I was researching cable TV options so that my long-suffering MoBob can keep up on Al-Jazeera and found that Arkansas is a lot more, er, international than I expected:
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is reporting that the U.S. Military is building a so-called “Little Fallujah” here in the United States for soldiers to train in urban warfare. A streetscape is being modeled after Fallujah in East Arkansas, complete with bazaar, office buildings and a school. It even includes bomb blasts and flying bullets, as well as a two-mile track where drivers will learn to shoot out car windows, ram enemy vehicles and dodge simulated rocket-propelled grenades. Three blocks of the mock city are being opened this summer. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, it won't be the only foreign war zone open for business in Arkansas. At “Little Mogadishu” in North Little Rock, trainees rappel from a helicopter perched on a forty-foot stanchion and work through a maze of concrete huts and alleyways, shooting at targets and blowing open doors.
And apparently this is a growth industry.
Maybe MoBob should scratch the artisinal sheep farm and teach "How to scream effectively and convincingly in Arabic" instead, since he does that so well while driving.
Well, MoBob has some serious reflecting to do. He wants to go to grad school (easy enough) and work part-time, preferably a job where he can wear shorts. So: either UPS delivery guy, or soccer coach for special needs kids.