flattery is the best form of imitation

August 27, 2008

isn’t that how the saying goes?  at any rate, flattery buys me more time while i get my second post together, which will be up by the end of the week.  perhaps even with pictures added.  for the later post, that depends on whether someone gets me the trip pictures she promised…

how’s the weather over there?

August 19, 2008

Let me try to give a better impression of how hot it was in the Middle East. Read the rest of this entry »

Middle East trip (intro)

August 11, 2008

The category “journal and notes — Middle East” contains journal entries and notes from my middle east trip from June through July 2008, in chronological order.  The first entry, below, is a brief history and overview of the original purpose of the trip, including why the hell I was in the region in the first place.  Names may or may not have been changed to protect the innocent, the guilty, and when all else fails, the naive (mostly me…).

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