By Request….

I won’t say by popular demand, because only a few of my friends have worked to persuade me to return to blogging. So, since I have a back catalog of my posts from 2003 through 2009 I will begin re-posting those a few at a time, with some updates based on the evolution of my opinions, and I’ve already started with some draft articles. There was a time when I was a very prolific blogger. Don’t expect a return to those days. I may return in some way to photoblogging, and will likely return to milblogging to a degree, but I … Continue reading By Request….

Bogen Manfrotto 3021b Pro Tripod

For the last three years I have been learning the very basics of photography, as can no doubt be seen in many of the shots I have displayed here in days past. I‘ve taken countless sunset shots that could have been dramatically improved by simple compositional changes. Many “landscape” shots could have been much better if I’d known some pretty basic rules concerning the so-called golden hours at dawn and dusk. However, my main sticking points have been a basic lack of understanding of some of the most important, yet easily overlooked, accessories and their applications. The most important accessory … Continue reading Bogen Manfrotto 3021b Pro Tripod

The President has Left the Building

George Bush just left the Bob Hope Dining Facility a short time ago, but not before interrupting my chances at dinner.  I simulated by having a Turkey MRE.  I understand, the dinner was supposed to be a morale builder for the troops and that makes the interruption understandable, I just wish I’d known in advance, I’d have eaten something for breakfast or lunch to make sure I’d had a hot meal. For that matter, if I’d known DURING the meal, I could have gotten pictures to post here when he left. That’s okay, one of the guys I work with … Continue reading The President has Left the Building

Glad I’m not at another Site

Due to the fact that I don’t know who is reading this blog, and I know that some wives of contractors are, I’m going to keep this one vague, deliberately. I talked to a guy by the name of Robert, with Red Sea Housing, this afternoon.  He was telling me that he’d just returned from another site where, overnight, there were 101 mortar attacks against the camp.  Throughout the night there were firefights between the military and insurgents (believed to be Sunni).  He returned at first light this morning, without incident, other than lost sleep. I’m thankful that I’m not … Continue reading Glad I’m not at another Site

What You Don’t Hear in the Media

A soldier at the checkpoint told me yesterday that there were two Iraqi men, laborers, who had gotten into the habit of bringing food a few times a week.  These men would arrive later than the majority of the workers and talk with the soldiers as well as share food with them. Two days ago that stopped. The labor detail that these two men were part of had to go in earlier than usual and these men were recognized by some of the other workers.  The other laborers all started shouting “Saddam’s men!  Saddam’s Men!” and once identified the two … Continue reading What You Don’t Hear in the Media