Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Stranger than Fiction


This story is just a reminder that sometimes higher powers are at play.
The photos are from my 2006 trip to Vietnam.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Highway Fairytale



Also, see this and this.

Beasties

DJ Enki displays some of his favorite records from his extensive collection.
I took THIS OTHER picture of him in the Hollywood Hills in 2003.

Here is a shot of Jill at his place in Oakland.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Back to the Bay

Here is a little Christmas tree in San Francisco.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

OK...

This is the final post on John. You can read a release, recounting some speeches at his memorial, by USAID HERE. And you can get details on the Memorial Scholarship, here.

This is a USAID photo of John and a few recipients of the solar radios he was distributing in advance of Sudan's forthcoming elections.

Our hearts are breaking. Rest in Peace.

Monday, January 07, 2008

John Granville 1974-2008

Slain American diplomat.

Africa has lost a great and irreplaceable asset.

Going Away Party - Nairobi, Kenya

In my August trip to Kenya, with with my close friend Jessica, we had the joy of spending time with deceased American Diplomat John Granville. He was a dear friend and neighbor to our hosts in the country. Our last night in Nairobi John had a party at his home to celebrate his upcoming move to Sudan. He prepped and cooked and played bartender, and told us that the party was for us. A going away party for the American girls. His close friends in Kenya were all there and everyone had an awesome time.

John and Bhavna. Neighbors and close friends, they shared many meals together in the last few years.
Jess with John at "our" party.

John, Nicole, and Jess

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Missing him on many continents

John had dear friends all over Africa as well as the United States and beyond. An article with a short bio is here.
This is an AP photo of his casket in Khartoum.

This is an undated AP photo of John.

Death of a Humanitarian

An American diplomat was gunned down in Sudan on New Year's Day, along with his driver.

John Granville was 33. He has been in Africa for 10 years and had recently received his diplomatic passport. The last time an American diplomat was killed in Sudan was the year before he was born, 1973. He was ambushed by gunmen around 4am, his driver, Abdel-Rahman Abbas, died at the scene and John died at the hospital after/during surgery. Jessica and I had the pleasure of meeting him in Nairobi this summer.

At the Stroke of Midnight

2008

You must click on the above photo to get maximum glamor.
CHEERS to that!

2008 "DURRING"


New Year's Eve "AFTER"



New Year's Eve "BEFORE"



Jill, Steven

and me, Missy. New Year's Eve Day, San Francisco

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Scenes from California

European Fridge

It seemed like they were multiplying

Here is just 9 of the many family members who held the babies.

Molly, the mom, with Christian (pretty sure). I kept thinking, "Damn, I keep getting her with her eyes closed" but I love this look on her face.