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Hello and welcome to my blog. It is a blog about an Air Force Physician that was reluctantly deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan for 6 months.

I have to admit, I did not exactly volunteer for the deployment, and I was a little anxious about how it would all turn out. I ended up making the best of it, and surprisingly, I actually had a pleasant, life changing, experience.

I decided to keep the blog up and running because I kept on hearing, "Why is it that you only hear the bad news coming from Iraq and Afghanistan." I figured that I was helping spread a positive message about what we are doing over. Even more important, I wanted to continue to spread the word about the plight of the Afghan people, 99.9% of which are the most incredibly friendly people that you will ever meet. The title picture is a great example of that. I have never encountered such genuinely warm and friendly people. It was so strange to see so many people with so little material objects, yet at the same time, filled with so much of the joy that comes with close family ties, abundant friends, and a close knit community. We could definetly learn a lot from them.

You may notice, as you read the blog in its entirety, my arc. I shift from focusing on myself and my personal comforts, to shifting my focus on the Afghan cause. It is very easy to get distracted by the hustle of daily life and the comforts that the U.S. provides. It is really a challenge to awake from that coma and to start to care and think about the welfare of other people unrelated to you. I think it really took me about 4 or 5 months before I really opened my eyes and became personally affected by what I was experiencing. I hope I was able to recreate it.

I have tried to keep the blog squeaky clean so as to not offend anyone (or get me in trouble-I am still in the military). Even though I am a political junky with very strong personal opinions I have been steadfast in keeping this site free of any politics. I was called to do a job and I tried to do it to the best of my ability regardless of my political stance.

I recreated the blog to read more like a book, or should I say blook (get used to the corniness it only gets worse from here) just to make it an easier read. I have removed some names and pictures just to keep it more anonymous. I hope that it helps in making it less about me and more about the cause.

Lastly, in the spirit of the blog, I decided to include the Chipin Widget that I used to raise money for Nazia. If I get any additional money I will send the funds to The Women of Hope Project and someone over in Kabul will discretely give it to her (unless I hear otherwise). You can also contribute directly to the Women of Hope Project website. They are a wonderful cause. If you enjoy this blog then feel free to contribute. I am sure that once you read her story you will be very moved.

So kick back. Get ready to hopefully laugh and definitely cry.
If you like what you read then post a comment. I will be continuously editing this site in an attempt to improve it. Who knows maybe one day it will become a book!

Enjoy. Thanks for reading.

-Shazdoc

Today Show Clip

Chipin Widget

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Christmas Spirit

"Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet."
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Bob DylanUS singer & songwriter (1941 - )

Today was the first day of rain. It was wonderful. Kabul was in need of it badly. Aside from being in a drought, the rain helps to keep down the dust.
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It is starting to get really cold. We are expecting it to snow very soon.
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OK, I said that I would never move again, believe it or not, I just moved again. Hopefully, this will be my final move. Apparently, the 4th time is a charm. I have a very nice roommate. I just have to figure out what I am going to do with all of my stuff. I think that I am going to have my bed raised tomorrow and then I will just shove everything under it.
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I have started to get a lot of things in the mail and I am have not been able to display everything on my blog yet. Here was the stack of mail that was waiting for me when I got back.
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Yes, that big package was a Christmas tree from Soldiers' Angels. We have officially welcomed the Christmas season into our office. My new crew helped me decorate the office. Take a look at some of the fun.







I know, you are probably asking, "Did you have to use duck tape to hold up the garland and the wreath?" It was the only thing we had handy so we had to make due.
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It is pretty funny because I have had so many Christmas firsts this year. One of the big ones was sending out Christmas cards (my wife usually does it).
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We all had a good time decorating the office. It was really fun. When we were all done Adam asked if the flickering of the Christmas lights was normal. Steve said that that it is a normal occurrence right before they catch on fire. Good thing the fire extinguisher is nearby.
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Thanks for reading.

16 comments:

mona.ivy@gw.cherokee1.k12. sc.us said...

Dr. H,
If we wanted to send school supplies for the school, where would we send them?
Mrs. I

GP said...

Send them to me and I will forward them on to Betsy.

Gian Hernandez
CSTC-A Command Surgeon Office
APO AE 09356

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