Q&A: Literary Absence.

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Q: Why haven’t you been writing? A: I have a whole slew of excuses, but the real reason is simply… I don’t feel like the approach I was using lends itself to the sort of journal I intended to keep. Back in 2010, 2011, I sat down and took notes in Evernote, developed the ideas […]

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Q & A: Travel on that LOA

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Q: Do you get to travel much while you’re in Afghanistan? A: Alas, no. As Tier 3 support, my job is to handle enterprise (read: overarching) issues. I don’t get to do much with the physical side of the house, so I’m mostly camped out in one place. Occasionally, there are opportunities for someone to […]

Q & A: 101 Uses of a Law Degree

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Q: What do you plan on doing with your law degree? A: Well there’s a question for the ages. Right now, I have a number of paths I’m considering, and I’m researching a couple of alternatives that could be interesting. I suppose that could be seen as a euphemistic way of saying that I’m not […]

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Question: Did You Drop Out of Law School?

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Q: You’ve been gone from the law school since 1L, and you’re (I think) a 3L now. Are you ever coming back, or did you decide to drop out for good? A: First of all… yes, I plan on coming back. That’s always been the plan. I went into law school knowing that I would […]

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Q: What your day in Afghanistan like?

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Days in Afghanistan for me aren’t particularly exciting, unless you’re excited by work, sleep, eating, and fitness. This is a typical day for me: –          0600 – 0700: Wake up, get dressed for the gym, eat a quick breakfast. –          0700 – 0900: Work out (with built in foot dragging) –          0900 – 1000: Do […]

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Parallel Universes & Time Travel (Of A Sort)

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I’ve not written in a while… no good reason why unless you count the long days as reasons… but I’ll give it a shot today. Coming back to places and people after being gone for years can be strange. When there are minor changes, it feels like you’ve entered a parallel universe where things are […]

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Danger, Desert ,and Downtime (Q&A)

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I meant to write on Tuesday, but I got distracted with nothing in particular. Sorry! Q (Multiple People): Is it dangerous [in Afghanistan]? Okay, so first things first. There is always an undercurrent of danger when you’re working in a combat zone, but for what I do, the danger is relatively low-key. I tend to […]

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Q & A Series: Travel in Afghanistan

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Andrew B: Is [Afghanistan] an easy country to travel? Like many questions, the short answer is “it’s complicated.” Getting into Afghanistan isn’t particularly easy. Where I was once exempt from requiring a visa, now I have to be vetted and approved by the Afghan government before I even think about traveling. Of course, that does […]

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AFG III Series: Deployment as a Contractor

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So, let me explain how heading into the Middle East* (and Afghanistan) works if you’re an average contractor. The process isn’t particularly difficult, but it can be time-consuming and occasionally obnoxious. T Minus 30 (Days): There are a number of things you need to complete before your contingent offer becomes a solid offer. First of […]

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And here I go.

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So, it has been done. My transition back into IT (albeit temporarily) is complete. I’ve passed all of my medical and training and I’ll be on a plane tomorrow to dive back into the world of “austere” support environments and technical skills. But… I’m not just retreading what I’ve done. I’ll be building new skills, […]

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