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I'm back in Cambodia, and in the new house.

I will go an Internet cafe in a few days to post the video I've shot of the house. I have to admit—it is pretty swanky, much, much better than our one bedroom tiny apartment that we've been living in. Until I get a leased line into the house, though, uploading and downloading large files will be a royal pain. The trip back was thankfully uneventful. When flying, “excitement” is exactly what I am not looking forward to. And just a note for Chad—it was 12 hours and 25 minutes to fly between Detroit and Tokyo, a trip that is over 6000 miles. It was another six and a half hours on to Thailand. That means in call my time in the air was just about 22 hours or so. This also puts my miles logged since beginning this blog in 2009 to over 100,000. The highlight of returning was going through Customs and Immigration without speaking a word of English but being understood, a testament that even though I've been learning informally by Khmer has really come a long way. It is great being back home in Cambodia. We didn't go anywhere the first day I was back. My sisterin-law had come from Phnom Penh to fetch me with Peou from the airport, but I suspect there was some ulterior motive to this. I am guessing in a few days I might learn something is going on. This morning, we woke up about 3AM and I decided to go ahead and get up. I slept about four hours during the day when I arrived, and I am eager to reset my circadian rhythm and overcome jet lag. Three in the morning is not too different than what I am used to here. That is about an hour early for me here—I usually get up at about 4AM, although the last month I was here that was more like 9AM. We went to the market this morning at 7AM, and I had a fiery bowl of sup mee for breakfast, filled with chilies—and it was so nice. Nothing beats (or ever could) my Dad's gravy and biscuits, but it was good coming back to another of my comfort foods that I think is as rare in Kentucky as gravy and biscuits are in Siem Reap (and not that any gravy I've ever eaten outside comes close to matching my Dad's). Peou bought some pig intestines, beef from the Cham meat sellers, and other makings, and I got spinach—I've a continual hankering for greens. We came back home and she began making a big batch of kimchi and I began unpacking, cleaning out the drawers of my new wardrobe and trying to get my suitcases out of the way. I dreamed last night that I'd gone, for some reason, to the workplace of Mr. Gregory, my parent's neighbor. I have no idea where he works, but in my dream it was some strange office. Everyone had made pickles—there were rows of pickled vegetables in open trays, jars of pickled fruits from limes to pomegranates, and I was sampling everything on their insistence. And then Mr. Gregory took me to Farmers to try more pickles. What this dream about pickles portents I do not know (perhaps we'll be having a baby soon?), but it was probably triggered by having pickled green beans as well as lime achar last night, and knowing Peou was going to make kimchi this morning. I also brought a bottle of pickled red peppers that Tony Jones made here (thanks, Tony!). Me and my mother have both been talking about how we both really need to get into a routine, and that is certainly true for me as well as her. Part of my routine will be waking up absurdly early. I always liked having early mornings to myself. And it isn't just about doing things—some of it has to be limiting the time I spend on things. It is nothing for me to spend a couple hours doing nothing but reading the news each day, or spend a couple hours developing content or tweeking a Web site, things that I enjoy but aren't necessarily the best use of my time. Some of my routine commitments, outside of regular working hours, are to be: 1. Journal everyday (something I have been sadly neglecting for most of the past two years). Also,

Spend no more than three hours a week maintaining my Web sites and social media. Sundays and Mondays (local time) are my weekends. and I'd say if you like Harlequins plus some extra kink. my research. But I will continue to keep a current reading list. 9.2. but of course. and two most days. Anyway. to share what I am reading since that certainly reflects my interests. At first. so no need to follow my routine on those days. I guess “romance novel” is more like it. my education research has to fall within this time as well. riding my bike. Devote at least one hour everyday. The Phnom Pehn Post. I read The Arabs in History by Bernard Lewis. It was surprising—as I said. I'm trying to rope Peou into working out with me. but for no more than one hour. 6. Lucky for me. writing on my novel. probably has to be adjusted if she doesn't want to become a little rolly-polly. Tamil. It might be a little too ambitious. The means. the more I journal the less my blog gets filled with this sort of minutia. So. Also. fun and very sexy: it is the back story of how three ex-Marines come to own and operate a BDSM club with a fair amount of pretty steamy sex scenes. with a minimum of 30 minutes on Sanskrit each day. It came recommended—I know the author—and it was page-turning. not that anyone cares. it is just a buck five on Amazon for the e-book. that would be great. 