I have no idea. To be honest, I just thought it sounded cool. I mean really, how do you name a travel blog, when the traveling has not been done yet? I could have named it Buckley's Wacky Adventures, but then, what if my travels did not turn out to be either wacky or adventurous? Wouldn't I have egg on my face then.
So Mental Malaria. It's got a nice ring to it doesn't it? It kind of came to me after trying to explain to my parents (and some friends) why exactly I had chosen to zero in on places like the Kelabit Highlands in Borneo and then onto the relatively mysterious Myanmar. In truth, I'm easily distracted and lost focus in my travel books reading up on the usual places in SE Asia - could a first symptom of Mental Malaria be short attention span?.
Anyway, the title beats the runner-ups: Typhoid Tales, Dengue Days; and my personal favorite (though perhaps less phonetic) Explosive Diarrhea of the Mind. In hindsight, had I chosen Explosive Diarrhea of the Mind, it just would have added too much pressure; pun intended. I mean if you're going to put yourself out there as someone who has explosive diarrhea of the mind, wouldn't you either have to come off as slightly deranged or potentially psychotic? Well, thinking I may just fall somewhere in between, I'm settling on Mental Malaria - I hope you like it. And this way, if I do happen to say something mildly inflamatory or in bad taste, you out there are free to wonder 'My God, maybe the poor guy does have mental malaria; perhaps we should send money to get this guy straightened out with the right meds'.
In all seriousness, here I am in Vail, Colorado USA preparing for six weeks in Southeast Asia; more specifically Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Borneo, Bangkok as a mid-and post-trip foray, and then into Myanmar (otherwise known as Burma for Seinfeld fans). I'll be gone from Sept. 30 - Nov. 12, 2006; and in case you're wondering, I've got a pocket full of Malorone. Here I come!