of April
Where:  Kurdish region and Kirkuk to start, for onward usage across Iraq
Why:  Because helping babies is pretty awesome.  And by pretty awesome, I mean totally awesome.

Jessica from preemptivelove.org contacted me about IBOL a while ago, and pitched the idea of doing something together.  Preemptive Love operates out of northern Iraq, but they also do work in an Nasariyah, near my beloved marshes. It’s worth going to their site to read about what they do.  Anyway, they have access to different places, and different groups.  While IBOL3D has been about helping widows in places like Fallujah, SSP4 is about the little ones.

So, we came up with a plan.  With some recruited volunteers, folks have been sending their hand-made receiving blankets to Kirkuk, for onward movement to the Preemptive Love folks in Sulaymaniyah.  Jessica and crew will bring them along on their medical missions, and share them with families and new babies.  Which is pretty awesome, I think.

To all of you who helped with this, thank you.  These types of side projects are kinda fun.

And for all of you who helped out, by all mean, now is the time to come out of the woodwork and leave a comment about.  Share your stories, share your photos, tell tall tales if you must.  Because there are a lot of you, and a lot of neat stories that you’ve shared in emails about what you’ve done with this side project.

350?

April 13, 2011

I meant 400.  Apparently, counting is not my string suit.  That, or I can’t read my own handwriting.  The Baghdad 500 surge has brought it about 400 bundles.

And yes, Super Secret Project 4 is still underway.  Wonderful, awesome response from probably 50+ folks.

Oh, and for the record, I don’t think it’s cool for anyone to leave their alarm clock set, and to leave their room.  Some yahoo has had their alarm going off, unattended, for what I am guessing is a good long while.  I’m back in my room now, with enough time to blog this, get changed and go to sleep, but even old-deaf-IBOL-guy can hear the beeping coming from however far away it is.  Phooey.  Party foul.

Sorry about that

April 10, 2011

We now return you to our regularly scheduled program.

Sorry about that, folks.  Army and Iraq and all that stuff sorta got in the way this week.  I have been delinquent in posting news here.

News.  What to say?  Well, let’s start close to home.

This was an interesting week here in Iraq.  On Friday, Iraqis took to the streets to protest the continued US presence in Iraq.  CNN says that the day was chosen to mark the anniversary of the fall of the old regime, but I don’t think that really captures it.

It was the Shia that came out to march.  I am sure that some marched to commemorate the death of the late Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr.  Some probably marched over Bahrain, and the conflicts there.  Some probably even came out to protest the operations in Libya (even though it’s a Sunni popular there).   There’s nothing simple in Iraq, not even people coming out to the streets to march in a protest.

But beyond Iraq, it’s been a week of continued strife and turmoil in across the Middle East.  Egypt, Syria, Tunisia — there are still tensions and troubles throughout the region.

I do hope you’re following along.  Read what you can.

Now, as for IBOL news. well, let me say thanks.  I had been hoping to make a side trip out west this week, in the hopes of stopping in to Fallujah to say hello to the crew there (and to see if any bundles had arrived).  It was good and bad that the trip was scrubbed — good, in that my was bonkers this week, but kind of a bummer in that I was hoping to stop by and see them.

And I have one more stick in the fire.  I saw this article online, and am trying to reach them.  Trying.  It’d be nice to find a way to lift and shift IBOL to Afghanistan, without me having to actually go there.  (Don’t get me wrong — I’m sure it’s a nice place, but it’d be nice to stay at home for a little bit sometime).

So, stay tuned.  It’s 3 more weeks of this round of IBOL, pushing much needed stuff into Fallujah.  We’ll see what happens after that.

Oh, and yes — Super Secret Project 4 is still ongoing, and SSP4 is still awesome.  I think we have a platoon of volunteers, but if you want in, well, now’s about the time to chime in.  Time is running out.

The Super Secret Project of Awesomeness

March 24, 2011

Thank you all for the awesome response!  Quite a few people have taken the bait and asked for more details about SSP4.

Here, let me share some more.

  1. If I tell you here on the blog what it is, I am probably lying.
  2. OMG, we’re all going to each make a diorama in a shoe box, of a scene from American history.  We’re going to mail them to second graders in Iraq, so they won’t have to do it and can just skip that rite of passage.
  3. It’s going to run through the end of April.  There’s time.
  4. I toss around a range of number sometimes — 100 to 150.  I think small.  By all means, feel free to show me that I think small.
  5. This is again about access — we’ve figured out a way to do something good and neat, in a way that is pretty easy to do but without a military role, would be next to impossible I think.  Three hooahs for the military, huh?

So, keep ’em coming.  Spread the word some.  if you think it’s a good idea, I bet others will, too.  And it’s not astro-physics (and please, if you are an astro-physicist, correct me if I am wrong) — this is in the realm of do-able.  And kinda fun.

SSP4: Operation Dimple

March 23, 2011

For those of you who are IB♥L veterans, and who remember way back to the olden days, Super Secret Projects (SSP) have been little things I’ve done on the side during IB♥L.

  • SSP1 was working with Sew, Mama, Sew! to make bundles available online for sale, so geeks n0n-stash owners like my brother could still help with IB♥L (it was AWESOME!)
  • SSP2 was working with quilts.com and the Houston International Quilt Festival, for a massive surge at the end of the original IB♥L (it was AWESOME!)
  • SSP3 was a small group of less than 30, surging supplies into the Tikrit area (Saddam’s hometown and the seat of his powerbase), to help kids from an orphanage get ready for the new school year (it was AWESOME!)

It’s time for SSP4.  I am looking for a platoon of volunteers (meaning about 30), who are interested in making a few things to help out some truly awesome people.  It’s not really IB♥L related, because it deviates from the regular IB♥L formula for success.  And it’s going to mean working with fabric (flannel?  fleece?) to make something, or a few things, before putting them into the mail.

But I can assure you — it will be AWESOME.

Does this sound cryptic?  Do I have your attention?  Leave me a comment or send me an email (since I know a lot of you have my address already) and I’ll send you the details for what I have been jokingly referring to (with my inside voice) as Operation Dimple.  It’s going to be fun.

SSP3 Revealed!

September 23, 2009

I added another page to the site, with the description of and initial photos from Super Secret Project 3 — Old Mother Hubbard.

No new bundles in the mail recently. Weather has been bad – have not seen a lot of mail arrive,