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An absurd childhood: tales of the third world

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November 2018

Expat, redux

By |November 11th, 2018|Travel, Writing|

I started this blog to chronicle my first opportunity to re-visit three of my former expat homes (Laos, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Ghana, Liberia, Zaire, France, England). Life got in the way after I returned to America, but this seems like as good a time as any to re-start. Grab your passport and join the party!

February 2018

Thép Thavonsouk

By |February 15th, 2018|Arts, Travel|

Thép Thavonsouk’s work takes me home to Laos: its serene and gentle surroundings, saffron-robed monks, and delicious, warm rain. M Thavonsouk was born in Vientiane and educated at the Lycée de Vientiane. He was the first Fulbright Scholar from Laos, and he studied at St. Lawrence University in New York State.

January 2018

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By |October 21st, 2017|Travel|

As an adult, I can go anywhere and eat anything without getting sick. This stems, I believe, from the remarkable immune system I picked up along my travels. Granted, the State Department made damned sure we were immunised against absolutely [...]

February 2016

Leaked NRA memo: boilerplate mass-shooting press response

By |February 26th, 2016|Odds and Sods|

Sources at Kaffeeklatsch News(ish) have today obtained a copy of a memo circulating from the headquarters of the National Rifle Association (NRA) to conservative news sources. In the aftermath of the United States' most recent mass shooting, the NRA sought to remind these news sources of their prime directive of obfuscation. Below is the text of the original memo, dated July 23, 1998, and updated in January 2014.

December 2015

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March 2015

Kip Tips

By |March 15th, 2015|Travel|

If you’re traveling to Laos, leave your wallet at home. No, not your cash. Just the wallet. My woefully inadequate wallet Because it’s not going to fit your cash. Piles o' Kip A large sunglasses case, [...]

February 2015

January 2015