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12 September 2010 – The Hard News

Schipol Airport is a working model of a nice world. Clean lined furnishings, cordial Dutch efficiency, places to rest and work. It’s well-oiled and orderly. I was there, unexpectedly on my way back to Kenya a few days ago. There had been a robbery at the property. A group of…...

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10 August 2010 – The Story of a Long Journey, Told in Two Parts

Like many true stories about long journeys, much gets lost in the telling. But in all good tales, what remains is worth the telling. This one started a long time ago when people and their hopes were young and uncomplicated, and some of that true story has already been told…...

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3 July 2010 – Contain Yourself!

The which we were hardly able to do, when the truck with the forty foot container inched its way through our red oxide gate. It was like a relative…one you like…showing up just before grace at Thanksgiving dinner, whom you believed still to be in Suriname. The long, tortuous bureaucratic…...

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25 June 2010 – The Death of Computing

A couple of days ago, I sorted out a problem with my US bank account, spoke to my daughter, listened live to the last inning of a Giants game, got a recipe for potato leek soup, lined up three business meetings, and fiddled with the website. Then I got out…...

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22 May 2010 – Neighborhood News, Pipe Dreams, Queue for the Loo

Come on in. It’s been a long week, and now, it’s finished up. The tools are cleaned and stowed in the container and the guys have cleaned up, changed into their good clothes and headed off for all that Saturday night offers. . Here’s some of the fading footprint of…...

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11 May 2010 – The Not So Straight and Narrow Paths

“It is both the grandeur and the pain of the remoter moods that they avoid the pathway of sound. ” Thomas Hardy. [nggallery id=188 template=caption] [singlepic id=2698 w=320 h=240 float=]We dig a trench about five inches deep in the black cotton soil, fill it with murram, compact it with the…...

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5 May 2010 – Half Pipes Part 2 – The Other Halves

Here’s part 2. [nggallery id=186 template=caption] Good night, David...

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5 May 2010 – Half Pipes, Part 1

Hello, . I hope your Cinco de Mayo was all you hoped it would be. Ours was, guacamole and all. Lots has happened in your hemisphere. The Chief and Karen got married, Tom turned sixty, and some other very important stuff that is still classified. Here we have marked our…...

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23 April 2010 – This and That

Just saying “hi.” Here are a few photographs, randomly assembled, from the last few days. We’ve been tinkering with the website some. The best way, I think to view this post is to click on the first photo, which will get big and then just use the arrows underneath the…...

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14 April 2010 – Stand. Up.

Here’s a relatively dry update on the last week and half or so. Seems we’re on solid ground again. [nggallery id=178 template=caption] . [nggallery id=181 template=caption] . [nggallery id=179 template=caption] . [nggallery id=182 template=caption] . We’re beginning to love these houses, and we’re continuing to love you. . From the…...

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