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Trip to Iraq: Still Waiting to Depart Kuwait

Well, I've been here in Kuwait, at tent city on an undisclosed military base, since yesterday afternoon, and am now simply waiting for one of the many flights north to have an empty seat on it for me. Since 90% or so of the people here (military, contractor, press) are in transit - to or from Iraq or Afghanistan - the flights are quite full, and the list for space available travel is pretty lengthy. However, I'm fairly confident I'll be en route to IZ before the day wears on too much longer.

Those going to and coming from the combat zone appear to be doing well; aside from missing their friends and families, there doesn't seem to be a real morale problem at this point. Of course, most of my information comes from those hanging out in the place where the most conversation goes on - the smokers' pit. Though I only smoke the occasional cigar myself, the information is good in the pit, and the tobacco smoke keeps those malarious mosquitoes away - a win-win situation.

For those who haven't been here before, it's very brown - the ground, the sky, the buildings, the tents, the people - and quite humid. The temperature isn't bad at all - mid 80s - because there are rainshowers in the area. Should be a little rain in Baghdad later today, as well, but it won't last long.

The setup here is good - great dining facility (DFAC), internet trailer, AT&T call center, McDonald's, etc., etc. However, it is simply a transit point, and I'll be happy to leave it behind until passing through on the way home.

Well, my internet time is running out. Be well, all - hopefully my next update will be from Baghdad!

Jeff Emanuel

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