Mango is my Last Name

Mango is my Last Name
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Mango is my Last Name, Ataulfo is my First Name   This week marked the arrival of a welcome trend in advertising. Inasmuch as the Footloose Forester is suspicious of many of the deceptions in marketing techniques, the new...
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Major-Colonel

Major-Colonel
On the road…again! Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Major-Colonel   One aspect of being a contractor in service to US Government agencies was the overall accommodation we were given to housing, the use of post exchanges and government-operated transportation, and other services.  That...
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My Camel is Named Uunt

My Camel is Named Uunt
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek    My Camel is Named Uunt   As Father George Westwater told it, when President Lyndon B. Johnson asked Bashir, the camel driver, what his camel’s name was… well.  Bashir was on camera, sitting atop a camel as the...
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Courier

Courier
On the road…again!!! Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     Courier   Another dream-inspired chronicle, but hey! Whatever works.  Truth be told, the seeds of many chronicles germinated during dreams but the pre-writing phase was usually shortly after waking, and the first draft started...
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Bridge, Not Too Far

Bridge, Not Too Far
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Bridge, Not Too Far   For a number of years, the Footloose Forester had wanted to write a chronicle about the missionaries he has known.  There were plenty of them, spread out across the globe.  Any such chronicle...
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Are You Bragging or Complaining?

Are You Bragging or Complaining?
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Are You Bragging Or Complaining?    This chronicle is for you, Red Lee.  You are in the center of that mental photograph that flashes in my mind, since that day in early autumn of 1955 when you responded...
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Mantras That Endure

Mantras That Endure
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Mantras That Endure Of the many would-be chronicles that have struggled toward a birth on paper, this one about spiritual attachment to mantras, has kicked and squirmed its way, finally, to a nascent birth. The personal mantras of...
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A Day in the Cholistan Desert

A Day in the Cholistan Desert
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     A Day in the Cholistan Desert We met in a sparsely furnished office building whose windows rattled when the wind blew.  Two young and eager Pakistani soil scientists had been assigned to escort us to one of...
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Pani Pulau

Pani Pulau
On the road…again!!! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Pani Pulau Snippets of memory, the stuff of legacy stories…  That was the theme of a recent chronicle by the Footloose Forester .  Today another snippet of a distant memory was jarred loose during a period...
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Life Lessons in the Mahjong Tiles

Life Lessons in the Mahjong Tiles
Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Life Lessons in the Mahjong Tiles   Who among frequent computer users does not occasionally play a game or take an anonymous on-line quiz?  Call the practice a diversion, a habit, or an addiction…but one thing is clear,...
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On Getting Arrested

On Getting Arrested
On the road …again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   On Getting Arrested   This chronicle comes so many years after the fact, that the Footloose Forester was not sure that he would ever write it into his memoirs.  At the time, and for many...
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The Peace Corps Jocks

The Peace Corps Jocks
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek     The Peace Corps Jocks Nobody would believe it if you told them that a rag-tag crew of a mere handful of Peace Corps Volunteers would whip the Pakistanis in both basketball and volley ball...
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How Did The Surveying Teacher Know Where The Canberra Bomber Was Headed?

How Did The Surveying Teacher Know Where The Canberra Bomber Was Headed?
  On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   A Practical Lesson in Compass Reading   Being around the action in Viet Nam for almost three years led to plenty of predictable moments of violence.  But some of the earlier and later encounters were...
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A Simple Math Problem

A Simple Math Problem
On the road... again..! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   A Simple Math Problem   How do you divide 6 chapattis into equal parts to provide equal portions and a simple lunch for four foresters? The math is simple enough but the problem, at the...
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Underutilized Scientific Equipment in Third World Countries

Underutilized Scientific Equipment in Third World Countries
On the road… again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Things Ain’t Always What You Think   What would you think if you walked into a well equipped chemical laboratory during the middle of a work day and didn’t see white smocked chemists and technicians...
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Bobbing Like A Cork In The Dead Sea

Bobbing Like A Cork In The Dead Sea
On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek J for Jordan Being in Jordan during the mid-1960s was a bit of good news-bad news for a Footloose Forester hoping to take a dip in the Dead Sea and spending a day in the western part...
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