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BARNEY POPKIN CHECKS IN

Salaam Aleikhom AHWA colleagues, Just checking in from BKK, en route to Phnom Penh later this week for a week, then on to Colombo for a few weeks more on this TDY.

The whole world awaits the Iraq constitution ­ what a prize were this to happen even a few days late! I’m rooting for it.

I’ve drafted three Strategic Objective Initial Environmental Examinations covering over a dozen activities, put on a well-attended and participatory 90-minute environmental compliance workshop, and created a tracking system for the Regional Development Mission/ Asia environmental compliance documents, so far. Before I left DC for this 5-week TDY, I filled out and filed the paperwork that I could to covert to a Foreign Service Limited appointment from a contractor.

It’s hot and humid, rainy season here, like in DC but more so. My hotel, the Conrad with its teak furniture, is two blocks from my office with its lovely mahogany desks and cabinets and leather chair ­ you can hold your breath to walk here (and likely should), narrow and wavy sidewalks, smell of raw sewage and cooking fish, and under 25-cent hot meals on the street… Girls still throw water on boys they want to marry, during the beginning of the annual rainy season as I’ve seen in years past. I had my teeth cleaned at the mall next to my hotel on Monday for under $20… And a relaxing massage for under $10 on Saturday. There was an isle that everyone local passed through easily at the mall ­ about 8 inches wide (from my wrist to elbow). I always feel like a giant in SE Asia, banging my head above or getting nearly stuck in aisle. Don’t see many people with gray hair ­ I think more than 50 percent of the population is under 25 years old. Still, respect is still given to age. The hotel elevators accommodate 24 people each per the signs ­ but likely only 16 American-sized people as I did a measurement. Of course, most places don’t have a 4th floor as the symbol for “four” in Chinese is the same as the symbol for “death.” Ah, travel, sweet travel…

I took a wrong turn from my Conrad Hotel this a.m. en route to my office and walked an extra 1/4 mile in 8 inches of humidity. Someone needs to invent a humidity-repellant.

Best wishes and be joyful, a merry heart doeth good like medicine.

Barney P. Popkin
Water Resources & Environmental Management Consultant
On USAID-ANE/TS Environmental, Afghan, Iraq & Water Team assignment in Washington, DC as a contractor
bppopkin@yahoo.com, http://bppopkin.tripod.com
Mobile phone 415.515.2024 - EST
USAID/DC office phone 202.712.1063 -EST
www.ane-environment.net, www.sphereproject.org


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