Thursday, August 31, 2006
1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
2. Don't worry about what people think, they don't do it very often.
3. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car. (Heh, substitute your religion of choice here.)
4. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
5. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.
6. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
7. A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter is not a nice person.
8. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
9. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
10. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.
11. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.
12. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
13. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.
14. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
15. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
16. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
17. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
18. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
19. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
20. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.
21. It ain't the jeans that make your butt look fat.
22. If you had to identify, in 1 word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, & never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."
23. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
24. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
25. You should not confuse your career with your life.
26. Never lick a steak knife.
27. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
28. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.
29. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.
30. Your friends love you anyway.
31. Thought for the day: Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.
And then there are pictures from the web...
Change Is In The Air
This is not a doctored image, interesting facts and background about Starlings stealing change from a car wash here including more pictures.
I think we are gonna make the red bell pepper chutney again and I plan to do some cooking, should be fun.
Enjoy the weekend folks, we have a long weekend here..yipeee!
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Shows like Jon Stewart's keep it funny. It's tough to laugh at the direction of this nation but it helps during times like this. As usual he casts a critical eye on the media and especially CNN's fear mongering. Courtesy of You Tube.. The whole segment is funny.. it's about 5 mins long, if you want to watch don't miss the part around 4 minutes in, turn the sound up so you don't miss the metallic sound. All I can say is if CNN is this bad, how bad must the GOP loving Fox News be? Yech!!!
"Hey, Happy Birthday President Clinton. He turned 60 years old on Saturday. You know, President Clinton's at that age now when he stains the carpet, he's not even having fun. ... Actually, I got an invitation to the party. You see, it says you are cordially invited to the party. It runs from 8:00 to whenever Hillary shows up." --Jay Leno
"President Bush said the United States is still under the threat of attack and will continue to be right up until Election Day." --Jay Leno
"Anyone been traveling? It's a nightmare. We still have those travel advisories. If you're traveling, you can't carry deoderant, shaving cream, hair gel, perfume,. Have you been to LAX? Everybody looks like Nick Nolte now." --Jay Leno
"There's a hurricane watch for tropical storm Ernesto. Let me tell you something. These hurricanes are getting smart. They know a Hispanic hurricane has a better chance of getting into the country." --Jay Leno
"This is finally a happy story in the Middle East. In the Gaza strip, Palestinian militants released those two Fox News journalists. They were released unharmed. ... The Palestinians said they just couldn't take any more of the pro-Bush stories." --Jay Leno
This news item did not surprise me..
An architect of Iraqi descent has said he was forced to remove a T-shirt that bore the words "We will not be silent" before boarding a flight at New York.
Raed Jarrar said security officials warned him his clothing was offensive after he checked in for a JetBlue flight to California on 12 August.
Mr Jarrar said he was shocked such an action could be taken in the US.
Mr Jarrar said he was told a number of passengers had complained about his T-shirt - apparently concerned at what the Arabic phrase meant - and asked him to remove it.
He refused, arguing that the slogan was not offensive and citing his constitutional rights to free expression.
Mr Jarrar later told a New York radio station: "I grew up and spent all my life living under authoritarian regimes and I know that these things happen.
"But I'm shocked that they happened to me here, in the US."
After a difficult exchange with airline staff, Mr Jarrar was persuaded to wear another T-shirt bought for him at the airport shop.
Stuff like this has happened to people wearing anti-Bush T shirts. So not really a surprise that some Yahoos would be freaked out by Arabic script that turned out to be harmless. I know some one who has a Arabic tatoo on the ankle. The only difference is she is a Caucasian and not a Muslim. I am not holding my breath on any one being freaked out by that. Guess she won't be asked to cover up eh?
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I have always wondered about the genesis of nightmares, I am sure there are several different reasons. The thought just crossed my mind, as I waited at the train station for my train. While Aditi has had her share, I wonder if hers compare to the one that Mona had which I thought is probably the most graphic that I have read/heard of.
I am ruing the fact that over the past week my reading has fallen to zilch. For whatever reason all of last week although I had been going to bed pretty early, I felt I needed more sleep. Whatever time I found during my car pool and my train commute was spent power napping. As one of those people with a constant need for stimulation I felt astray all week. Although I do read a lot of stuff online when I can, the pleasure that comes from the feel of a book/newspaper/newsmagazine in your hand, the pleasure of turning a page, the joy of something that catches your eye even during a casual page flip is something I missed. Hopefully I will read some more this week, I am always playing catch up, and then I have my other distractions…err sources of stimulation.
I am a pretty big fan of the NFL (American football) and follow the Green Bay Packers (this story of how I ended up being a fan of an NFL team in one of the smallest cities in the American Midwest is the stuff of a separate post). I am not a casual fan I consider myself a student of the game, I follow the team (they stunk it up last year) and the league thru the regular season and the off season. I play the Madden NFL PC game on the computer too. It is pretty life like and has gotten better with each annual release. I have been playing it for the past 10 years or so. Playing the game on the PC, talking about it with my friends and *A* and reading up about it, have all helped me gain a very good understanding of the game, the offensive/defensive formations and strategies. To a casual observer it might look like big men in tight pants tackling each other but in reality it’s a lot more than that. It’s an elaborate chess game which is why I find the game so riveting and fun. It helps that *A* is a big fan too, she played sports when she was in school and follows most of the major sports, but it’s really amazing to have a spouse who loves sports as well. We love watching football together and a huge hat tip to her.
The other thing that competes for my reading time are movies, I try to catch some that *A* would rather not watch ( my taste ranges from refined to the lowest common denominator.. but then I am shallow.. ;)) on the train on the laptop. But that has been hard too, not to mention with me on some days trying to type up a post on the train.
Then there is the new thing since I have weight training equipment at home. I find it very relaxing after a long day to work out on the weights or jog. I always jogged regularly but with the weight machines, I almost tend to hit them 4-5 days a week (for the past 3 weeks).
So there you go, that was some fine navel gazing my me in front of the mirror. But then this is my blog ;)
I am not sure if you are aware of CNN’s plastic doll Kyra Phillips. She is rather infamous at least amongst media watchers like myself. Her most famous quote was when during the collective media orgasm that during the early days of the Iraq conflict she happened to interview this little Iraqi boy who was seriusly injured by American bombing.
AL-NAJADA: Actually, today he was in good condition after the operation and started speaking with a journalist and answering all their questions. The thing which he was -- they asking about -- the journalists, especially the broadcasting, what the message he wants to reflect from the war. He said, first of all, thank you for the attention they're giving to him, but he hopes nobody from thechildren in the war they will suffer like what he suffer.
