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Thanks to the lovely Diana - you're a doll!



How are you and MoBob's religious differences playing out in your married life (aside from that bacon-during-Ramadan episode)?
Pretty compatible. The only real lifestyle difference religion-wise is that he makes tea every day. I think the biggest change will come when we're in the US and he'll have to accept that 30%+ of my time will be on church stuff.

Where would you live in the US if you went back now?
If I could live anywhere...San Francisco or Washington DC. Maybe Seattle. I like the idea of the Midwest. Even SLC - MoBob's really curious about "Mormon Mecca" and he's happy that there's a big mosque + major league soccer team. Right now I'm resigned to becoming a Balti-moron, if temporarily.

What will you miss most about living abroad?
Lots of different things. Having a special status as a foreigner. Household help. Easy frequent flyer miles. Thinking that I'm contributing a little bit to poverty eradication. Weird sights, like the ambulant bra vendor whose samples were safety-pinned to his shirt.

Do you want to have children? How many? Why/not? (Hope this one's not too personal!! If so, disregard)
My answer would be, "I guess." Our reproductive policy now is "not not trying." I'm not really hot about becoming a mom, although if it happened we'd be happy. I've gone off the pill and M has stopped taking his malaria prophylaxis because he thinks it makes his tadpoles swim funny. (We've already gone through the "Don't wear tight jeans!" phase.) I don't think we'll consider any serious measures like IVF or adoption until we're in the US. Thankfully there isn't any pressure coming from either of our families.

What do you like most about the US? Dislike the most?
I like the ease of life in the US. I like it that people are generally friendly and open and optimistic. I like the diversity, and yet anyone can become an American.

I dislike...how nasty public discourse seems to have become. Reality shows. Materialism. Ignorance (however benign) or general lack of interest of anything that happens outside American borders.

And I'm doing six, because I'm a rebel that way...

So finally, Where would you call 'home'? Why?

When people ask me where I've from in the US, I respond with "California." But I've learned that to think of "home" as a geographic entity is really difficult. There are a number of places I've been in love with, like Washington DC, and other places that I'm now attached to for other sentimental reasons, like MoBob's village in Morocco. So now I would say that "home" is wherever I am together with MoBob. (*aww*)
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On April 27th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC), mokey4 commented:
i agree with you on your likes & dislikes of america. esp public discourse and materialism, and reality shows. and ignorance. ok, the whole thing. yuck.
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On April 27th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Just don't think about these things when you're rowing. :)
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On April 27th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Home is where you lay your hat
Remember Jesse Jackson speaking at Sproul Plaza right before the '99 election? Trying to increase voter registration among students. I have a recording of it somewhere. "Your home is wherever you have slept for the last three days!" Or words to that effect. Got a good laugh at the time.

My vote's for San Francisco, by the way.

Michael
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On April 28th, 2006 09:23 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Re: Home is where you lay your hat
I wish!

Unfortunately there are very few possibilities in SF, surprisingly. Even the network of international organizations in the Bay Area (BAIDO) is dormant....
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