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I think my greatest enjoyable DJ gig was when I worked in Saudi Arabia as a civilian. I had a small DJ set up there, nothing like I do now because Saudi Arabia is not known as a party town per say,.
 
I was at work one day and I happen to met a Air Force Sergeant that was assigned to the Supply Squadron I was working at in the Kingdom. Seems many years earlier when I was stationed at McChord AFB in Washington State this NCO was a poor scared little one striper and he worked for me., We chatted and one thing led to another. He asked if I would come and entertain the troops that was stationed there in his outfit. He didn't have to ask twice. I gathered my small set-up and played for 7 hours, and I never charged them I wouldn't do that to these brave kids in the war. Oh did I mention this took place during the first Gulf War in 1990. After I was done ( I also had another civilian with me to help) the troops gave both of us 2 bottles of booze Johnny Walker Red and Black label. Now remember booze is illegal in the Kingdon but military people were given a ration (those not in a combat role in Kuwait) 1 bottle of whiskey and a case of beer a month. So we recieved the whiskey and wondered what we would do with it.. HAHA like I knew...I went back to the compound I was living in and started selling raffle tickets for each one. Now we civilians made our own beer, wine and a sorta whiskey..BUT to have a bottle of American whiskey well that was a different story. I sold all my tickets for both bottles out in a matter of  2 hours,,that's 100 tickets a $10 a piece.
 
About 2 months later I was asked to play for the Army grunts living outside the base in a compound. Sure reminded me of Nam when I drove in there, guys with flak jackets, helmets etc. I was set up in a tower like structure and played ROCK music for 3 hours..
 
These two DJ gigs will always stay with me, because not to long ago I was one of these guys, oh it was a different war but the loneliness and uncertainty was all the same.