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"Iraq - The Story Unfolds" -- Beat the Heat

Well here is a blog by popular demand.  This one should be short and sweet. 

     I have had several people ask me about the heat in Iraq, the first thing I want to say is that it is ******* HOT!!!!  Here's the sad part, its only June 4th.  When I got here in March it was around 85 during the day time and down in the 40's and 50's at night.  Now as we get closer and closer to the peak months it is already  darn near un-bearable.  Last week we had a high of 122.  I hear that the peak temperature for where I am at will get to be between 135 and 140.  Its kinda funny, the other day I had called my wife in Tennessee and she slipped with a little comment "Man its hot here today".  So of course I pop right back asking just how hot it was and she states "85".  Man I wish the temperature would get that low at night. 

     I was lucky during my last deployment, I was initially in Mosul.  The northern most major city in Iraq.  I think during the summer it got up to about 110, and during the winter it had actually snowed.  In fact the Iraqi's that I was training up there were all originally from Baghdad and when it snowed, they had went crazy.  Many of them had never seen snow in their whole life.  Talk about an experience.  It was nice land, rolling hills, lots of vegitation.  Now this time, hot - hot - and more hot.  Nothing but baren flat land.

     Now as far as beating the heat, its simple . . .dont go in it.  Well obviously that one is hard to do but talk about learning how to drink lots of water.  I go through approx 100-130 oz of water on slow days.  On days I have to spend time outside I probably drink 150-200.  Not to mention that we have to alternate this with gaterade to ensure proper electrolyte balances. 

     Spend any time with the army and you will learn that the army has one cure all answer for any problems.  Drink water.   you have a headache - drink water . . .you foot hurts - drink water . .ect ect ect.  I think what they are actually preparing you for your whole career is for when you will end up in the desert.  So that anytime you have a problem you always remember - DRINK WATER.

    Oh and to answer a few questions I have seen, yes we have A/C in the tents and in the offices.  It is not great as you could imagine how hard it would be to combat this level of heat but it works.

Nicholas S. Bush


Keller Williams Realty

Knoxville, TN


Comment balloon 22 commentsNicholas Bush • June 04 2009 07:04AM


Thanks for your post. I remember your first one about A/R. Stay safe and I am sure you will do well as a realtor when you return

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( about 11 years ago

Thanks for the report.  I for one enjoy the day to day descriptions of a day in the life of a soldier. 



Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Nick, oh no, I hate the heat. When I lived in AZ the good news, if you were covered in sweat and a breeze came up, or you found a shady place, the perspiration on me actually made me cold! For a bit. But it wasn't that hot, ghesh.

So on top of telling you to stay safe, I will say, try to stay cool and...

Drink more water! (I would have a hard time with the Gator Aid, I can't stand that stuff, but if it were life saving I might drink it) I love water, so no problem there!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 11 years ago

I really do enjoy reading your blogs. Thanks for providing this information to us. I am constantly learning more and more as I read on AR. Keep up the great works.

Posted by Eric Villaverde (DoubleTree Home Inspection Services L.L.C.) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, thanks for the update. I'll remember not to complain when it gets in the 90's here. Does the military still make you take salt tablets? Keep safe.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 11 years ago

My Brother in Law just returned from Iraq a couple of weeks ago.  I will keep my prayers for you and your Family.  I cannot relate to tolerating heat but I know that you are working hard to keep us safe and I am going to turn my A/C off more often so I can appreciate what I have, because of hard work our Service men provide.  Sorry to be all sappy but I do appreciate and care...

Posted by Laura Forty-Garcia, Your Central Florida Connection to Real Estate (RE/MAX CENTRAL REALTY - GRI, CDPE, SFR, CREO) about 11 years ago

Great information in your post this morning. I really do enjoy readin your blogs. I find them filled with pertinent information. Keep up the great work.

Posted by Katiejo Franks (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) about 11 years ago

Miss your wife - drink water! I am sure the army doesn't say that!  Stay safe and keep posting.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Hi Nicholas - Wow, that is hot, hot and very hot. I imagine you would start seeing a mirage with that kind of heat intensity. I wish I could send some of the rain we have been having here to cool it down for you. Looking forward to your next post. Have a safe day.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) about 11 years ago

But it's a dry heat right? just Matthew Broderick put it in Biloxi Blues That's Africa Hot!! Stay Safe

Posted by Brian Kuhns, Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns (Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber) about 11 years ago

IT was hot here in Nashville yesterday, but after reading your post, i won't complain again all summer. If it hasn't been said, thanks for what you do.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 11 years ago

Nicholas - More interesting stuff from Iraq, thanks for sharing and keep them coming. Be safe.


Posted by Mike Eddy, Maui Real Estate Broker (Coldwell Banker Island Properties) about 11 years ago

Nicholas - keep the stories coming.  It's a great way to help us civilians to understand just how much sacrifice is being made over there.  Stay safe, be well, and come home soon!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 11 years ago


When the temp gets to be that hot there is no place to go and really cool off and then the sand storms come and the fun starts.  Oh well drink water

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 11 years ago

Good grief, Nicholas!  That is hotter than Houston in August!  Glad you have some sort of air conditioning!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 11 years ago


I can't tolerate heat so I can't imagine how miserable it is for you in those kinds of temperatures.  Thank goodness you at least have air conditioning to get some relief from it.  I can't tell you how much I look forward to your updates.  Take care and . . . drink water!

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) about 11 years ago

Nicholoas, I'm glad you are staying hydrated.  The A/C only worked part time on our son's first deployment but the second time I didn't hear complaints.  Here's hoping that you have a good A/C summer!

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago


Thanks for your service to our Country. I served in the Airforce seems like a 100 years ago and my Son is Active duty USMC he has served in the desert 4 different deployments and is currently at Pendelton as an instructor at SOI. While he was stationed in the desert he was surprised one morning by a camel spider (which is no spider at all) and decided he would keep this one as a pet named it squishy and fed it beef jerky, he says he felt safer at least knowing exactly where this one was. When he came home he was so acclimated to the 125-135 degree days that when it was 85 or 90 here after coming home he wasn't hot and griping he was actually very comfortable and kinda on the cool side. Stay Safe.

Posted by Shannon Pope about 11 years ago

Michael - No more salt tablets, that went out when the "victory punch" or gatorade, or sports drinks hit it big.  It is designed to replace the electrolytes in your system to keep you balanced.

Judy - Im not sure about the rain thing . . .ever see what happens when rain hits dirt, imagine a whole country of dirt/sand.  Turns this whole place into a big mudpuddle.  However the sandstorms while they are not fun to be in do drop the temp a bit. - Thanks

Shannon - Wow thats alot of deployments, I worked with an SOI instructor my last tour, alot of knowlege there, defanatly respect that.  As far as the camel spider, yeah anything with 8 legs that can numb your skin and eat you wile you sleep . . yeah I dont like them.  Always worried that I am going to wake up with one on me. 

All, yes the A/C is my savior here, thanks for the posts.

Posted by Nicholas Bush (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, Just stopping by to check in on you. I have really been enjoying your blog. Good stuff. My son is an active Marine ande is just now finishing real estate school. Hopefully he'll be licensed pretty soon. Thanks for all you do and for giving us a peek at your life.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 11 years ago


Glad you are safe.....guess all that water keeps you safe too!

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) about 11 years ago

Nick- Glad you are staying safe.  Stay cool.  And I thought SC was hot!!!! I know once you get up to those temps, humidity doesn't matter at all, it is HOT no matter how you put it.

Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) about 11 years ago