Home again, home again.

2361860249_21169c9c36.jpgJiggity jig. Hey everybody. I’m back from Ethiopia, and man does it feel surreal to just jump in the car and drive on an interstate to work again. The Food For The Hungry base camp where we stayed for a week was miles from any sort of Western civilization; we had hydro-electric power (sometimes) and running water (most of the time), but aside from that, the nearest indication of technological advancement (and by that, I mean a road) was a four hour drive through rivers and mountains and heavy clouds of red dust. I checked my friend Dave’s iPhone and, sure enough, even Apple can’t get service in Belo-Jegenfoy, the Ethiopian district eleven hours west of the capital Addis Ababa. But it was well worth it. I don’t want to preach here, but if anyone out there is looking to grow their humanitarian résumé, consider sponsoring a child through Food For The Hungry. In whatever country suits your philanthropic fancy. I’ve seen a whole slew of charitable organizations with their bureaucratic systems and varying degrees of earnestness for the cause, but when it comes to caring for a community and genuinely wanting to see a people rise up from the ashes of cultural complacency, FH gets it. Ok, ok. I know I’m starting to sound like Angelina Jolie or Bono, but I can’t not mention it. Just take a quick look at www.fh.org, and check out the pictures below of a few of the kids we sponsor.

Admittedly, not much is happening in the Apple world at the moment. Steve announced the new iPhone Software Development Kit, which looks to be impressive, but until Enterprise gets past the beta stage we won’t really know what kind of impact it’s going to have on the iPhone market. We’ll keep our eyes and ears open, of course.

I think that’s all from me, friends. I’m still trying to overcome jetlag and get my head around paved roads and Starbucks on every corner. I’m sure I’ll have more stories next week…

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