Thursday, March 6, 2008

Dusty Spring

I have to concur with Kerri, the weather lately has generally been awesome. Perfect temperatures, not too warm, not too cold. Sunny days, but not too bright. Flowers blooming in the desert, generally ebullant populace.

However, there is one aspect to the weather at this time of year that is not pleasant at all: Dust storms. Apparently, it's a bit worse than usual this year with at least 3 or 4 mild to strong dust storms in the past month or so.

Apparently, under the right conditions, the wind picks up the sand (which is very dusty here) and everything gets get dust in your eyes, mouth, and any other orifice you care to imagine. The accumulation rate of dust on the floor and everywhere else quadruples. The worst I've seen it, it was so bad that you could barely see enough to drive, not that anyone slows down or anything. I actually stayed in the office during the worst case all day, not wanting to go outside and breath it. We were worried they would shut down the gates of the base and not let us go home (luckily that didn't happen).

But at least it's not hot yet...

In other news, the car had to go into the shop again. This time it was something in the transmission and was another 400 KD to repair. BMW parts are definitely spendy. But we are back up and running now.

Looking forward to this weekend which should be fun. Abu Khaled has invited us to go to Wafrah, a farming community in southern Kuwait to spend Saturday night. He said we'll have fun at a "jungle" and drink fresh camel's milk. This will be our first time out of Kuwait City and it's suburbs!


Anonymous said...

Hi Again,

Just wanted to say thank you again for the very nice way you have described your experiences here about Kuwait so far.

I am waiting on my working visa right now. I should have it in 2 weeks.

What does the FTW stand for?


JC said...

I am using it in the sense of "for the win." It is an expression of positive exuberance (sometimes sarcastic) for the subject at hand. It is common in text-based chat systems, particularly in computer games.