Friday, August 15, 2008

Afghan Right of Way Rules

First a quick note. I'm trying to get around to all my blogging buddies' blogs, but our Internet connection is not cooperating. I'm only partially successful keeping my own blogs updated since I can compose them off-line. So, rest assured I'm not ignoring y'all or deliberately neglecting my buddy duties. If the net stays up today, I'll get around for a visit.

One of the guys I work with came up with this bit of humor, but I tweaked it a little.

Afghan Right of Way Rules

1. Armed vehicles have the right of way over all vehicles, except other armed vehicles. When two sets of armed vehicles are competing for right of way, set with largest caliber armament decides.

2. Afghan National Army or Afghan National Police vehicles by virtue of the fact that the occupants are usually armed and often have a squad of mean-looking guys with guns in the back. They are second in the hierarchy because their vehicles are not armored.

3. “I drive for the UN, therefore I am the UN, therefore I obey no rule and provide no courtesy.” Nuff said.

4. If none of the above groups are present and competing for right of way, one of the following rules apply – randomly, but with a strong tendency to rule d.

a. Most Expensive Vehicle Privilege
b. Law of Gross Tonnage
c. Right of the First Bumper Forward
d. Rule of Stones – Driver with the biggest set wins.

Sorta makes the Traffic Information Booth admonition all the more amusing.

Monday, August 11, 2008

You Thought I Was Kidding...Admit It

I am certain some of you thought I was just being funny with the last picture on my previous post...where I talked about a whole bunch inside plus two and mentioned the occassional people on top. Here is proof that I was in earnest.

I count three people on top of this loaded rough count when they passed was 15 inside...inside a 7-passenger van.