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    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall - (K) Humorous and thorough history and science behind ultrarunners and long-distance running
    *****
    Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela - (K) An autobiography covering his childhood, years as a freedom fighter and incarceration. Inspiring and informative
    *****
    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - (K&T) A mystery set in Barcelona involving an old book, a failed writer and murder
    *****
    Lush Life by Richard Price - A Lower East Side tale of cops, drugs and drinking
    ***
    The Chinese by Jesper Becker - (K&T) Modern history of my peeps, from the cultural revolution to the many failed economic and social attempts to move the country forward
    ***
    Setting the Table by Danny Meyer - A "how-to" on hospitality and business acumen by the restaurateur behind such NY institutions as the Shake Shack and Union Square Grill
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    The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama - Obama lays out what is wrong with the current government and how, vaguely, to change it.
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The Final Pack

When you want to travel fast and light, what do you bring and throw out? We are rushing to get everything done, packed and taken care of. Canceling credit cards, merging accounts,unlocking phones,  parking phone numbers, dumping malaria, sleeping and other pills into small plastic baggies, charging ipods, ebooks, cell phone, computer, cameras…

I think we are pretty well covered. The one thing we never found was the ever elusive universal sink stopper. Who would’ve thought that would’ve been so, well, elusive? I imagine we’ll find one in Bangkok so I’m not too worried.

I just checked my bag on the scale. 181 without, 199 with which means two things. My bag weights 18 pounds and I’m still 6 pounds heavier than I was before the holidays…nothing a good stomach virus won’t fix – hello SE Asia!

Kelly hasn’t really packed her stuff yet. She has itall laid out on the bed because she wants to take a pitcure. I think she has WAY too many bottles of shaving gel, toothpaste, etc but she’s too busy showing my dad how to download songs for 9 cents a pop on legalsounds.com to come to that conclusion…

Oh, we ate some awesome food while we were here in Arizona at Ko’Sin, which is located on a Sheraton Property in Gila Bend. Ko’Sin and its fancier, sister restaurant Kai focus on local, native American ingredients including a local Manchego cheese (made in AZ? Who Knew?) used alongside queso fresco and parmesean (no, not local) in a tres queso risotto. The standout dish was the open faced ravioli of stacked duck confit, seared scallop, foie gras and homemade pasta drizzled with a saffron and chile spiced oil.

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