MAN WAITING ON RICKSHAW in front of Randy’s apartment for someone to open gate so they can enter. I’m standing in knee-deep water in the middle of the street taking this photo. Hindsight tells me I should have had someone somewhere take a photo of me in the water. So it goes.
TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR causes flooding in Dhaka on Tuesday as 11.4 inches of rain fell in six hours breaking a sixty-year-old record.
Here is my friend, Halim in front of his small room which had water in it at least a foot above the entrance. The next photo is of a cycle trying to decide whether to go through a water-logged intersection. I saw later that he backed up and due to the traffic-jam returned via the sidewalk. He did use his horn so I could get out of his way. Many rickshaws and cycles took to the sidewalks to bypass the jams. The “Daily Star” blames clogged drains and filled up canals for the waterlogging (flooding). Oh by the way, I didn’t crop the heads off of the cycle photo, they were never on the photo.
MONSOON RAINS bring flooding to Dhaka’s city streets. I was in waist deep water getting some of my photos today. Rains from 1-7 AM dropped 11.4 inches (290 mm) of rain for a 60 year record for a six hour period.
CLOWN BETEL NUT HAWKER chuga-lugging what was left of Matthias’ Diet Pepsi. He saw it in Matthias’ hand and thought he had to have it. In the second photo you see the fizz escaping. He was a clown and sure distracted people from the game. Our team lost 3-2 in this semi-final game of the tournament!
Last night we celebrated Austin’s (July 19 B.D.) and Dustin’s (July 24 B.D.). Austin turned 36 and Dustin 34 years old. Each blowing out their candle with one blow. It was a Pistacchio cake. Of course Alice fixed her excellent smoked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, as well as hot and cold vegetables. It was a good time to catch up with Austin’s who had just returned from Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday evening.
SOLAR ECLIPSE of July 22, 2009 coming to an end. After going to a local “hotel” for a Bengali breakfast of Dal and Nan Ruti, I took one more shot of the solar eclipse as I headed down the street. It was probably the last chance to see before the clouds took over.
I decided not to take the 10 hour bus ride yesterday to be in Northern Bangladesh to see the total eclipse, so here is one of my photos of the partial eclipse from the rooftop of our apartment building.