Archive for July, 2009

Day 212

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.

Let us in!!

REFLECTIONS are some of the beauty that comes after the rain!

Dhaka Rickshaw


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.


Shall We Chance it

Day 209

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.Bijoy Sarani near Old Mirpur Rd

Trying to get this lady to the sidewalk, so it's only knee-deep instead of waist-deep.

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!  😦

Bengalis sure know how to drink from a bottle without touching it to their lips!

Foaming at the mouth? Too much Diet Pepsi!

MONSOON RAINS are here.  Here are two fellows who used to play with the Remian Raiders waiting between games, oblivious to the rain.  It is refreshing after the heat.

Enjoying the rain!

Day 206

SOLAR ECLIPSE?  I decided to use what limited Photoshop skills I have and see what I get by combining two shots from a Bengal Bay beach sunset and the full moon over Joypara.  Enjoy!

James, Sara and Hannah

Day 205


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.

Austin (L) and Dustin (R)


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.

Moon decides to let the Sun shine again!

Day 203

SOLAR ECLIPSE over Dhaka, Bangladesh

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.

Solar Eclipse dancing in and out of the clouds.

Day 202

BALI  musical instrument that my Grandson, Pruitt brought back from their vacation time.

Musician proud of his new instrument.

Day 201

THE POTTER, my son Austin!  I couldn’t resist another of my son since it was his 36th Birthday yesterday.  Here he is at work in his studio in Ohio.  He sold his kiln when he moved to Bangladesh.

Steady does it!