Mr W, visiting in September, writes:
Dear Mr. Secretary:I have gone through the "countries visited" spreadsheet and humbly offer the following corrections and additions:1. In the Pacific Ocean spreadsheet, you will notice that the cell assigned to "percent" under my column is not working. Kindly attend to this.2. Unlike what I assume is the case with other members, scoundrels that they be, when I reviewed this spreadsheet I took the care to identify countries listed as "visited" yet I have no clear recollection of such. Surely these mistakes are connected to the office of the Secretary. Thus, kindly delete Peru and Turkmenistan from my list of countries.3. To the contrary, tho, I am proud to add the following countries: Columbia, Paraguay, Portugal, South Sudan and most recently, Pakistan. Although photographic evidence of such visits is lacking, I invite you to contact the PSI Country Representatives in said countries for proof. Many, months and even years later, are still reeling from these visits and would be glad to recount as necessary the details of such.In sum, then, Mr Secretary (assuming I can trust your spreadsheet veracity as to beginning balance):Beginning Balance: 83Additions: 5Sub total 88Deletions 2Total 86It is my sincere hope to keep Mr. Earle at bay.With regards,PC
[Mr Sempliner's absence being noted, a quorum was present]
With Malcolm D-nald as our beloved benchmark -- I'd say we all look prettttty darn good, quoi. Will, shabash on hosting in your beautiful home; Andrew, great to have u back in town, and a good excuse for a gathering, Steve, thanks for the ride, country club stories and chocolate motorcycle, Peter, a real treat to get you to stay up past your bedtime and good on you for keeping PSI en forme, quoi. And Daveed -- always a delight to catch up with you; we promise to visit u at your air-conditioned digs at Walter Reed. As for jobs -- I hear there might be an opening as CD for PNG...
Love you guys,
Our founder writes:
Great picture, great time, great summary, and maybe worth inclusion in the notes for the Country Club as an ad hoc Membership get together, even though no drinks were visibly noticeable in the picture.
If anyone needs to reach me tonight, you can find me in one of DC's cooling shelters, I think near the Armory
1. The Chapter had a lively conversation about The Good Old Days, which none could clearly remember.
2. We drifted in and out of a largely substance free discussion concerning Article 3.4 of Our By-Laws, with our Founder concluding, in a nod to revisionism, that it made no sense. Here is the Article in question:
"3.4 A Visited Country that, subsequent to the qualifying visit, splits into two or more countries, can only be counted as a single Visited Country. The Member will elect which of the issuing countries shall be recorded as a Visited Country."
3. The Chapter gave the highest of praise to the gracious hosting and culinary skills of our dearest member, Mr W!!
VTY, yr sec'y
The national flag of newly independent South Sudan has been raised outside the United Nations after becoming the world body's 193rd member on Thursday.
Hundreds of diplomats gathered outside U.N. headquarters in New York to see the flag being raised for the first time after the U.N. General Assembly admitted the country by acclamation.
On Friday, a U.N. telecommunication agency made another gesture in recognition of South Sudan's landmark independence.
The International Telecommunication Union assigned South Sudan a 211 dialing code at the country's request.
The number symbolizes the year South Sudan became its own country after approving a referendum in January.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has praised Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir for ensuring that the south's referendum for independence and its results were honored. He said the north and south share a common destiny and must see a future as true partners, not rivals.
The world's newest nation declared independence on Saturday, splitting from Sudan. The two sides fought a bloody 21-year civil war that ended in 2005.
The now neighboring countries are still trying to work out disputes over borders and oil revenue. The Ethiopian government says it has started deploying troops to the disputed Abyei region this week. The U.N. Security Council recently authorized deployment of a 4,200 strong-Ethiopian peacekeeping force to monitor the situation there.
Colombo. Wasn’t there a 70’s TV detective by (almost) the same name? If so, he’d doubtless be able to put me at the Taj Hotel in Colombo in the attached photo. But he’d probably have known that that glass I’m holding isn’t really an alcoholic beverage. Nor is it a purple Japanese fighting fish. It’s just the floral decoration from table where I’m sitting. You couldn’t get a drink on the day that picture was taken because of the full-moon festival. Luckily for me, I’d taken a Lion beer in my hotel room the night before.
With much respect and salutations to you, Mr. Secretary, and all my fellow club members.
Caryn de Walden
Ms. Ridley and I report a first visit for us both to Morocco – we went for an early celebration of the 25th anniversary of an event which 3 other of our esteemed members attended: our wedding! [sec'y's note: those would be our Honorary Past President, Mr Hovig, Mr Brady and yrs truly].
In fulfillment of article 3.1 we sampled local beer, Flag, wine, see attached as well as numerous G&Ts as we explored the medina in Marrekech and the rugged Atlas mountains.
Duncan & Robin