Sunday, October 23, 2016


Hannah and I drove up to a tea plantation in Teza last week with a few friends.

We started out by touring the factory. Tea factories smell great.

After the tour, we hiked through the leafy rows of the plantation, exploring its rolling hills.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Participating in History

I remember my first election.

In 2003, California had asked its citizens to vote on whether to recall then-Governor Gray Davis, and if he were recalled, to vote on who would replace him. The unique nature of the race (only 65 signatures were required to become a candidate) led to a crazy slate of celebrities on the ballot including former child star Gary Coleman, author Arianna Huffington, porn magnate Larry Flint, and Angelyne, whose campaign slogan was "We've had Gray, we've had Brown, now it's time for some blond and pink." We ended up electing Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I also remember the 2008 election. I was worried about getting time off from work so that I could vote, but then the recession hit my company and I was laid off the day before the election.

I've done my best to exercise my civic duties while living abroad. In 2012, I voted from Madrid, thanks to California's technologically advanced ballot-by-email system. This year, I've done the same for both the primary and now the general election.

It's not so easy for everyone and I don't lecture expats abroad who don't vote - it's tough to do. But I write this to remind Bryan in the year 2066 that I voted in the historic election of 2016.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hannah's Garden Kingdom

Hannah, with some help from our gardener, planted a bunch of seeds and now we have a lush garden filled with beets, cucumbers, chili peppers, kale, lettuce, chives, basil, mint, and sage.

Hannah is awesome.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Fishing Children of Makamba

Hannah and I drove with some friends down to a small resort just north of Nyanza-Lac in Makamba, the southernmost province in Burundi. Down the beach from where we were swimming was a group of kids, playing in the waves and with each other. The older ones among them jumped into wooden fishing boats, maybe for fun, maybe for practice, or maybe to begin contributing to the family's income. Some of these young fishermen ventured close to us out of curiosity as the sun set.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Seen in Buj #3: Karaoke


1. Special punch
2. A sound system
3. A projector
4. A karaoke program on your computer


1. Plug everything in
2. Dispense punch