JAG-ged Edge
Trial Defense Services (TDS) Deployed
By: Andrew Efaw

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Monday, 6-Dec-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Squatting--the good life

6 December 2004: Today I am officially a squatter. We took Ambeau to Doha to catch a flight back to the states. His wife is very pregnant in a high risk pregnancy, so TDS released him early. As you might recall, I am supposed to be in the what is considered to be pretty nice bay wing of one of the buildings (a step up from tent city)—where I am currently signed for a bunk—which one? Who knows. Instead, I am squatting in a room that Ambeau somehow rangled that looks like a bad college dorm room, but believe it or not has cable—India HBO, AFN, CNN International etc and a bathtub. We’ll see how long it takes them to figure out that I am here. The room is a filth pit and the workmanship is abominable. It prob. Has never ever been cleaned. It has tile and berber like carbet on the floor but there is not such thing as a vacuum that I have seen so far over here. Anyway, I am feeling pretty good not to be in a tent—even though the tents have build in wooden floors and A/C and heat systems. I have been in the bathrooms and showers in some of these tent cities and many of them are extremely gross germ factories. I am going to miss Ambeau even though I have only known him for a few days. He was a really efficient E4 27D that knew how to work the system and get the job done. He’s about 35 and about to be the father of his 4th. He volunteered for the army after 911. In real life he’s a wine expert for a restaurant. He has degree in philosophy and plans to go to law school in the fall.
My fantasy while I am here is to own my own green plant.

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