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Archive for September, 2010

Wed
29
Sep '10

Pragmatic Germophobia

I get sick when I travel. There was the bronchial infection in the Cotswolds, when I learned dentists carry good travel meds and I’m allergic to penecillin. The stomach virus in Seattle passed quickly, so to speak. And I had a wonderful excuse to practice Japanese in Tokyo. Me: EXCUSE ME! Pharmacist: Hai? Me: I […]

Sun
26
Sep '10

Phones, Redux

Parking my phone number has been the peskiest chore. I spent a lot of time this week trying to remain an AT&T customer. I thought I could move my number to a Go Phone. I’ve been satisfied enough with AT&T, and figured it would be smoother to transfer within one vendor than switch. Not so. […]

Sun
26
Sep '10

A Taste of Autumn

There’s a little list of things I want to do before I go. Most of them have to do with autumn. Autumn is my favorite season. I’m sorry I’ll miss it. I got a taste of it this weekend when I visited friends in western Massachusetts. Here’s a maple on Mount Skinner in Holyoke. Mount […]

Mon
20
Sep '10

Cheerleading Week Continues

Cheerleading Week report

Wed
15
Sep '10

It’s Cheerleading Week

Three events to boost my excitement levels.

Thu
9
Sep '10

The to-do list: three weeks left

Here’s this week’s to-do list: Ship it! The shipping window for online orders is growing smaller. Last call soon. Begin heaping. I lack a good sense of what I have, what’s missing, and whether I’m overpacking. A bare corner has become the dedicated heap spot. Everything that’s coming to Cambodia goes there. Start saying goodbye. […]

Wed
8
Sep '10

Practice Travel: Getting Used to Discomfort

Allergy shots build tolerance with slowly increasing controlled doses. I’m building my travel comfort levels in the same way.

Tue
7
Sep '10

Meet, Plan, Go event – September 14

Briefcase to Backback is a site about planning career breaks and sabbaticals. My trip is a de facto career break, even though I’m volunteering in my field. Briefcase to Backback has some good advice on planning my return, like how to find a job while on break. I’m not thinking about that part of the […]

Thu
2
Sep '10

The to-do list: four weeks left

My to-do list at T-minus-four-weeks.

Wed
1
Sep '10

Heat Preview

I’m taking advantage of the heat wave to test drive my new wardrobe.   Siem Reap’s climate averages in the low nineties ( low thirties in Celsius) year-round.  It’s a good time to check my clothes. I’m advised that standard dress in Cambodia is more modest: long pants or knee-length skirts, and no sleeveless shirts. […]