Howto: Mop without using a bucket

Step 1: Flush toilet
Step 2: Insert mop into toilet
Step 3: Flush toilet so as to rinse off the mop
Step 4: Mop the floor

I couldn’t make this up. The guy that’s out there mopping the floors right now here in the building is using this technique. +2 points for efficiency.

Add comment April 18th, 2008 Bob

Pictures

There are a few more pictures from these buried in blog posts, but these are all of the image galleries I’ve posted since I’ve been here. Enjoy.

Kyoto and Osaka, Japan
North Island, New Zealand
East Coast, Australia
Kumarakom, Kerala, India
Mysore, Karnataka, India
Sweden and Ireland
Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India
Tokyo, Japan
Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India
South Indian Hindu Wedding, Bangalore, Karanata, India
Favorite pictures from throughout Ukraine

Add comment April 15th, 2008 Bob

Protesting in India

It seems that every few weeks some organization is going on strike. The auto rickshaw drivers went on strike so that they could raise their prices. The truck drivers (and then they got support from taxi drivers too) went on strike to protest the details (mostly who pays for them) of having speed governors installed in their vehicles. Supposedly any truck or taxi drivers caught driving when they should have been striking were being stopped by protestors and having their tires slashed. So much for the teachings of Gandhi. Imagine what this did for traffic. The airport workers threatened to strike once and then supposedly did strike (I wasn’t flying, didn’t pay attention) because they’re closing down the existing airport in favor of a new airport that is ~25KM away (1.5hr drive). Yes, you understood that correctly, this group of employees is striking because they’re mad that they’re losing their jobs (or are unwilling to relocate, I’m not sure which)

Today some organization near my house is striking. I have no idea who they are or what they care about or even where exactly they are. But I called Pizza Hut (the same crappy Pizza Hut from the US, though here it’s the best pizza around) this evening for my semi-monthly pizza delivery and when I answered the unusual question of “where do you stay” (instead of what’s your phone number) I was told that they could not deliver pizza to my location tonight.
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1 comment March 31st, 2008 Bob

Should I Stay or Should I Go

Our original expat assignment was to be from Feb 12, 2007 to May 22 in Ukraine and then from June 12, 2007 to June 12, 2008 in India. As you surely know, it’s now March, 2008. For the past ~6 weeks there have been talks of us extending our assignment by an additional 9 months. This would put us home in March 2009. 2 whole years outside of the US. So we’ve been mulling this over for some time now. Chances are good I’ve even talked to you (yes you!) about this very decision. So what did we decide? Or have we even decided?

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2 comments March 7th, 2008 Bob

Join us in Glasgow

On a whim we’ve decided that we’re going to Glasgow, Scotland on April 19 to see KT Tunstall perform. Crazy talk. We’d love it if some of our old pals met us out there for the show. By my travel standards it’s a pretty quick flight out there from CA. So do it. What else are you going to do that weekend?

Add comment February 14th, 2008 Bob

Find the pictures you laughed at a little bit easier

There’s a new link at the top of the site labeled “Pictures.” Clicking that shows links to all of the little slideshows I’ve posted on here so far. I think. So have fun and happy picture looking.

2 comments February 11th, 2008 Bob

Pictures

There are a few more pictures from these buried in blog posts, but these are all of the image galleries I’ve posted since I’ve been here. Enjoy.

Kumarakom, Kerala, India
Mysore, Karnataka, India
Sweden and Ireland
Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India
Tokyo, Japan
Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India
South Indian Hindu Wedding, Bangalore, Karanata, India
Favorite pictures from throughout Ukraine

Add comment February 11th, 2008 Bob

Anniversaries Abound

Last weekend Heather and I ventured out to the state of Kerala in India for our 1st wedding anniversary. Believe it or not we actually got married 1 year ago. Sorry you couldn’t make it, we’re still planning on holding true to our promise to have one rad wedding for everyone that’s reading this (assuming we actually know you) to be invited to. And two days from today marks the date that I moved to Ukraine. So we’ve been married a year and I’ve been living outside of the US for 1 year. Crazy talk.

So like I was saying, we went to Kerala which is in the even further south of India.
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1 comment February 10th, 2008 Bob

A Weekend in Mysore

Heather, Prachee, Charles, Erin (a co-worker visiting from the US) and myself all jumped in a minivan and ventured out to Mysore this past weekend. We visited some palaces, went to a temple, stayed at a hippy hotel (lots of dweebs on yoga retreats) went gokarting! and overall had a fantastic time. Keeping consistent with the past many weeks of blogging you can find pictures with commentary at the link below.

Pictures from our trip to Mysore

1 comment January 14th, 2008 Bob

Power Company Woes

Everytime Heather and I head out of town for a weekend we joke that we’re going to come home to a house with no power. The reason we have this legitimate fear is that in the 6+ months we’ve lived here we have never ever received a power bill. Now some of this is expected. We live in a brand new housing complex and, as you all should know by now, India isn’t real quick on setting up infrastructure. We even got a memo ~2.5 months back saying that “bills are coming soon.” We never got a bill.
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1 comment December 30th, 2007 Bob

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