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Posted on 2009.06.16 at 21:25
Current Location: ar ramadi, iraq
Mood: pensivepatient
today i finally managed to get some half-decent shots of an approaching sandstorm.

the only thing i can compare it to is- you know how video games have draw-in distance where stuff on the "horizon" just pops into view as you approach it? it's like that, in reverse. a wall of wind and dust proceeding not-that-slowly across the map, and things just sorta disappear as it gets closer to you.

when the water tower on the northeast edge of camp (i thought you'd be able to see it in the 2nd pic, but apparently not) goes away, it's time to either get out whatever dust protective equipment you have or get inside (or just deal with the grit in your mouth, which i don't care for), because you have about 3 minutes until it looks like this:

fun! (we call these "orange days".)

it's night now and the storm has mostly died down but there is still dry lightning up in the sky- unfortunately i don't have a tripod and i don't know how to set a long exposure time on my camera so i can't get pics of that.

about one month left here.


Little Etoile
littleetoile at 2009-06-16 22:05 (UTC) (Link)

What is "dry" lightning?

And hooray, only one more month! Then what?
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2009-06-17 00:40 (UTC) (Link)
What is "dry" lightning?

no rain or clouds, just lightning in the sky and the stars behind that. i assume because the cold front coming through has a different charge?

Then what?

we're headed back to ft mccoy (WI) to demobilize. i'll be part of a helpdesk team for that process there so i'll be one of the first people there and the last out the door back to seattle.

i have the last 2 weeks of my leave coming sometime between now and september, but it's unclear when that's going to be right now. whenever it is, i'm going to be driving my car up from socal to WA so i'll stop through at some point. :)
mutor at 2009-06-17 20:32 (UTC) (Link)
Dry lightning is wormsign, the mightiest one ever seen was when Paul Atreides drank the water of life and totally roped in this super muthafucking large sandworm. Or something like that. Oh wait, that was later. I think it was just when he was kicking it with the Fremen and learning their ways, and he had to like, become a man. So he just roped in this really big one that looked like a sandy penis 300 meters long with a peehole full of teeth. It was awesome. And once you ride something like that nobody calls you boy anymore.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2009-06-18 19:14 (UTC) (Link)
the oil^H^H^Hspice must flow...
Things Gone and Things Still Here
jette at 2009-06-17 06:21 (UTC) (Link)
Great pics and very orangey! So does "about a month" mean you'll be here for fnf? That would rock it.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2009-06-18 19:16 (UTC) (Link)
dates on the last 2 weeks of leave isn't clear yet, probably late aug/early sep. when is fnf?
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