Ma Deuce Gunner

Ma Deuce Gunner

PROTECTING FREEDOM.....HALF AN INCH AT A TIME.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Watermelon

You know, for a desert country, the Iraqi people sure do eat a lot of watermelon. I mean there are watermelons everywhere. You can't drive 1/4 mile without seeing a roadside stand with at least 50 melons, or a truck with the springs flat, filled with watermelon. They are all uniform size, about 7-9lbs, and the rind is color of a honeydew melon. Without fail, each vendor has cut one open and dislays a sample of their melon, and all the flesh is deep red. We are not allowed eat food outside the wire, but the DFAC doesn't have watermelon. I WANT WATERMELON!!!! I guess I will have to settle for Watermelon Jolly Ranchers.

SCOUTS OUT!!!

MDG.....OUT.

15 Comments:

At 3:12 PM, Blogger thepatriot15 said...

hey I wish we could send you one! but I don't know how it would do on the way over there... I am going to be gone on vacation for five days so I won't be posting or commenting...

God bless!
Jennifer

 
At 6:05 PM, Anonymous MDG's Wife said...

I was trying to think up ways to send one too - but I'm afraid the post office would have issues with that! Sorry Sweetie. I'll buy you a good one when you come see me!

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger Janie said...

The closest thing I can think of is going to my refrigerator....and taking out my tupperware bowl....
AND.....

ENJOY CHILLED CHUNKS OF JUICY "PINK" FLESHED MELON...

Oh, MDG it was really, really good....MMMMMMhhh!

 
At 7:45 PM, Blogger LittleMazza said...

That IS torture!! I know you mean it when you say you want some. Just after Dad and I got married, I tried to have the movers pack a large zucchini. You guessed it; they wouldn't let me have it packed. Guess that goes for watermelon as well.

Thank you for your sacrifice. Love, Mom

 
At 10:54 PM, Blogger Chip Anderson said...

Heh, whatever happened to creative procurement? Oops, don't mean to give you away.

 
At 8:04 AM, Blogger Chevy Rose said...

If you think about what they might be using for fertiziler, I think you would reconsider.
They don't have central sewer systems, you know. And it's "waste nothing" culture over there.
So enjoy your Jolly Ranchers.

 
At 10:13 AM, Blogger Mustang 23 said...

Just don't eat Watermelons that some random guy decides he wants to give to you on the street.

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous djb said...

Why haven't we seen this on MSM?

Loved your BBC interview by the way. Did they get your quotes right?

 
At 12:02 PM, Anonymous MDG's sis said...

You know I hate to see anyone feel a fruit deficiency -- ok, I guess unless it's you versus me for the last piece -- and I'd for sure send you a melon, if I could. I know you'll get your fill the next time you go on leave... or, hey, if the wishing-for-it-in-the-blog thing works again, maybe the DFAC will get some... ;)

 
At 12:40 PM, Blogger Soldier's Dad said...

Speaking on behalf of someone who was foolish enough to eat fresh fruit off a local stand in Iraq. Don't. It's like drinking the water in Mexico, doesn't bother the locals....but foreignors pay a heavy price,especially if the outhouse is 100 yards from your CHU.

 
At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MDG...get with your Civil Affairs team, they should be able to hook you up with some watermellon. I eat on the economy more than the DFAC, part of the CA way of life. I also spend more time on sick call as well...go figure!

Former Scout!
Brave Rifles!

 
At 12:43 AM, Blogger FbL said...

I believe eating a watermelon should be fine if it is not cut and the skin is not compromised in any way. Just be sure to wash the skin before you cut it yourself.

CPT Z of tcoverride.blogspot.com is always eating off-base (of course he pays the price for it!). I suppose it all depends on how much you want that watermelon. LOL

 
At 12:51 AM, Blogger FbL said...

Rats, forgot to be clear.... You should thoroughly wash the watermelon rind with soap or a mild bleach solution and potable water before you cut it.

I spent some time visiting in Central America and we had the same precautions. But we were able to enjoy pineapples and coconuts from roadside fruit stands as long as they allowed us to wipe down their knives and the fruit rinds with bleach solution first, and didn't allow the fruit flesh to touch the chopping block.

So, it MAY be do-able for you while still avoiding the "side-effects." Try asking asking a med person you know.

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger armynurseboy said...

We frequently bought watermelons from the roadside Haji stands. They were more than happy to sell them to us (especially for US greenbacks), and our folks didn't run into any 'distressing' problems from ingesting it. Of course we cleaned the snot out of them before we ate....

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger Sean from DocintheBox said...

we had watermellon growing at Al Asad:)

 

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