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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

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Eat a Toad

"Eat a live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day."
-Unknown

That has to officially be my favorite quote yet. Can someone send me some toads? I would like for that to be the worst thing that happens to me while I am here.

Yesterday someone mentioned that they were having trouble viewing the school album. I hope I fixed the problem. Let me know if you are still having problems. Those kids were something else.

Today was our "down day." We are not officially allowed to call it a day off because we are supposed to be on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I cleaned my rifle in the morning and I also got rid of a lot of unnecessary things in my room to get ready for the big move.

We had a ceremony for a fallen soldier today. It was the third that I have attended since I have been here. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers tonight.

I will cut it short today since there is not much going on. We have a busy week ahead of us. It should be very interesting.
Thanks for reading.

18 comments:

Susan said...

Your fallen hero is in our prayers as well as brothers and sisters in arms and family.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the fallen soldier. May he rest in peace.
Stay safe and continue the good work.

Barb said...

Well written article.

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