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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

Sunday, April 27, 2008

KAIA

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. "
-
Ralph Waldo EmersonUS essayist & poet (1803 - 1882)

Ok, that picture up top has nothing to do with Kabul or Afghanistan. Never the less, I thought that it was really neat and worth posting. That a look at it from both sides.

Today was a significant day in the clinic. We actually turned over all of the keys. The facility no longer belongs to us now.

I helped out with a nighttime convoy so I got in a little late tonight. I am a little tired right now but you know what they say, the blog must go on. Tonight was one of the first time that I traveled at night. We had to drop off our teammates at the airport. They are going to deliver the vaccines that were picked up yesterday.

Traveling at night was interesting. The streets are just as busy as during the day. We got to ride in style in an uparmored SUV. On the way to the airport I actually saw some Christmas lights which was somewhat surprising. The airport is called Kabul International Airport or KAIA (pronounced KIA). If you have orders to come to Kabul this is the airport you will be flying into.

We had a chance to eat at their dinning facility. The food that they served was pretty good. The food is prepared by European contractors. After we ate we stopped by a place called Air Force One. They serve food and they have some recreational activities.

I loaded a new picture book today. It was a long time coming. I discovered a bunch of old pictures that I thought were lost. The pictures are of Fort Riley and of the Oz Museum. Yes, that's right, Kansas has an Oz Museum. It was in a little strip mall. It was as you would expect a little museum in a small town in Kansas would be. I still had a great time and enjoyed the trip.

Thanks for reading.

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