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Z is for Zaire. Yes, I know it's Democratic Republic of Congo now, but still. I've never been there and I'm not sure I want to. DRC seems like such a massive, messy place. In my mind it's like Nigeria - fascinating to hear about, but for folks more heroic than I am. When I was a Peace Corps volunteer, and perhaps less so now, there was a Zaire factor, ie a critical mass of ex-Zaire volunteers who work at PC and thus shape the way it's run and how it relates to volunteers. My country director in Cameroon was like that. No matter how bad it got, it was never as bad as when he was a volunteer in Zaire. Although there's a lot of gumption in using Primus beer as a rough indicator of the exchange rate. (USD 1 = current price of a bottle of Primus)

I'm done!!!



We're taking the lazy way out and leaving a cheap plastic pumpkin bucket filled with candy on the front step. I tried to get MoBob to dress up together as an email message and attachment (one of us would wear a sign with the Outlook message format, the other a sign with a large paperclip and "document" drawn on it) but he was not convinced. I wore my strawberry hat and he wore his jester hat. Good enough. I stayed home today because I had my mammogram - a singularly unpleasant experience - and then had enough blood drawn to satisfy a family of vampires.
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On November 1st, 2007 02:47 am (UTC), flemmarde commented:
what's that joke about preparing for a mammogram by slamming your breast inside a fridge door?

you having one for a routine or for a reason? hope it all turned out negative anyway.

which of your lyon trips you going to have time to catch up? I'll be back in gen on the 16th of nov. heading to aus from malaysia tonight
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On November 1st, 2007 11:29 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Gosh, I wish I knew that in advance - not to mention the little stickers on my nipples, just like stripper pasties! Just getting one because I've reached that age.

Alas, my free weekend this time will be in Brussels...three days in Lyon and then a week in Brussels. But I'll be back in Lyon in Feb/March. Safe travels!
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