I swear, this isn't a giant personal ad for myself. I'd like to think of myself in many of the ways I talk about here but it's just not so. I've admired many men who have traveled, including those in my own family, and have taken much of this from the lives of others. I … Continue reading Don’t Date a Guy Who Travels
I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving. The days here go by so slow more often than not, but the months go by fast. At least my friends here know what that means. The last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity in my job. Reaching out and making connections on this side of the … Continue reading Thoughts from Lockdown
I remember, fairly clearly, September 11, 2001. I was in 8th grade, sitting in (I think) Latin class. The teacher told us that there were reports of an airplane hitting the World Trade Center in New York. I also remember that my brother was flying out of New York that same morning. Up to that … Continue reading Memories: Old and New
A day or two ago I posted a status that read, "Apparently the VMAs happened last night. In other news, 25,000 people died yesterday due to poverty related causes. Enjoy your twerking." Several people readily 'liked' the status. However, one of my good friends astutely commented "couldn't this be said about anything though?" Giving examples … Continue reading Are You Not Entertained?
I've learned, without a doubt, that 'normal' is a relative term. All during the time I was on my way back to Ktown I was expecting some of the old novelty or at least weirdness of returning here to hit me. It never came. All the flights, customs experiences, and various other things that seemed … Continue reading Getting Back into the Swing of Things
About 72 hours from hopping on another plane to the opposite side of the world. Holy crap, where did the summer go? Being back in the US has been surreal, in a good kind of way. The best part of it has been seeing family and reuniting with friends. Since being back in the US, … Continue reading Here We Go Again
So, I've been back from K-town for a week now. I have to say, it's interesting being home. Rambling thoughts to follow. The culture here continually shocks me but I'm thinking that it has less and less to do with living in Afghanistan for the past year. I'm just amazed at the pointless lives that … Continue reading There and Back Again