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Nevada 1996: The perfect storm
Ahh, the perfect storm.

In 1996 I took a low-paying job that consisted of little more than driving around the country and writing things down -- counting houses, hospitals, schools, pork farms, poultry farms... I still remember scribbling furiously on sheet after sheet, "4 units. Times 2,000." "23 Acme Street, 1 house." It was pretty boring (and carpal tunnel syndrome inducing, as you can imagine) when I drove up and down the East Coast (with a partner; one person would drive and call things out, the other would write... 8-10 hours a day), but when they sent us out to the desert, things got interesting.

There was suddenly nothing to write and a lot to see.

And photograph. The images on this page were taken over a three week period in July 1996 in northern Nevada.

They're mostly of storms that would dazzle us with their displays, play around us, rock our car, and then suddenly take off for other targets. The approach was always ominous, but the ebb was mild, painted in understated colors as the sun tried to peek through clouds.

On a second page I'll eventually post photos of the towing adventure we ended up having.

For now, feast on the clouds.
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Nevada 1996: After the perfect storm

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Nevada 1996: storm clouds and field

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Nevada 1996: sun breaking through the clouds after a storm

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Nevada 1996: road, desert, dark clouds

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Nevada 1996: The road going by, shades of Rain Man

This last one reminds me of Rain Man, the snapshots that Dustin Hoffman's character took en route to Las Vegas -- and Wild at Heart and Wicked Game, I suppose: movies and songs really stick to your brain, even when they're not all that great.

Posted September 22, 2000

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