Saturday, September 25, 2004



Baghdad is only 100 miles from the desert! We have our fair share of dusty days. We get several a year, mainly in late spring. The sky turns "foggy" and the next morning everything is covered with a thin layer of dust.

During the invasion, for a reason unknown to me yet, there were more sand storms than usual.

The dust we usually get is yellow-brownish in color. On that particular day, the dust was reddish in color, which was quite unusual. The other odd thing is that we had some drizzle with it. Someone remarked that the sky wept in blood over Iraq during those sad days.

I suppose you can imagine the nasty result: everything was covered with ugly dirty red stains… trees, windows, walls, pavements...

To add insult to injury, most people had most windows in their homes open to reduce the chances of shattering glass from bomb explosions. The result was that the inside of most homes was also given the same treat. To add further insult, water was short.

Throughout most of the following day, most people were busy cleaning everything. It was quite a distraction. I called it NNN-Day – National No-Nagging Day!

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