Sunday, November 07, 2010

Two monthiversary

I hate it when people celebrate their one month anniversary.  The word anniversary is for a year. It's implicit in the name.  While I suppose there are things worthy of an "anniversary" after just a month or two, I find it an inane practice.  That being said I am using it as a segue into my post for today.  I realized I've been writing for just over two months now.

I've never been into finding and reading other people's blogs until I started my own.  I have found some I quite like and others that I pass on.  I find it very freeing. Now until today have I felt like I should be writing but found I have little to say.  It's easiest for me to arrange a blog post around a single topic or stream of thought. Today I guess my brain is working in bits and pieces. In that vein, I'll try to make a few notes about what's floating about in the abyss and leave it short.

Mount Merapi has been exploding almost continuously for a week now though the first blast was two weeks ago.  The death toll stands at 141. 
courtesy of the Jakarta Globe
Long-exposure image of Mt Merapi, in central Java, erupting (2 Nov 2010)
courtesy of  Also check out  for more photos.

The Tsunami death toll is over 400. Both affected areas are having trouble keeping up with the needs of survivors and clean up.  A mass burial near Mount Merapi was announced today while on Metawi island they are still searching for survivors under the rubble.

In the meantime, on what might as well have been another planet, I missed a free concert in Madrid with Katy Perry, 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park and Kanye West. looks like it was quite the blow out.  And sponsored by MTV to boot.

My weekend consisted of lots of eating and drinking. I was one part organizer of an expat get together.  Damien and I had set it up through a forum and had a great turn out of 13.  I wasn't expecting that many but was thrilled.  We ate and drank for about four hours.  I didn't even get a chance to talk to everyone.  This has the possibility to be my new monthly thing since I haven't been able to rustle up book club as in Spain.  At this point I'm happy with the great weekend I had and that I'm trending to neither end of the spectrum.

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