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12 Days of Christmas – The Baghdad Version

Getting into the holiday spirit – here are my 12 days of Christmas – in Baghdad:

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
a friend that’s going on leave!

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Two salsa nights
and a friend that’s going on leave!

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Three massage chairs
Two salsa nights
and a friend that’s going on leave!

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Four soldiers left
Three massage chairs
Two salsa nights
and a friend that’s going on leave!

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Five Duck and Covers!
Four soldiers left
Three massage chairs
Two salsa nights
and a friend that’s going on leave!

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Six kinds of ice cream
Five Duck and Covers!
Four soldiers left
Three massage chairs
Two salsa nights
and a friend that’s going on leave!

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Seven days of working
Six kinds of ice cream
Five Duck and Covers!
Four soldiers left
Three massage chairs
Two salsa nights
and a friend that’s going on leave!

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Eight helos flying
Seven days of working
Six kinds of ice cream
Five Duck and Covers!
Four soldiers left
Three massage chairs
Two salsa nights
and a friend that’s going on leave!

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Nine holiday parties
Eight helos flying
Seven days of working
Six kinds of ice cream
Five Duck and Covers!
Four soldiers left
Three massage chairs
Two salsa nights
and a friend that’s going on leave!

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Ten landscape workers
Nine holiday parties
Eight helos flying
Seven days of working
Six kinds of ice cream
Five Duck and Covers!
Four soldiers left
Three massage chairs
Two salsa nights
and a friend that’s going on leave!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Eleven Rhinos running
Ten landscape workers
Nine holiday parties
Eight helos flying
Seven days of working
Six kinds of ice cream
Five Duck and Covers!
Four soldiers left
Three massage chairs
Two salsa nights
and a friend that’s going on leave!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Twelve DFAC dinners
Eleven Rhinos running
Ten landscape workers
Nine holiday parties
Eight helos flying
Seven days of working
Six kinds of ice cream
Five Duck and Covers!
Four soldiers left
Three massage chairs
Two salsa nights
and a friend that’s going on leave!


Dancing Queen

I’ve made it to Baghdad! I’ve been here a little over three days, and have jumped right into the thick of things. I’ve gone to FOUR social events so far in my three days, all involving music. I started the evening I arrived, Sunday, with karaoke. The last three nights have been dancing, dancing and more dancing. Have I mentioned how much I love dancing? It really is a passion of mine – many of you know I’ll really dance anywhere – work, grocery store, hallway, on desks…I’ve even got others to dance for me! Well, here there is no shortage of dancing. Or dancing partners. There are usually a few more men than women, which is a departure from the norm practically anywhere else. It also means that these men actually are COMING TO DANCE! I love it, as it keeps me from dancing with myself. 🙂

My dancing at post started with salsa (that is, if you don’t count the dancing I did at karaoke). There were basic lessons, followed by free dance. I have a wonderful time! Lots of dancing and lots of fun. Last night it was country line dancing night. I realized, while this can be fun, it’s not my favorite – so many of them are so repetitive, and the songs so long, that I get bored by the end. And of course, I love doing my own thing, which line dancing doesn’t really give you the freedom to do. I also really like dancing with a partner – again, not much of that in line dancing. I may not go to that one again – it’s in another area, and just not really my cup of tea.

Tonight was ballroom dancing – we are learning the cha-cha. I danced with a number of people, and really got the steps down by the end. The instructor for ballroom dancing is a former professional ballroom dancer, so he really knows what he’s doing. I got a few ‘very good’ compliments from him and others throughout the evening, as well as helped a few others with some steps they were having troubles with. I went over to the teacher after the class was over to say hello and to introduce myself. As I walked over, he saw me and said, “Someone’s taken dance classes before!” I told him I hadn’t really taken any formal classes, a couple in college many years ago, and some musical theater, but I love dancing, and let him know he’ll see more of me at future classes! He said he also gives private lessons – I may take him up on it. I think this is one reason I’m going to have a great time in Baghdad. I always wanted to take dance classes, and here they are not only free, they are a two minute walk away and I don’t have to find myself a partner, because they are already there! And tomorrow night – our weekend – the bar is open, and there’s a DJ with all the dancing you could want!

Yes – I think I’m gonna like it here!


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