Dining In Baghdad

March 22, 2005 5:32 pm

"Sometimes you fight, sometimes you prepare to fight." — Ardayeva

"I forgot all about Jell-O until I got to this place." — Giglio

Most times I don't miss a meal, but, as there is no food in the place I currently live, it happens. Food tastes so good when you go 18 hours without it. I went into a restaurant where I had heard the waiters were obnoxious and where people got food poisoning. In fact, the waiters were fine, dressed in bow ties. I talked to one waiter a little, trying to figure out what was good. He brought me a mezza, hummus, eggplant, mixed and ground up vegetables, and toasted bread. Then he brought out olive oil. There's a whole "Yes sir. Thank you sir," thing going on with almost everyone I deal with. It's politeness and it's distance. Then lentil soup then mixed grill, then tea, and then shopping.

A lot of people in Iraq have sold what they had; you see a lot of silver for sale. There are also a lot of watches — knock-off fancy watches and real old watches. I found a Roskopf pocket watch that looked interesting. It was old, heavy, and silver. The woman said it was her best one. She opened up the back and you could see the movement. It was somebody's watch once, and maybe they thought they were going to pass it on, but they had to give it up.

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Hey Steve,

Would you please send Short Fat Man over here?? I could use him to accompany me to Kroger where the natives are restless and couldn't push a cart in a straight line if their lives depended on it. (Only kidding!) Stay safe and keep sending us those GREAT reports. The series from the Congo was outstanding! You're in my prayers.

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— Richard (Vienna, VA)

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