The Adventure Continues...

Rants, raves and random observations from an itinerant epidemiologist.

100 in 1000
  1. Spend a week up a mountain learning to ski
  2. Visit Karoline's place in Moravia
  3. Hold a conversation in Czech (only)
  4. Drink 500ml of each of the following beers:
    1. Pilsner
    2. Staroprammen
    3. Budvar
    4. Velke Popovice
    5. U Fleku
    6. Gambrinus
    7. Krusovice
  5. Respond to at least one GOARN request (WHO and MSF are also acceptable)
  6. Travel across the Atlantic
  7. Return to South America
  8. Read a book to, or with, an impressionably aged child
  9. Participate in one NanoWriMo Challenge and come within at least 10,000 words of the goal length
  10. Have my nose pierced
  11. Have my next tattoo drawn
  12. Purchase the perfect jeans (x 2 pairs)
  13. Attend a spin class 3 times a week for 8 consecutive weeks
  14. Bake Viv's cheesecake
  15. Make David's casserole
  16. Make David's Chicken Cashew-nut Stirfry
  17. Invite 4 people who don't know one another too well to dinner
  18. Ride from Vienna to Venice on a motorbike (pillion acceptable, those less desirable)
  19. Attend a book group for at least two books
  20. Go on a choir weekend (learn and perform difficult piece in two/three days)
  21. Visit Madame Tussaud's (in London)
  22. Take an architecture appreciation course
  23. Join an all-girl group and sing a solo
  24. Publish in a scientific journal (top two authors)
  25. Cook a duck or other 'waterfowl'.
  26. Locate the Al-Timimi's from Doha Veterinary Practise
  27. Have a pedicure
  28. Maintain a Brazilian (ouch) for three months.
  29. Find a trustworthy Czech hairdresser
  30. Treat my inner-6-year-old twice a week (at least)
  31. Do the liver-cleansing diet properly (12 weeks)
  32. Don't eat out for one month
  33. Find a flat and flatmate
  34. Purchase one Joseph sweater
  35. Purchase one of the following pairs of designer shoes (they MUST also be COMFORTABLE, and be able to be worn with 4 different outfits and 2 types of occasion): Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahniks, Christian Louboutin (Ebay or 2nd hand are acceptable)
  36. Send 5 books to the booksphere and track them.
  37. Go hanggliding
  38. Read 10 'classic' books (from 1001 Books to Read before you Die)
    1. Moll Flanders
    2. Everything is illuminated
    3. Madam Bovary
    4. Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance
    5. Catch-22
    6. Odysseus
    7. On the Road
  1. Run (non-stop!) for 5kms outside (preferably in a street race thingy)
  2. Send Christmas Cards on time
  3. Make a collage/mural out of street lights on my wall
  4. Buy a bed, build it, and sleep soundly in it
  5. Go to Africa
  6. Host an 'event' (classified as and when)
  7. Organise a 30th Birthday Party
  8. Wear a costume
  9. Sing on stage
  10. Buy a painting that evokes memories of Prague (cannot involve queues!)
  11. Learn a god-damned card game that stays in my memory (other than fish/snap)
  12. See sunrise. Be sober. Have woken for it. Excludes months Nov-Mar
  13. Take a walk and flip coins at each intersection
  14. Win something
  15. Draft a will
  16. Take a roadtrip
  17. Go to Italy already
  18. Sea Kayak around Abel Tasman Park (NZ)
  19. Get plants
  20. Take a train to another Eastern European Destination (accession countries are acceptable) alone preferably.
  21. Get UK to give me a provisional motorcyclists license and simultaneously get a 'card' license.
  22. Go SCUBA diving again - at least two dives lasting 30mins each.
  23. Go to a dentist. *sigh*
  24. Do a Czech Wine Trail. And live to tell the tale
  25. Make an 'outbreak emergency kit'.
  26. Go to bed prior to 11pm every night (inc weekends) for four consecutive weeks.
  27. Marvel over lack of tiredness
  28. Dine at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant (or Nobu)- preferably for free.
  29. Bet on the nags
  30. Do something for charity (applying and getting a 'red card' will count)
  31. Walk along the Champs Elysee
  32. Do 100 sit ups in a row
  33. Do 50 pressups (arms in tight)
  34. Make branston pickle (or nearest substitute)
  35. Cook something 'new' and 'adventurous' at least once a month
  36. Find a mentor
  37. Be a mentor
  38. Learn what mentoring is all about
  39. Meet an online person in real life
  40. Resist the flirt. Once. Just one night. It's okay if people don't immediately succumb to my natural charm. Really it is.
  41. Spend time at a spa (spa towns in the CR don't count)
  42. Send a care package to someone
  43. Get a Tata Bojs CD
  45. Order new contact lenses.
  46. Make a list of things I take with me when I pack for different occasions
  47. Eat lobster. Prepared by someone else.
  48. Back up the blog
  49. Put everything onto an external hard drive
  50. Find a DDR mat and console and 'dance, I say dance!'�
  51. Go to the beach and lie on the warm sand. For an hour. (with sunscreen on, natch)
  52. Take and complete a course in either: Tango, Salsa or Flamenco
  53. Join the Municipal Library of Prague
  54. Move to another country
  55. Go to a live concert of a band I actually like
  56. Pay off debts (student loan excl.)
  57. Send thank you cards for every gift I receive (other than the gift of happiness, blah blah blah).
  58. Get an agent (literary or theatre)
  59. Go to a sports bar without cringing, by personal choice
  60. Ride a rollercoaster
  61. Hold a snake
  62. Spend a day wandering around a museum (not art gallery!)
Doing the Lambeth Walk
Tuesday, 21 February 2006
Things are good in London - even the weather isn't completely pants. It's such a damned expensive city though...but I've caught up with Rachel - we went to Les Mis and mouthed/cried/laughed our way through it; Nerissa - who took us to Burrough (sp?) markets (WOW) and Konditori & Cook (yum); and Allison, Colin, Amanda, Bonnie & Jo from the New Years party in Edinburgh (which was fantastic...I love hanging out with that gang...they're just so darned accepting and friendly) as well as Mark B as well (friend from Uni) and all have been introduced to Umit (friend from Doha College - we go WAAAAAY back!).

