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August 06, 2008


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Oh man, you called it. I, for one, TOTally committed The Sin Of Mentioning The Satellite Dish Next To The Ger--and on this blog, no less! I think it's the image us less hardcore people-who've-lived-in-Mongolia gravitate towards--since, after all, PCVs really ARE more hard core for the life they agree to live day in day out for two years, regardless of how they respond to someone barging in on them, and you don't give yourself any credit here for THAT hardcoreness. Which is no small amount of hardcoreness.

Thanks for this, Patrick. It had me in stitches.

Hey Pat - loved it - though seriously, I had NO clue that this happened to you? And to think, I called you upset about something so minor and you didn't even TEXT me about THIS?! Yes yes to everyone else, my brother and I text randomly from across the world - and it hardly costs a thing! Pat - how was that 30 hour mini bus ride? Love ya

Self-immolation hasn't been that hilarious in a while, and you still got away with some punches and the theft of some DFW footnotes.

This was good stuff Pat - I'm impressed with your writing style and even more impressed that you felt like going this deep on how something like this can make a person feel - D

Whilst* on the subject of juxtaposition, I am delighted and horrified by this story. You really should’ve explained it in such detail previously and I wouldn’t have tried to glamorize my low-grade robbery on the streets of Chicago. As per usual after reading one of your memoirs, I’m just going to sit on my couch in shock for ten minutes or so. Stunned, but also laughing quite a bit.

*Just setting myself up for you to call me pretentious again. Or accuse me of being something else equally degrading.


Took me awhile to respond to this because there's just so much to respond to. Does that make sense? Who cares? You know what I can't even express myself right now so I'm going to email instead.

Anyway I like this complete version with feelings, expanded from the "holy shit here's what happened to me" disjointed Gchat.

I recently ran across this piece via Michael Worful. I enjoyed it. Thanks to Mike, and you.

Great post. I will have to bookmark your site for later reading.

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