Wednesday, December 5, 2007

My first assist

So before I get into the fantastic Thanksgiving I had, let me first update on the mosquito nets. I just found out that they are infact in Kampala and are with the Red Cross. Now I just need the government to ship them out to the village and then we'll be square. Looking at a distribution happening the first week of January. Once they get to the village I will relax slightly, but when they are all handed out, that's when my Christmas will be made! Stay tuned.

Last weekend I gave credibility to my meat eating practices by assisting in the killing of my first animal. I know it's partly hypocritical to eat meat but not see or participate in how it gets from the farm to my plate. I did this by holding the head of a turkey and stretching it out while this other guy cut off the head with a machete. It wasn't pretty, but it was necessary. The thing is, I didn't feel that bad. Maybe it'd be different if I actually killed it myself (i'll let you know when it happens), but I didn't think twice about it. After it was killed, this girl from North Carolina deep-fryed it for us and it was the best thing I've ever eaten! And that's not just months of village food talking!

December will be a traveling month for me. I have to go to Kampala on 3 different occasions. One to meet the PC Director who is flying in from Washington, another to tell the government about the nets, and the last for a workshop on teaching life skills in schools. I also have to travel to my friend Derek's place again for some local brew! :) Lots of traveling, stress, and fun this month...feels like home...