Friday, August 13, 2010
Not much going on...
So it is really getting pretty hot here. 118 today, and it is taking longer and longer for it to cool down at night. My evening cigar has been pushed back to about 10pm, since it is just way too hot until then. There is not much else to do, except play Tiger Woods 11 on my Wii. It is pretty awesome, but really hard, since the Wii controller is much thicker a Golf Club. It is also hard to swing at something that isn't there, with a club that isn't really there as well.
We are at the beginning of Ramadan here, which is the month where all Muslims fast during the day-time hours, and then feast after dark. Or, that is what they would have you believe. Remember, it is not important for them to actually BE good Muslims, but as to be THOUGHT OF as good Muslims. Just a fact of nature that is shared by many Southern Baptists, and dare I say, many of us Tribe Members, too. So some of them will eat and drink, right in front of those trying to fast, some will go hide in a room somewhere, some will go "Wash Their Hands" an awful lot. Whatever. But heaven help us if one of us infidels tries any of that in front of them during Ramadan. We don't have that kind of leeway. They got into a big argument on Wednesday over if they should be fasting or not that day. They still rely on someone actually SEEING the first Crescent of the moon to declare it. It is hard to believe that we can predict the moon's location to a micron, and know EXACTLY when the start of Ramadan is, and have known for several centuries...yet they actually ARGUE over when the start of the month is. Just one of those things, I guess, that I will never understand. Then there are the guys that just don't fast...and don't care who they offend or disrespect while the gloriously consume mass quantities of cold water and yummy treats, just to watch their devout friends fume. I understand them, at least, thumbing their noses at the control that their religion has imposed for centuries on their community. Not that I would eat in front of someone that is fasting on Yom Kippur, but I do get it. It is actually a little easier on us during Ramadan, since we do not have to worry about bringing them any ice or water, since it would be "Inappropriate" for us to do so (but not at all inappropriate for them to do so).
So now I am starting to count the days down until I get to go on R&R. Well, not literally counting, I have no idea how many days...I just know that it is next month. I really am looking forward to some time off. But, knowing me, I will be worrying about my team the whole time, and won't be able to rest. Just another one of my character flaws. The trick will be to ensure that my Satellite Dishes don't get swiped while I am gone for three weeks.
Speaking of the Great Satellite Caper of 2010...I thought it was over. But, I was premature in my assessment, apparently. I came home from work a few days ago to find both dishes missing. Hmmm! And it was on the only day that there were actual workers in my Pod, working on the CHUs. So, naturally, I assume it is them. So I raised a big stink with the local workers, and then told them I was going to the Mayor's cell to report it. Nobody knew nothing, but 30 minutes later there is a knock on my door. The Internet guys were collecting up their old switches, and, of course, asked the wrokers (who know NOTHING about anything) if they could take the dishes, since the guys about to move in aren't allowed to have them. Of course, now that they know they pissed of a LTC by taking them, they are all apologetic and put them back. Of course, now I have to reposition them.
Anyway, it is time for me to start getting ready for my Friday night religious duties.