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Archive for December, 2010

Fri
31
Dec '10

Happy New Year

Pub Street was crazy-crowded, but quite nice from a restaurant balcony. Happy New Year!

Tue
28
Dec '10

Baby On Board

Most folks get around on motorbikes here. Motos can fit two or three adults. Kids get sandwiched between adults, or held in an arm. Once I saw a yap dog nonchalantly perched on the running board. Yesterday I passed a couple with a sleeping baby tucked against a hip. He was floppy-armed and oblivious, as […]

Thu
23
Dec '10

Chasing Tum Teav

Tum Teav is a traditional story of doomed romance that everyone reads in school. Where can I read the gory details in English?

Sat
18
Dec '10

Cool Weather, Saturday Groceries

We’re officially in the cold season now. It’s gotten down into the teens at night – between 16C/60F – 18C/64F . Last night I closed the window for the first time. I’ve thought about the sweater under my bed, but am not yet motivated to find it. I’m told this is typical for the annual […]

Wed
15
Dec '10

Morning Soundtrack

This is what my neighborhood sounds like as it wakes up: Two roosters, cis and trans, around 5. Monks chanting around 5:45. Not every day, but regularly. There’s a pagoda a couple streets over in the direction it comes from. A backyard neighbor cooking. Metal bowls knocked into each other. Chopchopchopchopchopchopchop. The crackle of frying […]

Sun
12
Dec '10

Connectivity

More gadgets for network connectivity. Slow speeds and pay-by-the-MB make me think before I click.

Sun
12
Dec '10

It’s (not) beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I keep forgetting that it’s December. It’s another sunny, comfortable 85 degree day. A few stores have Christmas decorations- rather tastefully done, too- but it’s understated. Meanwhile, I hear there’s been snow in New England, ice on the pond, and “the kind of mornings where your nose hair freezes”. The Christmas packages I sent home […]

Thu
2
Dec '10

Sorry, Kermit

I ate a frog leg last night. Yes, it tasted like chicken. I was nervous about it. Our outdoor table wasn’t well lit, and it looked like a plate of shadowy little supermodels with well-built calves. My brain tried furiously to distract me while I chewed, alternately wondering what kind of spice rub would work […]