From David’s Conceptual Physics teacher, Jeff Davis.
Closing in on 30 inches for the year (29.88 as I type and it rains)! Avg rainfall for Kijabe in a year is 37 inches.
6.7 inches so far for May, with 17 of 20 days having precipitation. The average rainfall for May going back 30 years is 6.3 inches.
Sorry, I don’t have temperature data but I do know my house is steadily getting colder and is now down to 62 F (sorry non-Americans out there, just consider us an “unreached” people group). J
And we can’t even say, “but it’s a dry heat”. Because it’s a wet cold, which is the worst.
I was just thinking this morning that living in Tacoma, WA for two years prepared us for long gray days. The fact that the sun breaks through on occasion makes it bearable. The sun never broke through in Tacoma. It sure is soggy!
This happened near our neighbors house. Baboon turf wars! Awesome! In more lighthearted moments, our girls will sometimes be amused while they are in school by watching out their classroom windows at the baboons going down the playground slide.
Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country with strict religious rules. Many women are covered in burkas. You hear the call to prayer throughout the day. Yet I think it felt like the most American place I have ever visited outside of the United States. I have been wondering about why (because it is actually very different – I am referring to only how I felt being there), and I think it dawned on me today. It was the consumerism, the “bigness”, and the ambition. I have never felt more at home in another cultural context, and it was because of all the shopping and dining options, the open freeways, the grandiosity, the comfortable and spacious accommodations, and the wealth. We ate at Five Guys Burgers, Krispy Kreme, Shake Shack, and Chili’s (although the best food we ate was Lebanese). We went to the world’s biggest mall to look for clothes at The Gap and to visit to the tallest building (Burj Khalifa) in the world. I come from a state which claims that everything is bigger, and surprisingly in Dubai I found myself myself in a city where everything was the biggest. It felt like Dallas on steroids.
The Burj Khalifa fountain. Gotta get it on video.
On the beach walk.
Sports cars were everywhere.
Burj Khalifa – I couldn’t fit it in my phone’s camera
I had been at the hospital most of the day when Sarah came running in the house saying “There are millions of termites in the soccer field. You need to come see!” I went out not really expecting much when to my surprise I saw what looked like wiggly smoke coming out of a 10 foot by 10 foot section of the field. As I walked closer lots of termites were crawling out of newly formed termite holes, and then taking off into the cloudy sky. I have never seen anything like it, and the video above does not do the experience justice. It was incredible. These are the same termites that many of the people eat after frying in a skillet, and if you are truly African you eat them raw from the air as Annie’s friend did last week. We always have to be careful with the cracks in our doors in windows because masses of termites try and crawl in toward the light in these first rainy days of the rainy season. As the smoke of termites finally cleared and dissipated, the girls proceeded to run around the field and slide in the mud. The messier the better!