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Entries from July 2006

nakasero, the department store

July 28th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Paige

around the nakasero market is a pretty good shopping district. i don’t mean a shopping district like chicago’s magnificent mile or new york’s meat packing district, but rather the place where ugandans go to shop in the city. narrow streets, even narrower alleyways, all lined with little mom&pop shops. it’s like walking [...]

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A Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons by Robert M. Sapolsky

July 28th, 2006 · No Comments · Paige

1 of the best books i’ve read in a while. as annbarry says, “hi-larious,” but also touching & insightful.
this is the story of a wildlife biologist living in the field with his troop of baboons in kenya. but, sapolsky gives us more than that. the chapters switch from stories of the [...]

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book reviews by paige

July 28th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Paige

i’ve always loved reading, but when i moved to seattle a year ago i became a crazy avid reader. probably ‘cos phil wasn’t around and i had lots of time to read at night after work. i found an awesome bookstore in seattle - queen anne books (top of queen anne hill on [...]

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what is worse than walmart?

July 27th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Phil

one of the best parts about moving was that it forced us to consolidate, simplify, get rid of all of our crap. our one-bedroom apartment wasn’t so big, but anytime you live someplace for 3 years, you manage to accumulate a lot of stuff you don’t really need. i had all four chicken little bobbleheads [...]

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punctured tires

July 27th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Paige

i came across an excerpt in a great book (thank you to ann barry!) that sums up everything about a subject to which i don’t feel like i’ve given proper justice. although the scene is somewhat different – blown tire in the african bush versus the uganda revenue authority in kampala – the gist [...]

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electricity doesn’t come from a light switch

July 26th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Phil

the electricity here is only on every other day. it goes roughly from 6pm to 6pm. andrea, the italian who installed our inverter, has been here for 11 years and says that it is getting worse. initially it was only off for 3 hours a day. the current (ha!) format of day on/day off started [...]

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a decade of birthdays

July 24th, 2006 · No Comments · Paige

today’s my 28th birthday.

i made a list of where i’ve been on my birthdays over the last 10 years…check it out…
19th birthday: brooks range, arctic national wildlife refuge, alaska
20th: paris
21st: dominican republic
22nd: waterworld, boise, ID
23rd: 6 flags great america, chicagoland, IL
24th: san francisco, 1/2 way thru 3-month all-north-america roadtrip with [...]

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the landcruiser

July 24th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Paige

we finally got our new car!! it’s a 1990 2-door manual diesel toyota landcruiser. it’s pretty cute. it’s a great combination of being a tough 4×4 africa car, yet small enough to make sense driving in the city.
we drove it home from the sunday pick-up game last night. no [...]

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site/blog progress update

July 23rd, 2006 · No Comments · Phil

there is worthwhile stuff to report every day (plenty!), but i’ve been spending most of my time putting together the web site and getting the blog up and running. once the foundation of the site is complete and i have time to type, you can look for daily updates. well, daily is optimistic but we’re [...]

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i found candy!

July 23rd, 2006 · No Comments · Phil

there’s lots of chocolate here and i like chocolate fine, but i’m more into fruit candies. lemonheads. starbursts. mentos. sprees. sweetarts. mike and ikes. skittles. i make my own mix of jelly bellys at the mall. pineapple, tangerine, pink grapefruit, coconut, pina colada, lime, and margarita. if you need ideas for a care package…
there are [...]

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