Mission Rabies Tanzania – Day 5: Roaming Arusha. Pt7

The first two days of this Mission Rabies vaccination drive, we worked “static clinics”.  We drive to a place, set up our makeshift clinic, and people bring us their dogs.  Today, we did “roaming clinics”.  We drive through an assigned area announcing that we’re offering free rabies vaccinations to dogs and cats.  When we see someone with a dog, we…

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Thinking About Hal

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a movie on Netflix that was “trending”.  The film, Mank,  was about Herman J. Mankiewicz, the screenwriter of the movie Citizen Kane.  The movie went into great detail about the writing of the screenplay, and it depicted the studio heads, actors and politics of the time.  I enjoyed the film, but all  I…

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"The Stonewall Reader" by the New York Public Library

Quick Book Review: “The Stonewall Reader” by the New York Public Library

Two years ago, the New York Public Library put together this anthology of articles from their archives to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.  The book is broken into three sections: before Stonewall, the Stonewall uprising, and post-Stonewall.  The articles consist of all types of writing, from historical accounts to personal diaries to poems and short stories.  I…

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Mission Rabies Tanzania – Day 3, Let the Vaccinations Begin! Pt5

Today is Mission Rabies Tanzania Workday 1, the first day we hit the road and start vaccinating.   Didn’t sleep great last night. Still getting used to it being so quiet.  I’m up early now, so I’ll start this blog post now and finish it tonight.  Last night I packed my backpack with all of the items I think I’ll need…

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Mission Rabies Tanzania – Day 2, Orientation and Relaxation. Pt4

Mediocre night sleeping last night. It takes a little time to get used to a new bed, plus I’ve been drinking tons of water all day to ward off any potential kidney stones; this is something that I’m prone to in hot climates. I guess it’s working, because I got up to pee twice. After the second time I got…

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"Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity" by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

Quick Book Review: “Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity” by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

What is it about Homo sapiens that gave us an advantage over the other species of humans that came before us?  According to this author, it was the trait of friendliness that allowed us to advance so far, leaving the other species in the dust.  The author describes experiments in which wild animals were domesticated, and how they changed both…

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Mission Rabies Tanzania: The Adventure Begins. Pt2

Mike arrived in New York last night.  His plane landed at Newark, and he took the train to Penn Station, and then walked to my apartment.  He had a memorable flight, mainly because a passenger on his flight fainted in the aisle.  Oh, I should mention that the passenger was … him!  Apparently, a crappy night’s sleep, a very early…

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"Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs of Places: (Beginners Guide, Landscape photography, Street photography)" by Henry Carroll

Quick Book Review: “Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs of Places: (Beginners Guide, Landscape photography, Street photography)” by Henry Carroll

This is the third book of Henry Carroll’s that I’ve read.  They’re short books, but they’re packed with a lot of insight.  The technical information (which is only a small part of his books) is really geared toward beginners and doesn’t contain much info that I haven’t already learned, but that’s fine; I always benefit from hearing it again.  It’s…

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Mission Rabies

Mission Rabies Tanzania: The Adventure Begins. Pt1

So, after what seems like an interminable wait, the Mission Rabies Tanzania journey begins.  My college buddy, Mike Rosen, is joining me on this trip, and he arrives here in New York in about 8 hours.  He’ll stay overnight, and then we both depart from JFK airport tomorrow evening.  In these times of Covid-19, planning this trip has been a…

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