Umit left today, so my intention is to go feed the swans in Hyde Park (it's one of those personal traditions that you develop when you spend SOOO many yawning hours by yourself), and hopefully, neither of us will sneeze upon the other (I have a cold...). The other thing on my list is to locate a NZ Braeburn apple...*drool* I haven't had a crisp and crunchy apple in 6 months now...

Yesterday, the WHO called. I answered the phone with a frog (actually, an entire spawning ground) in my throat, thinking "why are Geneva calling?" *excited shiver*. Turns out, they were asking wehther i'd be available to head back into Azerbaijan for a further 4 to 6 weeks (clearly, the authorities have yet to stumble across THIS missive). So, I checked with my boss, who said 'yep' (well, it's good for my institute have a Czech representative in the field...looks v. good on internal documents etc) and checked with EPIET who said, "we'd rather not...".

Turns out that they're not overly fond of WHO asking for particular people, and would rather send people into the field based on skill-sets rather than personality. Now that is fine, understandable etc, and I totally appreciate that EPIET also have to distribute international missions as they see fit - to hopefully allow all of the wee fellows (of which i'm just one) a 'turn'. however, surely, surely, if a body are asking for a particular person, because of the good experience they had working with that person being where they were sent, then it makes sense to send that person? I think that, had it been someone else going on a second mission to the same place they'd gone to, I wouldn't feel too put out, I'd understand that the subtext that people learn about while they're in the field has a lot of importance when they return - it's not so easy to hand over intuition along the lines of, "I think this guy is on the make, but I can't be's just something about the way he talks about his children getting sent to overseas universities, married up with his tattoos and his inability to distribute..." it's all a bit wishy washy, not to mention slanderous.

HOwever, because I FEEL those things about that person, whenever I ask my questions of them, I check, double check, and attempt to find potholes in their stories...and I can't advise someone else to 'go after them like a terrier on crack...' because that person would think I'm insane.

So I've done what I thought best. Answered in the affirmative to WHO, and at the same time, proposed that the other EPIET person that EPIET have put forward come along too, as the IC person. Together, we'd be a great team (and hopefully, we could find an apartment in baku, instead of staying in a hotel all the time).

So now we wait....

In the meantime, take a look at this. It's basically a personality thing. You can see how I view myself - I want to see what adjectives you'd use to describe me (also, I'm judging how well you ACTUALLY know your Nomes!). Check out: THIS BUTTON and have a play. AND...there'll be t-shirts to the person who gets me most correct.
posted by Nomes @ Tuesday, February 21, 2006  
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