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Night Spies

This week at: O'Neil's Bar & Grill

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Continued from last week...

If you're on a post in Iraq, as I was, nighttime is usually pretty chilled out. People lounge around and play cards or tell stories. We lived in tents with electricity, so by the time we'd been over there for eight or nine months, people started buying TVs and PlayStations. The way each camp is set up there are a couple of perimeters--there was one huge perimeter around the Tallil Air Force Base--and then it's sectioned off. The Italian coalition had their own compound. When those guys came through they opened up a full-scale bar--which was totally against the rules for any of us to be at, so of course I was there immediately. It had a foosball table and some chairs, but it didn't have a name--it was just the Bar. All the coalition forces would go there and get hammered on Peroni lager or very simple mixed drinks. The Italians are absolutely crazy, and I mean crazy in a good way. Peroni is the Italian version of Budweiser--it's their national beer, I think. They need to get Peroni's on the menu here. I'll see what I can do about that. --David Haigh, National Guardsman

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