Saturday, December 02, 2006
"I have something for that suggestion box"
Photo at right, passport riot.
Steve, Kate and Pam are still in Dubai . . .Pam doesn't know she still has fellow Bpeacers with her yet as she was due to fly out tomorrow and we said goodbye last night. But Steve and Kate hampered by notorious Kabul snows. ALL flights cancelled including our Kam Air. Hoping for tomorrow though told this is not likely as snow continues to fall (while it pours the rain here in Dubai). Steve and I just got to our hotel after sitting at airport since 5am.
Near riot as Dubai Immigration was threatening to hold our passports and not let us out of airport. Kam Air would not return our luggage. None of this was well received by tired and cranky passengers as you can imagine. A suggestion box in the middle of the riot scene prompted Steve to suggest the more peaceful way to resolve the conflict was to post a suggestion for customer service improvement. Some American counter-narcotics workers instead threatened government action on violations of the Geneva Convention. This is a ritual I am all too familiar with unfortunately in winter. Anyone remember Feb 05?
But once again met great people doing great things including John Yancura from FINCA, and John Peek the Kiwi from Afghan Wireless. We will swap stories in the morning of how we spent our extra night in Dubai. Also met a man who must remain nameless . . .works for one of the 7 companies on the 12 year project to demine Afghanistan. As a fellow snow hog loved the following conversation. He and his partner are avid snowboarders (and were carrying brand new Burton boards) and have found a way to live their passion in Afghanistan, albiet a way that is strictly "out of bounds". It entails driving to the famous Solang Pass and stopping off at one of its tunnels. One person stays with car and drives through tunnel while snowboarders fly overhead for several thousand feet through "amazing powder". Now get this, "Yes we have to avoid the mines, but as long as they are covered in snow, physics will keep us from setting them off". Now THAT is a blast.
Everyone keep your fingers crossed for departure tomorrow . . .need to get to Kabul.
Try to exorcise the tension, and keep on laughing.
Thank you both for your bravery and tenacity.
The snow-boarding idea totally cracked me up, but Steve, please keep Kate off the "slopes" - don't need her coming in contact with any landmines!
Hope the weather clears so you can be on your way tomorrow.
You are all in my thoughts and continue to amaze me.
Jackie B. b
Be safe and try to relax this evening in anticipation of your flight tomorrow. Travel safely and I will continue to send positive energy your direction.
My grandson Seamus (Janine's son) is visiting me and wants to read about Habiba's daycare center and is typing the following message: uiuitruyi3yiryruweittutu--
I'm sending prayers that the snow will clear and you will be able to safely fly to Kabul. I can see I have to re-think my wardrobe a little -- definitely need the biggest, warmest coat I have.
I'll see you there very soon.
When do you attempt the skiing over the tunnel? I may actually volunteer on that mission! Stay Warm! Bring back some snow and drop it in VT not NY.
Hang in -- before you know it we will all be listening to you regaling us with tales of the new store!