Monthly Archives: June 2010

no PHONE!?

Today my sim card committed suicide.  My dunkin donuts cup was “sweating” all over at my 90 degree desk and there was an unseen puddle around it.  My phone just chilled in there for a bit without crying for help.  People turn into raisins when they do that in water.  Phones turn into un-useful pieces of plastic that say “insert smart card” on their pointless screens..

I tried to still meet Mariko and Mutsumi.

1.) was home.  got mariko’s cellphone number and wrote it down (smart!).

2.) drove to JFK with Brandon.

3.) Got on T.  T is stopping way longer than usual everywhere.  for 5 minutes each stop or so.

4.) Park Street Station.  Pouring rain. No sign of cute girls anywheres.

5.) Ask stranger for phone.  She has no local number.

6.) Ask second stranger.  She is from Mexico. no phone.

7.) Ask third stranger. No phone.

8.) They point to a pay phone. Out far in the torrential rain.

9.) it’s still REALLY HOT in the t area and people are crowding together.

10.) I’ve had to pee since i left my house.

11.) I ask THE CROWD OF PEOPLE if ANYONE has a phone.

12.) i try mutsumi and mariko.

13.) This voicemail has not been set up yet.  Goodbye!

14.) Goodbye is right!  To a fun night with two girls, to 3.50 in T fare, to being dry, to not wasting hours of my life on the T.

15.) i run downstairs.  The doors close to the ashmont train.

for those of you not from here, that was my train, and the next one after it WONT be my train…

16.) i find out the T is backed up.

17.) a weird guy talks to me.

18.) i miss the girlies.

19.) i got home a few minutes ago.

That’s the story. Sorry if it was a waste of your time — it’s here so i would point people to it and not re-tell it later.

Big news.  Will be coming.  Soon as decisions come together.


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Urgent need for prayer and monies.

Ok, the title sounded dire but it’s not a bad thing at all.

My friend Akua is planning to go to Nairobi and help audit, investigate, learn about, make suggestions, document and all-around help Family Focus Foundation become a better, more organic and indigenous program.

She has over 11 years of experience doing the same thing exactly in Uganda.  As an organization, we cannot describe how valuable her experience is, her knowledge and abilities.  The women are working on finding the best use of funds for a microloan–should they work on opening a day care, growing plants, weaving, farming honey..?  What’s next?

Akua plans to help draw up proposals that make sense and can be done–she and I both hope to see more indigineous kenyan leadership and less of me/white people doing stuff in Kenya.

So Akua’s buying a plane ticket and said, “If you wanna raise money it’d really help a lot.  I want to go either way–but to not have credit card debt when I get home might be great”. :).

If God lays it on your heart, or if you just wanna give cause you care about our kiddos and grandm figures, please please contact me or donate here at (but write Akua on it).

Thanks a million!  Wish you knew how many lives you were affecting when you give sacrificially to something like this—but more on that to come i suppose.

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Hoodies are like people sometimes. Also, confusion.

Have you ever bought something you didn’t really think you needed (like this blue hoodie I am wearing) and then used it daily (it’s always on me now) and wondered what you wore before you had the “something”?  This has nothing to do with the rest of the post—I was just wondering.  I wear this thing every day now.

I wonder what my life will be like in a year from now.  Currently, I have the option of moving anywhere in the world for as short or long as I’d like, with a family in Rochester and a family in Boston.  I’ve got a master’s, no loans, a love interest and a serious problem on my hands.

Serious contenders for my autumn include:

  1. A super ministry opportunity at The Father’s House in Rochester, NY.
  2. Working remotely for NetSmartz from anywhere
  3. Getting a nanny job or communications position in Boston, MA.
  4. Finding a 1 -2 month CELTA course—I would like to be certified.
  5. Studying again (I have an Americorps Ed Award.  Should use it!).
  6. Studying Arabic (RIT, boston, abroad).

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