Ripples in the Sand

Dan Kadlec
Human Parts
Published in
11 min readApr 17, 2023

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How escaping missiles and myths helped me explore my shortcomings

The Empty Quarter in the Arabian desert near Abu Dhabi. Photo by Dan Kadlec

When we landed in Dubai, I had little idea what to expect. That’s how I travel. I never do enough research. I’m not proud of it. It’s just a thing with me. Some years ago, I planned a family vacation to Puerto Rico. At the airport, an attendant looked at our tickets and said, no, we were going to Puerto Plata.

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Dan Kadlec
Human Parts

Dan is writing a memoir about his early years as a small-town journalist, when he was running with cops by day and from them by night.