Amish Country

I live about 30 minutes from Amish Country. I appreciate the fact the Amish live such a different lifestyle and have been able to maintain that lifestyle in our culture. I’m all about the cultural preservation. Go Amish!

A trip through Amish Country is always interesting. Today, I stopped at a McDonald’s for my vanilla ice cream fix and in back of the McDonald’s was a hitchin’ post.

Mental image: an Amish guy driving his team of horses munching on a Big Mac with a little special sauce stuck in his beard.

A few years back, an Amish guy gave me the finger when I slowed down to give his acting-up horse a wide berth. I thought, “Can he do that?”

But, you know, I feel a little…

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India loses jobs to Ohio

Yep, it’s a crazy world. Expedia, like so many companies today, farms out its customer service call centers to India. Tata, the Indian company who handles Expedia’s calls has opened a call center in Ohio.

To bring you up to speed on your globalization vocab, when Expedia farms out their work to an Indian company it’s known as “outsourcing” and when that Indian company opens a branch in the USA it’s know as “insourcing.” Got it?

You can read the full story here.

If this kind of globalization stuff pisses you off or amazes you, read The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. It’s full of this kind of head scratchin’ stuff….

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Flooding in Bangladesh nothing new

Flood

Each year 1/5th of Bangladesh is flooded, displacing millions. I got an email from a friend that taught me to play cricket in Dhaka. He told me that the floods were upon them once again.

I worry that global warning is going to kill the world’s coral reefs. In Bangladesh this must seem like a frivolous concern.

I searched for reports of the flooding. First I looked in the newspapers, but thbest account I’ve found was on the blog Bangladesh Barta:

The latest round of flooding has hit us, and once more it was deep. I went out to take some photos and it was up to my knees, but I managed to get a few shots in between dodging floating chicken…

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