This is why the Turtle family has stopped eating beef. "The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease... A beef producer in the western state of Kansas, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, wants to test all of its cows... Larger meat companies feared that move because, if Creekstone should test its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive tests on their larger herds as well."

In Da Nang

We're in Mrs. Turtle's homeland. We visited her mother's old house, and there were two women there who remembered Mrs. Turtle's mom and aunt and uncle. We didn't know exactly where it was, but the women pointed out exactly which unit it was. In the intervening years they've added a second floor and divided the house into two units, but I gather that it hasn't changed hands more than a couple of times. There was a well outside, although I'm not sure why. When we arrived the church was holding Saturday evening mass outside because it is too hot to have the service inside.

I've been told that I have a Da Nang accent in Vietnamese, and I have noticed that people here in Da Nang are much easier to understand than other people in Vietnam.

We're popping Pepto pills constantly, and have been mostly free of upset stomachs. We've had some pretty interesting food, especially in Cambodia. Mrs. turtle was too scared, but I tried:

  • A grasshopper - Very good, probably because of the sauce. You have to take off the head, wings, and arms first, and bite it off of the back legs, which you also don't eat.
  • A silkworm - Not great, but not bad. The inside looked and felt like cheese.
  • Some sort of beetle - You chew these up, then swallow the juice and spit out the rest. This was gross, so I only chewed it once and spit everything out. The head and wings were removed first.

Angkor Wat was awesome. There are tons of really cool temples in the surrounding region, which are also really cool. The last thing we saw in Cambodia was a floating village. When the water level changes with the monsoon they move the village so they're always in about 4 feet of water.

Next we're joining a tour of central Vietnam and Ha Long Bay. Should be fun.

Hello from Bangkok

There's a lot of guesswork taking place here, since Blogger is showing me everything in Thai. Hopefully I'm writing a new blog post, not a personal ad.

Mrs. Turtle is in a wedding, so we've flown to Thailand. Boy are our arms tired! The weather isn't that bad, comparatively speaking. We are in a really cute hotel far from the wedding site, so I might have to leave 2 and a half hours early to get there on time. Mrs. Turtle already left to get her hair and makeup done with the rest of the girl turtles. I will try to post updates along the way.

Two from the New York Times

In Ducks, War of the Sexes Plays Out in the Evolution of Genitalia. Impressive.

If You Want to Know if Spot Loves You So, It’s in His Tail. The direction a dog wags its tail determines if it's a good wag or a bad wag. The article discusses the causes, and other animals with left/right biases.

Cookie Monster

Here's the first appearance of the Cookie Monster (before he had that name) as part of an IBM training video. It's pretty funny.