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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

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Chipin Widget

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Blowing Bubbles

"Rest is the sweet sauce of labor."
-PlutarchGreek biographer & moralist (46 AD - 120 AD)

"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."
-OvidRoman poet (43 BC - 17 AD)

We are given four days during our 6 month tour that we can use as a "pass." In the past we were able to fly to different places but because it takes so long to travel back and forth we are restricted to taking our pass in country. So today was one of my pass days. It allowed me to catch up on all of the things that I have been putting off like laundry, cleaning my room, and downloading all of the software that was on my old hard drive. I am officially ready to start disorganizing my life again.

At night we had a short smores party at the fire pit. I received a big box filled with all of the essential ingredients from a reader. It was fun.

Since it was a slow day I thought that I would post some more pics from yesterday's VCR. Most of these were not taken by me, including the title pic.

This girl was just too cute. Here she is trying to blow bubbles.









Here is a cute kid with a balloon.

This picture pretty much sums up the sentiment of their situation.

A man carrying a bag of coal back to his home.


Here I am getting a little too close to a goat. Notice where the goat is in relation to the homes.

Thanks for reading.

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