The jingle truck is named for the sound they make when driving down the road. I think they are one of the most colorful sights in Afghanistan. These are the middle east version of pimp my ride, the owners take a lot of pride in their trucks. This one is fairly simple but I liked it because of the plastic flowers on the antennas. They are often adorned with elaborate paintings and or welded and cut metalwork appearing over the entire truck and trailer. Lengths of chain often dangle vehicle length down to the ground resembling one of those carpet sweepers at the Westminster kennel show. Often the interiors are pasted with pictures of pretty girls and religious ornaments. Photographing these jems is my new pasttime.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Booth at bazaar. Locals sell handmade products including scarfs, rugs, linen, leather, wood crafts, semi precious stones, and jewelry. Lapis stone is only found in Afghanistan and is used to make intricately designed bowls, jewelry and decorative items. The export market for Afghan goods has largely collapsed since the Taliban's rise and fall. Most Afghan goods are exempt from duty in an effort to promote and support the small businessmen, their families, and the network of craftsmen that create the goods.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Ken, Sgt Terstriep and I continue to sort and load materials destined for TFI teams around the country. The LOGCAP yard is the Army's main receiving area where materials are brought on Air Force pallets right off C130 freighters. I really enjoy working with Ken and Sgt Terstriep, they are fun and funny and the days go by quickly.
I was told that my future partner is John Goodwin. John is a nice guy and is here from Alabama. He is a Vietnam Vet with a good sense of humor. He sounds like Thornton's character in Sling Blade. We could not have less in common and I am not sure how this pairing will work. It's Saturday night and we are all looking forward to a day off tomorrow, tonites movie is Smokie and the bandit.