Oklahoma Airman Airs Out Dirty Laundry

Friday, January 14th 2011, 4:48 pm
By: News 9

Heather Bennett, News 9 Contributor
Oklahoma Airman Serving In Afghanistan

ENTRY #12:

Clean clothes are a must out here. I guess I'm sort of lucky, being here when it's cold outside, for the simple fact that I can get three, sometimes four days of use out of a uniform. I know that sounds gross, but I'm just talking pants and top, not my undershirts and socks, or long johns. Of course, what I do each work-day will dictate whether I wear it again the next day.

There's a post by the burn pit (it's just what it sounds like), where all trash gets burned, and that post is a one-uniform per day post. You'll get back from post reeking of burned trash. It doesn't make for a good day for you partner, if you have to wear that uniform again the next day. Unfortunately, it happens though. There is always that one smelly person, either on the flight line, or heaven forbid as your roommate. For some unknown reason, it's OK for them to wear the same uniform for weeks at a time.

Laundry isn't hard to do here. You put it in a bag, walk to the drop-off spot, fill out a simple form, and return 2-4 days later and your stuff is clean. It's easy and simple, but it does have its draw-backs. That one missing sock is epic. It's not a big deal at home, because it shows up eventually in the next load. Somehow, it got tossed in with the colors or something. But here, it's gone for good. There is no telling where that sock is. Little things come up missing as well. I've notice times when a certain style cut of undies are all gone. I'm not saying the laundry people took them, but I'm willing to bet there is some local running around in Hanes "Her Way" boy-cut undies.

It's nice to not have to do my own wash, but it is one of the things I miss about home.