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or, my life in bullets:
* had a great and productive second visit in two weeks to Nairobi. I got bumped up to business/first class ("world executive business"?) both ways.
* on my flight from Boston to Amsterdam I awoke to find a young Sudanese woman next to me who'd fallen sick. Luckily the flight was full of doctors returning from an international conference. No one ever said "miscarriage" though the discussion centered on, are you still bleeding? how far were you along? is this your first?
* tonight is the DC Cal alum association annual reception and I'm coming down with a cold. Of course.
* I leave the day after T-Day for Dakar and then Pretoria. I hope to catch up with congogirl south of the equator.
* we drove to the wilds of Manassas to see the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company. The most striking pieces commemorated pearl divers (complete with dancers suspending above the stage to simulate diving) and tableaux based on works of a famous early 20th century Filipino artist, Fernando Amorsolo.
* unbelievably, MoBob won at minature golf at the H St. Country Club even though it was his first time. We were all crushed.

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On November 19th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
sudanese woman- miskina.

Filipino dancing- sounds beautiful

Mobob- awesome. mabrouk.

Flights- well done on the upgrade! I'm getting diamond status when i return to the states next week. woo hoo!

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On November 20th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC), nadyezhda commented:
Your poor fellow traveler. I'm glad she got the care she needed but having had one myself I empathize with her (imagined by me) situation--the last thing I can imagine doing is being on a plane :/

welcome back.
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On November 22nd, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:

They had paramedics waiting for her at the gate, thankfully. I can't imagine what would happen if we'd landed somewhere less equipped.
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On November 22nd, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
Yes - keep in touch with me on email! I'll be in Capetown till Dec 5th, then in JNB till the 12th. Got a Wed nite plan for the 8th but otherwise free.
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On November 22nd, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Sounds good!
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