Archive for March, 2009


March 19, 2009

Grant Achatz is blogging at The Atlantic.


Would You Do It Again?

March 4, 2009

A Blackfive reader asks a great question: Infantrymen: Would You Do It Again?

I have been seriously thinking of re-upping after 20 years… I have all the questions any deploying soldier would have…effects on kids, family, of course. The question is, if you were offered the chance, would you do it again?

Our community of diplomats, development professionals, and contractors is a little different.  For many, Iraq is another difficult post in a long career.  Others are putting their professional and private lives on hold for this one mission.  My colleagues range in age from 28 to 70.  We have different training and missions than our military comrades.  Many of us serve (deploy) for 2 or more years at a stretch.

What about it, diplomats and development guys in Iraq and Afghanistan… would you do it again?

First I Was a Hippie

March 3, 2009

… then I was a stockbroker, now I am a hippie again.

In the words of The Bobs.

Here is the album.