Sunday, July 27, 2003

''Ah,'' he says, ''we got some crazy people around here. I wouldn't make too much of it.'' This is directed quote from Tom Foy of Berlin, Pennsylvania, from "Who's a Hero Now? in the New York Times. This has never been a very well-kept secret, but now the whole English-speaking world knows about it!

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Saturday, July 12, 2003


Irrepressible blognoscente Big Al has wondered if all Mongolian herdsman in the countryside wear baseball caps. Well, baseball caps are ubiquitous (with NY Yankees caps being perhaps the most popular), but there are some diehards who prefer traditional headgear, as shown in this photo.

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Mongolian wrestlers beware: Tots from the country of Georgia are bulking up and getting ready to take on the world. See Giant Preschoolers Wrestle, Eat Ice Cream.


Four-year-old Georgian wrestler Khotokhov weighs in at 56 kilos

Sunday, July 06, 2003

When I got back from Gov-Altai I had 874 messages in my hotmail.com account. All but two were junk mail (thanks, JOR and Zoe; where the heck are you, Big Al?). About half of the 874 concerned penis enlargement schemes. Has someone leaked my medical records? Anyhow, to combat this flood of "Hey you, pindick!" type messages I have now set my hotmail.com junk mail filter to "Exclusive". This means that if you have not already sent me a message at hotmail and I have not saved your address I will not receive any new messages you send to my hotmail.com address. I suggest you use the email address given above.
More photos from Gov-Altai Aimag

Ger where we stayed for one night


12,312 foot Bogd Tsakhir Uul, just southwest of Burkhan Buudai Uul

Saturday, July 05, 2003

The weirdness emanating out of Germany never seems to end. Today it's a Trifecta: See Everyone's Worst Nightmare. See also Monkey Visits German Pizzeria, Vandalizes Toilet. See also German Pensioner in Bid for Gallstone World Record.
More photos from Burkhan Buudai Uul . . .


A snow leopard skull we found on the mountain


Young ladies at the ger where I stayed


Friday, July 04, 2003


Making offerings to the ovoo on the summit of Burkhan Buudai Uul


Horses on a break near the summit


Namsum (whose name means "bow and arrow") my guide to the summit
Just got back from Gov-Altai Aimag in western Mongolia. We rode horses to the top of Burkhan Buudai Uul, the sacred mountain of Gov-Altai.


11,055 foot Burkhan Buudai Uul


The Summit of Burkhan Buudai Uul


Namsum (middle), who took me up the mountain, and two members of the family we stayed with