PHILLIPS: Does he understand why...
PHILLIPS: Doctor, does he understand why this war took place? Has he talked about Operation Iraqi Freedom and the meaning? Does he understand it?
AL-NAJADA: Actually, we don't discuss this issue with him because he is -- the burn cases, and the type of injury, he's in very bad psychological trauma. We would like to pass this stage and then we can discuss this issue. But we discussed this issue with his uncle, and the message we get from his family, they said they are living far away from the American troops -- from the military of Saddam of Fedayeen by five kilometers, and they don't know how they hit them by the missiles.
It says something about us as a nation when we have to rationalize children suffering because of an unjust war.
I always thought she was just eye candy, but this merely confirmed it. Her latest gaffe? She was caught talking over the president while she was in the bathroom. LOL..don’t believe me? Here is the video and the rough transcript. She is such an airhead!
Kyra talks about, presumably, a boy of some sort: “No ego… you don’t understand., just a really passionate, compassionate human being. And they exist! They do exist. They’re hard to find—”
KYRA: “But they… are out there.”
Thankfully, “Mom” seems to approve (“good vibe”)
Then, Kyra again: “Of course brothers hafta be, you know, protective. [ZIP] Except for mine. I gotta be protective of him. Ugh, yeah. He’s married, three kids, but his wife is just a control freak.”
Then the best part:
KYRA: Yeah baby—
WOMAN: Your mic is on.
ANCHOR: All right, we’ve been listening in to…
Monday, August 28, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Hinduism and it's pantheon of gods and goddesses are well known. Each one has it's place in lore and the rich fabric of stories and tales about their genesis and their lives. I have always believed that for sheer diversity and imagination they are pretty much up there with any other religion.
That being said the elephant headed god Ganesha, easily occupies an important place in the rites and rituals of Hindu life.
From the wikipedia link here some information about Ganesha.
Sanskrit: गणेश or श्रीगणेश ( ) (when used to distinguish lordly status) (or "lord of the hosts," also spelled as Ganesa and Ganesh, often also referred to as Ganapati) is one of the most well-known and venerated representations of God. He is the first born son of Shiva and Parvati, and the husband of Bharati, Buddhi or Riddhi and Siddhi.
The lord of good fortune
In general terms, Ganesha is a much beloved and frequently invoked divinity, since he is the Lord of Good Fortune who provides prosperity and fortune and also the Destroyer of Obstacles of a material or spiritual order. It is for this reason that his grace is invoked before the undertaking of any task (e.g. traveling, taking an examination, conducting a business affair, a job interview, performing a ceremony,) with such incantations as Aum Shri Ganeshaya Namah (hail the name of Ganesha), or similar. It is also for this reason that, traditionally, all sessions of bhajan (devotional chanting) begin with an invocation of Ganesha, Lord of the "good beginnings" of chants. Throughout India and the Hindu culture, Lord Ganesha is the first icon placed into any new home or abode.
We have an icon of Ganesha outside our home too. I have also seen reverence or love for him cross all kinds of boundaries. One of our managers has two idols of Ganesha in his cube. Watertiger another blogger on my daily "to read" list is a self avowed secular humanist (she is Jewish) wears a pendant with Ganesha around her neck. We also have "C" visiting us from Connecticut and she is Jewish too, she wanted to visit us and experience some of our traditions. It's been fun having her over. There are examples of Muslims (and even Christians) involved in Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, such as the Shri Sarvajanik Ganesh Mitra Mandal at Shri Sunder Kamala Nagar, King's Circle. As of 10th September 2005, a Muslim heads this particular Ganesh mandal (a small group that organises the local celebrations), which was founded by Wilson Brooks (a Christian) some 24 years ago.
I sometimes think some folks here in the US often are unaware of the rich traditions that exist in the various religions in the Indian subcontinent. They may know about religious conflict but not about the cultural give and take that happen amongst the Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Sikhs. This is not to discount that religious fundamentalism and intolerance exist, but there is a lot that brings people together despite their differences.
Back on track...
Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival which commences on the fourth day of the bright half of the month around August or September. It is variously celebrated for one, two, five, seven or 11 days.
My parents started celebrating this festival after they bought their own place.That was the promise they made. So for many years they have been observing this festival and following the rituals. They are pretty old now and no longer able to do this. My dad being my dad said if we did not want to do it it would be fine, he would consult with a priest about what would have to be done in case we no longer wanted to observe it the way we did. *A* and I decided we would continue this religious tradition here in the US.
So we have been doing so for the past 4 years or so. I perform the ceremony as instructed in the religious books and we do our best to honor all the traditions that go with it, including making Modaks. This is a sweet that is fav of Ganesha, recipe at the link.
They really turned out well, and tasty as well.
The first time we did this, we turned to the www to find a place to buy a clay idol of Ganesha. And I found a place run by an American in VA, they sell all kinds of religious icons and figurines, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, pagan. I was most surprised when I called and asked about an idol of Ganesha.
The guy said "Oh are you looking for something for Ganesh Chaturthi?". I was pleasantly surprised for he not only knew the festival he also said the words flawlessly in his American accent.
Anyways.. the picture of Ganesha from our ceremony today.
It has been a mixed year for us. A loss in the family, professional milestones reached and we bought a home. But on this day the loss of *A*'s brother from October last year hangs heavily over us. We spoke to his lil kid (she is 6), one of their things was he would take her around the city of Pune to see all the different community clebrations for this festival. The tradition will continue but without her dad. It's a loss that can never be overcome and as I spoke to her I could feel my voice cracking.. for where in the world does any child have to lose a dad at so young an age?
I have pondered this several times, and watching *A* deal with this (she is very close to her family) has been tough. But the examination and questions will wait another day.. for today is about carrying on some of our traditions in this land that is now our home and be thankful for the good that we have and just deal with everything as being part of life.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
I picked this up Teri's place. So without much ado here goes...
What is your salad dressing of choice?
Not a salad fan so any dressing that makes it go down fast helps.
What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
Don’t go to one normally, but when I go down to India, I have a craving to go to McDonalds since their food in India tastes a little better thanks to the spices. Thismuch to the amusement of *A* who hates fast food.
What is your favorite sit down restaurant?
