Tuesday, April 21, 2009

More from the road

As SFC McG and I were on the road recently, we passed by a number of roadside emporia which seem to argue for the fact that things are beginning to normalize here Down Range.

As we move about the battlespace via ground transportation, it's always a good thing to see the local population going about their daily activities.

The first photograph in the series depicts a gas station, such as they are in this neck of the woods. Note the two plastic carboys out in front of the small building (you might need to click on the image to increase its size), and the funnel made out of a plastic water bottle.

In a country where there is so much trash -- everywhere -- it's worth pointing out how well cared-for each of these places appears to be.

As an aside, these photographs taken while on the road are all shot from within the vehicle, through two panes of glass. So depending on how careworn the windows are and how clean the glass is (and the angle of the sun), the photographs will be more or less clear.

Additionally, the movement of the vehicle, combined with my 'idiopathic benign essential tremor', and the fact that my rather tiny camera doesn't gather light all that well (SFC McG's camera is a bit larger, and capable of better photos in lower light) all conspire to diminish the quality of the final product... My apologies!

Let's pray that this war-torn area can return to peace and prosperity soon.

Easter blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ

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seg said...

Again, capitalism showing up!!! Go America!!

cptdrfrtim said...

Yes! Go America! Even the eligible 99% of which that has chosen not to put on a uniform and come over here! Just imagine what might have been possible if they had....

seg said...

It is a VOLUNTEER force. What about all those others who have served and those who have been in for 20-30 years? The ones who have served before laid the groundwork for the future and those who have stayed in have made the military what it is for better or for worse. What is even more amazing is the VOLUNTEERS who are in now have a calling to serve. While the news over here is Perez Hilton being a mean judge for the Miss America pageant, we have young people volunteering for Iraq and Afghanistan. The cream of the crop is there now. As I said, go America and go Capitalism!!

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