I’ve been having a wonderful time up here in Kirkuk – as I said, new adventures are what I’m all about! New friends, new experiences, and new terrain add up to me! So, in my short time here, here are a few things I’ve learned in Kirkuk. Hope you enjoy!
1. There’s a LOT of incoming here. It’s a little sobering, especially after attending a memorial for a soldier killed by IDF (indirect fire) just the week before.
2. The DFAC (dining facility) is bigger, but not better – I miss my Baghdad lettuce selection.
3. Honey Badger does whatever it wants. Honey Badger doesn’t give a shit.
4. Getting really drunk in a small place like this is NOT a good idea. (No, it wasn’t me!)
5. A lap dance is so much better when the stripper is crying. (Look it up!)
6. You make friends really quickly in a place like this. Someone up here asked me when I was leaving, so she could start crying now. I am loved. I’ve only been here a week and a half, with two more to go, but I already feel like part of the family.
7. You can have an awesome time around a table with four iPods and a love of music. It’s a music throwdown!!
8. Once people accept the idea of Pooh, they love him. It’s important to introduce him early, so people know that I’m not quite ‘normal.’ Normal is overrated – I am the kind of person that will sing to someone that comes into my office, and I’m the kind of person that will dance wherever I feel like it – I don’t seem to have those social inhibitions when it comes to singing and dancing. 🙂
9. When you are a good rover, people want to keep you. When you are a good rover AND crazy and fun like me, they REALLY want to keep you. I have a feeling I’ll be in high demand.
10. I love my life. Truly, simply, I love it. I’m so happy to be in this place in my life. I am such a positive person now! I thank all my friends and family that have helped me to get to this place in my life. I appreciate all who remind me how special I am and how much I mean to them. Friends, family, laughter, love – it’s wonderful! I hope to see you all around the globe soon!