i’m flying to Dubai today by way of Paris to spend the night and rest up for my flight into Kabul. here’s hoping that the French have good airline food!
i spent most of today packing, as you might expect. i’m pretty much ready to go. my luggage weighs a total of 30 pounds but i’ll be bringing an additional 80-some pounds of random stuff like clothes, electronics and banjo strings for friends/colleagues in Afghanistan.
Christmas is coming early to Kabul this year, apparently.
the frame of my eyeglasses suddenly snapped near the bridge as i was cleaning them this morning, leading me to believe that i don’t know my own strength.
no worries, though; a little superglue and we’re back on track.
watched JCVD today and now have 150,000% more respect for Jean-Claude Van Damme.
i bought cheese at a deli counter for the first time last night, walking away with half a pound of Bulgarian feta and a weird smile on my face. i don’t usually buy fancy foods or anything but i noticed it was on sale ($2.99 a pound) so i decided to take a bit of a gamble and try it.
it paid off, too. the cheese is excellent :)
like many a nerd before me, i recently installed Linux onto a USB drive with the intent of booting my netbook into Ubuntu when relying on battery power. in the interest of looking cool, i opted to use the smallest USB drive i had. unfortunately for me, the drive was so small that i managed to lose track of it recently, leaving me alarmingly Linuxless less than a week before jetting off to the developing world.
Beka and i recently watched The Warrior’s Way which turned out to be the rough cinematic equivalent of a retired poultry farmer vomiting all over his ex-wife’s porcelain doll collection.
do not see The Warrior’s Way.
exactly one week from now, i’ll be heading to Kabul for the first time in almost three years. there have been many reasons why i’ve waited this long to return to Afghanistan but now that i’m finally heading back, none of that seems to matter.
that said, i’ve been spending the last few weeks tying up some loose ends, organizing things and getting ready for my trip in general. unlike previous excursions, i’ll be there for almost a month and look forward to my usual binge of kebabs, terrifying traffic and putting up with various animal sounds throughout the night.
well, i didn’t watch Formula One yesterday but i did rewatch the penultimate round of the 2006 MotoGP season, a crazy race during a year which saw one of the greatest championship fights in recent history. it was fun seeing old regulars in action like Shinya Nakano and John Hopkins as well as Kawasakis, the Honda-powered KR211V and the beautiful but short-lived Ilmor X3 on the grid but what really drew me to rewatch that particular race was one man: Toni Elias.
Toni (pictured above during practice at last year’s Indianapolis Grand Prix atop his Moto2 bike) won his first and only (to date) MotoGP race that fateful autumn day in Portugal, beating the venerable Valentino Rossi to the line by 0.002 seconds in one of the closest victories i can recall seeing from any racing series. it was fantastic to see Tiger Toni sliding into corners like a madman with his entire body hanging off the bike and his post-race celebration was second only to when he clinched the Moto2 world championship in Malaysia last year.
while Toni isn’t doing so hot in the big class this year on his satellite Honda, i sincerely hope that he continues his racing career for many years to come. his super aggressive riding style is always great to watch and the fact that he celebrates like a rhesus monkey makes watching him win even better.
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with a list like this, you might expect my Sundays to be packed full of racing and you’d be right most of the time. not today, though. today is one of those rare Sundays during the middle of the season when i have nothing to watch. it’s weird but i think i’m so desperate, i might even watch Formula One.
OH WAIT, I ALREADY FOUND OUT WHO WON THE SPANISH GRAND PRIX BECAUSE THE BBC POSTS SPOILERS IN THEIR HEADLINES.