Friday, December 18, 2009

Greetings from Afghanistan!

Dear Friends!

I finally got access to the Internet! damned authorities don't want soldiers blogging so the whole Milnet prohibits Blogger and all the other blogging sites. Bunch of bull---- if you ask me.

I've got lots to tell y'all, but most importantly is that I am fine, fit, and hale. No worries or problems, but the truth is I've missed blogging and every one of you too! I've been able to touch base with a couple of you, but the net is rather difficult to access here.

I'll start plugging in stuff again as soon as I can get my notes organized.

A couple of quick notes:
Afghanistan is a dirty, dusty place.
The roads are awful.
The people are nice. To your face.
Don't ever turn your back on them.
The Afghan people can barter like nobodies business.
Kids are kids no matter where they come from.
Always, always, check your oil, carry a spare, make sure your jack, wrench, and any other tools are in your vehicle before you leave.
The Bagram to Kabul run is pretty safe; at 70 mph all you need to worry about is stray goats.
The Kandahar to Kabul run though, is different story; bring spare underwear and class VIII.
A 45 in its holster is about useless. God gave you two hands, use one.

Plenty more to follow! I don't know how often I will be able to post, but it should be pretty frequent.

Best Regards,


Hubert Hubert said...

Well, that's a relief! I've been wondering how you're getting on out there, Albert, so it's good to read a post from you sounding so chipper and all.

The net has been a duller place, but I'm sure Afghanistan has been keeping you occupied.

Keep taking care of yourself out there, y'hear?


James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Heh! You do get around!

Wishing all of the best... and I know that you will take care of the rest.

Merry Christmas!


hodgeman said...

Glad to hear from you and that you're in one piece.

.45? What the heck... I'd say in your predicament that a pistol is about useless.

That's why God had the M1A created...

NorCal Cazadora said...

Albert, so good to hear from you! I hope you'll have internet access long enough to get this wish in time: Merry Christmas!


Albert A Rasch said...

Thank you my friends! I'm all safe and sound on the major bases. But I'll have more to say about that as the days roll by. I should have access to the internet for at least a couple more weeks.

I've missed blogging quite a bit, but now i need one of those usb to SD chip connector things for the pictures. Things like that are hard to come by!

Anyhow, happiest of holidays to everyone! And thanks again for thinking about me while I'm gone. Don't forget about the tens of thousands of soldiers that are here along side of me, they need your prayers and support too!

All my best and fondest wishes to all!

Murphyfish said...

Great to know that your fine and dandy, agree with Hubert that the net is a duller place without your insights. Take good care of your self my man.
Regards, John

Anonymous said...

Hey Buddy, I am so glad to hear you are doing alright.

Hope you get home soon and be safe. If I don't talk to you before the end of the year I just want to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wolfy said...

Stay safe, Albert.

Wishing you all the best and look forward to your safe return


Phillip said...

Great to hear from you, amigo! And good to hear you're safe and sound.

Keep us posted, and know we'll be thinking about you as this holiday season rolls in on us.

Stormdrane said...

Stay safe! Have Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Good to hear you're keeping well big man.

looking forward to seeing the pix and hearing the tales.


Wild Ed said...

Glad that all is well.
Merry Christmas and keep your head down.
Wild Ed's Texas Outdoors

Caleb Pearce said...

It's grate to here from you.

SimplyOutdoors said...

It's good to hear that you have internet access, and that all is well.

Merry Christmas and Happy New year. Be safe!

Phillip said...

Hey Albert, if you're needing a card reader, shoot me a note with the details (SD card to USB?)and mailing info and I'll get one to ya.

LSP said...

Merry Christmas!

God bless.

Native said...

Hey there Albert!
Glad you are safe!
Miss talkin' to ya'!
Hope you will be back soon!