Sunday, June 28, 2009


It was 132 degrees Fahrenheit in Kuwait yesterday as we sat, sweltering, in lockdown prior to boarding the bus that took us to the airport. It was not nearly so hot in the tent (thank God for A/C), but the heat radiating off the wall into the tent was significant, and with the tent full of people with nowhere else to go, it was definitely warm-ish inside.

Later, it was 103 degrees on the bus to the airport, even with the air conditioner running, such as it was.

Though it was only some 60 kilometers from where we were in lockdown to the airport, we were on the bus for almost 2.5 hours. SFC McG and I had all of our carry-on baggage with us (including carriers for our Stetsons), on our laps, for the duration of the time we were on the bus.

Unlike the other times I've ridden from or to the airport on those buses, we had no plastic bottles of water available. Not that we could have easily extricated ourselves from the seats to get up and get them! But it would have been nice.

Fortunately for SFC McG, he was directly under the A/C vent, so what air was moving, was blowing right down on his head. I can't remember a time when I've sweated so much while just sitting in place (other than being in a sauna, I suppose).

Now we're on a long layover at Shannon Airport, and unlike the last time I was here (flying home for R&R) I'm able to get on the internet. Hooray!

Not much sleep on the plane, but at least a little. Hooray!!

We will soon be back Stateside, and I'm looking forward to it.

I doubt it'll be 132 degrees Fahrenheit, too.

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ

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Vicky F. said...

Welcome home, Father Tim!
Peace and All Good,
Vicky Foltz, SFO

Katie A. said...

Welcome home!
Actually, in San Jose, CA yesterday, it was 105, just sayin'.

Mary Coady said...

Can't wait to see you in that Stetson! They used to be made in Philadelphia (my home town) doncha know?

Anyhow, the Stetson has to beat the graduation outfit for sheer cool! (no pun intended). Looking forwart to seeing your smiling face and bald pate!!(she said with a smile) M

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