Used to love going to 3 places in New Haven.. The BAR (for the pizza), Archie Moore’s (for the chicken wings) and Miso (Japanese). We haven’t found an equvivalent restaurant around here yet. Damn I miss New Haven!!!!
On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant?
At least 20%.
What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
Einstein Bros bagels any kind, with any spread. I have one a day 5 days of the week for b’fast.
Name three foods you detest above all others.
Am a foodie so don’t really detest any food.
What is your favorite dish to order in a Chinese restaurant?
What are your pizza toppings of choice?
Pepperoni and pepperoni and pepperoni. J
What do you like to put on your toast?
Butter or fruit spread.
What is your favorite type of gum?
Number of contacts in your cell phone?
Number of contacts in your email address book?
What is your wallpaper on your computer?
The windows default wallpaper, I like it to be uncluttered.
What is your screensaver on your computer?
The windows XP logo, ya I am boring so sue me.
Are there naked pictures saved on your computer?
How many land line phones do you have in your house?
How many televisions are in your house?
3. One of them is in the bedroom, one in the guest room and one in the family/entertainment room.
One of our PCs also has a TV tuner card, but don’t use it much since TV hardly has anything watchable.
What kitchen appliance do you use the least?
How many sex toys do you own that require batteries?
Good luck trying to get that one out of me.
What do you consider to be your best physical attribute?
Are you right handed or left handed?
Do you like your smile?
If I did not like it would I have a choice? But really I think it’s ok goes well with the eyes.
Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
Foreign objects from the eyes. Twice.. they were removed by the doc using the tip of a needle. No it did not freak me out, I don’t freak out easy.
Do you prefer to read when you go to the bathroom?
Which of your five senses do you think is keenest?
Sight.. I know.
When was the last time you had a cavity?
Four years ago, caught it early.
What is the heaviest item you lift regularly?
Weights in the gym room.
Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
Yes. Thats how I got my concussion.
If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?
Shorten it to Jay, but I like what I got.
How do you express your artistic side?
I have one?
What color do you think you look best in?
*A* knows best, I just try to look presentable.
How long do you think you could last in a medium security prison?
The best way is to not have to go in.
Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?
Yes bugs while jogging. I'ts not too bad. I mean I swallowed it, its not like you do the whole wine tasting kinda thing swirling it around seeing how it feels in different parts of your mouth and all.
If we weren’t bound by society’s conventions, do you have a relative you would make a pass at?
How often do you go to church?
I don't go to a church and hardly ever to a tmple.
Have you ever saved someone’s life?
Has someone ever saved yours? No. Well, not literally, maybe figuratively.
Yes. *A* keeps me going..and going and going..
For this last section, if you would do it for less or more money, indicate how much.
Would you walk naked for a half mile down a public street for $100,000?
Yes. Cos I am so shallow and all.
Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100?
Would you have sex with a member of the same sex for $10,000?
No. Having sex for money = prostitution..
Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000?
Would you never blog again for $50,000?
No. Blogging = sanity
Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000?
Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
Depends on how hot the sauce is.
Would you, without fear of punishment, take a human life for $1,000,000?
Would you shave your head and get your entire body waxed for $5,000?
Raise the price then I might.
Would you give up watching television for a year for $25,000?
See answer to the question above.
I am tagging Opinionated, Mellow Drama & Me for this tag. Anyone else wanna run with it please do.
And then there are pics..
Mona has a friday word "HAND"
And the best I can come up (naughty thoughts not included) is this?
And lyrics from the Pearl Jam Song....
Big man standing behind an open door
Said, "leave your lady on the cement floor."
"Got some kicks, wanna take ride?"
I said, "Yeh,..."
"Take your pick, leave yourself behind."
I said "Yeh,..."
I've no fear but for falling down
so look out below, I am falling now
Oh please understand, I just need my friend
a way home.
Tried to walk, found a severed hand,
recognized it by the wedding band.
"It's okay, do you want some more?"
I said, "Yeh,..."
"You'll see dragons after 3 or 4..."
I said, "Yeh,..."
"Understand, I'm not falling down"
I said, "Look around, the room's taller now,..."
I can't close my eyes, cause I see the sound
In waves, lets me stay calm.
If I don't lose control
explore and not explode
a preternatural other plane
with the power to maintain.
Like a tear in all we know
once dissolved, we are free to grow
"What is human?,... What is more?"
I'll answer this
when I get home.
Pretty dark I know..several interpretations of the lyrics on the web.
Enjoy the weekend folks.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Err natural gas alright, but not the one that emanates from the earth. From the US News & World Report....
Animal House in the West Wing
He loves to cuss, gets a jolly when a mountain biker wipes out trying to keep up with him, and now we're learning that the first frat boy loves flatulence jokes. A top insider let that slip when explaining why President Bush is paranoid around women, always worried about his behavior. But he's still a funny, earthy guy who, for example, can't get enough of fart jokes. He's also known to cut a few for laughs, especially when greeting new young aides, but forget about getting people to gas about that.
How nice ehh?
Late Night Funnies...
"NASA lost the original film of the moon landing. Did you hear about this? Well, you know, in their defense, they're not exactly rocket scientists." --David Letterman
"Good news. President Bush had his physical last week, and passed his physical. No word on the mental. But the doctors say he's okay, but he might want to go on a diet, because his Body-Mass Index has jumped to 26. On the bright side, his Body-Mass Index now matches his approval rating." --David Letterman
"In a sign of how troubled our world is right now, this year, President Bush decided he's only doing a ten-day vacation at his Crawford ranch which, really, why even bother at that point?." --Jon Stewart
"[On CNN's "Target: USA" segments] What CNN is saying is we're only vulnerable everywhere. The danger is strictly limited to geographic locations. You know, places. We don't want to tell the terrorists what to do. That's coming up next on the Situation Room." --Jon Stewart
"Let me explain something to you about the algebra, if you will, of cable news: Three-year war in Iraq is less than 30-day-old bombing of Lebanon, which is less than explosive Gatorade on a plane, all of which is chickens*** compared to a break in a 10-year-old murder case." --Jon Stewart
"Thousands of Lebanese refugees are pouring back into their home towns, and it seems that one relief organization is stepping up their aid efforts more than any other relief organization. Which group is it? Here are some hints: They're Shiites, they're on the State Department's watch list of terrorist groups, and their name rhymes with 'Lezbollah'." --Jon Stewart
"Oh, sure, you can have snakes on a plane, but forget shampoo and toothpaste." --David Letterman
"A lot of folks are big fans of the planets. Pluto now has lost its status as a planet. But it says it will run as an independent." --David Letterman
"You know whose birthday it is tomorrow? Bill Clinton, former President Bill Clinton. Celebrity birthday, 60 years old. Bill Clinton plans to celebrate the same way he does every year: he'll have a romantic dinner, some dancing, and then he'll go home to Hillary." --David Letterman
Monday, August 21, 2006
My adventures with the ice cream make continue. *A* suggested that I either make a strawberry or a peach ice cream since they are in season and all. We did our version of a coin flip and came up with strawberry. So here is the recipe it really did turn out to be delicious.
