October 14 — Friday

Today was a full day of meetings for the Board of Directors of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners.  Some recurring issues such as retirements plans for older lay missioners surfaced again–that is an on-going concern in the organization–but there were also new issues to address as the organization adjusts to several new personnel in key positions.  Click here to see photos from the day.

October Trip — Itinerary

It’s taking me a little bit of time to learn WordPress, the content managing software (as they call it) which I am now using for the landing page of my website.  I want to be able to create Pages of lasting content, like in my old website, as opposed to Posts like this one.  On Thursday I should have some content ready for the first page that is now listed in the sidebar on the right.  Click here to see what it looks like now.

On the Road (Monday night)

Night food market on street

The trip to the US started Monday evening, 10 October, with a motorcycle taxi ride to the airport at supper time.  The roads at that time are (1) jammed with traffic and (2) full of food vendors like these stalls selling roasted chickens, ducks, and fish.

It’s 10:48 PM Tuesday night in New York and I just arrived at Maryknoll.  Follow this trip here starting tomorrow.

It’s a Mouthful

Name of Government Agency

One of the givens in translation work in Cambodia or in producing documents in both Khmer and English is that the Khmer document is always going to be much longer than the English.  That makes this sign outside the National Council for Solidarity Front for the Development of Cambodia Motherland a bit unusual because the Khmer title appears shorter than the English version.  Would anyone like to venture a guess what the NCSFDCM actually does?  I haven’t a clue.

On the Road on Monday

Monday evening I catch a 9:30 PM flight from Phnom Penh to Bangkok and then at 1:30 AM I fly from Bangkok to Shanghai on my way to the United States.  I have a seven-hour layover in Shanghai (that’s LONG but it was $700 cheaper than the alternative!) and then fly from there non-stop to Newark, arriving Tuesday night at 6:30 PM there.  I’ll be at Maryknoll, New York the rest of the week for a board meeting of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners.  Then on Saturday night I’ll fly to Louisville, Kentucky for a family reunion.

Starting the STOP Signs

Irrelevant STOP sign

See the STOP sign on the corner, behind the two pickup trucks?  It’s brand new–and a total waste.  I have seen maybe twenty STOP signs in the city and all of them are old and TOTALLY IGNORED.  I believe it is the absolute truth that there is not one driver in Cambodia that has ever stopped for a STOP sign in Cambodia.  This is the only new sign I have seen.  The others all seem to be 20-30+ years old.  Why they erected this one and why they chose the corner of our dinky little street, I have no idea.    ….The Kingdom of Wonder.