Tuesday, August 24, 2004
White men can run...
but the style thang looks familar. Nice shades and chain ;^)
Monday, August 23, 2004
Well, I just stumbled off a plane and into my...
One nice thing about India is that I can eat it with my hands and I'll fit into the daily routine.
For me, sleeping in a different bed often produces dreams. My birthday treat before dawn was not one, but two erotic dreams. Both quickly turned into nightmares that awakened me before the good parts.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Email from a Compaq laptop owner after dealing with Customer Support...
"(U.S.) Senate Democrats have just defeated a Republican plan to eliminate overtime pay for white-collar workers. But the employees really affected by the vote aren't celebrating, mostly because it'll take awhile for the news to reach India."
***** tip-o-the-hat to PurpleNails *****
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
"No sex please, we are Indian"
Those were the 2001 New Year's Eve headlines in the
Times Slimes of India. Then there are the millions of Indian auto bumpers painted with the population reducing slogan: "hum do, humare ek" or "we two, ours one".
Now there's today's reporting of estimated world population growth from 2004-2050. India is expected to overtake China, rising almost 50 percent from under 1.1 billion now to 1.6 billion at mid-century. Nigeria’s population is expected to nearly triple in size to 307 million, while Bangladesh would double to 280 million. Japan will lose 20% of its population with Russia, Germany and Italy also experiencing decline. While the population of developed countries would rise 4 percent to over 1.2 billion, the population in developing nations would surge by 55 percent to over 8 billion.
I would ask the American liberals and Democrats if they're ready for the huge taxation associated with foreign aid and other anti-Darwinian support systems?
Saturday, August 14, 2004
PGE Park, home of AAA baseball's Portland "Beavers"
Sorry for the delay in getting these up. One of the MANY quirks of my FlyServer webhost is its lack of FTP and non-IE functionality. Here on the home computer, I've been otherwise successfully using Mozilla's FireFox browser.
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Yankees Red Wings
Myself and 8300+ fans went to see the home team drop another baseball game to the Ottawa Lynx. For our foreign readers, the visiting team bats in the first half of every inning and the home team wins if they're ahead after the opposition completes the top of the last (ninth) inning. In the ninth, Rochester was leading 2-1 with 2 of 3 outs made against Ottawa. That's one out away from victory. Unfortunately, the Rochester pitcher then gave up two consecutive extra base hits to Ottawa resulting in two runs for the visitors. Rochester had a chance to regain the lead in their following portion of the ninth inning, but failed to do so. At least the sausage sandwich and beer were good. And I got picked for an on-field, between-innings contest. I didn't win the new car, but I threw some large dice well enough to get an insulated travel bag, oil change for my car, Dodge Ram sticker, and two hamburgers at a local joint. Did I mention I also got a foul ball to the envy of those sitting around me? I'll let our foreign readers have fun with that baseball term.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Who woulda known? And I remember some of the 60s and 70s! Maybe I'm not a deep enough thinker, but someone has way too much time on their hands when they come up with "... a veiled allusion to the destruction of black male familial hegemony under chattel slavery".
*** tip of the hat to Kingsley who's extended the spelling of his residence from India to Indiana where he's learned the Seven Dirty Words ***
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Passed on from Slurpee Slinger's Office of International Relations...
WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO TURN ON THE TV AND HEAR OUR PRESIDENT GIVE THE
My Fellow Americans:
As you all know, the defeat of the Iraqi regime has been completed. Since congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission in Iraq is finished. This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq. This action will be complete within 30 days.
It is now time to begin the reckoning. Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side During the Iraq conflict. This list is short. The United Kingdom, Spain, Bulgaria, Australia, and Poland are some of the countries listed there. The other list contains everyone not on the first list. Most of the world's nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists later this evening. Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely. The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war. The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world hell-holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption. Need help with a famine? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France. In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at home.
On that note, a word to terrorist organizations. Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all your friends from the face of the earth. Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France, or maybe China.
To Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Yo, boys. Work out a peace deal now. Just note that Camp David is closed. Maybe all of you can go to Russia for negotiations. They have some great palaces there. Big tables, too. I am ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with France, Germany, and Russia. Thanks for all your help, comrades. We are Retiring from NATO as well. Bon chance, mes amis.
I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid parking tickets to sites where those vehicles will be stripped, shredded and crushed. I don't care about whatever treaty pertains to this. You creeps have tens of thousands of unpaid tickets. Pay those tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers, and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world. I love New York.
A special note to our neighbors. Canada is on List 2. Since we are likely to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want to try not pissing us off for a change. Mexico is also on List 2. President Fox and his entire corrupt government really need an attitude adjustment. Since I will have a couple of extra tank and infantry divisions sitting around, guess where I am going to put em? Yep, border security. So start doing something with your oil. Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty starting now. We are tired of the one-way highway. It is time for America to focus on the welfare of its own citizens. Some will accuse us of isolationism. I answer them by saying, "darn tootin."
Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on the planet. It is time to eliminate hunger in America. It is time to eliminate homelessness in America. To the nations on List 1, a final thought, thanks guys, we owe you and we won't forget. To the nations on List 2, thanks for nothing.
God bless America. Thank you and good night.
If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.
The Columbia River Gorge is NOT in Columbia, South America
This river flows west between the States of Washington and Oregon, cutting a swath thru volcanic basalt. It's a breezy and cavernous gorge, home to wind and kite surfing. The river is chock full of migrating salmon and power-producing dams built during America's recovery from the Great Depression in the 1930s. Brother Dave, his wife Wendy and their son Ben took me up the river east of Portland, Oregon. Along the way, we stopped at several State Parks that had hiking trails and scenic waterfalls. Many of these parks were built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), industrious laborers seeking work during the Depression. I had an uncle who worked in the CCCs and told tales of eating a lard sandwich for lunch during those difficult times. I marveled at how clean today's tourists keep the efforts of their forefathers.
Monday, August 09, 2004
You say "GeoCaching", I say "NaviCaching"...
it's all the same. While visiting my brother in Portland, Oregon, I discovered the Mecca of caching was only 18 miles away. The very first game (03 MAY 2000), was called "stashing". I couldn't resist the birthplace and was rewarded with more terrific Oregon weather, country roads, horse farms, xmas tree farms, and a trout pond.
And I did more NaviCaching yesterday in Fairport, NY with Mike & Erin. That's right, Mr. Patience went caching with a 4-year-old ;^)
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Safely back in Rochester, NY
Thanks to all who turned a biz trip into fun. Of course, it was raining at the Rochester airport as I landed. I'm home today, catching up on bills, laundry, etc. and it's still raining ;^(
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
What a day...
NaviCaching to the Mecca.
Tour of the Columbia River Gorge while hiding my own NaviCache.
"AAA" baseball with the Portland Beavers beating the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Pix to follow, but I have to fly east in a few hours.
Sunday, August 01, 2004
"When the going gets tough...
the tough get going." And the corollary: "When the going gets weird, the weird go to Portland, Oregon."
The city of Portland is nicknamed the "Rose City" and the gardens are in beautiful, fragrant bloom. The city is very good about watering and citizens volunteer to perform weeding, dead heading, etc. The particular volunteer below was an octogenarian wearing a spinning propeller cap ;^)
As we hiked around the streets of Portland, we came upon a customized moped. I wish the pic of moi was more from the side so you could better see the plastic horsehead, tail, and pink furry seat.
We also walked by a park that contained a large water sculpture that doubled as an inner-city wading pool. We could smell that the water was hygienically treated with chlorine.