Monday, March 14, 2011
Of Laghman: Big Day
When the U.S. Ambassador rolls into town in Afghanistan, it's kind of a big deal. The Governor of Laghman hosted a lunch in his honor, for something like forty guests, all at this one giant table. Your correspondent enjoyed a delicious meal of all variety of Afghan delights... and Mountain Dew. The Afghans love Mountain Dew. And really, what's not to love?
Anyway, it was quite a spread of lamb and chicken and salad and spinach and peppers, which your correspondent, being a seasoned diplomat, and therefore versed in all manner of social graces, carefully spilled an entire plate of all over his own lap. But fortunately, we're in Afghanistan, so before long all the grease stains on my pants were covered by dust and nobody was the wiser.