So in three days, I changed gears, packed up my shit, and The Girl and I headed to The ‘Dan. Having just got situated, we had to act so fast, the time of change had yet to set in and inadvertently did not say goodbye to most of the wonderful people we’d met in Karen.
The Company hired her to take over for Buckshot, running the camp for a Major International Aid Organization. She was happy to get back to work and set her prospects in Nairobi on hold to make some holiday cash. The company signed her to a short contract, and secured us the time to go to the states for Christmas.
That’s right everyone, I’ll be stateside in three weeks.
I’ve been back at The New Restaurant almost since my return to Juba. Some personnel got shifted, priorities changed, and there I was, back where I was distracted with food rather than logistics, inventory, and databases.
It’s been fun. El Berkerino and I have been rocking the place steadily. We’ve helped secure a contract with a Large International Para-Military Contractor And Consultancy, and things are going swimmingly. We added a number of new menu items and honed the concept to the primary market: roughneck guys from south of the Mason-Dixon line. If in a future interview, anyone asks me ‘my greatest challenge’ I’d say without a doubt, preparing BBQ and Cajun cuisine for a bunch of good ol’ boys with only a two burner gas range, a charcoal oven, and limited ingredients.
Thing is, the guys here are awesome. They’ve been all over the world, have places in the Philippines, young international wives, and have a rosy outlook on the world. They’re some of the best customers one could have and have become somewhat of a family in a short time.
The other bonus is that The Girl’s camp is right down the road.
The past couple weeks here have been unlike any of my other tours; I’m not just enjoying the work and the scene.
I’m living it up.