Monday, September 12, 2005


One thing sort of stood out today as I went into New Orleans. This is a picture of what is left over when the waters recede in New Orleans. It is highly unhealthy. It also has a smell so strong, so unique it is almost kingly. This smell could be crowned and robed, seated on a throne and given an orb and scepter...I don't hope to encounter his Majesty again.


Blogger maggie katzen said...

good lord, that means alot coming from someone who's been overseas. ;D

6:02 PM  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

Ahh yes, the wonderful icky smell of polluted water. I used to kayak while I was at Plymouth (England) University, which is near Devonport Royal Dockyard, the largest navy port in Europe, and I can tell you that between the water from the dockyard and the water from the fishing port (lots of deep sea trawlers) it was almost sick inducing some days.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

A veritable ode to sludge. You military types are sooooo poetic.

8:45 PM  
Blogger prairie biker said...

At al Kharj airbase in KSA, to get from tent city to the ops group you had to walk past the generator pool on one side and the cess-pool on the other. Yummy!

8:54 PM  
Blogger Mighty Quinn said...

Ah, comparative sludge analysis. Isn't there a story about British Army officers categorizing dozens of types of trench mud during WWI? Apparently it was rated on various charistaristics such as viscosity, hue, clay content, etc.

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious to how it compares to Karachi bay at low tide.

Kevin Murphy

8:19 AM  

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