Mostly work; some play
So, while life here at Ramrod is rough, we still make time to have some fun. Whether it’s a “friendly game” of flag football or soccer, or kicking back and playing poker or watching a movie. We do what we can to pass the time and keep our morale high.
In front of the chapel is a nice dirt field (recently grated) which makes for a nice playing field. Next to that is our Rocky-style gym. We have an “MWR” tent, but we are waiting to get AFN hooked up and there is no AC — which makes for quite the sauna.
People have asked what they can send Soldiers here. Honestly, we all enjoy the simple things. Granola bars, twizzlers, some toiletries, but typically those are well-stocked here.
Internet: We have seven computers for about 400 some odd Soldiers. Thirty minutes per person and then you can rotate back in. Sometimes the wait can be several hours. Typically, later at night is better — less people — but that means less sleep. Depends on how much that Soldier really loves you! :-)
Living quarters: We all sleep in tents with cots. Each Soldier has their own “room.” Whether or not they put a door on is up to them. They can decorate it as they see fit. Some people have gone as far as ordering fridges and microwaves to make it a little more like home.
Mail: Mail is hit and miss. It averages between 3-5 days to get here from Kandahar. We can only mail letters out. No packages or anything like that. Sometimes we’ll get stuff in a week. Other times, a month.
Food is pretty good. Ask any Soldier here and they’ll tell you Friday night is what we look forward to. Steak, Lobster and Baskin Robbins Ice Cream! Delicious. My favorite is the caramel/praline combination.
When it’s not Friday night, our next favorite is the mango sorbet popsicle. I grew up in Kenya, and honestly, it’s like someone picked one off the tree, blended it and froze it. For five minutes, it flashes me back to my homeland and nothing could be better — well, I could be home with my family. Anyway,
I hope everyone is doing well. Keep in touch! It’s always great to hear from family, friends and even perfect strangers.