Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tonga calls to couple in their 50s

Tonga calls to couple in their 50s

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Reversing the aging process

Today we are featured in an article in the East Oregonian with a nice picture we took in July on the summit of Strawberry Mountain, 9.038' high point of the gorgeous Strawberry Wilderness near John Day. Thanks to a careless headline writer I lost a few years (see link), so I'm hearing about that from some astute readers!

On another note, we have received our schedule for the first few months. We'll be mostly in Ha'apai, a smaller island that's a 35 minute plane trip North from the main island of Tongatapu, learning the language, the culture, and the program, living with a host family. Looks pretty intense.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Getting ready to be wired

O.K., so the new laptop is cool, but there is so much crap on these things now that we have to wade through; anyone who wonders about current marketing strategies should be encouraged to buy a new, pre-configured computer. You'd think that in the 21st century technology would be easier, and in many ways it very much is, but so many people with something to sell!

So today I hear from a current Tonga PCV that the folks that seem to have the most problems with their computer are the ones (like me) that bring the brand spanking new state-of-the art laptop, while guys like him that bring the old machine they really don't care much about don't have any problems at all. Go figure.


Monday, September 14, 2009

At last . .

So it's really going to happen; in 21 days we'll be on a plane to the Kingdom of Tonga for 27 months. So much to do, but it's gradually getting taken care of. We will get it done, but it will be a relief to step on the plane and begin the transformation from settled, wired-in American Baby Boomers to whatever a Peace Corps Volunteer turns out to be in Tonga.

So this is really just to set this thing up, so that's it for now. One more thing to check off the list!