Dec 28, 2010   //   by peretz   //   terms  //  9 Comments

Terms picked up along the way:

  • ISAF - Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force is what the US-led NATO coali­tion forces are called in Afghanistan.
  • Com­mVoid — of as in, “Sor­ry, I did­n’t hang up, we got Com­mVoid!”  Because many IEDs are trig­gered by cell­phone, ISAF and UN con­voys fre­quent­ly trav­el with cell­phone jam­mers cre­at­ing a communi­ca­tion void in their vicin­i­ty.  As I have been informed by peo­ple who have expe­ri­ence with such things, the most dan­ger­ous place to dri­ve is at the bound­ary of such a jam­mer bub­ble.  If the cell­phone is being used to trig­ger an IED in the road, once the con­voy pass­es, it goes boom.
  • Mon­ey is Expired — as in, “sor­ry, this mon­ey (old style 20$ bill) is expired.  We can only exchange it for 700 rather than 900 Afs (short for Afgha­nis, the local currency).”
  • Eye in the Sky — A high-tech sur­veil­lance bal­loon that flies in the skys of Kab­ul.  It is fre­quent­ly down for repairs (as fre­quent­ly as it is shot at.)  Locals believe it’s peer­ing eye can see them inside their homes.   Who knows, maybe it can?
  • The Wire — as in “Out­side the Wire, Inside the Loop” the tagline of an infor­ma­tive blog about Afghanistan by Tim Lynch, a fre­quent guest at the Taj. The Wire refers to the barbed wire that sur­rounds bases where sol­diers oper­ate and clas­si­fied infor­ma­tion dom­i­nates. It serves as much to pro­tect those with­in as it does to pre­vent them from accu­rate­ly see­ing the sit­u­a­tion out­side.  Iron­i­cal­ly, it’s own kind of veil and many inside the wire feel restrict­ed and cooped up.
  • Pornol­o­gy — as in what you are not sup­posed to be brows­ing on the internet.
  • Music Par­ty — as in, if we have a first born boy, we’ll have a music par­ty and many peo­ple will come.  If it’s a girl, we’ll have just a food par­ty and not invite as many peo­ple.  Maybe you are the kind of peo­ple that will have a music par­ty even if it’s a girl?

  • The Eye in the Sky is the large white object in this photo:


    It’s dusty here, and late. I’m going to use a Neti Pot to clear out my sinus­es and try to catch some sleep.