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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.