The recipe is from "Ice Creams & Sorbets" By Lou Seibert Pappas
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 and 1/4 lb, fresh strawberries, hulled
- 1/2 cup half and half or milk (I used half n half)
- 3 large egg yolks
- 3/4 cup sugar divided
- 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- On a water bath heat the cream and half n half over simmering water until steaming.
- In a bowl beat the egg yolks until blended, then whisk in 1/2 cup of the sugar.
- Whisk in about half the hot cream, keep mixing thru this process.
- Gently pour the entire yolk mix in to the remaining cream while stirring.
- Stir and cook over simmering water until the custard coats the back of a spoon (abt 10 mins).
- Immediately place the custard pan in an ice bath and still occasionally till it gets to room temperature.
- Meanwhile in a bowl mash the strawberries, sprinkle with a remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the lime juice and allow to stand until the sugar dissolves. Stir in to the custard and transfer to a container.
- Chill for about the 3 hours.
- Pour into the ice cream machine (following your manufacturer's instructions).
- I left it in for about 6 hours in the freezer in the ice cream bowl, before transferring it to a regular container.
This really turned out well. *A* approves. I think the fresh strawberries made all the difference. Also none of the chemicals and other stabilizers and all that stuff commercially available ice cream has.
A New Way To Move Beer?
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Given the recent concern over carrying liquids and assorted kinds of "gels" while flying, I was suddenly struck by thought..don't they make padded bras containing gels? What about them?
What if the bad guys decided to use explosive gel containing bras? Worst what if they could not find female recruits? Would they go with gel bra wearing..cross dressing male (maybe gay) terarists? ;-)
But fear not our homeland security folks have that covered. From the link here...
U.S. authorities are advising women not to wear gel bras on airplanes as information developed in the foiled London plot points to an expanding role for women in smuggling explosives on to an aircraft.
Authorities at Scotland Yard are questioning a husband and wife, suspects in the London terror plot, about allegations that they were planning to use their baby's bottle to hide a liquid bomb.
There were some funny comments in response to this post..
how about butt implants and pregnant women with scars from Caesareans? By: SPEAKINGTRUTH2POWER on August 16, 2006 at 04:18pm
Gel bra jihadist.
Sun tan lotion Sunni.
Bush has declared that there are 3 fronts in the the war on terror - Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon. Apparently there is a fourth - the cosmetics aisle in Macy's. By: YellowDogDemocrat on August 16, 2006 at 04:39pm
And exactly HOW is security going to find out if one is wearing a gel bra? Are we going to have official squeezers now? How 'bout a diaphram (with gel) for a mile-high encounter? Too much hairspray? Too think makeup, overdone mascara, eyeliner or lipstick? Pinned up hair? What could that hold? Unsafe hair extensions? Good God!! By: kgrdem on August 16, 2006 at 05:29pm
"STAND BACK!!! She's BOOBY-TRAPPED!!!"
I guess silicone dildos are not allowed either. How about penile implants? By: Elucid on August 16, 2006 at 05:59pm
Ouch, word to the uniformed, don't use those silicone dildos if you're sensitive to certain chemicals. The trip to ER is very embarrasing. By: moderatewestcoaster on August 16, 2006 at 08:19pm
File those in the category of "Did we really need to know that!"
You know the first word that comes unbidden into my mind after reading the original post was..Jello Biafra. Ya I can't explain.. my mind works in strange ways, ways that can't be explained on this blog. Maybe it was the gel and jell-O thing..
Jello Biafra is an American punk rock singer and here is his bio from wikipedia. The story of how he named himself is interesting..
(born June 17, 1958), better known by the stage name Jello Biafra, is an American punk rock musician and political activist best known as the former lead singer of the Dead Kennedys. After the band disbanded, he became a solo musician and spoken word artist, releasing several albums based on both careers on his record label, Alternative Tentacles. In his political life, he is an active member of the Green Party and participates in activism relating to his progressive political beliefs. He is a self-proclaimed anarchist (though not a promoter of anarchy), and advocates civil disobedience and pranksterism in the name of political change. Biafra is known to use absurdist media tactics in the tradition of the Yippies to highlight issues of civil rights, social justice, and anti-corporatism.
His stage name is a combination of the brand name Jell-O and the name of the short lived country of Biafra which attempted to secede from Nigeria in 1966. After four years of fighting and horrific starvation, Nigeria regained control of the nascent Biafran state. Jello Biafra created his name as an ironic combination of a nutritionally poor mass-produced food product and mass starvation.Some Pictures From Our Backyard..
Some of these pics were taken with our Minolta SLR, but being a film camera, the pics only got developed recently. Man I so need to upgrade to the Digital SLR. Oh well..
Geraniums.. We have had these below for a while and got them from our friend Bobbi before she move to NC. These normally sit in the gym room but we forgot to leave the glass doors open so it got really hot and we almost lost them. But we have some flowers now..phew..
These are well past their peak, but I managed to take a pic before that happened. Dunno what they are called.
Simple pleasures .. A mix of summer fruit with a dollop of ice cream ....yum
Friday, August 18, 2006
Gas Lines In Baghdad
By way of Atriot Chicago Dyke..
BAGHDAD, Iraq -Iraq has doubled the money allocated for importing oil products in August and September to tackle the country's worst fuel shortage since
en though Iraq has the world's third-largest proven oil reserves, it is forced to depend on imports because of an acute shortage of refined products such as gasoline, kerosene and cooking gas. Sabotage of pipelines by insurgents, corruption and aging refineries have been blamed.
Falah Alamri, head of the State Oil Marketing Organization, which is responsible for Iraq's imports of oil products, said the money normally allocated by the government to buy oil products was doubled in August, to $426 million. The normally allocated amount would be doubled for September, too, Alamri told Dow Jones Newswires.
A gallon of gasoline now sells on the black market in Baghdad for about $4.92, although its official price is $0.64. Lines of cars at many Baghdad fuel stations stretch several miles, and drivers sometime wait overnight to fill their cars.
