A Curmudgeon Back Home

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A Curmudgeon Back Home
Enthusiastically jaded observations and occasional rants by an expatriate.
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  • Will you be my president? 2 weeks ago  The upside to having to be up before dawn on workday mornings is getting to see the sun come up from our balconyI'll start this off without any words, to quote Kurt Cobain. Well, actually, all I have are words, plus a few photos, so let me begin again. Thanks to COVID-19, the coronavirus that...
  • Our man in Addis had himself an Epiphany 3 months ago So much coronavirus going by...Today is Timkat ጥምቀት, the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany, the day when Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan. Here in Ethiopia the celebration lasts three days (yesterday, today and tomorrow), and involves processions featuring much dancing...
  • And then we were one...again 4 months ago After 87 days apart I'm happy to announce that we're a family again! The girls arrived from Taipei 台北 (via Dubai) this afternoon, and I couldn't have asked for a better Christmas present. My wife and daughter will now have to go through the same two-week quarantine period at home that I had...
  • Do they know it's Christmas? Of course they friggin' do! Jeezus H. Christ... 3 months ago  Standing on a bridge overlooking the Akaki RiverAfrica, arguably the most misunderstood/stereotyped of continents. Its 54 countries (55 if you include the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, which the current administration doesn't, especially after negotiating the establishment of diplomatic...
  • Oh the ennui, or the best laid plans of mice and men... 4 months ago  Saturday afternoon traffic in Addis AbabaEverything started off as intended on Saturday morning as I parked my car in the extremely narrow underground parking garage of the Hyatt Regency. I crossed busy Airport Road on the short walk to the Red Terror Martyrs' Memorial Museum የቀይ ሽብር...

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Fredfong
09:30 AM January 27, 2015

excellent insight....

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