Thanks for the phone calls, texts, emails, and Facebook messages on my birthday. I really appreciate it. It's somewhat hilarious to read my last blog post and then reflect on the last six weeks where...well...things were pretty rough. You know how in every war movie there's that one guy who breaks during the fighting and runs away, endangering the rest of the platoon. Yeah, it's probably a good thing I never joined the Army. Anyway, the one-year anniversary (which for my group was September 30th) is a milestone that sneaks up on you with a lot of thoughts of home, might-have-beens, and generally a sense of "what the fuck am I doing here?" But it's OK. On the lighter side, one very common way people carry extra baggage around Ghana is in these commonly available tote bags, the "Ghana Gucci" as we call them, which are all similarly wonderful. I have another with Winnie the Pooh.