Iraq has been plagued by periodic fuel shortages since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The current crisis comes amid higher demand for fuel to power generators and cool homes and offices as summer temperatures reach 120 degrees.
Alamri said the shortage was further aggravated by the closure of the Beiji refinery north of Baghdad, which produces 140,000 barrels a day. Sabotage of pipelines carrying crude from Kirkuk oil fields shut down the refinery for the last four weeks before resuming operations earlier this week, he said.
Iraq's three main oil refineries — Dora, Beiji and Shuaiba — are working at half their capacity, processing only 350,000 barrels per day compared to 700,000 barrels a day before the war.
Alamri said the state oil agency would conclude new deals with Turkish companies to supply fuel.
This ladies and gents is what they call a Clusterfck.. the responsibility for which squarely rests at Preznit's desk.Note To CNN.. While we are happy that there is progress in the Ramsey murder case, there is just no reason for you to have a simple murder case on your front page for 2 days. Morons!
Is That Really You?
Click on the picture to have a better look. :)
Enjoy your weekend people!
Thursday, August 17, 2006
(For the non political types..skip over this there is more below)
Well it is too early, but *A* mentioned the Friedman column to me and then I also happend to come across this diary on dailykos.
That said, though, the Democratic mainstream is nowhere near as dovish as critics depict. Truth be told, some of the most constructive, on-the-money criticism over the past three years about how to rescue Iraq or improve the broader “war on terrorism” has come from Democrats, like Joe Biden, Carl Levin, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Bill Clinton.
But whatever you think of the Democrats, the important point is this: They are not the party in power today.
Mr. Cheney, if we’re in a titanic struggle with Islamic fascists, why have you and President Bush resisted any serious effort to get Americans to conserve energy? Why do you refuse to push higher mileage standards for U.S. automakers or a gasoline tax that would curb our imports of oil? Here we are in the biggest struggle of our lives and we are funding both sides — the U.S. military with our tax dollars and the radical Islamists and the governments and charities that support them with our gasoline purchases — and you won’t lift a finger to change that. Why? Because it might impose pain on the oil companies and auto lobbies that fund the G.O.P., or require some sacrifice by Americans.
Mr. Cheney, if we’re in a titanic struggle with Islamic fascists, why do you constantly use the “war on terrorism” as a wedge issue in domestic politics to frighten voters away from Democrats. How are we going to sustain such a large, long-term struggle if we are a divided country?
Please, Mr. Cheney, spare us your flag-waving rhetoric about the titanic struggle we are in and how Democrats just don’t understand it. It is just so phony — such a patent ploy to divert Americans from the fact that you have never risen to the challenge of this war. You will the ends, but you won’t will the means. What a fraud!
Since the diarist say it a lot better than me, I will quote...
I have a few questions for Thomas Friedman as well.
Why did you support pre-emptive war when you knew it was illegal?
Why did you keep writing column after column about what a great idea the invasion was?
Why did it take you so long, with all your trips to the mideast you brag about to figure out what I knew sitting on my ass here in Austin- that this would be a cluster***?
Why did someone so well travelled think that a semi-literate rube like Bush would understand the nuances of international law?
Honestly, George Will and Pat Buchanan and Thomas Friedman who all realize what a mess this is, why did any of you think we could spread democracy with tanks?
I remember having discussions at work with a couple of republicans, I mentioned to them the risk of an insurgency if we did not handle the post-war phase well.
Of course these morons messed that up, I mean if some of us on predicted this, why could "well traveled and world wise" journalists like Friedman and his like not see it?
Conversations With John (Part Deux)….
Conversation 1 -
My morning conversations with John our train conductor continue. He came back some time ago from a 4 week vacation, looking all tanned and relaxed. Of course the first few days from a vacation as extended as his can’t be easy.
So as is my habit, I am seated at the end of the coach John is chatting with me (his back to the rest of the coach) and a fellow passenger about his time off. As we talk this tall, graceful looking black woman comes up and stands a few feet behind John. Her hands are on the seats on either sides of her. We make eye contact and she indicates with her large dark eyes that I should indicate to John that she is behind. You know like how you would move your eyes from me to John and with the slightest nod of her head.
John is yapping away merrily and both me, and my co passenger notice her trying to get his attention.
Finally I say “John…” and nod in her direction.
She smiles at John and indicates that he should come over and walks away to her seat.
John as his face lights up starts to follow her.. arms raised defensively “ I am comin.. I am comin…”.
Me and co passenger share a laugh and can only shake our heads.
Conversation 2 – As I am getting ready to get off at my stop, I see John coming to get the door for me.
I can see him munching on something, and brushing his hands as if wiping his palms of what I am guessing is remnants of whatever it is that he was eating.
Me – “B’fast on the train eh?”
John – “You bet!”
Me – “What did you eat?”
John – “Key lime pie”
Me – “Someone get that for you?”
John – “Yup!”
Me – “You lucky dog!”
Me and my co-passenger were shaking our heads and laughing. There is something about John… lol
Conversation 3 -
This was the day when I almost missed the train and was amongst the last passengers to board. John usually stays on the platform to make sure there are not any last minute commuters trying to make the train. The waiting room and the ticket booth are all glass enclosed right next to the platform.
John – “Hey there..now that’s what I would like for Christmas..” turning his head towards the ticket booth.
In mid stride I turn to see this pretty looking blonde in her 20s walking up to the ticket booth.
Me – “Be careful what ya wish for man…”
John – “I know .. could be trouble”
I guess a part of me should be offended that he said that about her. But that is how he is. He is always polite and fun and makes the commute interesting to say the least. He has a sort of roguish charm to him, I guess that make him appealing to some.
Friday story, poem, photo, recipe for bratwurst, audio link, erotic takeoff on airplane food word
Mona at Mona's Barbaric Yawp has the Friday story, poem, photo, recipe for bratwurst, audio link, erotic takeoff on airplane food word. It's "broken". And since I am too tired (Is it Friday yet??) I will just put up a couple of pics.
NSA eavesdropping program ruled unconstitutional
Judge orders immediate halt to program
(Non political book tag post below)
She further declared that the program "violates the separation of powers doctrine, the Administrative Procedures Act, the First and Fourth amendments to the United States Constitution, the FISA and Title III."
She went on to say that "The president of the United States ... has undisputedly violated the Fourth in failing to procure judicial orders."
