Cigars in the Sand

Commentary, Notes and Pictures from my time in Iraq

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Farmer by genetics, Lawyer by training, currently "vacationing" in Iraq and advising the Iraqi government on border security issues. Before moving to Baghdad, I served in the White House as Deputy Counsel for the Homeland Security Council. I can be reached at opusxryanathotmaildotcom.

Thursday, February 17, 2005


The work schedule here in Baghdad is fairly intense, even for us civilians. Technically, our "weekend" is Friday and Saturday (Friday is the holy day in Iraq). Practically though, most folks only take Friday mornings off, and then go in to work at noon. I try to squeeze in some basketball on Friday mornings, but my game has definitely atrophied.