Archive for May, 2010

Contact Information:

My international number is now +359 888 860 187 You can call me whenever you want, but keep in mind that I am in a time zone that is GMT +2, so I’m 10 hours ahead of the West coast, and 7 hours ahead of the East Coast. I’d love to hear from any/all of you, but keepin mind I am really busy with work/learning/trying to mime the most basic of concepts – not knowing a language reduces one to the communicative ability of a toddler, or less. Anyway, if you call me, I don’t know how much it will cost you, if you set up a Skype account and cal me from it, that should be pretty cheap. Receiving calls doesn’t cost me anything, because apparently all of the other countries in the world don’t charge you for receiving calls, unlike in the US. It’s a plus. I will upload pictures and perhaps video soon. A quick update: I now live with a “Baba” (*grandmother) and her son, Petar. Her grand-daughter, Laticia, and her daughter, Tanya, visit often. The grand-daughter, is darling. More to come later. Things are good. I am learning Love you all,


Update 1 – a couple days after Pre-Service Training/PST began

So I am alive. Good news, I know. The PC has been incredibly awesome. So awesome. Starting yesterday, which was the first whole day we had in-country, we had 4 hours, split into two two-hour sessions of language training. This all started after about 30 hours of travel from Philly to our hotel where we will be until this Sunday. Yesterday we met with our program heads and their staffs regarding the kinds of tasks/projects we’ll have. I cannot stress this enough without being there with you to give gestures: *I am excited*. *So excited.* *And so amazed.* **The people here are so great. I don’t mean the locals. I don’t know them yet – we have been in this hotel the whole time so far and I have had little interactions, so far… Got up for running with a friend at about 625AM this morning, and when we went downstairs to the lobby, there were a half dozen people already down there, gathering for different pairs and triplets for jogging. Also, a group went even earlier. People also run during lunch and after the day’s sessions are over. There are half a dozen guys that lift, and most everyone is constantly practicing the language. It’s a giant pile of “doing-work.” How cool is that? Things are great. I hope you all are well!

Couple of pictures from the days leading up to the trip to Bulgaria.

Big Oil No More?

As a thought experiment, what would the world be like if this (ongoing) oil spill in the gulf literally bankrupted British Petroleum?

What would the oil industry/world be like if they were gone, or more precisely, liquidated?

If they were literally put out of business by it, it’d likely be as a result of being held responsible for the cleanup costs and the economic damage done. And if that were the case, it’s likely the whole industry would quickly come under a much more significant amount of regulation, which would include Exxon and the rest being subject to that as well.

There’d be few places left in the world that would think highly of the industry’s commitment to avoiding environmental catastrophes like this. Especially when the individuals who are responsible for making sure it doesn’t happen, are already paid and rich.

But what about the rest of the fallout? How else would it all be different?

There is a difference between “fixing” things and making them “not broken.”

A friend of mine (Dana!), broke the inside handle of the door to the OldsmoBuick.

I had a hunch that I could fix it with some zip-ties. I wasn’t exactly right, because I didn’t “fix” the door, but I did make it work again, so it is no longer, “broken.” I feel this is an important distinction.

American Engineering has reached new heights (lows?).

P.S. Grandma, I’m sorry if this is the first you’ve heard of it. I’m calling you later today.


God is the Ultimate Welfare State

He works in mysterious ways, meddles in individual affairs and is expected to deliver and provide for all of us.

Clearly, he is the ultimate “Nanny State” authoritarian, trying to tell us what is best for us and how to live our lives etc.


Being there in Spirit

The internet is going to allow me/us to “be there in spirit.” Amirite or am I right?

Far away but never far away, and all that.