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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-07-11 07:03
Subject: [personal] A tiny bit of updatery
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In Dallas, waiting for my connecting flight. I doubt I’ll be back online much before late this evening, but I wanted to mention a couple of things before they slip my mind.

I’m an aficionado of the view above the clouds. I’ve seen some amazing things from the little ovoid aircraft window, from towering electrical storms by moonlight, to the entire Cascade volcano line backlit by blazing sunset, to streams of emergency vehicles pacing our landing, to the Zurich airport racing byvery close to the wingtip and perpendicular to my personal orientation. Today I saw two things I’d never seen before.

After a long nap, I awoke to look out. The sun was directly behind my angle of view, so I saw the shadow of our aircraft on a nearby cloud, surrounded by a circular rainbow. Moments later we broke into clearer skies, and I saw bright rays of light at a long angle, light spotlights in the sky, illuminating the ground amid the dimmer light of morning. Nothing I could possibly have photographed, but amazing images.

Also, I’ve gone about 36 hours now in something resembling normal digestive health. The relief this represents is profound. Two nights of decent sleep doesn’t hurt either. This gives me hope for an energetic and productive weekend.

Boarding soon.

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Willis Couvillier
User: will_couvillier
Date: 2008-07-11 14:45 (UTC)
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I've been told that those circular rainbows are corona. On one of the few flights I was on years ago there was one below and offside the plane. I have never forgotten it.

There is so much nature has to show us. And for much of it, we just have to be looking from the right perspective...
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User: jackwilliambell
Date: 2008-07-11 15:30 (UTC)
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See sundog.
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User: jackwilliambell
Date: 2008-07-11 15:28 (UTC)
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Words I never thought I would type include "Congratulations on your continued digestive health."

It's a funny old world, neh?
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User: jetse
Date: 2008-07-11 17:38 (UTC)
Subject: very close to the wingtip
As to very close to the wingtip: the old Hongkong airport was located so close to the city centre that landing or taking off from it, you literally flew between the skyscrapers, and from the ovoid window perspective it seemed that the wingtips were only metres away from these skyscrapers.

The old airport strip has been taken out of service after the new airport was put into operation (on an artificial island made by mainly Dutch dredging companies), but I cherish these memories.

Good to hear you're doing good healthwise. As one of our family's sayings goes: sometimes nothing feels better than good bowel movements (especially after the lack of those).

I see that you're attending Denvention: hope to be toasting your good health there!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-07-12 21:11 (UTC)
Subject: Re: very close to the wingtip
I have flown into both the old and new airports in Hong Kong, and remember quite well looking out the window at people's laundry. Plus that weird dogleg on the final approach. Or you could come in the other way and look down on the wreck of the QE. A town with a lot of character from the air.

And yes, we shall indeed toast.
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