Monday, March 27, 2006

God's Own Shade Tree Mechanics

After disposing of a piece of unexploded ordnance in the village of Gojurkhel, one of our HMMWVs stalled out. One of the local mechanics raced over and offered to help. He was all over the engine before you could say "uh, sure, try your best". He spotted the problem, but with all the electronic parts involved, he couldn't fix it.
We thanked him for trying and pulled it back to Bagram Airfield ourselves. I think the fellow was disappointed that he finally had encountered something he couldn't fix. The Afghans have had to become the most adept small engine repairers in the world. 30 years of ruinous warfare and no infrastructure make for one great big "Mother Necessity" - and the Afghans have been the favorite of her children "Invention".


Blogger Cowgirl said...

I hate electronics, because now my Dad can't fix anything like he could back in the day.

(Like I can say back in the day lol)

3:26 PM  

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