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Entries from February 2005

Springtime faxing

February 28th, 2005 · No Comments

Well, the election is over (Feb 27) and spring is here, not that the two are necessarily mutually exclusive. Were that the case, we’d try to have elections on a much more frequent basis in Saskatchewan. As it is, we’d like to have one there soon to change the regime, but that’s a topic for [...]

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Tags: Tajikistan · Travel

Forbidden Flavours

February 17th, 2005 · 1 Comment

So it occurred to me today that I am in a 98% Muslim country and that the availability of bacon-flavoured potato chips runs pretty high around here. (I am the proud new owner of a tube of Bacon Pringles.) Does this mean that bacon chips are OK? Maybe the flavouring is not from bacon (kind [...]

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Tags: Tajikistan · Travel

The latest weather forecast

February 17th, 2005 · No Comments

Continuing my tradition of acting like a Canadian, I bring you the latest weather report from Tajikistan, which has been experiencing lots of bad weather lately, along with much of Central Asia. Here’s the link to the Dushanbe, Tajikistan weather. You’ll notice that the forecast is finally going to improve and we head toward Election [...]

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Tags: Tajikistan · Travel

Feeling like a rich man

February 16th, 2005 · No Comments

You know, when you are on an adventure like this, it doesn’t take much to feel like a rich man. After a colleague arrived from the US today, I have three (count ‘em . . . three) Cherry Cokes in my fridge. And after a trip to the grocery store, a nice hunk of cheese, [...]

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Tags: Tajikistan · Travel

Whatever the market will bear

February 16th, 2005 · 1 Comment

The other day a local staffer came into the office wearing new glasses. I asked her how much they had cost, and she told me US$10. I suddenly realized that many of the local people I saw around town and at meetings were wearing very fashionable glasses (to go with their cell phones). Well, now [...]

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Tags: Tajikistan · Travel

I’m still here

February 15th, 2005 · No Comments

Here’s a posting to confirm that I’m still here. I had a computer outage on the weekend and now the job is into the insane last week and a half before election day. More soon. In the meantime, you can oogle my lunch, which is almost the same every day. The instant chicken(ish) noodle soup, [...]

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Tags: Photos · Tajikistan · Travel

Reuben Warkentin (1925-2005)

February 7th, 2005 · No Comments

After a lengthy illness, my father-in-law, Reuben Warkentin, died this morning in Regina. So, in memory of him, I’d like to publish these two photos of him with my kids (L to R: Jack, Annie, Tommy), who are three of his thirteen grandchildren. These photos were taken on the occasion of his 79th birthday in [...]

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Tags: Tajikistan · Travel