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Project by Neil Davis posted 04-19-2011 10:18 AM 1431 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been working for the past three years in Afghanistan as a military contractor. When I come home for vacation I turn a few of these slimline pens to take back with me. It is amazing how a small gift of a pen can smooth the way with folks. Our company utilizes an Afghan driver to get around Kabul and I gave him a pen and I think I am now his friend for life. He was using a plastic store bought cheapie pen in his daily planner and it only took him 2 seconds to ditch his and put in the pen I gave him. Those Afghans will give you the shirt off of their back if they think you are their friend.

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#1 posted 04-19-2011 02:40 PM

Great group of pens. I really like the 10th one over.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#2 posted 04-19-2011 02:42 PM

Ya, everyone really likes the Box Elder. The red one is Box Elder as well but I guess the red throws folks.

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#3 posted 04-19-2011 02:54 PM

Welcome to LJs! Nice collection of pens – sounds like you have a good way to put them to use. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 04-19-2011 04:19 PM

Great story and projects… I think that sometimes we forget there are good people of a country that is in turmoil, and mostly people struggling under a dictatorship or warlords. I remember when I was in Pakistan and met some Russian Sailors. We as Americans in the late 80’s were suppose to not like them or vice versa. After a few drinks, we all realized we were pawns in a big picture of something we would never truly understand. We were just them same doing a job for our country we love and trying to make a living as well. The news we all read and watch helps as understand… NOT! Good stories like this rarely make the news.

Great job and glad your safe and have shared this with us.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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