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May. 9th, 2008 | 11:48 am
location: Kampala, Uganda

Earlier today I felt like using my online writing time to complain but thankfully the power was out all across the city, i felt like i had a malarial fever, and i checked into a hotel to turn on the AC and take a nap. so now i can write a slightly more positive, but maybe unintentionally backhanded entry.

Things I'm looking forward to, AKA things i day dream about on the taxis on the way into the city:

1. American public bathrooms (you know, toilet seats, doors, locks, toilets, tp, etc)
I visited the American Embassy yesterday, not because I had to seek refuge before I smashed a coke bottle on someone out of rage in the taxi park. Actually I had an interview with a nice woman from the midwest who works at USAID and I think single-handedly rebuilt Afghanistan in the 1990s. Except that's not true, and anyway I couldn't give any development agency that kind of credit.

2. Nehalem technology and the new 'green' macbooks in 09
Self explanatory.

3. Library school.
What's the point in being self-destructively idealistic (a future in public health work) or to sell my soul for the status, the jargon, and the tweed (sociologist), at least for now. I'm looking at three Master's programs one on the east (expensive school, expensive area, great environment), one in the midwest (expensive program, cheap area, mediocre environment), and one on the west coast (cheap program, expensive location, great environment). But for now, it's just nice to daydream about a job that has all the components of academia that I love and none of the things I hate.

4. Dubai
A weekend in Dubai...forget about the oil city's history, i can't wait for the camel races, sand surfing, spice markets, Bedouin villages, decadent hotels. It will make for a nice transition back to the US.

5. The Sunday Times
I miss tearing open the plastic on sunday morning and reading 1. front page, 2. Magazine, 3. Book review, 4. week in review, 5. Travel, 6. Other.

6. Gay culture
I found a pirated copy of queer as folk season 4 at a small food shop in northern Uganda, while I was living there this month. I bought it, nonchalantly. I don't think the Indian owner realized what was up. But more than that, I can't wait for gay jokes, for gender play, for academically-criticized but wholly appreciated gay references in pop culture, everything. I know I could relate sexual pluralism in the US to my newly-formed nationalism, but not now. I just want to know if Bette and Tina get back together for good this season...

I have so many things to look forward to.

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Shel

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from: erisedilla
date: May. 9th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
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when do you come back?

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christina

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from: msberkeleyfloor
date: May. 10th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
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Junish, maybe for a week or two! I'd love to see your UK artifacts

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Shel

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from: erisedilla
date: May. 10th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
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fo sho... keep me updated on your travel plans and we can run into eachother =)

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Christine

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from: hoshiforever
date: May. 9th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Awww. I'm so jealous of all the experiences you're having. I don't know if I would have the guts to do what you're doing, but I certainly covet absorbing all the world has to offer.

Are you going to be back in P-town anytime...like ever? I know we'd all love to see you!

::Gives you a gay joke icon::

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christina

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from: msberkeleyfloor
date: May. 10th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
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I'll be back in June! My summer's up in the air. I turned down some pretty sweet traveling/researching positions so now I'm waiting to see what will flal in my lap!

I hope you're doing well. Did you transfer to Western? I'm jealous of all you english majors. I miss reading :)

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Christine

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from: hoshiforever
date: May. 10th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
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Ah, you might miss reading, but at least you have a future. I have no concept of what to do with my life and even less prospects. I applied to...dozens of internships in various areas (mainly publishing and theatre admin stuff) and was utterly ignored; though I've now determined that rejection is not the worst thing that can happen, b/c at least then your existence is acknowledged.I'm still at UMich, I'm just taking a couple classes there this summer so that I can graduate on time w/o killing myself next year.

I'm sure something will come up for this summer. Be sure to let us know if you'll be around!! :-)

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