Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Sandstorm - Reason #2

Photo taken by SPC McDaniel

The last few days the internet has been on and off due to a sand storm that was blowing threw. Since we have a satellite internet system its really affected by the weather. Plus our service is not the greatest because they have not come to align our dish with the equipment they were supposed to use. This was a view from the front of the building I live in from just a couple days ago. It was strange waking up and the whole sky was orange. I kept thinking my eyes just weren't adjusted. I didn't know that this was just what color everything was. I woke up early and no one else was around to verify that I wasn't losing my sight so it was a little scary for a while.


  • Dear Luke,

    Please forgive me if I am not doing this right. The fact is, I have been reading all kinds of blogs for more than a year and yours is THE VERY FIRST I ever have tried to comment on. Please, please be complimented by that. I express that in the very best and most supportive way possible.

    I am a 55-year-old mom, with an only child son the same age as you. I don't know how much you all might have in common, because he was accidentally born and raised in a place called "Tejas," which as they say is a "whole n'other country."

    But I myself was born in a sweet and beautiful little town called Belvidere, IL, part of a region once known as "Northern Illinois" long before the real estate developers and the home delivery people for the Chicago Tribune arrived (even before the Chrysler plant, truth be told).

    Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I read your bio about being from rural Illinois and your blog on the excursion to Gurnee, and all I wanted to say was, "God bless you, Luke."

    Please keep yourself and those with you just as safe as you can and please know that there are many more nameless nobodies like me who think about you and all the others like you over there and ... we care ... and we pray ... and we hope always for the very best for you and the people you love.

    Maybe it just means I am getting old, but I prefer to think that it's a sign of wisdom acquired over time: the fact is that all I really care about is to find a way for you and everybody like you to get home safe and sound. The rest, as "they" say, is just details.

    Godspeed, Luke from rural Illinois!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 02:13  

  • It just occured to me and maybe it has to you as well, is it possible you slept in those yellow sunglasses? :lol:

    By Blogger Chevy Rose, at 08:24  

  • Hello there! I just found your blog today, courtesy of BlackFive. :-) I've added you to my list of "Milblogs to Read Daily," and will be reading your blog..well, daily, LOL! ;-)

    Thank you so very much for what you do ~ our family is very greatful to have y'all out there keeping us safe. We love y'all and are proud of y'all!!! Hang in there!

    ~ kat in GA

    By Blogger Kat, at 11:21  

  • Creepy picture! I would have wondered if something "nuclear" had happened during the night - & then prepared to watch my skin melt off. A.Rhonda

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:52  

  • Hey Luke I've been here reading your Post and not commenting (sorry)! Your Reason #1 was upsetting and my comment wouldn't have been to nice. Liked the picture on #2 interesting but wouldn't want to be in it. You just SS and know we think and pray for you all the time! Love G/ma

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 17:22  

  • I just happened on to your blog this morning and had to comment. The pic looks as if you are on Mars. It's a very cool pic in a weird sort of way. I like your title...since I plan vacations for a living, somehow I can't find too much commercial service to your destination. Tell me, did you have to plan your trip 21 days in advance with a Sat. night stay?

    God Bless and be safe out there! Send postcards!

    By Blogger Suezette, at 13:37  

  • Wow Luke now your site is so popular the big guns are advertising on here! Lar C.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 21:29  

  • Hi Luke

    By Blogger Clayton R. Port, at 09:18  

  • Sorry Lar I deleted that advertisement...

    By Blogger SGT Port, at 11:13  

  • Hey there, Luke. I teach world history here in the states, and was wondering if I could get your permission to use your blog sometimes in my class? It's a great resource for kids who just have no idea what is going on with soldiers, except for watching what the news here shows (soldiers handing out candy, smiling and waving at the camera etc) Thanks KAS

    By Anonymous moongurl44, at 11:29  

  • Well considering I lost count in our little tag game of ims, so i am gonna have to say you won. lol. I figure since we never can seem to be on at the right moment, and i havent talk to you in a while i thought i would say hi. I hope we can actually get to talk again sometime, i miss talking to you. Hope to talk to you soon and tag your it!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15:55  

  • Moongurl44,
    Of course, feel free to use my blog in your classes. As long as you aren't publishing any of my “great literary works” as your own it shouldn’t be a problem :p. Besides, isn't everything free for educational use? j/k If you find anything interesting feel free to use it. However I can't guarantee a PG13 rating. I like this disclaimer from the Mudville Gazzette: “The reader will kindly forgive any tendency to rough language or behavior on the part of the site owner.”

    By Blogger SGT Port, at 04:37  

  • Thanks, Luke. If any of my students should feel inclined to ask questions or post a thought, I will ask that they identify themselves. It is a college-placement course, and the students are serious-minded and curious... hopefully they will be the ethical leaders of the future. Your time and efforts are appreciated. K

    By Anonymous Karen, at 11:11  

  • Hey Luke,

    Interesting picture... Hassan (a blogger friend of mine in Baghdad) posted a few pictures of that dust storm too. What an eerie looking landscape!

    Satellite dishes are good for a lot of things, sandstorms aren't one of them. You may find it helpful to take a broom to the thing after a storm like that and clean out any residual dust.

    I hope you are doing well...

    By Blogger Mad Canuck, at 23:15  

  • What is "Reason #3"??? Hope all is okay! Still miss you! SS Love g/ma

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13:12  

  • You are doing a GREAT job. Thank You Soooooooooooo Much. You don't know how much it means to us back home. I have a cousin who leaves to Fort Leonard Wood for boot camp next week. He will be training for a Combat Engineer. Whatever that means. We are very Proud Of Your Services. Agian THANK YOU

    By Blogger bozette, at 11:32  

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