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                              Ekaterinburg (Yekaterinburg), Russia
                              Site of the Ipatiev House
                              56 degrees 50 - latitude
                              60 degrees 38E - longitude
                              Tashkent, Uzbekistan
                              Uzbek bozor
                              41 degrees 20 - latitude
                              69 degrees 18E - longitude

                              Essays & Sketches
                              from the Other Side of the Planet

                              From 1998 to 2004 this HouseHusband-Held-Hostage abandoned storytelling at home to live abroad in Tashkent, then in Yekaterinburg, where his Bride was detailed to do diplomat-work while he dealt with a new identity—expat. There he quietly assembled paragraphs and snapshots depicting local characters, ways of life. Besides original materials from Russia and Central Asia, located in this section are post-2004 items: reports of return visits there; also correspondence from friends in Tashkent and Yekaterinburg; also pieces of thought generated in the USA on themes having to do with that world on the other side of the planet.

                              Updownintown, USA
                              Bird's-eye view of old center city
                              XX degrees XXN - latitude
                              XX degrees XXW - longitude
                              Baltimore, Maryland, USA
                              1200 block John Street
                              39 degrees 18 - latitude
                              76 degrees 38W - longitude

                              Stories & Stuff
                              from Downtown, Uptown, and
                              the Other Side of the City

                              Yes, that's right. Despite the homepage title at the top, this web-site takes a keen interest in more than three cities. Baltimore is, of course, Stremba's home base. City stories here will intrigue most non-suburbanites, and can medicate Baltimore residents against urban nightmares, prodigious noise, and pedestrian vulnerability. Other pages in this section recall stories from Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Montana, and places in between. Yet other pages serve as a workbench for getting a few weird ideas into shapes that serve folks living anywhere in uptown-downtown North America.