The lawsuit, filed January 17 by civil rights organizations, lawyers, journalists and educators, "challenges the constitutionality of a secret government program to intercept vast quantities of the international telephone and Internet communications of innocent Americans without court approval."
The judge rejected the government's argument that the program is within the president's authority, according to the AP.
Watch wingnut heads explode with the standard whining about "activist judges".....
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
As per preacher's request..
1. One book that changed your life?
I remember one book lent to me by one of my teachers in India ages ago. I do not remember the title. It was about the holocaust. It was gripping reading and it made me cry, it horrified me that man was capable of such cruelty. It's cover was a B/W picture of concentration camp survivors behind a barbed wire fence.
2. One book you have read more than once?
An incovenient Truth - Al Gore. Loved the documentary, now reading the book the second time around.
3. One book you would want on a desert island?
An Equal Music- Vikram Seth
The story of the hero's chance encounter with Julia, the pianist he had loved and lost in Vienna, brings him happiness again. Her situation, and the secret that may end her career threatens to undo this rekindled relationship. I absolutely loved this book and must be a sucker for good romantic novels. I could feel the joy the hero felt and the gut wrenching pain that comes from a heartbreak. This book is available in audio format and I might get it again.
4. One book that made you laugh?
Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure By Sarah MacDonald
From Publishers Weekly Australian radio correspondent Macdonald's rollicking memoir recounts the two years she spent in India when her boyfriend, Jonathan, a TV news correspondent, was assigned to New Delhi. Leaving behind her own budding career, she spends her sabbatical traveling around the country, sampling India's "spiritual smorgasbord": attending a silent retreat for Vipassana meditation, seeking out a Sikh Ayurvedic "miracle healer," bathing in the Ganges with Hindus, studying Buddhism in Dharamsala, dabbling in Judaism with Israeli tourists, dipping into Parsi practices in Mumbai, visiting an ashram in Kerala, attending a Christian festival in Velangani and singing with Sufis.
What other country in the world would offer you that? I mean America is diverse too but spiritual smorgasbord? Only in India. The book apparently was criticized in India, but I did not see what got their goat. In any case I enjoyed it made me laugh and took me on a virtual tour of lands that I know and have never been too.
5. One book that made you cry?
Slaves in the Family – Edward Ball.
From School Library Journal A compelling saga, Ball's biographical history of his family stands as a microcosm of the evolution of American racial relations.
.. In the course of his research, the author learned that his ancestors were not only slave owners, but also that there was a highly successful slave trader company in his background. He was able to trace the offspring of slave women and Ball men (between 75,000 and 100,000 currently living) and locate a number of his own African-American distant cousins.
..In the course of his research, he visited Bunce Island, off the coast of Sierra Leone, to see the fortress from which his ancestors loaded terrorized men, women, and children onto slave ships. Their story represents that of many African Americans. This book helps readers to visualize, if not understand, the slave legacy still enmeshed in this country today.
It was a bit of a dry read at times but at the same time very compelling, a very honest look at the authors own family legacy.
6. One book you wish had been written?
The Story Of My Life By - ME
Well at least a few folks would read it. I would need to take an year off to write. It would be a coming of age story. What another one? Oh No!
7. One book you wish had never been written?
Some of the books written by Indian-American authors, the whole immigrant shtick and the issues between the parents and the first generation has been regurgitated to death.
I am going to tag 3 more folks so here goes..
-- M(tread softly upon)
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
So in that tradition I present..
Who is monkeying around here?
No matter what the game must go on...
This is disturbing on some level isn't it?
And some late night funnies...
"On some flights the only thing airlines are letting you take on are a passport and cash. The passport, of course, for identification and the cash, so they can sell you a bottle of water for $20." --Jay Leno
"Now they're saying all this terrorist activity could lead to higher oil prices. When asked why, the oil companies said, 'Cause everything leads to higher oil prices.' In fact, the price of crude oil could hit $80 a barrel. That's not crude -- that's obscene." --Jay Leno
"The airlines are saying no more hair gels, shampoos, make-up or hair spray allowed in carry-on bags. Who's attacking us? Drag queens? They also said men cannot carry on shaving cream. Why? When was the last time you saw an Islamic militant guy with a can of shaving cream?." --Jay Leno
"The big story still is the big terror plot foiled in Britain. Earlier today, a top official in England said, 'Britain is living through its most frightening time since the second World War.' Of course, he wasn't counting that three-year run by the Spice Girls." --Conan O'Brien
"Today President Bush said the United States is still under the threat of attack. Then he went back on vacation. I don't think President Bush really understands the severity of this situation. Like when they first told Bush about the terrorist plot against the airlines, he said, 'Let me guess, snakes on a plane?'" --Jay Leno
"Officials say these terrorists targeted United, American and Continental airlines. You know what that means? Even terrorists won't fly Southwest." --Jay Leno
"A mild earthquake shook Mexico City. Fortunately no citizens of Mexico City were hurt because they're all living in Los Angeles." --Conan O'Brien
"On Tuesday, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman lost his party's nomination for the U.S. Senate. Like the statesman he is, the senator went out with dignity -- by not going out at all. He's running as what he calls an Independent Democrat. Bravo, Senator. Never give up. Make them pry the key to the Senate wash room from your cold, dead hands. Joe, it's not your own future you're fighting for. You're fighting for the future of America." --Stephen Colbert
And I am on the clock for preacher's tag about books..
Monday, August 14, 2006
Chandni tagged me so here goes...
I am thinking about…
finishing up this tag and the post. Been a long day, not much of it left. Day begins early so gotta get me my zzzzs.
to *A* how lovely her hair smelt. She had stopped by to say not to make it too late, and even with my crappy olfactory sense I could tell.
I want to…
try a different kind of ice cream/gelato over the next few weeks or whatever is left of the summer. I also want to visit a different country every year. That has not happened so far. Given the small amount of vacation and the need to go see parents and family in India, this seems to be hard to do.
more Americans would vote and also pay attention to how their rights are gradually being undermined by this stupid administration.
a lot of conversations around me. Yet I only hear when I really want to, I am able to just shut it all off whenever I feel like it.
at times where I fit in, you know like in the larger scheme of things. I also wonder about my mind and how it can wander and be at several places at once. I think I am a truly restless soul, something that the routine of my life masks pretty well.
how I put my foot in the mouth sometimes, says things that might hurt without meaning to and realizing it the split second after I say it.I am getting better at avoiding this though.
not always opening up completely on my blog. I am not sure I want to, people must notice the lack of truly personal posts, but that is by design, although I wish I had a second blog that was anon and could not really be linked to me.
only when drunk and I hardly ever get drunk cos i get sick, if I drink too much. Ya, I know I am missing out on something in life here.
without any reason, but usually when I am on my own and it's pretty rare.
when I see my parents every year when I visit. Parents are truly altruistic aren't they? The things they did to help get me n sis to a point in life where we could be on our own were not easy given how hard things were. It's also hard to see age and time catch up with them. I cray when I see Gandhi or Schindler's list. The HBO series band of brothers also leaves me with a lump in my throat.
