A long and rambling update (too much caffeine perhaps?)

Strange and interesting week this week. It’s been good for the most part.

For once I was organised with work and got plenty done early in the week, knowing that the end of the week would be busy getting episodes of the show copied onto my computer to make more dvds. That all worked very well, but Friday turned out problematic because of some bastard problems while encoding that I’m still yet to fix.

Monday was pretty much a write-off because I was recovering from a huge hike (and rest of the weekend; not drink-related, but physically exhausting). Carl, Gana and I met up around noon on Sunday and got a car about half an hour east of town, then headed over one smallish mountain, down, then back up Tseteegum the highest peak around UB. Incredible view and a nice, tough climb, especially coming from the direction we did, which was rock hopping most of the way up. On the way back, we headed down to Zuunmod/Manzushir and met Gana’s mates on the way, where they had been hanging out, then cooked fish for us.

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The drive back was fantastic too, because Bayaraa (Gana’s friend) had some great tunes. As soon as we started moving, classic ’50s rock pumped out and we sang along raucously. The rest of the music was great too; a bit of Satchmo, ‘Girl from Ipanema’, a really nice Russian song and more.

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The rest of the week was pretty hectic. Not all that much time in the office, mostly out meeting people, working with them and collecting bits and pieces I needed.

Been a while since an update, so I forget when some of this happened, but one day, Dave and myself went to meet Carl, Quiza (one of Mongolia’s greatest rappers) and BX(a great young r&b singer) for a bit of Street Karaoke recording. Carl’s works for amnesty and has been organising a free concert (right outside my house basically) with some of Mongolia’s biggest acts, to promote human rights. We’re helping to promote it through the tv show and website, while Carl’s been setting up meetings for us to record lines of some of the performers singing ‘Power to the People’. Quiza and BX were doing a radio interview, which got delayed, so we hung out with Quiza and waited for BX to show. When he did, it was hilarious. He met us, got the situation explained, then launched straight into his lines, goofing around for the camera.
Got another small illustration done, which I’ll scan and put up soon. Keeping the hands and mind busy while working on the art skills and techniques, in preparation for some artistic work I’d like to do when I get back. No solid plans for the future, but I think I’d go insane without a creative outlet.

Interesting week ahead. A few engagements early in the week and work should keep me busy, fixing the problem from Friday and some more intersting stuff.

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