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Us Americans here just got a call from the American embassy. They let us know they are keeping tabs on us and are concerned about our situation.  They also that after we are out and all safe and sound, that they are going to commence a massive country wide campaign to educate about how viruses are spread and not to fear every foriegner that crosses your path. So that’s that.

I figured I might as well keep up with some of my regular blogging activities, since I have the time, and the inclination.

Teaser Tuesday Hosted by Should Be Reading

 Post two “teaser” sentences from what you are currently reading to get folks interested.

“Others subsequently thought that Krakatoa, or the more common local form Krakatau, derives essentially from one of three words, karta-karkata, karkataka, or rakata, which are the Sanskrit and, acoording to some, the Old Javan words meaning “lobster” or “crab.”

…rendering this story less credible; though perhaps rather more credible than the notion, briefly popular in Batavia, that an Indian ship’s captain had asked a local boatman what name was given to the pointed mountain he could see, prompting the local to reply, kaga tau, meaning ‘I don’t know.’ ”

From Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester

In a quarantine facility somewhere between Incheon and Seoul, South Korea. How often am I going to get to say that?! (Well hopefully not too much more often.)

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Why are they waiting? Seriously? Get on it NOW.

But I suspect that your average Korean will not listen if the info is coming from an American government source–this really should be coming from the Korean government . . . oops, I just used “should” and “government” in the same sentence–add “Korean” and you can call me babo! (“stupid”)

Hope all is well,

Comment by Jason

I feel better knowing the Embassy is keeping an eye on things. Okay, that’s interesting if that’s all it really is, hypochondria and desire to control. I can understand that. It will be interesting to hear how things go from here on. I know that Asians supposedly have fewer sweat glands than Caucasians, so we naturally smell worse than they do? Have you heard that? So, no wonder they dread us! They aren’t used to stinky people!

Comment by Jenny Yasi

Oh it seems there might be something for Hollywood (since your embassy decided to be involved). Not sure whether that’s a good or bad thing :erm:

Too bad you’re not teaching few hundred miles on the north! You’d earn at least a national pension! (not to mention movies, books, Security Council, Amnesty International, why not Greenpeace? And gosh, of course omnipresent Christiane Amanpour!)

Comment by Milan

What a headache… I’ve been following your swine-flu drama in my feed and it boggles the mind.

Anyway, I love the idea of a teaser. If I remember, I’ll put one up on my blog tonight.

Comment by karen (morsie)

I like the title. Its a teaser in itself!

Here is my post

Comment by gautami tripathy

Harvee says: Nice teaser. Bet you’d rather be there than where you are right now! Hope you get out soon! Here’s my tease, Ask for a sudoku book of puzzles1

Comment by Book Bird Dog

That’s a very funny teaser from a book that seems pretty damn serious. And since you are trapped in boredom I’m glad you found something to share with a smile.

Comment by Bumbles

Can you give me any insight into the decision making process of who got chosen for quarantine and on what basis?

I’m a U.S. lawyer. If I can help out contact me at khu.lawschool[@]

Ben Wagner

Comment by Ben Wagner

Nice to have met folks tonight! I tried to leave a message over at but I couldn’t figure it out.

Here’s hoping you are out by Sunday as promised.

Comment by Ben Wagner


Just started reading here so need to get caught up before commenting. Hope you’re both well. Your teaser book – I read it already and greatly enjoyed it. Looking forward to your review of it. =)

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