Dr. Bohlen's Blog: May 28-29th, 2010 - "Major Anderson"
To clean up the activities of the past few days I will take this time to inform you of those things. Thursday was a glorious day. We once again hit the magical 122 mark on thermometer. That is the benchmark for us here. Its funny b/c when you are walking outside it feels like you are about as close to the sun as you can get on those days. I actually am hoping for some sand in the air b/c it seems to take the edge off the sun when its like that. To make matters worse some of our friendly neighbors in Basrah decided they wanted to shoot a rocket at us during the day. I know I make it sound glib but this one made a boom and a rattle. It shook the hospital. To tell you that I'm not scared is stupid but it seems that there is no rhyme or reason about this. It is not coordinated. Its obviously not accurate but the 2 before did not shake us. After it is over you kind of think wow I forgot where I was at for a bit. Its not like the miserable weather and surroundings don't remind you but the danger is low. What is interesting is that we have a camp wide speaker system that says incoming and get down. I really don't know how much time they have or if there is some dude sitting somewhere that has his hand on the mic ready at a moments notice to say something. Its not like these things are shot from a huge distance away. They think they set these up somewhere in the city on a timer and then run from them b/c they were getting creamed when they stood there and shot them. Something or someone would take them out. Therefore they set them on a timer and tuck their coward tails b/n their legs and go hide. The reference to the soldier on the mic is interesting b/c this is how it went. You are sitting there the siren goes off and he yells incoming and he just finishes then boom. Not even a second to tuck your butt under something. I am actually getting use to it and not as worked up as the first night i got here. Then we had the pleasure of sitting in one of those bunkers in the heat for about 45 minutes. Group bonding time. You have nothing to do but talk to each other. This is my recommendation to all of you that have offices out there. Build a bunker in the back of your office outside and do incoming bomb raid exercises. Make them all sit in there and talk to each other. I bet they will get along better. No meeting with an agenda just plain having to visit with each other. To the staff back in my office I want you to draw up a plan b/c I am going to make this happen. I won't have to go out there though b/c i have been through it all and don't need anymore experience. To the nursing staff at MLH, I am going to ask Mr. Neet to do this but he only has to make it about 5 foot tall b/c most of you are that short and don't need anymore room then that. I think it would be good for you all b/c if you got into one of those spats then we would just shove you all out there and then you wouldn't have anything else to do but talk.
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