Monthly Archives: November 2010

S. S. House Vol. 8

By 3 A.M. even the geckos have gone to sleep, I share the house with a dozen or so tiny guys and their call is indistinguishable from someone rapping on glass with a ring. I always seem to be up … Continue reading

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S. S. House Vol. 7

Gurus in India say that a man’s life should be divided into four equal parts: age 0-20, education, learning; 20-40 production, growing things, building things; 40-60 giving back to others; 60-80 resting and receiving from others. I’m in the third … Continue reading

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S. S. House Vol. 6

It never seems to be a problem for the locals to keep their stomachs full, reach to your right and there’s a banana or a mango, reach to your left and there’s a yam or some taro. I tried “lap-lap” … Continue reading

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S. S. House Vol. 5

This is my first time working with steel, I’m using it in the foundation to strengthen the concrete and I’ve concluded that it’s nasty stuff, it pinches, it’s heavy, it’s expensive, very hard to cut, and in this climate especially … Continue reading

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S. S. House Vol. 4

Lying completely still and still there are rivers of sweat contouring down my body. My previous posts have been pretty starry-eyed but I think this one will describe some of the less-favourable aspects of life in the tropics that I’m … Continue reading

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