No more chilli cheese fries in Kandahar

TGIFriday franchises (and a whole lot more) are being closed on military bases in Afghanistan.

The Kandahar boardwalk now has a Burger King, Subway sandwich shop, three cafes, several general stores, a Cold Stone Creamery, Oakley sunglasses outlet, hockey rink (thanks to the Canadians, of course), basketball court, and tiny stage where members of Bachman-Turner Overdrive (the 70s band that brought the world “Takin’ Care of Business” and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”) recently performed on a cool southern Afghanistan evening.

I’m all for comfort but this does seem like overkill.  I remember when they were just starting up that base and some of the guys from my unit went there to help establish the place.

The band doesn’t seem to be a big deal.  After all, the USO has been bringing entertainment to troops for decades.  Now, if BTO was the local bar band I might have an objection…

Call me weird but I actually liked the semi-primitive conditions of Bagram circa 2003.  We had a little PX, a local bazaar every Friday (with the same stuff every week) and that was it and a place where you could get your hair cut by people from somewhere (I was never quite sure) whose understanding of english meant you couldn’t ask for anything too fancy.


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