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Good news indeed!


At the risk of jinxing a good thing, I am convinced that the hefty deposits Quincy has made over the years into his karmic CD have finally started to pay off. Yay!

So he called yesterday afternoon, and of course I had my phone glued to my ear since missing his call Tuesday afternoon, and we got to talk for almost an hour. Got LOTS of new information to share (realizing that I actually haven't been sharing very much up to this point, mostly because there's been a lot for me to process and a lot of things up in the air until the last minute).

Remember all that stuff about Tall 'Afar? Well, forget it - he's at Al Kafik.

No, I don't know where it is, either.

He left Georgia last Monday (the 14th), flew to Maine, then Germany, then Kuwait, and then Bagdhad, where he trained for a week until this past Monday. During that time he learned he'd be going to Tall 'Afar, would be spending almost all of his time in the field, and that phone, e-mail and even regular mail would be just about non-existent. Not happy campers were we when he left Bagdhad.

Yesterday, however, it seems things brightened up considerably. On his way to Tall 'Afar they stopped at several bases to drop people off, and when they got to Al Kafik they decided that they needed someone more higher-ranking and with more doctoring skills to go to Tall 'Afar, so they kept Quincy at Al Kafik.

As Martha would say, "And that's a good thing."

It's a base with both Iraqi and coalition forces, and he's going to be doing a couple of different things there. Part of the time he'll be working in a clinic supporting the coalition forces (working in the lab, working in the clinic, working sick call, etc.), and occassionally helping out on the Iraqi side as needed. Most of the time he'll be teaching Iraqis courses on field medicine, with the ongoing goal of them eventually being able to teach themselves (and Q will be overseeing part of the transition while he's there), which is exactly what he was hoping to do while he was there (he has been talking about teaching medicine when he gets out of the Navy), and he said he's really enjoying it so far and is excited about the opportunity. Unfortunately, he will also occassionally be going out on convoys to missions in other areas with either coalition forces or the Iraqi police and military as their field medic, but the 5 or so corpsmen will all rotate the schedule so he won't be the only one doing it.

Additionally, there's a there there - he has his own room (with air conditioning!), his own satellite phone, hot running water, a real bathroom, he can get mail regularyl, and evidently he has a good bunch of co-workers to hang out with (they even have a DVD projector so they can watch movies and stuff). The only downside (other than the fact that it's, you know, Iraq) is that internet access is spotty, although he's hoping they'll be hooking them up with a better connection soon.

All things considered, this is the freakin' RITZ compared to what they told him he'd be doing mere days before. Yay! He has Fridays off so that might be the designated time we try to talk, but we'll actually be able to keep in contact much, much better than most military families get to, so I consider us very, very lucky.

So yes, I finally have an address, so comment here and I'll make sure you get it if you're interested. Things he could use are phone cards and DVDs. Things he doesn't need are baby wipes and batteries. He also said there's a storeroom full of stuff sent by church groups, school groups, community groups, etc. that are for "the troops in Iraq" and as they need stuff they can get it from there, and that's got very generic stuff (toiletries, mostly). He also has a list of very specific personal stuff he needs, but that's my job. :D Oh, and I'm sure anything consumable would be most appreciated, although he said the food there is very good.

So, needless to say, I'm very, very relieved, and for once am glad that the military can never seem to make up its mind (and hope they won't change their minds again!). Thanks to all the well-wishers, and if you want me to pass on any messages just let me know. (In fact, maybe I'll set up a "Quincy appreciation thread" so y'all can write to him directly and I'll tell him to check it out next time he's online. Hmmm...)

Comments

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moonpuppy61
Mar. 24th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
"So he called yesterday afternoon, and of course I had my phone glued to my ear since missing his call Tuesday afternoon, and we got to talk for almost an hour."

Sounds like a new fashion statement to me, you always lead the pack. Did you use Elmer's or library paste?
esprix
Mar. 24th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
Rubber cement, baby! That never goes out of style. :D
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esprix
Mar. 24th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Or tiaras?
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eldridth
Mar. 24th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
Same same, if Q wouldn't mind. Letters, maybe fudge? The Q appreciation thread sounds like a good idea. I, for one, appreciate anyone who can make you as happy as he seems to have done.
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phreespirit
Mar. 24th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Right on. So happy that you got a chance to talk to him.
buddykat
Mar. 24th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
Same here... I shall try for some "books for troops" from Baen, and he can share those around with his unit.
esprix
Mar. 24th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
Good idea. His fellow comic geek mikhalmc is putting together a comics care package, too, but he did say he wanted to read more (although he should be studying for his boards, and even schlepped his textbooks over there, but I'll let him read whatever he wants to while he's there).
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kproche
Mar. 24th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
What kind of DVDs do they want?
Our local Rasputin's has a kickass used selection. I rarely escape without buying a dozen titles...

only problem is they can get expensive to send. But maybe we can work something out.
esprix
Mar. 24th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: What kind of DVDs do they want?
He said action, comedy or sci-fi would go over best.

I, too, am planning on finding some used places, maybe even the previously viewed at Blockbuster or somesuch. He actually said not to bother sending them in their cases, although I'm inclined to leave them in the cases to keep them safe and they don't add that much more weight, but if you're interested in sending them we could work something out. I have to get more information on sending things to APO's, but I'm fairly sure it's just standard US first class postage, and then the military sends it overseas.
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hearseboi
Mar. 24th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
awesome to know you both got to talk, its a difficult area, and leading to difficult times., You must be quite relieved to have heard his voice!! (huggles to ya!!)
minotaurs
Mar. 24th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
That's *excellent* news. Does he have a PDA, or some way of reading e-books?
esprix
Mar. 24th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
He has a PDA, but it's completely useless as twice now he's entered info into it, and twice it's crashed and taken everything with it. Argh. Very frustrating, since he went out and bought extra memory and got a camera adapter for it and everything. I think he's better off switching to pen and paper.
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esprix
Mar. 28th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: So where is?
No, that wouldn't be it - he's definitely in Iraq. Al Kafik is the name of the base, not the name of the town.
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pinoyheadhunter
Mar. 25th, 2005 10:20 am (UTC)
oh just tell him we love him and we miss him very much!
esprix
Mar. 28th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
I do, all the time! :D
mikhalmc
Mar. 25th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
The box is ready....
Just need the address. I've got a bundle of comics and some other cool WB type stuff for Q. Let me know if there's anything else he needs or wants.
esprix
Mar. 28th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
Re: The box is ready....
I sent him a test letter to make sure he'd actually get what we send him, so as soon as it's confirmed I'll pass it along. Thanks so much!
daehith
Mar. 28th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
Yay! You finally got to talk!

I'd be happy to send some stuff over! Home-baked cookies perhaps? What comics/sorts of comics might he be interested in? We have a pretty kick-ass comic shop not too far from here; they have all kinds of hard to find stuff!
esprix
Mar. 28th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
Consumables are always good, and just about any comics are good, although his favorite is definitely X-Men.
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