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Thread #69008   Message #3661395
Posted By: GUEST
18-Sep-14 - 02:26 AM
Thread Name: Ted Edwards' 65th birthday! (25 April 2004)
Subject: RE: Ted Edwards' 65th birthday! (25 April 2004)
Happy (Very) Belated Birthday, Ted!

Several years ago, I read your phenomenal book, "Beyond the Last Oasis." I rank it with Wilfred Thesiger's "Arabian Sands" or even Bertram Thomas' "Arabia Felix." I don't know if you remember me, but I wrote you telling you how much I enjoyed it, and gave you one little tip that I personally tested out: the solar still. As you probably found out, it will not work unless you put something moist in it (shredded cacti, urine, wastewater, wet sand or mud, etc.). But in the desiccated sand of the mid-Sahara, it is all but useless. Thank God you found those Bedouin who gave you some camel's milk. You're far too valuable to the human race for us to lose you in the Sahara!

May God guide your every step in the dunes—or wherever else you go. Thanks again for a FABULOUS read!

John "Desert Rat" Calhoun
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

PS: 65 ain't old; hell, I'm 72! I just downloaded several hi-res images of the Nefud Desert, which Lawrence crossed on his way to Aqaba—gorgeous place!!! By the by, I've seen "Lawrence of Arabia" at least 20 times, once in London. Cherio!