Much of my preparation has been shopping. Plane tickets, proper clothes, shoes, allergy medications, etc. I had a big old list that I was slowly ticking things off of. It feels a little sick that a chunk of my budget for the trip has gone into buying things to take with.

On the upside, most of it is durable goods that I will have for some time. Long sleeve, nice shirts so I don’t embarrass myself in the office. I had some good ones, but I tend to be opposed to long sleeves. Too much a pain to find them that fit. I usually need an 18 1/2 inch neck, and 36/37 sleeves. Even when I find a 2X, they tend to have shorter sleeves. My arms aren’t even that long… Its all in the shoulder. And some, oi!, they assume that if you have an 18 1/2 neck, your waist is double the size of your chest. While I am not skinny mini, I am certainly not THAT out of shape.

The event that has inspired this entry is actually “The Final Shopping Trip,” to Target. I was surprised and happy to find a pair of black chinos that fit the way I like. They assume your gut is Monster sized, and that you have what I affectionately refer to as “stoner-legs.” This caused many esteem issues just after high school (but what wasn’ causing them?).

The great fun came at check out. I had 5 boxes of the house-brand allergy sinus stuff. Scott told me that meds are hard to get there, even over the counter stuff. Being allergic to nature, I resolved to take quite a supply with me. I don’t want to be caught miserable, especially when spring kicks in.

There is some ingredient in the meds that Target is obligated in some way to monitor the sale of. I don’t know if this is an internal mechanism, or part of the “War on Drugs.” It is goofy, though. I had to make to separate purchases. Their equipment won’t allow the sale of too much. It’s just fine to make back to back purchases though. Riiight. I was trying to buy 5 boxes, which contain 6 days of pills each, if taken all the time. 3 boxes is the limit.

At least they didn’t finger print me, or take blood so I can get a clear nose.

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Welcome-What’s this all about?


Welcome to the ‘Blog’. Nice to have you here.

Just a quick note to let you know what the deal is here.

The end of Nov 03, I accepted an overseas internship with OSCE, the Office for Security and Co-operation in Europe. There is a link on the right if you want to check them out.

This means I will be working in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for 4.5 months. I fly out Jan 30, and return June 13. My last day at work in Jan 23, which you can see is rapidly approaching.

While in BiH, I will be staying with an old friend. We haven’t seen each other in some time, so its quite exciting. Also, my job promises to give me scads of skills, and a chance to really see some of the country.

I have wanted to go to Eastern Europe for over a decade. I think it started with the height of the “cold war” propganda with Reagan. I couldn’t get my head around the idea that folks in communist countries were all just evil, and so forth. BiH is no longer communist, but that doesn’t change the thrill of going for me.

Anyway, I will be staying in a one bedroom apartment with my friend, Scott. We will live about 25 mintues walking from where I will work, and 15 minutes from the town center. I will let you know how that is. ;-)

The whole deal has me both excited and nervous. Its my first time out of the country, so I figure it is a typical anxiety. I have very few things left on my to do list, aside from some purchases. So far, the only down sides are leaving Dana behind for a bit, and having to remove my earrings. I plan another entry about the earrings, and why, and why I care and all that.

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