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Monthly Archives: September 2008

It’s snowing on Mars.

If you haven’t heard any of the news coming from the Phoenix Mars rover, do yourself a favor and spend two minutes looking at this NASA page. It snows on Mars, but it evaporates before it hits the ground. They have found clay and chalk, which are formed when covered by water. We’re getting closer […]

My bank just got bought

I read today that Wachovia was bought by Citigroup.

Suspension of Sturgis/Sturgis ’08 campaign

After watching the debates and reading the news coming from Wall Street, I am suspending the presidential campaign of my mom and dad, effective immediately. Whoever is going to be in the White House next January is going to have a hell of a time, and I don’t have the heart to ask my parents […]

International Foodie Dot Come

Marty, one of my most trusted advisers, offered a suggestion the other day: why not start a blog about food? Food adventures and recipes, etc. It could be a lot of fun. I’m going to make a few posts to see how it goes, but in general, why wouldn’t I be reporting on one of […]

Upcoming travel destinations

Laura and I have decided that we’d like to spend the two week October break in Vietnam, mostly in the north and along the coast. I’m really looking forward to an overnight on a junk in Halong Bay, which is in the northern part of the Gulf of Tonkin. In November, I’ll be traveling with […]

Economic Crisis and the Election

Over here in Thailand, where my wife and I are teaching–she full time, and me part time while I work on my fiction–it would be easy to ignore what’s happening in the most important election of my lifetime (I was born in ’81). We don’t have cable, so all my news comes from the web: […]

Work and writing

My first session teaching SAT prep at American Pacific International School went pretty well. The school is up in the mountains, the campus is quite bucolic, and I have 13 mostly eager students. They did balk when I told them I wanted them to make flashcards for 800 vocabulary words, but honestly, it all starts […]

Finally, something bigger than me

My first week in Thailand was spent acclimating and setting up our apartment with things like a toaster oven and coasters and figuring out an economical way to get potable water. The second week was spent exploring Chiang Mai and finding the best, cheap places to eat. During this time I had some projects to […]

Brand new trashy fiction short from Roman!

A Drink With The Guys The cobra’s black pebbled skin shines under the hurricane lamp that sways from underneath the rotating fan blades. Chung Yee smiles wide, showing his long white teeth, and says in his British primary school accent, “Would you like to do the honors?”

Home and Garden, Section 1

Here it is, the first section of my thesis. Enjoy!