I am not always…
as cool as I look, still waters run pretty deep. But there is an inner strength in me, that I don't focus enough on or give myself credit for.
I make with my hands…
ice cream for one, and I cook regularly. I find it relaxing, and it helps *A* with her hectic schedule so she does not have to worry about "whats for dinner" when she gets home. On days that she feels like cooking, I am the sous chef, for she clearly is the master in the kitchen that is. ;)
but very rarely real letters to people. But they often go unanswered, my letter to dad never got a response although he recieved it. Although thats my dad, he has always had trouble articulating how he feels towards us or even mom. So I wrote to him about how I felt about all that he had done to help get us thru life and how I felt about it. All I know is I have had my isues with him in the past when I was younger and less mature. Now after years away from him, with him alone in India with my mom, I would rather not dwell on those differences. It must be hard for him to care for my mom who is not in the best of health always. I don't expect him to reply and I tell myself it's ok though maybe somewhere deep inside me, I wish he had replied or said a few words. We often don't reach out to each other as we should for whatever reasons we may have, but we have to lest that momet just pass us by.
my brain when I eat less. Here is what happens (happened at least 6 times). I don't eat lunch ( a piece of fruit maybe or a bagel), so when I leave work, I snooze on the light rail. On a day that I eat less I often dream of food and imagine eating in my dreams. I have caught myself opening my mouth and closing it thinking I am eating. There is just one cycle of this..opn and close. It happened today, I imagined I was biting in to a sandwich. I wonder what the other commuters might think if they saw this? LOL. wierd..but true.
a good night's pretty much everyday. For me that is 5 hours with my long commute and workday. I also need my daily workout, a 30 min session in the weight room downstairs does wonders for me and provides me the second wind that lets me get thru the evening.
I am going to tag 3 others, but if they do not want to pick it up, thats fine.
Tomorrow I will try to do another tag that I promised. Sorry about any typos.. I am too tired to spell check. :)
Picture of the day...
The Smell Is That Strong Huh?
Sunday, August 13, 2006
No.. I am not gonna talk about dessert and erotica (although that would be fun too ;)), but about something I made last week. Let's start with the kiss first and then on to the gelato.
Kiss = keep it simple stupid.
That is good advice to follow for the most part. Sometimes you wanna cook something elaborate and sometimes just make something real quick. This was one of those days. *A* was about 30 mins away when I started this dish, it took about 15 to make. The recipe is based on Indira's recipe to be found here. The dish is called "Chickpea Guggullu" (probably it's Telugu name?).
It apparently also serves as Temple prasadam, beach fare and yogi diet - guggullu (sundal) are comforting, quick snack item and quite easy to prepare at home also.
Let's just call it
Quick Spicy Chick Peas.
- In a pan heat up some oil.
- Add about 7-10 curry leaves, chopped.
- Add One dry red chilly and 2 green chilies, chopped.
- A bit of turmeric.
- In a minute or so, add in a can of chick peas (439 gms) after draining off the liquid in the can.
- Toss in some chopped tomato ( used 2 small plum tomatoes)
- Squeeze in some fresh lime juice to taste.
- Mix it all up, the chick peas are already cooked.
- Add salt to taste.
- Garnish with some chopped cilantro, finely chopped onion. Grated coconut can also be used.
This was really delicious. I am not one to praise my own moderately decent cooking. But *A* really loved it. My reward was seeing her smile as soon as she stepped in and said..Something really smells nice. The tanginess from the lime and sweet tomato, crunchy onion and the flavors of the curry leaves all blended well. The heat from the two different kind of chilies was amazing. It was not too hot and you felt the flavor and the heat in different parts of your mouth. Supposedly a snack it serves as a good accompaniment to the naans for dinner.
As I mentioned before we got this great ice cream machine from our friends M and B. Hey guys thanks again if you are reading this post. And you guys both have to come down again so we can make some fresh, homemade ice cream for you.
To "Z" my wonderful co-worker, I promise to keep using this machine and not let it sit unused.
The recipe is from "Ice Creams & Sorbets" By Lou Seibert Pappas the great book that they also got us.
I modified the recipe to give it a more desi flavor. As the book mentions it's a great dessert following a Asian or a Moroccan meal (featuring duck or grilled pork or chicken kebabs).
- In a saucepan combine 1/2 cup sugar (used less since I was using canned mango pulp which is already kinda sweet) and 1/2 cup water. Bring it to boil and cook until the syrup is clear. This did not take any time though. Put the pan in an ice batch and stir it till it gets too room temperature.
- The recipe suggested using fresh mangoes and since I don't eat any mango but the Alphonso, that is what I went with. But since they are not available in the US yet, I used Ratna Alphonso mango pulp from a can (850 gms).
- The can was already chilled, threw that in to a blender.
- Added the sugar syrup.
- Added one crushed cardamom after removing the skin.
- 3 Tbsps freshly squeezed lime.
- 2/3 cup heavy (whipping) cream.
- Blend it for a bit to make sure everything mixed properly.
- Pour in to the ice cream machine, I left it for 40 mins for the mix to get to it's desired consistency.
- The mix was left for 12 hours in the freezer before it was scooped out.
I work with a great bunch of folks, the immediate aisle where I work has "Z" who is just a fabulous baker. I am always surprised and eagerly anticipate when she brings her creations to share with us. I am going to take some in to work on Monday.
To any non - Desi readers, who may be interested in finding the Asian components for these dishes, can find an Asian grocery store in their town here or buy them online here.
Disclaimer: I have never bought any online and can't vouch for their service.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Tons to do around the house, oh well not really. The laundry, change a couple of locks, fix a loose plank on the deck, work out, read blogs, and if time permits spruce up the minimalist look I have on my blog. But then it's not about looks but content isn't it? ;-)
Some late night funnies....
