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June 10, 2011
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So, has anything interesting happened since I last blogged 10 months ago?

Let’s see…

  1. Nicole came and visited Uganda where she turned 26, then we celebrated our one-year anniversary in Amsterdam.
  2. Worked full-time and balls-out on the Perata for Mayor of Oakland campaign from September to November.
  3. We lost that campaign in the first ever ranked-choice-voting reversal-of-fortune.
  4. Tea Party revolution; Democrats lost the House.
  5. Was very depressed.
  6. Went to Hawaii; felt a little better.
  7. Jerry Brown sworn in as Governor.
  8. Tried to figure out what to do with my life.
  9. Nicole and I decided to get these god-dammed dissertations done as fast as possible.
  10. Gave our lovely dog Aidan to my parents for safekeeping.
  11. Turned 32 years old.
  12. Applied for eleventy-billion fellowships.
  13. Arab Spring: revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa.
  14. Nicole ended her time as a survey project manager at the Public Policy Institute of California.
  15. Moved out of our apartment in Jack London Square and did a one-month stint in Moraga.
  16. Moved to Turkey in March to conduct dissertation field research for six months.
  17. Elections in Uganda.
  18. Received only one (!) fellowship; looks like I’ll be back in Uganda in the fall. Perhaps Nigeria too, if I can swing it.  Nicole received a fellowship on campus and will be back in August.
  19. About a dozen of our friends gave birth to beautiful healthy babies.
  20. Making good progress on the dissertations.
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