Postcards from Tradocia

it was a dark and stormy night

As I write, the howl of the wind sounds like a turbine in the darkness, thrashing against the flimsy aluminum walls – a storm with no lightning and no rain. Besides the howling, there’s a ripping sound like thunder, but I can’t tell if it’s really thunder or if it’s just the sound of all the air twisting and tearing overhead.

It rained earlier, though; massive drops thwacked into the trailer in waves, sounding more like hail than rain, the wind shaking the thin-walled box, making JoKur and I wonder if we’d be blown over in some kind of desert tornado.

Walking to the latrine trailer, I wished for goggles – it’s only a 10-meter walk but unpleasant all the same. What a miserable night to be out. Thankfully, I have nowhere to be tonight but in bed.

Now, a cascade of rain pours out of nowhere, sounding more like falling rocks than water, pummeling the trailer briefly before fading out again.

Guess I should dig out the galoshes again…


  1. Anonymous

    Did you guys get that dust storm last week? There was a picture of it in the papers here. Rolled in from Jordan.

  2. sec

    Well, we had snow yesterday (May 1) back here in Minnesota. Yes, the great big fluffy flakes of snow that you like so much. But in May??

  3. Bryce and Lola

    Scary storm! Really glad you’re O.K. Also glad you didn”t have to dig out the galoshes.
    Love G&G

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  7. SGT P

    Hey, this is what you were talking about right before I left for leave isn’t it? Anyways, fucking snow here dude. Typical bullshit of MN, it just had to remind me.

  8. Delobius

    Actually, yeah, I had checked out the One Soldier’s Story Project – I had been meaning to link to it…

    SGT P: Owned by MN weather! Ha! Too bad you’re missing out on the sun and volleyball here…;)

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