Worlds apart

Originally posted on ChezWhat?:
it is good to hear the tale of someone who has met success by being inspired and following through.  -David Adamshick The fluorescent lights always buzzed. Sometimes, after being there for a long time, I wore them like a heavy coat I couldn’t wait to take off at home. The plastic…

Rarified Places: Kalmykia

The cars in the industrial grease and creosote smelling stations had names on their sides of strange places.  One such place was “Dagestan”.  My silly mind went to Doggystan. This Russian train is clearly marked to go to Moscow, which was the hub for nearly all this 11-time-zone spanning country. Amidst all the metal, people,…

Rarified escape: The Comoros

I have a strange and wonderful collection.  It takes up no space on any shelf, never requires dusting and doesn’t cost anything and brings me pure joy. The newest entry to my collection is Comoros.  It is a collection of Islands between Madagascar and Mozambique in Southeastern Africa.   Comoros is remote, but with a…

These go to 11

The day I walked down the aisle to get married, the only thing I really knew was that I was cannonballing into an experience that was just unknowable.  Sally Forth, I was done with just being me. The things I knew about my husband were basic, he is easy going, he is intelligent, he has…

Worlds apart

it is good to hear the tale of someone who has met success by being inspired and following through.  -David Adamshick The fluorescent lights always buzzed. Sometimes, after being there for a long time, I wore them like a heavy coat I couldn’t wait to take off at home. The plastic seat with the writing…

Turning older: The funny walk stress relief technique

Lately I have been thinking, mentally preparing to turn 40.  It’s not a very big deal, but for the first time I feel compelled to acts of physical prowess just because.  Which means I am sure to hurt myself very soon. In the course of a lifetime, people mostly learn how to deal with things…

Loaves and Fishes: How the masses were fed in 20 minutes

The plan is to make dinner about three times a week, with the other nights being leftovers or scrounge nights.  So typically I make a big amount of whatever I make.  However, the Hawaiian skewers I made last night went fast. So tonight, I was kinda doing the low key summer lowbrow meal kinda thing,…

Some good reading

Thank God someone finally wrote this article about “Joe Six Pack”.  The article makes light and looks at how wrong it is to clump voters into these overly simplified groups.  I knew there was something wrong and a little unnerving about the idea of “soccer moms”, it turned them all into these monochromatic, minivan driving,…

Where did she go?

I have written about people who have touched my life in significant ways here on old Chez What, and today I am gonna tell about Jill. Jill and I were in Peace Corps together, in Western Russia. Well, aside from my parents getting a divorce when I was 13, Russia had to rank right up…

Things that change people forever

I had a friend when I was younger. G and I would talktalktalktalktalktalk talk about everything, but mostly about religion. I never was one of those “The bible said it, I believe it and that is the end of it” sorts. I had to think about it, turn it over and look at it. Scratch…

MF, likely will never know how much I appreciated her.

Last we left off I dragged MF and Olga out in the middle of downtown Vladimir, Russia in a snow storm in order to pick up a package sent from my parents. Olga was in the midst of mourning her lost dad and I in my single-minded focus on the package was oblivious. By the…

May Fray

I would blog alot more if my memory didn’t temporary erase itself. I started taking a sleeping aid and I think they are akin to stupid pills. Sometimes that isn’t so bad because I stop thinking so much and I go around smiling all the next day, plus I got regular sleep. Did I mention…