Has it already been five days since my last post?  Wow, time flies.  Lately the time seems to pass exponentially faster. 
Lately, I suppose that’s a good thing!  On Tuesday I attempted to ride my bicycle to work, and just before I arrived, the bike’s back tire blew out when I hit a pothole.  Things went downhill from there.  I fell ill yesterday after overdoing it with inoculations.  I need to be vaccinated for a variety of viral baddies, including typhoid, yellow fever, and rabies.  Shots are quite common in this line of work, but these ones hit me particularly hard.  I asked the nurse whether I would be adversely affected by taking multiple vaccinations simultaneously, and she said it shouldn’t be a problem.  Um, maybe not!  Then, when she injected me with the first in a series of rabies shots, I overheard her say, "That didn’t go in quite right." Um, yeah, that’s probably an understatement!  I think the needle hit a nerve as it entered my arm, and my arm has been both numb and sore since then.  The internal trauma affected the rest of my body, because I felt so badly that I went home early today after moping around the training center for a couple of hours.  My good friend Matt, bless his heart, was there to give me a ride home.  I didn’t expect a few shots to do such bodily damage, but then again, injecting weak viruses and other medicinal concoctions in one’s body can’t be good in the short term.  Except for a couple dinners with friends, we’re spending a quiet weekend at home.  That’s good.  I can recuperate and study some Spanish and spend time with my family.
The weather is also atrocious.  It poured rain this morning, and tonight it is snowing.  Weather tends to affect people’s moods, and I’m no exception.  Snow may be good on the ski slopes, but it ain’t fun when you’re stuck at home or commuting.  Now that my bicycle is fixed and has two new bulbous tires better equipped for urban street obstacles, I am equipped to ride again.  I can’t though until the weather and my health improves. 
On a happy note, I spent an hour with my Spanish teacher conversing in Spanish and was happy with the results.  My Spanish is improving quickly.  My experience studying Spanish has been much better than when I studied Korean three years ago.
Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day.  A friend of mine sent me this Irish greeting.  I’m passing it on to you.  Here’s to wishing you a happier tomorrow!

May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven
half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.


Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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