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A few days ago, I thought I saw a crumpled piece of blue paper in the street in front of my house. A day later, I realized it's a pair of panties -- a thong, pale blue with black lace. The next day, it had migrated from the curb to the edge of the driveway. Tonight I get home and see someone has helpfully placed them smack-dab in the middle of my lawn. Which either means that some judgmental adult on the block thinks they're mine and is calling attention to my slutty divorcee ways ... or that one of their children actually was playing with skanky used panties found in the street. Either way, it was too damn cold tonight to go find a stick long enough to collect them and drop them in the trash. Blegh.
Africa news alert of the day:
The Gates Foundation is well known for funding global health programs, especially AIDS education and other disease treatment/prevention in African countries. But check this out:
"The Gates Foundation has poured $218 million into polio and measles immunization and research worldwide, including in the Niger Delta. At the same time that the foundation is funding inoculations to protect health, The Times found, it has invested $423 million in Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and Total of France — the companies responsible for most of the flares blanketing the delta with pollution, beyond anything permitted in the United States or Europe."
Just found out one of my Oaxaca friends is about to leave for a Peace Corps posting in Paraguay. I'm intensely jealous; it's nearly all I can think about the past few days. I've thought about it off and on for years now, stopped by a combination of fear of change and dread of being associated, in any way, with the current regime/government.
But I still daydream about it. I think I'm past the fear ... think I could actually do this. And one of the coolest things about the semi-official trip to India in '03 was surprising people with the idea that not all Americans support the president.
When I get back from my trip, I think, I'll seek out the Omaha recruiter.
Anyone know anyone who's served in the Corps? I'd love to have some contacts.