Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Invitation to my Readers

I do not get very many comments so I am not exactly sure who reads this blog. It would be interesting to know something about my small audience. So now is an opportunity to introduce yourself in the comments in order to improve my blogging in 2011. Please introduce or reintroduce yourself and tell me what you would like to see more of in this blog.


Luisa said...

I found your blog while searching some info on russia and other related issues
It wiil be interesting now if you give insights about your new location

WR said...

Well you know who I am. I think you put a good mix of stuff here, although of course the posts I'm most interested in concern the minorities in Russia. It will be interesting to read your observations about Ghana.

Susan Barnes said...

I still read your blog. I like reading biographies and autobiographies so reading your blog is like reading a "live" biography. I'm also looking forward to reading your observatons of Ghana.

I also like the fact that your posts aren't long :)

J. Otto Pohl said...


I intend to write about Ghana when I get there and have some time.


Well I will probably continue to have some stuff on various nationalities in Russia/USSR. But, this blog has been evolving towards more short personal observations. I will definitely record my thoughts about living and working in Ghana.


Well, a lot of my personal life actually does not get blogged for privacy reasons. In particular to protect the privacy of other people. For instance there are no pictures of Mary Lynn on this blog. So the blog is a very incomplete autobiography. I have made a conscious effort to keep my posts short in recent months.

daquail said...

I first read you when trying to find information for a long-running discussion with friends about Israel. It struck me that your opinions, vehement as they are, and obviously well grounded, are contained in an envelope of almost luminous personal innocence. I then got to know you a lot better through all your earlier postings, and now look forward to learning about the University of Ghana.

J. Otto Pohl said...


Thank you very much for the note. I am sorry I could never get back to your original query about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But, as is noted in this blog my personal and professional life were undergoing a lot of significant changes. I hope that once I get settled in Ghana my life will resume some normalcy and I have some time to blog about life in Africa.

Sam Tranum said...

Otto, it's Sam, from AUCA. I like to check in now and then to see how you're doing.

Unknown said...

Hi Otto, it's me, Stan Engel, now resident in Thailand. I check in every so often. I look forward to hearing your views on Ghana.

In another post you mentioned that In and Out Burger chain had the best hamburgers per cost. I've never eaten there but as far as I can tell the best all-round fast food operation in California is Carl's Jr, the one with the stupid smiling star as a mascot. My relatives in California hate the place because of the founder's ultra-rightwing views.

Probably the very worst hamburger/fast food chain in the entire world is Jack in the Box. I was open minded and gave them a chance while I was in Texas and during my visits to California. Without exception the food is either second rate or bad tasting. When I think of biting into a Junbo Jack I think of eating cardboard. Anyway, best of luck.

J. Otto Pohl said...


Carl's Junior is pretty good, but it is not as good as In and Out and it is considerably more expensive. The Western Bacon Cheese Burger at Carl's Junior has a nice flavor. The combo meal, however, runs over six dollars. At In and Out you can still get a cheeseburger and drink for $3.75.

Rustam said...

Dear Sir,

All I want to see in this blog is that you are doing alright. I very glad you have found the new job. It is very exciting that you will teaching in Ghana. I'm sure students in there have a lot to benefit from your courses. Please, keep your posts updated more frequently so that we would know more and in-depth of your living and teaching!
Proud student of yours,
P.S I'll try to get tips for teaching in the larger audience for you Sir.

Rustam said...

Just realized how many grammatical errors I made in the previous entry. Shame on me!