I started this in the spring of 2004 as a place where everyone interested could read what I was up to in Iraq, at least the open bits of it. After I returned, there was a long dry spell when I didn't post. Now I am writing as the mood hits me and there is no longer any coherence to the blog. Those who would like can still go to the early posts and read about my trip, but the later entries are a little of everything. I hope you find it amusing, thought provoking, or just sociable. Thanks for reading!