Archive for 2004

The Seekers

Saturday, December 25th, 2004

December 25, 2004 It took some time to get our tree this year. We had a couple of abortive attempts, but one or the other of us was just not in the mood. Finally, a few weeks ago, we made the trek down to Home Depot and almost immediately found a beautiful ...

Malcolm Smith’s Return to Baja

Saturday, November 20th, 2004

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One Out, One In

Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

5 October, 2004  I was watching the GPS count down the kilometers.  We were riding down a dirt road on the outskirts of Beijing. It was a rough track, full of potholes, but lined with twin columns of trees, like most of the roads in China.  The GPS said we were only about five kilometers ...

What’s to Fear?

Monday, October 4th, 2004

What’s to Fear?  I’ve met few Americans and practically no Europeans who have any big concerns about China.  Americans are generally much more concerned about procuring another credit card so they can go buy more stuff than they are about what is happening out in the world, especially with a country so far ...

Fire in the Hole!

Sunday, October 3rd, 2004

3 October 2004  “Fire in the Hole!”  I screamed it before I consciously thought about it.  To my right, Dennis, who tells horrific, blood curdling tales of blasting deep in the mines of Colorado, reacted as if he’d kissed the bare leads of a 240 volt extension cord. His head swiveled towards the ...

The Greatest Gift

Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

Japan and the bomb.  Please see the PDF document at:

The Death of Development

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

7 September 2004  Japan is dying.  Japan, a nation that has existed for thousands of years, a nation that has the world’s most developed infrastructure, a nation that has the world’s most rigorous academic system, a nation with the world’s second largest economy, a nation with the world’s fourth largest military spending, ...

The Empty Corner

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

Turkey's efforts to join the EU:

Today’s News

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

June 23, 2004  I just read the newspaper for the first time in over six weeks.  That may not seem like too big of a deal, but I’ve been reading the paper every day there wasone available since I started my first paper route when I was 10. That’s 37 years of ...

America Knows No Tribe

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

June 22, 2004  America knows no tribe.  This fact was first brought to light for me by a Sikkimese businessman during a three hourinterview I conducted with him on our trip to South Asia earlier this year.  We had a wide ranging discussion of South Asian politics, cultural dynamics and geopolitics.Having spent eight years ...