Saturday, April 26, 2008


I got two more shots on Wednesday. One in each cheek. Rabies and something else. I can't even keep track. (No pics of my punctured and band-aided buttocks - sorry ladies.) I've got more in three weeks.

I also started my volunteer tutoring gig at a center for southeast Asian folks in town. So I spent two hours tutoring Ruth Weissman today (Not her real name - not even remotely close). I was a little nervous because I had absolutely no idea what to do. All of the studying and lesson planning that I've done has been for groups, and I hate not having a plan. But when I got there, the Coordinator, Lord Groz (Again, not really anything like her real name at all) set me up with some books and we ended up mostly going through those. I was relieved to find that I really liked it. She even called me "teacher". It's definitely the kind of thing I could do all day, hopefully with a large group. Which is good. I didn't want to find out I hated teaching and end up working at the Da Nang TGI Fridays instead.

Blog Post One

4/16/08 (Moved from another blog)

So, I’m planning on moving to Vietnam for a while, and a blog seems like the best way to keep people posted on what I’ve got going on. And here it is. The blog. (Yeah, I know. Hold on to your seat.)

I received my first series of shots today. 2 in each arm, and one in each butt cheek. 1/2 a dozen shots and a lecture about using protection with the women and not petting the dogs (Or vice versa, I might not have been listening very well). The doc was talking about dengue and yellow fever, rabies and typhoid and encephalitis and hepatitis and malaria and… I was thinking of investing in one of those boy-in-the-bubble type space suits. It makes me wonder at what point I would prefer death over more shots and living in fear of water, the sun, and skunks (Seriously, he told me to watch out for skunks). But, I go back for more shots in a week, and more in a month, and more in 6 months (though I’m not sure how that’s going to work because I plan on being on the other side of the world). This thing is turning out to be an adventure already.