Sunday, December 26, 2010

Top 10 Things I Did on Christmas 2010 that I have never done before...

As I went through the day yesterday I realized that I was accomplishing many Christmas Day firsts.  If I had been at home with family, the day would have most likely consisted of waking up at the crack of dawn (which I know Jack forced everyone to do) eating cinnamon rolls, watching football, drinking beer, and eating way too much food.  Yesterday my plan was to stay as busy as possible to keep my mind occupied as not to get too depressed.  In the course of the day I accomplished 10 things that I have never done on a Christmas day before.  Here they are:

10.  Ran a 10k Christmas Jingle Fun Run

09. Swam .7m miles

08. Did laundry

07. Received mail


06. Went to a shopping mall

05. Ate schwarma and hummus

04. Smoked Shisha (relax, its just tobacco from a water pipe)

03. Skyped with my wife and kids

02. Went to mass presided by an Arch-Bishop

01. Went to work---no pictures of this one....

So as you can see it was a busy day.  Thank you all for the awesome presents and I really cant wait to see you again soon.  Hopefully next year it will be a much more relaxing Christmas day.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Golf Outing

Today was one of the perks of my current job.  Got to have an awesome day of golfing with the boys.  I cant believe I am saying this, but the weather was absolutely perfect.  Here are some pictures.

Our foursome

seriously, what a rough life!

notice the salt water and the floating golf balls...an ingenious way to help golfers find their balls

view from the 18th tee of the clubhouse.  can you guess where the sprinkler coverage ends?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Night at the Deid




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Monday, December 6, 2010

World Cup 2022

My things to do in Qatar seemed to be a post people were interested in.  So here is another one about the proposed first five stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.  They have a lot of work to do, but they also have a lot of money to get it done.  Who knows where we all will be in 2022.

5 Destinations to explore in Qatar

(CNN) -- A lot of travelers probably had to get out the atlas Thursday when Qatar was named host of the 2022 World Cup tournament. A little-known destination, Qatar is a small Middle-Eastern nation with a population of less than 1 million. It borders the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia and promises hot and humid summers.

Qatar beat out bids from the United States, South Korea, Japan and Australia for the right to host the tournament.

Temperatures average about 95 degrees during the summer, but have been known to reach 120 degrees -- something that, along with sandstorms, could prove uncomfortable for fans.  But Qatar plans to build new stadiums and improve old ones, hoping to shield the players from the hot weather. The stadiums will include air conditioning, powered by solar panels.

Qatar is developing a public bus system, and visitors can also rent a car or hire a driver. And you'll want to get around -- Qatar has plenty to see aside from the best soccer in the world.

Lonely Planet suggests visiting these five places while in Qatar.

Al-Corniche
A road stretching 4 miles runs along the harbor in the capital city of Doha on Qatar's eastern coast. Aside from the beautiful Indian Ocean's waterfront and the dhows (traditional sailing vessels), visitors traveling along the road, Al-Corniche, will see some of the country's most innovative modern architecture.  The road has six lanes, but it is also possible to walk alongside the shoreline.

Souq Waqif
One of the main commercial areas of Doha, Souq Waqif has been undergoing a major makeover. Buying and selling has been taking place on the grounds of the market for centuries, and the shops have been remodeled to look like a 19th-century souq, with mud-rendered storefronts.  "Whether its Souq Waqif, Villagio - Doha's best mall, or the wholesale markets, there is something for everyone," said Lindsey Wallace, a travel agent at Linara Travel, which specializes in the United Arab Emirates. Don't forget to bargain.  Souq Waqif is one of the most traditional marketplaces in the city. Here, you can purchase spices, perfumes and garments, as well as handicrafts and local coffee.

Al-Khor
Located up the coast from Doha, Al-Khor is a former pearl-fishing village and is much smaller than Qatar's capital city. There is a fish market in front of the harbor, and the beaches are pristine.  Visitors to Al-Khor can also go birdwatching in the mangroves and gardens of the city.

Bir Zekreet
On the opposite coast of Qatar, Bir Zekreet is a great beach destination for those who like camping. The city is also surrounded by desert, which is where you'll find sand dunes and desert mushrooms.  Nearby are a wild deer reserve and an old movie set that looks like a deserted village.

Khor al-Adaid
Surrounded by crescent-shaped sand dunes, Khor al-Adaid is known as the Inland Sea. Lonely Planet recommends spending a night there, and local tour operators organize both overnight camps and day trips.  You can drive along the dunes, ride camels or sand ski in this popular desert area.

Shamelessly stolen from CNN.COM.  But thought it was an interesting article.  I have been to the first two, Corniche and Souq Waqif.  Now I have some ideas of where else to go when I can leave base again.



Sunday, December 5, 2010

6 hours into a 24hr bug...

The worst part about being sick when you are deployed is that there is no one to give you sympathy...but it gives me some time to catch up on some posts.  The other day I got the awesome opportunity to see some Falcons perform...yes falcons, the live performing kind.  here is a picture...

Why the crazy face you ask, about 2 hours earlier this is what I saw this Falcon do...

video

Seriously, can you imagine if this is what the Falcons at the Academy games had done?   The second best part of this video is seeing all the Land Cruisers racing across the desert.