4. while I did do this (already) for this blog.reading the news. the major South and Southeast Asian online papers—The Nation. The balance is to be spend on German. this was going to be a “big deal” as I was going to track my progress. 3. The monsoons will last here until into October. I decided that was just too much work—calculating percentages and what-not. The New Straights Times. Buddhist Warfare. Continue to read. The New York Review of Books. My other leisure periodical reading—namely. The Irrawaddy. about fourteen hours. and while I suppose it might fall under the erotic genre. One feature I love on the Kindle is it tells you what percentage you have completed in what you are reading (although of my current reading only one item is on the Kindle). Work out every day. Spend at least four hours a week writing on the novel until it is completed. and Confronting Ghosts: Thailand's Shapeless Southern Insurgency and made small dents into what I am still reading. I also decided to “add” a section to my blog at the end of each entry to share what I am currently reading. especially if Brandom stays on 10% week after week (as it has). it seems). this . if you are reading this—great work. has to come out of this time as well. along with work. Anyway. However. 5. While home I didn't do too much reading. Hawai'i and Kentucky. Devote at least one hour to languages. fast reading. given our relative prosperity. to reading and research. keeping my journal. I figure that in the coming week I'll ease into this and see if it is actually doable and doesn't just look good on paper. and I'll be . because of the character development it didn't seem like reading erotica. was Masters at Arms (Rescue Me). The Bangkok Post. The Star. but we'll see. Shannon Pugh is going to begin lending a bit of hand there so that will be more doable. I thought it would make me feel more accountable (to myself? There is something about putting things in public that motivates me. 7. weather permitting. and if people share them or can make a suggestion based on them. I won't keep it up. I know the author—but it was well written. The Jakarta Post. The Times of India and The Hindu—and then see what Google News headlines there are for the USA. working out. Malaysia Kini. that I read on the flight from Tokyo to Bangkok. She has a Cambodian's “conservation of calories” attitude that. Ride my bike one hour everyday. Bahasa and Khmer. I wanted to do this for a couple reasons—one. Also. a collection of texts. and right now Peou says they are rolling in during the late afternoons. Kaly. One worth mentioning. and even languages—are all really “productive leisure” activities. and I think it was well worth that—and by the way. 8. of being fairly “on task” most days.

Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics. German …). 16% of its 404 pages 5. Greek. After having two external hard drives fail in the last 11 months. and I feel actually really helps me make connections in Sanskrit I'd not made before) 2. 48% of its 294 pages 4. and Indo-Aryan (Persian—that is what they speak in Iran. I was happy to see it is just Monday in the United States. it expired. What this also means is that if you are of Western European descent. Current Readings: 1. much more redundant. Historic linguists spend a lot of time figuring out when these separate language groups formed as well as trying to understand the relationships between these languages to help “reconstruct” the proto-language.buying the other books in the series as they come out. and kinship terms. and so I actually am not planning on returning to work until Wednesday USA time. by the way.000 words of my novel and all my Magnum PI episodes. …). Italic (Latin. let me give you a really quick run-down. Albanian. . In the meantime. I am composing this offline and waiting for it to be a decent enough hour for me to go get another SIM card or have this one reactivated. and warmed up some sup rice for breakfast. Building an Affordable House by Fernando Pages Ruiz. albeit Monday evening. Bulgarian).” It is termed “Proto-Indo-European” (shorthand PIE here). or navigating it. I ended up sleeping all afternoon yesterday. 19% of its 741 pages 3. French. They made it last night— it is full of shitake and straw mushrooms and they used frog for the meat. P. meaning it no longer fits onto my “music harddrive” even after I went through and cleared out nearly 2000 duplicate songs earlier in the year. as well as Sanskrit. Baltic (Lithuanian. Armenian. Welsh. and that I will be back on track. I will backup the 1 TB hard drive that all of this is going on. Germanic (English. death. waking up in the evening for just a few hours to eat. Latvian . 