Friday, February 15, 2008


Things are still calm in Dili. They have extended the curfew to 10 days which sucks. No one on the streets "after 8pm or you must be a rebel!"

Information that has come out so far seems to point out that the attack on the Pres and PM a botched kidnapping. It seems to also be the most likely scenario especially acknowledging other recent events such as the president meeting him only days early with no security and the actions of some of the petitioners dialogging with the government separately.

On a different note, here are some photos that I promised in a previous post.
1. Me (after a bike ride) and the new baby Jesse.
2. Me after a fight with a bee.

Unfortunately the government internet system is down with little hope that it will be fixed quickly. I have been using other options but they provide fairly undependable service. I am still ok for email every couple days but internet content in photos is virtually impossible. Enjoy. Yeah curfew!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Assassination attempt

Just to let you that I am ok and things are really calm here. Things are safe and I am back at work today. You may have seen on the news that Alfredo tried to kill the President and the Prime Minister yesterday. The President was shot and is now in Australia in stable but serious condition. Yesterday was a bit crazy pumped with adrenaline. I had some friends who were closely involved and even got a play by play of the gun battle. We are under a state of siege and have a curfew. Everything is quite calm in the streets but we are waiting it out to see if there is some reaction to Alfredo’s death. I will keep in touch. Hope all is well at home. lv

This is how I roll


When I went home in December I decided it best that I return my work vehicle, which is rented, as I would be gone over a month. Now that I have returned the vehicle is no longer available to rent. My work was able to get another vehicle but of a quite different style. I am now driving a Honda civic automatic which is quite low to the ground with a rumble muffler, tinted windows, AC, and a CD player. Everyone asks about my car now and I just reply “this is how I roll.”



I am so disappointed I haven’t blogged in almost five months but I am determined to get back on track. I could say I was busy or sick or something but really I just got lazy. Now I am back and instead of writing one long post with everything that has gone on in the last five months I will just continue to blog and hopefully the past will present itself.

Yesterday I went for a bike ride which resulted in the following picture. Less than one hundred feet from my destination was swarm of bees which I happened to ride through. Like bullets they bounced off my helmet and face. One lucky one got logged between my helmet and sunglasses. Only seconds later fending for its life as I swatted and shook it went for the kill. Fortunately I am over two hundred pounds and it probably weighs 2 oz so I survived but only nearly with these wounds.

The destination was Metinaro where my roommate Sarah was placed during Peace Corps. One of the families she is close with just had a new baby and guess what they named it…Jesse. Yep and not randomly either. Sarah had actually suggested it. Sarah now calls it my namesake so I thought it important I go for a visit. The baby looks great and seemed to take a bit of a likening to me. The Timorese think it is hilarious and we spent the afternoon trying to decide how to distinguish between us. Either big Jesse and little Jesse. Or white Jesse and black Jesse. At this point either one gets a laugh. This now accounts for at least the fifth Jesse in Timor that I know of. Me, other peace corps Jesse, jess my girlfriend (see told you the past was coming), jesse my friend Catherine’s sister, and the new baby. Watch out we are taking over and your neighborhood is next.