Dinner Guests and Other Diversions

Over the course of just a couple of days, we made some new friends, we ate some food and D got in trouble. If KAF terms, that’s a rollicking good time. Even more exciting than sitting beside the North Line rat trap and its implied promise of vermin.

A Just DFACS Crossover Speical

I was wandering around the Interwebs last week looking for blogs about KAF. “Are there other artists, such as I, producing top quality literature, well researched, informative articles and complaining about the shitters?”, I wondered. I came upon one called SimplyJosephine. She too was writing about food and fitness but in ways I found quite perplexing. You see, I’m used to making DFAC food choices based solely on the offerings’ relative likelihoods of not inducing nausea. This Josephine character spoke of health, vitamins and calories and such. Her take on exercise was even more baffling. She refers to crossfit merely as “crossfit” rather than the much more apt “fucking crossfit”. So, I posted some smart ass comment on her blog. She then linked back to my blog and was, apparently just as fascinated by my take on things as I was by her odd outlook. So, we decided to gather our entourages (her friend R and my regulars, D and M) and meet for dinner at the Cambridge.

Comedy Gold

Comedy Gold

Remember those “crossover” episodes of TV programs in which characters from other shows make appearances? You know, like when Laverne and Shirley appeared on Happy Days or better yet, when Richie Cunningham was on Laverne and Shirley. Those were fucking awesome, right? Well, this post, featuring another blogger, is exactly like that. Yes, it is. Fuck off, it is so.

Upon entering the DFAC, Josephine seemed keen on deciphering my DFAC mojo. She gamefully went for the awesome Yorkshire Pudding I suggested but declined the shitty roast beef, fries and gravy I opted for with a barely disguised look of disdain. Ya, I eat like crap.

As we made polite dinner conversation with nary a mention of shit, we discovered that Josephine and R were both doctors…and I don’t mean fake doctors like philosophy professors or Phil…real, honest to goodness medical doctors. I think I can speak for D and M when I say we found that kind of impressive. That’s probably why we were a little taken aback by Josephine’s interest in and respect for the DFAC-O-Matic. She was seemingly impressed that M had built it, asking “So, is it hard to program an app?” “Not really”. M replied, “It can be complicated but not too bad once you’ve got enough practice and know what you’re doing”. “But really, it must be quite difficult,”  she pressed. “Well, Is surgery is difficult?,” M asked.

They described situations where there would be up to 15 doctors working in the ER at one time. This led D to comment on our way home,If you put 15 aircraft techs in a room to work on a problem…there’s gonna be a fight”. After they had described their stressful and important work at the Role 3, M and I felt a little embarrassed about our ongoing debate as to whether the problem with the chocolate pudding was a lack of chocolatiness or of puddingness but, bereft of any self-awareness or decency, we rambled on.

See the difference?

See the difference?

Despite our warnings of unmeltable ice cream, Josephine got some for dessert. She discovered the hitherto unknown DFAC raspberry flavour and had some of it along with the chocolate ice cream-unlike substance. Not surprisingly, the chocolate “ice cream” didn’t melt while the raspberry did.  This led R to describe some new-fangled non-melting popsicles. Prompting I, of course, to describe the wonders of carrageenan which R somehow knew all about already. Fucking medical school…stealing my thunder.

After 3-4 years together, we’ve told each other all our interesting and most of our dull anecdotes. We often spew inanities just to fill the silence …sort of stream of consciousness dinner conversation. It was really nice to have new people to inflict our KAF-dulled wits upon.  Let’s do it again sometime.

Whatever Floats Your Boat

It was ok without a straw...I guess.

It was ok without a straw…I guess.

Props to D for thinking outside the bowl and getting his chocolate ice cream (the real stuff at North Line) in a big cup and filling it up with Coke (diet, of course). I followed suit. D thought it was pretty fucking awesome to be able to have a Coke Float in Kandahar and I was pretty chuffed too…til I realized we didn’t have straws. “There is a war going on, you know”, D chided. Realizing I should be chastened, I thought back to the heroic work our medical dinner guests had described only the night before, looked around at the weary, gun-toting soldiers, contemplated the future of the Afghan conflict and the existential lessons I might draw from my experience here and said “But D, floats just aren’t the same without a straw.”

UnBacon

UnBacon

Cambridge, you’ve got the greatest egg guy in the history of DFACS but you do a disservice to his craft by serving that horrible, noncuttable, indigestible, untastable garbage you tried to pass off as “bacon”. I can put up with British bacon and I’m even willing to ignore the insult to my homeland and choke down that shit you used to call “Canadian bacon”. I think that stuff you served on Sunday, 21 June was made of either turkey or vinyl, neither of which is suitable for the production of bacon.

Need for Speed

Well, D got a ticket for speeding yesterday. The crazed daredevil was doing 34 kph in a 20 kph zone. The MP said something very odd as he gave D the ticket…it went something like “It would be embarrassing for you if your wife and kids found out you got a speeding ticket, so you’d better slow down”. D later told us all that he’d “be more embarrassed to issue a ticket for speeding at 34 kph than I am receiving one.”

Bottom Line

A couple of nice changes of pace over the last two days. Not sure if the highlight was meeting the fun, cool doctors or watching D’s head almost explode as we tried to comply with the imperious demands of the IMP when we signed him up for the drivers’ course.

“Sit on it” – Richie Cunningham

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5 thoughts on “Dinner Guests and Other Diversions

  1. This is an excellent post! Specially hearing that D has to take driver’s ed!!!! LOL! That’s another item that is not expensible…..

    PS: I have straws, I’ll put them in the courier package I’m sending you tomorrow 🙂

  2. Mark, thank you! Having dinner with you was a wonderful time! Doctors and nurses (our usual company) are notoriously boring to hang out with, so your witty banter was deliciously enjoyable. We will definitely do it again. I showed all the kids at NATO Role III the DfacOmatic and they love it! Josephine

  3. My colleague got a ticket last year at KAF. He was speeding, not wearing a seatbelt etc and was told to bring his supervisor to the MP shack to sign for his crimes and sign up for the penalty class. It was a joint MP team of US and Romanian MPs. He told them he worked at RC South. They asked how do you spell RC South? The MPs said arec?? If they can’t spell RC South, I would not trust them with drivers Ed!

  4. Ahhhhh, I too received a speeding ticket one morning around 4 o’clock in a gator. I didn’t even know it would go faster than 20kph. I was on the way to TMP for an inspection. The MP really browbeat me for being clocked at 30kph – 18mph. I can’t imagine getting a speeding ticket for 18 mph… in a gator. I was so ashamed of my transgressions.

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