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"Iraq, the Story Unfolds" -- Entertainment in Iraq

So what do we do for fun here in Iraq.  First I will say that there are two groups of people here in Iraq, with a few in the gray area between.  There are those that are working the office setting like myself and those that are constantly on missions.  My last tour over here was with the second group where now I am with the first. 

Those that are on missions.  Most days consist of five to seven hours of sleep.  You wake up, shower and shave, and get ready for the day.  The only way you are going to get breakfast is if you plan to sacrafice that last our of sleep to get it.  You go to your motor pool or similiar setting and prepare for that days mission.  Once you get weapons cleaned, vehicles checked, and mission essential supplies such as water it is time to line up and get ready for the movement.  After talking with many of the soldiers here at my camp, they state that the average mission will take about 12-15 hours.  Once back in, it is just enough time to grab chow, re-stock, and maybe take an hour or two in your room to watch a movie on your laptop before going to sleep.  Those that want to talk to their families or catch up on the internet will go to bed late that night.  Then the next day, rinse and repeat.  For the lucky ones they will set aside one day a week to do basic mainenance on their vehicles and weapons and take the rest of that day off.  Again - thats if you are lucky.

For the other group, the office worker, it can vary.  Most end up working 10-16 hours everyday with limited time off.  However most office workers are able to check their email, e-pay their bills on-line or blog (on active rain) while in the office.  Some of us get lucky to go to the gym daily, with great luck your boss will allow time during lunch to go so that you still get your evening to yourself.  Even better than that was what our division has allowed, it is called mountain time.  Every Sunday we get the day off, we have to check in at 6:00 PM to make sure that there is no pressing issues, then continue with the day off. 

As far as entertainment on post.  If you are able to get the time most camps have some sort of gym set up.  Even though we are on a small base we have two small gyms and they are building a large one.  Other than that we dont really have much here.   The larger camps however have movie theaters, computer lounges, phone centers, swimming pools, and large chapels.  The largest of the camps will even have ampitheaters, where occasionally major performers in all genres will come and perform.  My last tour I had a chance to see Toby Kieth live. 

The majority of us though, we find solitude getting a chance to surf the web, or watch movies on our laptops or small TV's.  You will find a few that have had game systems shipped over here such as my best friend that is here with me, yesterday he got his X-Box and Rock Band care package shipped from his wife.  Right now him and a few others are in his room beating the drums and playing guitar to some of Rock and Rolls greatest hits.  Others get T.V's and DVD players such as the guys in the tent next to mine and I can hear the surround sound from the movies as I am lying in bed.  As for myself, I prefer to either sit in my bed and watch the hundreds of burnt copies of movies from my external hard drive.  Play the occasional game on my PC such as Age of Empires or NFL2009.  Or sit in the office and try to figure out what my next blog on AR will be about.

Thats all for today, by the way be watching for my post about a soldier in trouble. I need some military support for a friend of mine, who's mother is getting foreclosed on.  He is very young and just joined the army.  I really dont want to see him go back to the states without a home.  I will post more on his situation once I get all the details from him.

As always thats for the support that you all give, have a good night.


Nicholas S. Bush


Keller Williams Realty

Knoxville, TN


Comment balloon 14 commentsNicholas Bush • June 07 2009 03:02PM


Thanks for the update Nicholas. 

The availability of computers, lap tops, games, etc. is quite an improvement over the past when films and personal appearances were about it. 

When one of my sons was called up in the first gulf war, things were not nearly as entertainment frindly.

Be careful. 


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

Hi Nick, it is very interesting to hear what your days are like, I must say that you all give so much up to serve this country, most of us don't even realize the sacrifices you make.

I will be watching for the update. I hope someone here will be able to help your friends mom.

Take care, stay safe, and I will wait for your next post!

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

Great to hear from you and thanks for the interesting update.

My husband brought me back a hat autographed by Toby Keith when he returned from his last tour.  We are both big fans, having seen him in a concert a couple of years ago.

If you or any of your guys need anything, please post!

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) about 11 years ago

Nicholas - It sounds like you are on the office worker group. I guess that sounds better than being on the missions group as you can connect on-line with family and friends.

It will be interesting to see if there is anything the AR community can do for your friends mother. I hope it works out. In any event, I am sure there will be many well wishers, and prayers being sent up.

Stay safe and thanks for another informative post.

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

Thanks for keeping us right there with's nice hearing the everday stuff.  We just talked to Terry, my step-son yesterday, but, as you said early in the post he is in the other group so he doesn't talk to us much about what he specifically does day in and day out.  Looking forward to your next post and I hope there is someone in the "Rain" that will be able to help your soldier friend.

Posted by Tina Allen (Exit Realty Tri-County) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, I'm enjoying learning about your life in Iraq.  Your two tours are SO SIMILAR to the two tours our son experienced.  I am just now learning about his experiences as he is writing about them in college.  It is good I didn't know how close he came to those mortars the first time around.  I'm glad you are in a safe position this time.  Well as safe as you can get being in Iraq.

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

Nick,  Wow I didn't know the camps had so many modern amenities.  I'm glad they give you all something to help make the time you're away from home and family a bit "easier".  I look forward to seeing your future updates.

Chanda panda

Posted by Chanda Barrick, in referral (Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, Thanks for this great story and thank you for your service. Regards,

Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) about 11 years ago

Nick, every day I watch for your posts and love to read them.  By the way, someone here blogged about  It's a site that's pretty much an on-demand TV thing for a whole bunch of network and cable shows and some movies, too.  It's pretty cool!  Stay cool!


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

Nicholas - Pat offered a wonderful idea in her comment above, but the site is Here is the link if you are interested  Check it out, there is quite a selection of shows available for free.

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

Nicholas, thanks for the update. Thanks to blackberry's I am able to keep up with my son almost daily with emails. When he is in port he can call and we can skpe. He has about 8 weeks to go of a 6 month tour. I am thankful we have been able to communicate.

God Bless !

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 11 years ago


Always great to see your posts. It means you are safe and well. Keep them coming. Thank the rest of your group for us as well.

Our Boy Scout group would love to send letters. Can you email me your address?


Posted by Kim Curran (RE/MAX Unlimited of Northern Virginia) about 11 years ago

God bless you, Nick. You and your fellow service men and women are great Americans.

Posted by Lenza about 11 years ago

Nick- Thanks for sharing and letting us know what life is like for our troops.  Though life has improved greatly from what it used to be, it still is a long way from home and family.  Thank you and to all your fellow soldiers for all you do.

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