you own three offroading vehicles. you cannot remember officially purchasing one. you do not have titles for them. you have four offroading vehicles.
the sun disappears for months at a time. you wake up in the dark. you leave your home in the dark. you return home in the dark. the darkness is ever-present. it blankets you. it comforts you. do not think about what is in the dark
the sun doesn’t set for months at a time. it follows you, heavy and sullen. you cannot hide from it. you cannot escape. it follows. it waits. you may never sleep again.
you wear flannel and xtra tuffs over jeans and a t-shirt. is this is what you have always worn? you can’t remember. your closet contains nothing else.
tourists are everywhere.
they leave a trail of garbage behind.
they flood the roads. they choke the rivers. they are in your home, smiling, cameras ready. you cannot escape.
you are constantly reminded how small and insignificant you are by the mountains and the tundra and the endless sky. you feel like you are alone, but are you really? the cracking in the forest suggests otherwise.
the state promises you money every october. the check disappears before ever being deposited into your account. you own five offroading vehicles.
there are sounds outside your home at night. your security lights blink on but there is nothing there. your nearest neighbor is half a mile away.
you drive a vehicle that has a new dent every few weeks, whether you’ve hit anything or not. you don’t walk anywhere. you drive and drive and drive, but you have not arrived at your destination. there are only the mountains.
you systematically kill every mosquito inside your home. when you turn off the lights and go to bed, you hear the tell-tale wavering whine. your skin prickles and begins to itch. you scratch and scratch and you are still itchy. you’re bleeding and you can still hear them.
The death toll from heavy rains in Peru has risen to 67 people, with thousands more forced from their homes since the beginning of year.
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said on Friday that the rains, which followed a period of severe drought, were a “serious climatic problem”.
“There hasn’t been an incident of this strength along the coast of Peru since 1988,"
The latest round of unusual rains came after a series of storms that struck the country’s northern coast especially hard, causing flood waters that inundated hospitals and left some small villages completely isolated.
Even in Peru’s capital, Lima, where a desert climate rarely leads to rain, downpours flooded roads in outlaying neighbourhoods, prompting police to help residents using a rope.
Earlier this week, the military used helicopters to rescue at least 35 people who were stranded in the northern village of Lambayeque.
The government has declared states of emergencies in hundreds of districts across the country, and on Friday it announced plans to increase the state’s budget by $1.35bn to help with recovery efforts.
Officials have said the rains are caused by the El Nino-triggered warming of the surface waters in the Pacific Ocean and are expected to continue for another two weeks.
In 1998, an El Nino event brought heavy rainfall to the nation’s coast, causing landslides, destroying homes and killing hundreds of people.
We’ve had an intense rain situation today and as a result there are plenty of road closures and flooded areas.
Last time it was this bad she had to abandon her car in floodwater and it got completely written off.
She called me panicking because she doesn’t want to drive home. I told her she doesn’t have to. The next door neighbour is letting me borrow his super kitted out 4x4 to drive out and pick her up from work.
I’m not sure if the rest of the country knows, but south, southeast and parts of central Louisiana are flooding. It’s been raining for like two whole days. It’s essentially a mini hurricane.
People have water waist deep in their homes. Somebody drowned. Masses are being cancelled. Helicopters are recusing people. Homes are flooded and ruined and people are being displaced and moved to shelters. Sand bags are going around. Countless major roads are closed and flooded. Pets and livestock are suffering too.
You may have seen memes or jokes about it, but it’s still really bad. Acadiana is being drowned. Please pray for it to come to an end and that people’s homes are not damagee too badly and that people stay safe and off the roads.
My Carmelites are in the middle of it, and I have no idea how they’re doing. Please pray for them and their monastery.
finally finished with this yesterday! there’s a bit more warmth and pink in the painting irl, but jeez i’m so happy with how it turned out. i learned plenty from my mistakes and i can’t wait to try out the parts that worked in another piece.