Afghan Farm - Photo From The Young Man From Afghanistan

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

Coming home soon, the Young Man From Afghanistan had access to a computer!  This tour has not offered much computer opportunity.  So he took advantage when he got to one and sent me a bunch of photos.

 

 

Here is a typical farm.

Remember, the area is extremely dry.

This photo shows millenia-old irrigation techniques.

Does anyone want to guess what is being grown?

Hint:  it is a cash crop.

And it is very popular in the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a photo of the farmer!

Maybe you can tell why he is so happy.

Let's call him "Poppy..."

 

 

 

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Rainmaker
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James Dray
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Morning Jay I know why you have that smile on your face.  So how much longer until his feet are on American soil?  Guessing the crop is a hard one I'll need to think about it... :~)

Jan 22, 2012 10:23 PM #1
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Jay, No wonder it's so tough to fight there.  You're talking about zero cover and continually never knowing what's over the next ridge.  And I guess it's not Poppy's fault for his cash crop, no demand for it, he'd have to find something else to grow.  We're our own worst enemy in that regard.  Bill

Jan 22, 2012 10:24 PM #2
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Jay Markanich
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The big hint is the farmer's name James.  He is still in country, returning in a couple of weeks.

Bliz - we are!  And the Grand Imam changed the rules of engagement when he became "president" to where they can't shoot back without other specific things happening.  That's why so many have died in the last three years. I don't remember seeing the "daily count" on TV as with the previous administration.  Gee, why?

Jan 22, 2012 10:49 PM #3
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Lisa Von Domek
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Good morning Jay,

Yes, "Poppy" does appear to be one happy farmer.

And of course there is no daily count, why would the media do anything to besmirch their (idea of a) hero?  November can not arrive soon enough....

Jan 22, 2012 11:19 PM #4
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Jay Markanich
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The count is horrific Lisa, but who cares!  And I can tell you that this tour was no picnic.  It was his most difficult.  He's lost a lot of weight too, with a daily calorie ration of 1200.  Couple that with an 80 pound pack and walking 15-20 miles a day, it takes its toll.

I assure you he ate better on previous tours...

Jan 22, 2012 11:32 PM #5
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Carol Zingone
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Interesting pix and story here, Jay....thanks.

Jan 22, 2012 11:37 PM #6
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Jay,

Hard to change a lifestyle that's been that way for generations. Without the U.S. demand it would all dry up.

Poppy looks happy though.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 22, 2012 11:58 PM #7
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Jay,

I wish your son a safe return. As far as the product being farmed, that's the way it's been for generations, and that's the way it will be for future generations as well. The profit margin is far too lucrative.

Rich

Jan 23, 2012 12:18 AM #8
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Love those lucrative crops....and that everyone will be home very soon.

Jan 23, 2012 12:49 AM #9
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Jay  Arthur and I pray he will return safeky along with all the other Americans who have sacrificed.

Jan 23, 2012 01:12 AM #10
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Great photo, a place for us to be out of. I pray for all our soldiers to have a safe return. Even when this one is over, there will be others.

Jan 23, 2012 01:36 AM #11
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Charles Buell
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Jay, here is one for you

Poppy

Jan 23, 2012 03:50 AM #12
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Jay Markanich
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Thanks Carol.  He sent some good ones.

What has worked for a long time will still work, Clint.  Especially when there is so much $ demand in the U.S.

Rich - I went to grad school with a DEA guy who said they were trying to get the people to grow a different cash crop, but it has never flown.  Poppy farms work there!

S&D - if they come home from there, sooner than later they will be off to somewhere else.

Jan 23, 2012 04:16 AM #13
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Jay Markanich
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Thanks Karen.  Maybe we can get together if he has more visit time than 2 hours.

You have that right Joe.  Getting out will be good, but there will be future reason to return!

Charlie - you got that right.  That farmer (shall we call him "Poppy?") should have one of those in his teeth!

Jan 23, 2012 04:18 AM #14
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It is a good thing the media had no control over WWII. Can you imagine how quickly we would have lost that war?

Jan 23, 2012 04:51 AM #15
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Jay Markanich
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For sure Than.  Roosevelt got away with a whole lot because the media actually hid so much from the public!

Jan 23, 2012 06:20 AM #16
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Jay -- helpful to name the farmer after his crop (something that was more common in the past).  It is nice that your son is able to communicate with you a bit - even when on the other side of the world, in less than ideal circumstances.  Our prayers are included for his safe return.

Jan 23, 2012 07:08 AM #17
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Jay Markanich
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Thank you Sir!  And I thought the second hint as to the kind of crop would make things easy!

Jan 23, 2012 07:23 AM #18
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Jay, these methods are millenia old, because they work... Perhaps we can learn something?

Jan 24, 2012 04:21 AM #19
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Jay Markanich
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Let's hope we never have to grow poppy in the desert Chris!

Jan 24, 2012 09:44 AM #20
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