This morning, at band camp, we marched down to the chapel for Arab/Islamic cultural awareness training. I've been looking forward to this block of instruction since we got here, as I don't want to be the "Ugly American" in-country. Well, after we were all seated, our instructor started talking, and it became very apparent that unless there was going to be subtitles, most of what he was saying was going to be completely unintelligible. The accompanying powerpoint slides would have been helpful, except that the instructor rendered them useless by flipping back and forth at warp speed, and returning each time to the one slide written entirely in Arabic. Guess I'll look for "Islam and Arab Culture For Dummies" at Barnes & Noble when I get back home. Shukran, Army!
BTW, after close to 24 hours, my boots from yesterday's "Singing in the Rain" experience are still pretty damp. Any of you loyal readers have suggestions for speeding the drying process that doesn't involve hair dryers or microwave ovens?