50% of its 202 pages (Almost) Back to the Grind Well. Shatibi's Philosophy of Islamic Law by Muhammad Khalid Masud. That works out well. reading about the reconstructed vocabulary (and therefore cognates from across the the IE languages) of body parts. that I won't sleep today. Mallory and D. The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World by J. The Celtic (Irish. diseases. And once that finishes. and I was up again today by 3AM. 21% of its 756 pages (this is really cool. Once that finishes—computer says in another 54 minutes and 40 seconds—I will back up my laptop. For those who might not know what this is. or perhaps tomorrow. So. showered. losing 45. Slavic (Russian. so far the day has gotten off to a good start. I got up this morning. Adams. I should say. then you share a common cultural (and genetic) . I am backing up my music. Edited by Ted Sider. My music collection has exceeded 150 GB by a pretty considerable sum. I am hoping the process has played out. and even the national language of Afganistran. I tried connecting with my data card last night and found the SIM does not work now—I guess after a few months of non-use. John Hawthorne and Dean Zimmerman. Making it Explicit by Robert Brandom. I decided to be much.. ). It was great. Italian …). Pashto) all are descended from a single “mother language. That and a cup of coffee that is not nearly up to par got me started. the mother-language of Indian languages like Hindi. I read for an hour or more on the Proto-Indo-Europeans. but I do plan to do a little catching up today or tomorrow. Q.

most of the Afghans. carried it home and didn't open it once while there. After that. Pleonastic (adj.”) . haven't touched it since I last blogged) 3. “Dough” is descended from the same root. Anyway . n. Mallory and D. I had been reading Epistemology. John Hawthorne and Dean Zimmerman 5. I finished an article by Cian Dorr titled. but unfortunately I had to backtrack to the beginning of the second chapter there. . having the morphological changes mapped out in such a way that allows me to identify all of these hidden English/German/Sanskrit cognates (as these are the only IE languages I know. I'd read about half of it. Albanian darē. Building an Affordable House by Fernando Pages Ruiz. “There Are No Abstract Objects” that I was not very impressed by. well. yada yada yada). Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics. it now finds itself onto the current reading list that I'd hoped to see shrink (?) rather than expand. Q. it relates to “paradise” as “paradise” (pairi-daēza) literally meant “enclosure. Logic and Grammar in Indian Philosophical Analysis by Bimal Krishna Matilal before leaving Cambodia. What a great morning. “wart” and “frog” have been semantically related since before Sanskrit. Our word from “paradise” and “dough” have a common PIE root word. . Greek dánknō.)—The quality of having used more words than necessary to express meaning (e. Logic and Grammar in Indian Philosophical Analysis by Bimal Krishna Matilal 6. related to enclosures. This relationship was actually one of the most bizarre I learned about so far—the root word actually refers to an “enclosing wall. . our English word “tongs” is a descendant of “bite” (Sanskrit dáśati. as they may have been mudded/caulked and/or earthen enclosures. and a fair amount of the Indians. You've got to admit—that is some pretty cool stuff even if it is the most trivial of trivia. ontological connections that were made .” The root is *dhiĝhs. and so on) (makes sense. perhaps through clay. of just staying curled up and reading! Current Reading: 1. . 50% of its 202 pages Oh.g. So. though. Old Greek and Proto-German diverged. though. Epistemology.ancestry with the Iranians. but it is also neat seeing some of these as loanwords in Bahasa and Khmer). Oh. I began to pick it back up this morning. It was borrowed and transformed by the Greeks into “garden” (parádeisos) and then borrowed into New English and thus we have “paradise” which we have given a meaning beyond just a garden but the relationship is clear (Garden of Eden. It is also amazing to see the sort of . It is really amazing. right?). . Shatibi's Philosophy of Islamic Law by Muhammad Khalid Masud 4.” being from Avestan (the ancient Persian language we know primarily from the Zoroastrian religious texts). . Making it Explicit by Robert Brandom (incidentally. The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World by J. Edited by Ted Sider. from pleonastism. P. I also decided to share any words I had to look up while reading in the hope that having to remember them long enough to record them would help me really remember them. “He saw it with his own eyes. Adams 2.