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Young Man From Afghanistan - A Taste Of Home

A recent email from the Young Man From Afghanistan did not surprise me.  He is giving haircuts and cooking for the group.  Well, somebody has to do it!  And he is probably the best at it in his group.

Here is what he had to say:

" Whenever I take a trip back to the FOB (Forward Operating Base), I take care of the team. They all want haircuts and they all want food. I give the best haircuts in (name of the city withheld) and they all know I cook the best food.

Sometimes I buy local food from the bazaar: eggs, onions, potatoes, rice, tomatoes, etc.

I cook big breakfasts and make nice dinners. They’re on their own for lunch.

Well, tonight I made pizzas. Someone had some Velveeta mailed to them. Someone else had some sauce mailed out to them. Someone else had pepperonis mailed out to them.

So I went to the bazaar and ordered some flat bread.

 

I made a double boiler for the cheese, cooked the bread and pepperonis and bad-a-bing!

Pizza! Everybody was too full to finish but it was good. "

 

 

 

 

 

So, all told, when they aren't in a base, food is up to them.  What they receive from home is important!

You have to think that the flat bread is good.  It is all hand made and natural and likely tasty.

Looks like it takes a while to put a meal together!  You have the appliances and kitchenware that you have.

And that's one fine looking kitchen!

Notice how low the "counter top" is?  Just above his knees!

But it seems to be working.

The email was some good news.  Not all the news from there is.

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 24 commentsJay Markanich • April 20 2011 07:15AM

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Good Morning Jay, thanks for sharing the photos of a very interesting kitchen.

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA (Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA) over 9 years ago

Jay-a terrific way to make creative use of gifts from home.  Glad to know your son is safe and I'm sure you are anxious for this deployment to be over.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Good Morning Jay. A very enterprising young man and very charitable as well. A goody package from home can help so many and make them feel good as well.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 9 years ago

Necessity IS the mother of invention...and these guys are finding ways to keep spirits bright....and that is terrific !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 9 years ago

Jay, That's teamwork at it's best, but what I'd expect from our troops.  Innovation and creativity at it's best.  Glad it's good news!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 9 years ago

Jay: Loved the post and wish them all home safely. I am a big fan of the Stone Soup Analogy. Everybody shared and created a nice meal and a good memory. Thanks,

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) over 9 years ago

Thanks Valerie.  He doesn't have much opportunity to email, only when he is in a base.  These photos happened a couple of weeks ago.

Dan - modern kitchen to be sure!

Cindy - so far so good.  Hopefully this, his fourth, is the last trip.

Ed - chip off the old block...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

S&D - it was probably a pretty good pizza, minus the oregano.

Bliz - it seems he is the better part of the team!

Anne - no familiar with the stone soup analogy.  But they did have a good memory!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay may your boy and all our boys and girls come home safely and soon. Amen.

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 9 years ago

Thanks Steve.  We don't know when that will be.  We never do, and neither does he.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

If a few people in life where as creative as him we would all be better off.

I need a haircut an ideas lol

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) over 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing the pictures- very inspiring. I hope all of them come home safe.

Posted by Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty) over 9 years ago

Jay ~  Our thoughts and prayers go daily to all of our troops, your son and his family.  It's obvious he was brought-up to be a thoughtful, caring and capable young man -- Kudos to you and your wife.  This is this kind of reality we all need to acknowledge every day.  Thank you for sharing and Special Easter Blessings.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 9 years ago

Agreed Don.  And as to the haircut, I think he's available, between fire fights...

Thank you Kwee.  Glad you enjoyed it.

Tish - thanks very much.  When he's home at Camp LeJeune, he's in your neighborhood.  He has a house down there.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

HI Jay,

Great story and pictures, and we hope all (including your son) sons and daughters come home save and expan our energy on looking after our homeland in a positve and constructive manner..

Thanks for sharing this very inspirational set of all telling pictures and story

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 9 years ago

Jay, thanks for sharing!  It's nice to hear how they are helping each other cope with the bad hand they were dealt.  I hope he has an uneventful tour and comes home safely.

Posted by Stephanie Williams, Realtor Murrells Inlet (Seaside Properties) over 9 years ago

You're welcome P&L!  They are doing their best over there.  I hear all the time.

Stephanie - I can assure you there are events every day!  But so far, so good.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Your right, great gift from home.

My boy came home 3 months ago from approx. the same place. He's healthy and happy to be home.

Sure yours will see you soon.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago

Nice email. You're right that is a fine looking kitchen. I think it's great how the young man can coordinate the supplies at hand and make such a fine meal for everyone.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Jack!  How you been!?  Thanks for the update on your son.  Mine is in a bad area in A, and in the forward bases, but so far, so good.

Jim - you have to be creative over there.  At least they had a good meal!  On base they have great meals, but not where this group is.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, Love this story and the pic! What a fine man your son is! Mine will be home soon YEAH!!

Posted by Renée Montgomery, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Century 21 New Millennium) over 9 years ago

Thanks Renee.  Great that your son is home soon!  Mine will return to LeJeune and I won't see him for a couple of weeks after he gets back, as usual...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Jay.  Had a small (maybe not so small) health issue that kept me a little preoccupied for a couple of months.  Back now, doing inspections again, and all is well.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago

I hope you're well Jack.  I should have checked in, not hearing from you in a while.  My bad.  Is your issue done?

Just heard from my son and he is staying longer than expected.  They were to come home in the next two months (I didn't know that) and now it will be longer.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

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