Friday, January 7, 2005 4:18:16 AM
As you can see, I am not religious about posting.
I have just gotten home after working from 7:30 am until 10:30 pm. What a long, long day. I was gone so long that my cat has forgotten who I am. I have been doing this all week and asking myself, why? Why? My apartment has become the place where I sleep and eat, occasionally... like just now, grabbing a snack before bed.
But, I keep telling myself, "Not forever." This too shall pass.
In the meantime, I am tired...
Monday, January 3, 2005 6:07:52 PM
I have listened to or read the reports of the tsumani that decimated a small part of our world last week. And like most people, I want to help.
I don't want to pick on just one "charitable" organization, so I will use the United Way as an example. They collect money for a variety of causes. Then, they pay for expensive TV ads, magazine ads, they pay their employees, their fund-raisers, the electric bill at their nice plush offices. The bottom line is, about 10% of every dollar donated actually goes to the cause. On their website, there is a notation that there is no cap on internal spending. Interesting concept that basically means they can spend up to 100% of every dollar donated on the workings of their organization.
Is that not a greater tragedy than the tsunami itself?
Monday, December 27, 2004 3:37:49 PM
While on a cruise to the Bahamas, the cruise director, a wonderful little Englishman named Chris Jefferson, explained to me that there were 80 countries represented on the ship. He was referring to the crew and the staff. Some of those 80 countries were at war with each other, yet the people got on famously. No fighting, no arguing, no quarreling.
Perhaps the UN should go on a cruise and take at look at the way it is supposed to be done. People can work together and accomplish a common goal with little or no effort involved. Even if that goal is keeping a horde of opulent American tourists happy for five days, it can be done, effectively.
Maybe the world should take notes...
Monday, December 27, 2004 3:12:02 PM
...and I am back to work today. Monday after Christmas and everything is a little bit sadder. The lights aren't as bright and the songs not as cheerful. I smile and recall that it was so nice to not think about jobs, school work, life.
But what a conundrum. I am glad to be back home after my two weeks of traveling the world, but I miss the action and high energy excitement of being on the move from place to place. Ports of call, destinations, places to go and people to see. Planes and trains and boats and buses characteristically evoke a common attitude of blue, unless you have a ticket, a suitcase and a passport and the cargo they are carrying is you.
There is comfort in routine, and excitement in itinerary. Both worlds are possible and I am already looking forward to next year's trip to... who knows?
Thursday, December 23, 2004 1:10:26 PM
In the "Why izzit?" category for 1000, Alex... Why do travelers to distant worlds and climates get sick? Do environmental changes really make that much difference on the human body? What can be done to prevent this?
I have been asking myself these questions for days, now. I have been traveling for nearly two weeks and half of that time has been spent in the throes of a terrible head cold and laryngitis.I am completely tired of blowing my nose. I am even more tired of trying to speak and having no sound come out of my mouth... or if it does, it sounds like a strangling frog. How can anyone have fun on a vacation if they are coughing, blowing, and croaking all the time?
Fortunately, the second half of my vacatation has been at my son's house and he is okay with the sniffling, sneezing, etc.
I tried some stuff a traveling sales rep where I work suggested...Airborn. You dissolve the table in water and the end result is something that looks and tastes like weak Gatorade, but it held the demons at bay for nearly 8 days. Alas, the monsters were stronger than Airborn. The taste really isn't bad... chilled, with Gray Goose. Alcohol kills germs, right?
Saturday, December 11, 2004 12:26:58 PM
On the never ending subject of WAR, what's up with all those magnets that look like yellow ribbons on the back of everyone's car in the US? I know it means, "Bring our boys home," but do people really understand what they are asking for or it is just a passing fad? Are people doing it because everyone else is doing it?
I think this is like most bumper stickers... people deface their pretty cars with stupid stuff that is supposed to say something about the person. Does it say people are silly?
Saturday, November 13, 2004 5:13:51 PM
Last night, I watched Love, Actually and actually completely enjoyed the film. This is a thoroughly delightful movie that will make everyone smile. A feel good movie with some of the most remarkable quotable quotes included.
"No one's going to shag you if you cry all the time.
This had better good because I don't want to drown saving some shit my grandmother could have written.
I was so afraid I was going to fuck up on my first day.
Yes, why not? Anything to actually keep from having to run the country.
Let's go get the shit kicked out of us by love.
Let's get pissed and watch porn."
So, if you want a laugh, a smile and a tear or two, then this is the movie for you. And if I watch it once or twice more, I will have the whole bloody thing memorized. But then, it may become mandatory to memorize this one, just as it was mandatory to memorize The Princess Bride and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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