I have to drive in and out of a certain gate on Camp Slayer all the time, and all of the Global Security guys like to say "hi" to me, or talk to me, etc., because they don't see many American women (these guys are Iraqis, for the most part). They all know me by now, and I knew this, but a tiny little event made this fact more plainly evident this morning. I was doing a U-turn in the usual place, and I held out my ID as I approached, per standard operating procedures. They all waved me through hurriedly, gesturing in a sort of, "yeah, yeah, yeah; you again," sort of manner. As I drove by them slowly, with the window down, one of them said, "Yes, we know you. We all know you. Your smile is a like a beacon in the desert." I laughed, smiled, thanked them, and drove on as they halted traffic to let me through. Haha. I don't know why I am always surprised that the boys always notice the girls here. I wonder what the ratio is...It must be about several hundred to one. And civilian girls are even more rare. Gosh, I'll be glad to be back where I am a normal girl again. I feel sorry for gorgeous women.