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Entries from September 2006

more about the hand

September 21st, 2006 · 3 Comments · Phil

i know you’re all wondering, so i’ll just save you the trouble of asking. my hand is doing well. i played in an ultimate tournament 7 days later and took the stitches out afterwards, 8 days after the injury. there was never any infection and it’s all closed up nicely. the added benefit is that [...]

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the rechargeable mosquito-hitting swatter

September 15th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Paige

the section of kampala road (surprisingly enough, the main road through kampala) between the round-about up to garden city and the jinja road round-about is lined with street hawkers selling all kinds of random stuff. you can usually tell what the latest shipment into the city is because every hawker for 100 yards is [...]

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a treatise on family planning

September 15th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Paige

(i haven’t been writing nearly as much as i’d like about my job here. this is my effort to change that. if you’re not interested in public health, no need to read further. if you are interested in public health, sorry i haven’t been more descriptive about what it is i actually [...]

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5 gallons in 11 days

September 14th, 2006 · No Comments · Paige

when you buy all the water that you drink (no drinking the tap water here!) and you’re the only person drinking it, it’s really easy to track how much you drink in how much time. so, that’s what i did.
we buy our water in 5 gallon jugs and have created our own little culligan [...]

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no chickens on the matatus

September 10th, 2006 · No Comments · Paige

the matatu is the east african version of public transport - a minivan converted into a mini-bus. unlike tanzania & kenya, the matatus in uganda aren’t overcrammed with people. rather, the drivers and conductors here (mostly) stick to the 14 passenger limit, which imo is a nice feature.
i took a matatu to the [...]

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uganda v. morocco

September 9th, 2006 · No Comments · Paige

the uganda national rugby team (the cranes) played morocco today in a world cup 2007 qualifier match. they played at the kampala rugby club, which is where we used to play frisbee until we got kicked off so that the pitch could recuperate enough for the big game. the women (the lady cranes) [...]

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my Africa goggles

September 7th, 2006 · No Comments · Paige

Some things I’ve stopped noticing after living in Africa for a while, such as (listed in no particular order):

“The parade of Africa,” a.k.a. the steady stream of people walking, riding, sitting, selling along every road in Uganda.
All of [...]

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field guide to east african birds

September 7th, 2006 · No Comments · Paige

If you’re living in East Africa, hands-down the birding book to get is the Helm Field Guides Series, Birds of East Africa by Terry Stevenson & John Fanshawe. It covers Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi…in-depth. Beware it’s size, which makes it somewhat cumbersome to take along while traipsing through the forest. [...]

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skype!

September 6th, 2006 · No Comments · Phil

so i’m back in the states now for a couple months playing ultimate with sub zero. jumping right in, five days after i got back i was out in santa cruz for the labor day tornament where we lost to seattle sockeye in semis. i’ve been bouncing around a little, but now i’m settled in [...]

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marriage, the cultural handrail

September 4th, 2006 · No Comments · Paige

an excerpt from our wedding (fyi, yesterday was our 3 month anniversary):
“…there’s no denying the fact that marriage ranks right up there with birth and death as one of the three biggies in the human safari. It’s the only one, though, that we’ll celebrate with a conscious awareness. Very few of you remember your arrival [...]

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