Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Security levels

"Security level 1: Afghanistan is a cool place. You can even go out in the streets and buy cigarettes."

"Security level 2: Yikes, the situation in the country isn't great. I'd do better to stay at home and send the guard to get cigarettes."

"Security level 3: We all stay at home and pray to God that no one has touched the stock of level 3 cigarettes. The worse thing about all this is that the higher the security level gets, the less you feel like quitting smoking."

"Security level 4: In theory, you should all have been repatriated back to France. The tobacco place has been bombed out anyway and the guard is now unemployed."

(Nicolas Wild in 'Kabul Disco,' p. 103 Harper)

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