I made it back to Philly safe and sound thank goodness and I'm trying my best to get adjusted to EST.
Within an hour my arrival at my front door, my father arrived breathless and ready to pour through every detail of the trip. So sweet.
I do have a memo to everyone though....
TO ALL WHO WERE INSULTED BY MY HORRIBLE SPELLING. I'M SORRY. ESPECIALLY ALL MY JOURNALISM PEEPS WHO MIGHT BE READING THIS.
These errors were lovingly pointed out by my Dad who showed up with my entire blog printed out and marked with typos and grammatical mishaps. In my own defense I was trying to write the posts as fast as I could cause time was limited....too limited for spell check.
But my Dad and I had a great time. He spent the night and the next day we watched the tape in between conference calls (him) and painting my bedroom (me) the color "squirrel."
The footage looks awesome BTW.
It was also pointed out to me that I wasn't completely accurate in my play by play. Two major things I missed:
1. The flight from Bahrain to Qatar was incredible. We did a tactical take off and landing which pilots use in combat zones. This helps to protect them from enemy fire. The take off entails them putting the plane on full blast and keeping the brakes on. They release the braked and we go pretty much straight up. The landing consists of hard banks and turns which create negative and positive G's. It was pretty much the best ride I have ever been on.
2. On the last day we had special forces training with Air Force. It was so cool. We suited up and shot at each other with paintballs. The gals who suited me up were hilarious. They have to wear these horrific protective devices "down there" that are labeled MACHO. HILARIOUS!!! After running around outside playing a bad ass version of capture the flag and pretty much getting killed immediately I had a small battle wound on my upper right arm. A great bruise with a great story!! Can't wait to go to a dinner party wearing a tank top.
More pics tommorrow. My camera just ran out of juice. AND THEY WERE REALLY CUTE TOO!!! DAMN.