"President Bush, of course, is responding to the crisis. He's on vacation. That's his plan. He'll show them ... President Bush is on vacation in Texas right now. This is true. He's urging his staff to join the 100-degree club by running three miles in 100-degree heat. Experts say it's proof that the president an come up with a bad idea at any level." --Conan O'Brien
"As you know, President Bush is on a 10-day vacation. Congress is on a month vacation - and Joe Lieberman is on a permanent vacation." --Jay Leno
"Interesting fact about Joe Lieberman. Did you know that his father owned a liquor store? In fact, that how they first met the Kennedy's." --Jay Leno
"Apparently the Dixie Chicks had to cancel 14 shows on their tour, because of slow ticket sales. There's some concern they're losing their fan base. How ironic is that? They finally have something in common with President Bush." --Jay Leno
"A lot of people think Joe Lieberman lost because of the kiss that President Bush gave him at the State of the Union address. So let that be a little lesson for all the Democratic Senators out there. You wanna keep your job, don't make out with President Bush in public." --Jay Leno
"Incumbency is a powerful weapon in electoral politics. You all remember Gary Condit admitted an affair, was under suspicion for maybe even killing his intern, still considered running for re-election. James Traficant from Ohio thought about running for re-election from the prison cell he was sitting in. It's tough to lose. So you're, for example, a respected, three-term sitting senator who was once his party's vice presidential nominee -- the list of things that you would need to do to lose your party's primary starts with strangling a kitten in front of children in wheelchairs and gets worse from there. That's what made last night's results so stunning. Sen. Joseph Lieberman was defeated in Connecticut's Democratic primary, losing to political newcomer Ned Lamont who appears to be from the Steve Forbes school of non-blinkiness. But the real story was not the unblinking, yet gleeful winner but sore Loserman if you will who seemed blissfully unaware of the reality of the situation." --Jon Stewart
And I present to ya'll Dildo....
ya'll have a one-track mind, what were you thinking.? ;-)
It's the town of Dildo... link here.
Dildo is a town on the southeastern Dildo Arm of Trinity Bay on the island of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, about 100 kilometres west-northwest of St. John's. South Dildo is a neighboring unincorporated community. Residents of Dildo are called Dildoians.
The town has a fast-growing tourist industry. It offers picturesque scenery, several bed and breakfasts, the Dildo Museum interpretive centre, the Historic Dildo Days celebration in August, the first cod hatchery in the province on Dildo Island, and a replica of a giant squid caught in Dildo in 1933. Dildo won the Harrowsmith Magazine Award in 2001 as one of the ten prettiest small towns in Canada.
The town's name has attracted certain amounts of attention. The name may derive from a place name in Spain or Portugal; the name of a tree; or the shape of the headland.
Dildo achieved greater notoriety when it was mentioned in the song "A Night in Dildo" by the Canadian musical comedy group The Arrogant Worms.
"the Dildo Museum interpretive centre"?? unh..huh unh..huh.
Enjoy the weekend folks..
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Opin tagged me.. so here goes.
Three things I would wish for if I had 3 wishes:
1. Better knees so I could run everyday instead of the 2-3 days a week that I do now.It's not I have bad knees but there is some wear after old injuries from univ days and jogging for 10 yrs.
2. World peace and an end to wars. (sounds like Ms.Universe/world kind of an answer eh?)
3. Good health and a sound, agile mind for a long ..long time.
Three things I can never forget:
1. My first kiss but even more the first time we held hands, we knew our relationship had moved to a different plane.
2. My first alcoholic drink, it was beer actually. I got a buzz pretty quick needless to say.
3. Watching someone die. I saw this woman walk in to the path of an oncoming train ages ago in Bombay, it was a suicide.
Three things (materialistic) I can't live without:
3. Good food (that's not materialistic really, but what the heck)
Three people I talk to everyday: (I don't talk to 3 people everyday, I mean I have to include my colleagues to make it to 3. Ya I know I suck. lol
2. John.. Our train conductor, he was out on vacation for 4 weeks, he came back and boy a couple of women on the train could not wait to talk to him. He is quite a character but a good man.
3. Co-workers/D my buddy from CT.
Since we are doing threes.. Here are 3 pics..
Why Oh Why Do Men Do This To Themselves?
Port - A - Potty/ Port - A - Tub
Err Maybe The Tub Above Is For The Folks Below?
Do Not Call!
It's like 9:30 PM as I am writing this and some shmuck calls on the phone trying to sell us something. He is from some telephone company offering long distance service to India. He was calling from Bangalore. The connection was not great (would their svc have been that bad) and he had an accent. We are on a do not call registry so we don't get called by businesses trying to sell us stuff on the phone. Very politely told him he just cannot call us.
Seriously man ppl are in no mood to deal with this stuff this late in the day.
Gotta Do Politics!
The GOP which has been messing up things ever since their party took charge, has now tried to tell us how the upcoming elections in November are not about national issues but will be decided by who the incumbents are. The thing is they are so incompetent and have fracked things up so bad they can't run on that record, so they are trying think they can fool Americans again by saying the election will be mostly about how well each GOP congress man/senator up for re-election has done. But there are more polls out that indicate this is not about just how well each GOP incumbent has done his/her job, it's a national trend and the GOP are really worried.
"On just about every empirical measurement - the President's approval rating, the approval rating of Congress, and the right direction/wrong track - the political environment is as bad or worse as it was for the then-majority Democrats in 1994. For Republicans who argue that voters may be mad at Congress, but still support their local incumbent, the most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll is a splash of cold water. The poll showed the lowest approval rating on the question of whether voters approve of the job of their own incumbent member of Congress - 55 percent - since 1994. More ominously for Republicans, there are no signs that the environment will get any better before November.
"Publicly released polls taken in individual districts also tell a pretty ugly story for the incumbent party in Congress. Since the beginning of this year, we have seen 38 polls released by Democrats, or Democratic-related groups, while we have seen just five public polls released by Republicans or Republican-related groups. And, when you look at the individual polls, it is easy to understand why Democrats are much more willing to disclose their numbers.
"Democrats have released polling taken in 27 districts held by a Republican. Of those, 22 incumbents were under 50 percent of the vote against their Democratic opponent and 10 incumbents were either behind or within the margin of error. Republicans have only released three polls in Republican held seats - two of which showed the Republican under 50 percent (one was Rep. Bob Ney who announced this week that he was not running for re-election)."
-- Amy Sullivan, Cook Political Report, August 9, 2006The money quote is in the paragraph highlighted in color.