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Bi-weekly updates? Not so great.

Wednesday night was the worst storm I’ve ever seen since starting college 3 years ago in Hays. I told Greg that the apocalypse would be very similar, but more continuous over weeks and weeks. My photos hint at what it was like, but it really was something to experience. What was amazing was the length of the storm, the amount of lightning it brought, and the amount of water it dumped. We set a new record for most rainfall ever received in a single day. Several girls on campus almost got struck by lightning. I was out in the torrential rain, covering the storm with my trusty Nikon wrapped in a trashbag. Sirens could be heard all evening, responding to fallen trees and fires from the constant lightning.

Thursday was production night at the Leader, complete with a large front page photo of a lightning strike right above McMindes Hall. I’ve never received as many complements for a photo of mine; I felt proud. After the paper was done, most of the Editors went out for drinks at a little bar near campus. It was an incredible amount of fun, and I bet it happens again.

Friday and Saturday were worthless, because I couldn’t stop sneezing for 5 minutes. It was terrible. I took my Clariton, and then even popped some Benedryl to try to make it stop. It didn’t even put a dent in it, so I spent most of my weekend trying to sleep. I fell asleep while watching Brian build his new computer, and awoke 2 hours later to find him playing games on it as if it had been assembled since last month. I was going to see a local band (who’s lead singer I know), but I figured that no one wanted to hear sneezing. They wanted to hear music.

Today I went and shot photos of a flute recital, presented by a faculty member. It was great! She did some very contemporary pieces, and even explained some very advanced flute techniques to the audience. Good stuff.

Later this evening, I heard the sounds of two very loud motorcycles nearby. The revving of the engines soon turned into a different sound, and then silence. Sirens followed shortly after, and I grabbed my camera and rushed outside. From what I could tell, two guys were racing on motorcycles when one of them went out of control. Right in front of my dorm. Half a dozen emergency vehicles came roaring up, and soon there was a crowd of firemen and EMTs around a figure laying in the grass. A large crowd of curious students soon formed across the street, wondering who had gotten hurt. The ambulance soon took the guy away on a stretcher, and I stayed my distance, shooting photos as inconspicuously as I could. I don’t really like taking photographs of sad things such as this, but there is a certain adrenaline boost that comes with it. After this last week, I just hope I don’t take another photo with an emergency vehicle in it for a long, long time.

Photos from today here.

And PLEASE, I know there is a lot of subject to cover in this entry, but it’s a fairly important one to me. Tell me your thoughts on every part of it.


  1. Ross Ross

    Well dang bud! I hope you feel better this week! I hope to see you at the comedian in Wiest tonight. That sucks about the motorcycle crash. I hope everyone’s alright. That’s why I want a cruiser-type instead of a crotch rocket. Anywho, we gotta do something somewhere sometime.

  2. Adam,

    Well, I thought the coverage was pretty sweet. It’s nice to hear a personal perspective of whats going on on campus. Keep it coming and keep me informed. Your page gives me more of what I want to hear about FHSU than the leader. Oh, the lighting photo on the Leader was excelent. I think that Green from the Mcmindes lights really makes it cool. Well, later…

  3. K. Adamson K. Adamson

    You’re turing into quite the photo-journalist and I also want to commend you on the front page photo because it seems to sum up the fury of the storm. Keep up the good work.

  4. Bag Lady Bag Lady

    Hey, if I get in a wreck, wait until the emergency people have cut my clothes off before you start taking pictures. I want the public to see EVERYTHING. Not really.

    Sweet, sweet photo of the lightning. I sent a link to the pictures to my mom so she could see.

    If this is as bad as the semester gets, we’ll be quite lucky. I personally wouldn’t mind another storm. 😀

  5. The lightning picture is fantastic! Even better knowing that you could have died to get it. I’m surprised the colors showed up so well, alot better than some of your older lightning pics too.

    Je suis trey impressed.

  6. Krister Krister

    Let us know if you hear anything about motorcycle man.

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