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I couldn't help but wonder if I'd provoked some bad karma this afternoon when I signed online to see that the story I'd written about being delayed in Iraq had just posted on the GlobalPost website. I'd written the story after my last trip to Iraq earlier this summer, and by chance the editors decided to post it a few days into my current trip here. As it turns out, I saw the story had been published on day four of my delay trying to make it up north for an embedded reporting trip.
While I've removed the concept of hope from my day-to-day life, unlike the seven-day delay I mentioned in the story, this time around I have a book to read. (Last time, I left my reading material at home by accident. A fatal error.) I've also spent some time online trying to make myself feel better by reading about other people's misfortunes on a website recommended to me by a soldier called www.fmylife.com. Perhaps if I get stuck out here for a few more days, my next online update will appear on that site.