Monday, May 17, 2004

Dispatches from Iraq, Part 6

Baghdad - May 17, 2004

The past few days have actually been pretty nice here in Baghdad. Sunny and warm but not hot. Occasionally, the sky will fill with dust. I've never seen anything like it. Looks far worse than the smoggiest day in LA. Kicks up the allergies and coughs real good. Thankfully, today is clear.

Just fetched a communal refrigerator for our new office space. (Can't rely on the government for everything.) Everyone was amazed when I took their money and returned with the fridge within an hour. I had a connection who had a connection. Got a glimpse of the "Baby Assassins Gate" when ferrying the fridge across from the Red Zone. The area was filled with Iraqis filing in and out beside the tanks which guard the Green Zone. Sometimes, it takes hours for them to cross. It has to be nerve racking waiting in line. After all, some bombers have blown themselves up at these checkpoints.

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