Back

I returned from Africa a few days ago.  The shift from Tanzanian heat and humidity to snow on the streets of Boulder was jarring, but pleasant.  I’ll post about the trip over the next few days, when I get on top of all the busy-ness again. Also, pictures forthcoming.

Ladysmith

Last night was a great Ladysmith Black Mambazo concert.  Just for the record, their founder and still-leader has the best name ever: Bhekizizwe Joseph Siphatimandla Mxoveni Mshengu Bigboy Shabalala.  The last time I saw them, I was very little, and fell asleep up in the balcony.  This time, I was feeling ill and left a …

Returned

I’m back in Colorado.  It was a wonderful whirlwind visit east, and I think I’ll need to do that again soon… I really don’t have too much more to say now, so I’ll stop.

Travel

I’m headed East today; getting into DC at about midnight, then down into the Shenandoah valley.  Then, on Friday, up to Philly/Swat via DC.  Just so y’all know. Also, my arm is full of shots.  Well, just Hepatitis A and Yellow Fever.  Then there are Typhoid oral vaccines and antimalarials to take.  That’ll be fun…

Become a fish

Scuba is totally awesome.  So, a day half spent underwater is a good day.  But there’s not much to say about a pool dive.  However, the swim test at the start caused an interesting realization. The first thing we did in the pool was the swimming test: 6 laps of the pool, constant swimming, and …

Further thoughts

Two things: First, an addendum regarding Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet.  If there were an extended musical scene at Jabba’s palace in Firefly, they would be the band: the mix of Chinese and Appalachian influences makes that clear.  But also the moment of musical apotheosis when two banjos, a cello and a fiddle play …