Friday, July 21, 2006

A Stormy Night


I love watching lightning. The other night we had an amazing electrical storm on the atoll. I woke up thinking “what jet would be flying out this time of night” and then with another flash of lightning I realized that it was thunder and not the sound of a jet engine. We haven’t had too many large electrical storms on Kwaj in the three and a half years that I’ve lived here. So this one was even more unexpected. It seemed that we were averaging at least five strikes a minute on our little island for a while that night. The flashes lit up the sky brighter than day and the thunder was rolling non stop. A pretty exciting show. Reminds me of those times as a young child in Michigan watching the big electrical storms roll through.

If you see my Dad this weekend, don't forget to wish him a happy birthday!!!!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Lost and Found


We survived another 4th of July celebration on Kwajalein. Another win for our team this weekend. I think that’s four years and a row now, that we’ve won the 4th of July beach volleyball tournament. I made seven gallons of sangria for the day at the beach. It was all gone by nightfall. We had a little interruption in the festivities this year. I decided to sponsor a treasure hunt for the kids. Well kind of…what really happened is that I had to take my wedding band off during the first volleyball match. I put it in a bag and when I went to retrieve it, it was gone. Not good. Had everyone on the beach sifting through the sand. I started offering little kids a $200 reward if they found the ring. Next thing I know we have the beach covered with little kids sifting through the sand. And wouldn’t you know it worked, a little girl is now $200 richer and I have the ring back! Whew!!! After getting drenched in a sudden downpour; we finished the night off with another great fireworks show over the Lagoon. They really do a great job with that here. I haven’t really seen any other place that rivals the fireworks show that they put on out here in either volume or duration. Pretty impressive for such a small island community.