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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!)
Wednesday, 7 February 2007
There I was, lying down, talking to a friend. My consciousness started to slip, and I was drifting in that special place between dream world and real world, where you are you, but anything could (and does) happen.

I was with a work colleague (I think, because) we had packs and medical supplies with us. For some reason, we needed to contact someone who could do something (you know how these things are), but there is no one looking anywhere near official enough for our liking. We move over towards the bank, on the other side of the street. It is hot, dusty, sweaty, and the folk there are predominantly dark skinned – though not African dark – and wearing trousers with sandals that they don’t pick up properly as they walk, so the bank with it’s tiled floored hall of tellers is filled with the *shuff shuff* of about 50 patient locals.

Me and whoever is with me, decide that the tellers probably won’t speak English or French (er, neither do I, perhaps my colleague spoke French), so we headed to the Bureau de Change section. That was behind mahogany and glass panels, air conditioned. We entered the small door, and waited for a teller to show up on their side of the glass partition. I said,
“You know, we don’t even really need the bureau de change”*

And the person I had been speaking to while I lay in bed, said in very puzzled voice, “What??”

Oooops. Two worlds collided.

*it seems I state the blatantly obvious even in the dream world.

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posted by Nomes @ Wednesday, February 07, 2007  
  • At 6:58 am, February 09, 2007, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,

    Ummm.... pretty difficult to comment on navel gaterings. By and of themselves they are introspective musings and therefore should not attract comment (other than the huge guffaws or modest shakes of the heads, neither of which are translateable).

    Suffice it to say YOU NEED TO GET A NEW CAMERA!

    Been off the computer for a bit as my eyes have been tired. I've eventually made and appointment to see an Aussie Opthamologist - it's a bit far away to dash back to NP each time I need to see Heather, so I thought I'd best get the ball rolling here, since it' is where we live. However, having gone to our doctor, who has to give me a referral, I now have an appointment for 21st April! Just as well I wasn't in dire need!

    Better be off. Have a nice weekend.

    Love, Mamma
    We're still working on going to Doha for Easter, so looking forward to that. How are your birthday plans progressing?

    Another week over, I'm pleased to say. A whole two days not doing anything too strenuous. With luck and a prevailing wind the McCanns should be coming to see us in two weekends time (24th) so that will make a nice change. They've been inundated with Sonia and family, who have sold their house and waiting for their plans to come out of Council before they can build their new place. It means that Y is expected to be dogsbody to everyone and she's exhausted.

  • At 10:25 am, February 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Nomes :) Fyi last week I wore the pretty red sandals you gave me out to a Thai BBQ with my Helen Cherry dress and felt very smart indeed. I suspect a little Nomes dust remains on them as I felt taller, grander and glammer than usual. Its nice having them around - a little reminder of absent friends :) mx

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