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Recon

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

On our second day in Saigon we rode out to a plantation in the Mekong Delta for a tour. Afterwards most of the group pressed on deeper in the Mekong to visit a school the Friends of Danang had helped build a few years ago, but Noreen and I had planned long before to return…
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This Is The Only Way to Fly

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Seriously, I’ll put up an actual post sometime today but this picture brought up too many good memories. I spent a lot of time on airplanes during our trip and flying on EVA has pretty much ruined me for domestic carriers. This is me, in business class, flying from Saigon to Taipei: Flight was 3/4…
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A Matter of Perspective

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

I always enjoy watching the final round of the Masters, since about 10 years ago I nearly had a nervous breakdown slogging through a take-home final exam in Accounting. Our professor said it should take us about 3 or 4 hours–I spent over 15 hours on it and received a merciful C. I still lived…
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First Degree Computercide

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

I don’t know if it’s possible to strangle a computer but I’m starting to consider giving it a shot. I don’t know what I did, but I screwed something up and I can’t get Photoshop Elements to work. It loads, then freezes. Which means that I can’t use it to play with the thousands of…
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The Things I’m Proud Of

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I’m of no use to anyone today. Feel awful. Gotta catch up on sleep and I’m still in the grips of the cold I got my second day in Saigon. Can’t shake it, and now I’ve got a headache to boot. I was thinking about all the travel we did on the trip and something…
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I Will Forgive

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Let me briefly pause from writing about my Vietnam trip to speak about the arrest of Steely McBeam on drunk-driving charges. Well, not the infernal foam-rubber suit itself, but one of the actors who gave that ghastly puppet life. While I don’t condone driving with a BAC of .166, you can understand why portraying Steely…
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Almost Home

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

I’m sitting in the main corridor of the Philly airport, sucking up power for the laptop and waiting out the hour till we board our flight to Pittsburgh. Our flight from Taipei was late taking off and when we finally arrived in LA we only had an hour to catch our connection to Charlotte. I…
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The World Keeps Shrinking

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Last night I sat in a Vietnamese bar listening to a pretty Filipino woman sing a pitch-perfect cover of a Cranberries song. In her native language, of course. We’re watiing here in Da Nang to catch our flight back to Saigon and the gift shop has songbooks you can buy of the ABBA, Bee Gees…
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Meet My Peeps

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

One of the projects the Friends of Danang group worked on previously was building an elementary school. We visited that school on Thursday, and when our bus pulled up…well, I now know how John, Paul, George and Ringo felt at the height of Beatlemania. The kids went NUTS. Screaming and yelling and laughing like, well,…
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No Sweat

Friday, April 4th, 2008

With WiFi and constant power I should be cranking out posts, but you try writing ten-thousand words after the day we had. Drove out into the country to dedicate the new bridge at Hoi Yen, and it all went very, very well. A big turnout, even a number of former NVA and/or Viet Cong soldiers…
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