18 May 2006

Wait...and wait

We're well beyond "hurry up and wait." With the first section starting class yesterday and our section not set to start until next Wednesday, there is almost nothing planned between now and then. When we were given the opportunity to take a tour, a bunch of us jumped at the chance.

This morning we visited the Combined Explosives Exploitation Cell (CEXC, pronounced "sexy"), which does exactly as its name implies. They recover IEDs (whether exploded or not) and exploit them for intelligence. They are often referred to as "CSI: Baghdad." You'll notice that my explanation is about the same thing you'd find if you googled CEXC, and I won't say anything else for obvious reasons. It was a pretty cool tour, and that is all I'll say about that.

The rest of the day was standard fare for the waiting game. Sleep, eat, read a book, use the computer, head to the gym, whatever you can do to pass the time.

I count a couple of explosions every day although distant from here. The dual car bombs from the other day were the only explosions we could actually see from here.

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