Life on the Mekong and Other Rivers

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

But maybe we're leaving just in time...

Laos has reported its first two human deaths from Avian Influenza. One man from Vientiane Province and one woman from about 1 KM from our house.

As such, teams are going around town taking chickens and other birds from people's yards. Luckily, we don't have any chickens in our yard.

Another downside of the AI scare is that the 10 rotisserie chickens we ordered for our party were unavailable. No rotisserie chickens allowed. The women at our corner chicken store were apologetic, but said they had called around and the police aren't letting anyone sell rotisserie chicken. Fried chicken from Kouvieng Fried Chicken (KFC), no problem, rotisserie chicken, just no. So we had a bit less food than we had planned, but it turned out to be just about right.

This afternoon we brought a few things over to Vone's house that we are giving to her. It gave us a chance to see the progress. They've been building it slowly but surely for about the last year. When Diana and Alan were here last January it was just a foundation.

Both floors are now finished. Next

And doors.

Vone's niece is about 2 weeks older than Jack. Vone's mother suggested a future marriage was a possibility. They marry them off young here, I guess.

A good idea. Then Vone can be Jack's aunt-in-law.


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