Monday, March 30, 2009

Wow...what a meal....

Just finished up with work when I got a call to go to a Shawa restaurant - it's a place where they serve BBQ or rotisserie chicken with rice and something to drink for about $3.00 for 1/2 chicken (11 Saudi Rials). There's a lot of chicken and rice, and it's more than enough to stuff anyone with a hearty appetite, and have leftovers to take home for lunch the next day.

Tomorrow I'll be going out to one of the infantry training ranges on the SANG base called Khasan Al An (pronounced Kas-ma-alan). The base is named after a plateau that when looked at from lover elevation looks like the profile of a camel's nose.

My job pays pretty well ($7k to $8k based on overtime), but like most military jobs that I have had, there was no turnover between my predecessor and myself, and he left nothing in the way of a passdown log or instructions, so I'm figuring things out the hard way.

One last thing - I'm provided with a vehicle while I'm here (a 1999 Ford Expedition) - it's a "hand me down" from the US Army/US Air Force units here in the Kingdom, so they have been abused. Today I looked inside and saw that the rear view mirror had fallen off the windshield and that when I started it up, it stalls out when it's put into gear. I won't have a license for a few more weeks (after I get my internal passport, called an Iqama - pronounced E-gama) so driving isn't a priority right now.


Patsy said...

The chicken and rice dinner does sound scrumptious.

RE the vehicle: it is a Ford, after all. Sorry, the devil made me say that.

PCD said...

Can you find a mirror glue kit? If not, let me see if I can send you one.

Keep up the posting. I've enjoyed them so much I've put you on my initial blog roll.

fmfnavydoc said...

Patsy - it's great...a very filling meal.

PCD - the auto shop the company has will be working on the fingers are crossed that I get it back in some sort of working order.