Polite (2023 October 15th)

December 28, 2023

[This is a story that’s been four years in the making. I no longer remember all the details exactly, so I’ve taken some poetic license here and there. Just so you know that this isn’t up to my usual standards..] Background So, picture this. It’s Dublin and I’m in 2019, at Worldcon, which in this […]


Souq or shuk (part 2) (Saturday, 2019 February 13)

May 20, 2019

Whew! I started writing this in February but (as of this writing) it’s already May and I still haven’t finished it. I started a few months after the last post because I still had things I wanted to say about our Middle East trip, and quickly wrote up a series of vignettes about our trip, […]


Souq or shuk (part 1??) (Saturday, 2018 August 25)

September 10, 2018

This is a long-overdue travel report from our time in the Middle East, which happened in July and I have put off writing about until just now. Some backstory is required first. You should know by now that our girl and queen of the photobombs Yaya met an Israeli boy after her service. When you […]


Alternance codique (Wednesday, 2017 February 8)

February 9, 2017

I was briefly in Europe for FOSDEM and to see some of my French coworkers. We flew into Charles de Gaulle and drove up to Brussels, where FOSDEM is, and then drove back for a few days in Paris. I’m on the flight back now. I’ve been working now for Mozilla for 9 or 10 […]


Accueil (Thursday, 2015 November 26)

November 29, 2015

Starting about a month or so ago, I got a series of increasingly frantic emails, texts, and phone calls from Julie, one of the returned Volunteers that still lives in NYC. Apparently one of her friends from village, a young lady named Annette, won the Diversity Visa lottery and was coming here, to New York, […]


Cyclone (Tuesday, 2014 June 17)

June 18, 2014

Last year Timothy came to visit me because his girlfriend was in the Mermaid Parade down on Coney Island. I am thinking now of standing on the fire escape here at Woodcrest and him telling me that I had quite an appetite for strong drink. Then, maybe the next day, we’re all standing outside in […]


Véhiculé (Saturday, 2013 August 10)

August 10, 2013

Greetings from scenic Albany, where I find myself for a friend’s wedding. I went to college not too far from here and hated it. I figured Cameroon would soften my disgust for the place, because at least here there is running water and reliable power/Internet. It remains to be seen how I feel about it […]


Rêve (Monday, 2013 June 17)

June 18, 2013

I had a dream last night that I was getting ready to start the school year all over again. Now that I’d sucked as a volunteer/teacher for two years, I was ready to buckle down and I was going to magically be better at it. I was going to concentrate on the things that mattered […]


Continuer (Sunday, 2013 March 17)

March 17, 2013

A few months passed. Late October my parents started remodeling the bathroom. At first I was like, "Finally! I can show off my bucket bathing skills, since we won’t have a shower." But then I realized our backyard doesn’t have any place where you can bathe without being seen (no outdoor latrine), and that I […]


Suite (Wednesday, 2012 September 18)

September 19, 2012

[This one goes out to all the UPS drivers out there that are not delivering my computers. It’d be nice if you guys could, you know, deliver them. Sure, it’s an unreal wish-fulfillment fantasy, but hey! Speaking of unreal wish-fulfillment fantasies, here’s the last installment of the fiction.] I know I didn’t talk much about […]