Archive | February, 2006
February 26, 2006

Most dangerous travel destinations for 2006

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Forbes has released its list of most dangerous travel destinations for 2006. Potential tourists, take note of the places you might want to avoid:

• Afghanistan
• Burundi
• Cote d’Ivoire
• Democratic Republic of the Congo
• Georgia
• Haiti
• Iraq
• Liberia
• Pakistan
• Papua New Guinea
• Russia (Chechnya)
• Somalia
• Sudan
• Zimbabwe

Damn, and I was totally going to hop on that Moscow-Grozny train next time I was in Russia.

Actually, one of my next destinations is on that list. When I visit Liz and Taline in Armenia, I’m going to take a quick run into Georgia for some khachapuri and shashlik. I have no idea when I’ll be visiting Armenia, but hopefully it will be in the next year or year and a half. Granted, this is entirely dependent on my future employment status, etc., etc. but I’d really like to go to Armenia and Georgia (and all the “-stans” while I’m at it).

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That’s one way to burn off the shashlik

February 15, 2006

Career opportunities are the ones that never knock / Every job they offer you is to keep out the dock

They offered me the office, offered me the shop
They said I better take anything they got
Do you wanna make tea at the BBC?
Do you wanna be, do really wanna be a cop?
Career opportunities are the ones that never knock
Every job they offer you is to keep out the dock
Career opportunities, the ones that never knock
I hate the army and I hate the RAF
I don’t wanna go fighting in the tropical heat
I hate the civil service rules
And I won’t open letter bombs for you
Career opportunities are the ones that never knock
Every job they offer you is to keep out the dock
Career opportunities, the ones that never knock
Bus driver!
Ambulance man!
Ticket inspector!
They’re gonna have to introduce conscription
They’re gonna have to take away my prescription
If they wanna get me making toys
If they wanna get me, well I got not choice
Career opportunities are the ones that never knock
Every job they offer you is to keep out the dock
Career opportunities, the ones that never knock
Careers
Careers
Careers
Ain’t a-never gonna knock

I swear, The Clash has a song for every occasion.

I know I’ve been pretty lax about updating this, but I feel like I just don’t have anything to write about. I’ve applied for a bunch of jobs but so far nothing – zilch, nada, nichivo. It’s rather frustrating. In the meantime, I signed up with a temp agency and have done a few jobs for them, although not nearly as much as I’d like to be doing. Yesterday, I worked at a worker’s rights organizations, stuffing envelopes for 7 hours. It sounds kinda boring, but I actually enjoyed it. Basically, they were paying myself and three other temps $13 an hour to watch TV while we mindlessly performed a repetitive “stuff donor form-moisten envelope-affix stamp” action several thousand times. We initially started out on CNN, but tired of hearing about Dick Cheney mistaking his friend for a quail (totally understandable – happens to me all the time) so we switched to the Food Network, where we were introduced to this wonderful “healthy” cookie recipe that substituted applesauce for butter. Brilliant. Not that I ever cook or bake, but still, brilliant. We then switched the channel to E! entertainment television and watched “101 Juiciest Hollywood Hookups.” In case you’re wondering, the #1 couple was Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck. I’m not sure I agree with that – what about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt? Personally, I think they are more deserving of the #1 spot, but then again, there’s a reason that I’m stuffing envelopes rather than serving as an analyst for E!.

Other than that, not much going on here. The house we moved into is coming together quite nicely. My room is incredibly huge, mostly due to the fact that I don’t have much furniture, but still, even with my bed and dresser, etc in there, I have enough room to host a game of floor hockey. Or, better yet, I’m thinking of throwing up some garish decorations, buying cheap speakers to blast cheesy techno music, and charging newly arrived interns a lot of cash to enter my “club.” God, I would make so much money off those kids.
Oh yeah, it snowed here on Saturday. I love snow. It’s probably because I’m from California and always associate snow with getting days off of school rather than shoveling sidewalks and digging cars out of the snow.

I promise I’ll have some more updates soon. I have to write about how much I hate IKEA and the DC metro system, so come back soon for those oh-so-exciting posts.

Also, anyone know of any job openings?