October 15-23, 2003
The 'girls' are back in Florida ... but, they are staying at the other house as they are planning a noisy ('spanky') girly night.
PS: I think that the only difference between the 'Jesus' Altoids and the regular British ones is that God gives his mints a "Sugar Alcohol Content of 2g" ... but He charges a dollar for that "wine from water" bit: $2.98 at the Bible Outlet vs $1.98 from Publix.
PPS: For the pedants: The distance from the entrance canopy at the Hotel Roanoke to my Fort Lauderdale garage door is 915.8 miles (1,473.8 kilometers).
PPPS: The 'girls' just this minute sent over these Polaroids from the other house ... to prove that they are real people ... and not cardboard cut-outs: By the way, Gift says that tonight's winner of the pillow fight gets to be the 'spankee'. Is Nick listening?
After a 11 days of 'farang' food we had to restock our larder with ...
For my dear readers who couldn't give a damn about spicy 'food' THOCBDC has something else to offer ... but, it is password protected ...
Stone Crab Season is back!
PS: Can you guess what this is?
Steamed mussels and ... ah ...
From The Nation (Bangkok, Thailand):
PS: Also from The Nation (Bangkok, Thailand):
[APEC] ALL READY FOR THE SUMMIT
Published on Oct 19, 2003
Cleaners, vendors, protesters
Clean and green - but quite lifeless and boring - was the scene around Rattana-kosin Island's Sanam Luang yesterday.
Street cleaners were seen labouring away on the roads on which delegates will travel during the Apec leaders' summit.
Cleaners were assigned their own patch and told to clean it thoroughly, and often, a district officer said.
District officials will be stationed along main roads, such as Rajdamnoen Avenue, to prevent street vendors from setting up stalls.
In and around Sanam Luang, official tents have been set up as guard posts to prevent homeless people or fortune-tellers from entering the area. Portable iron barriers have also been erected to discourage prostitutes from gaining access to the centre of Sanam Luang.
Similar measures were implemented in the Tha Prachan and Thammasat areas, where mobile pra kruang (Buddhist amulet) sellers were driven from areas in which they normally operate.
Street vendors along Rajdamnoen Avenue complained about loss of income, after their businesses were banned for seven days during Apec.
"Some people have moved their businesses deep into the sois as a temporary measure to survive," said Sunnee, a vendor.
Meanwhile, after weeks of preparation, the rally against US President George W Bush, "American imperialism" and unfair trade is expected to draw nearly 1,000 participants today.
Protest leaders said the rally would start at 10am at Chulalongkorn University's Political Science Faculty, and then march to Siam Square and Pathumwan junction.
Ji Ungphakorn, a key organiser of the event, yesterday coined the term "populist tyrant" to denounce Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra for sending troops to Iraq. He said Thais should learn from the past mistake of the Kingdom's participation in the Vietnam War, which resulted in the present hatred and mistrust between Thailand and Vietnam.
But Senator Kraisak Choonhavan said the protest leaders should not view the role of the US in global politics as a black-and-white issue, arguing that US foreign policy was now more complicated than it was three decades ago.
He said the US role in Kosovo, for example, had helped prevent the mass slaughter of Muslims there.
He said Washington has also taken a strong position against the Burmese junta over human rights and Aung San Suu Kyi's arrest.
"US politics is now quite difficult to comprehend," Kraisak said. "We hear US right-wingers like [Pat] Buchanan criticising Bush and calling the US a 'neo-imperialist'. This is the very same language used by the left.
"I think the issue should be more a matter of how much leaders in the Third World yield to US power and the power of capitalism," he said.
"So instead of just talking about Bush and Iraq, people who call themselves people's leaders should also concentrate on the immediate problems caused by free-trade agreements our government has signed and will sign with different countries."
Meanwhile, NGO leaders yesterday slammed Army sharp-shooters for using a dummy with the letters "NGO" on it, for target practice. A Thai-language daily on Thursday published a picture of anti-riot soldiers aiming at the dummy.
Boontan Tan, director of the Peace and Human Rights Information Centre, said the incident portrayed NGO activists as terrorists. "This is a terrible act by the Army," he said. "It contributes to nothing except stirring up hatred and division among people in society. This is like the propaganda used by the government prior to the massacre of students on October 6, 1976."
The 'Stalkercam' has become even more powerful than it was even just a few months ago. Soon it should be able to leap through concrete walls in a single bound:
PS: The cards that we are dealt in life are never really 'fair' ... maybe we should thank God for that ... some people get all Aces ... many get 2s and nothing more. Most of us get something in between ... what, maybe ... 5s ... 7s ... 9s ... something like that.
This lady is 64 years old ... God gave her a Royal Flush.
PPS: These two girls were celebrating "their" 22nd birthdays, well, it was actually just the one with her back to us who had, right now, turned 21 ... only for today ... and now she could safely dump her phony ID.
But, compare them to the age 64 (born 1938) beach-chick that you just saw.
Remember, it's God who deals the cards.
There is a time to 'fold' and a time to 'play'. He loves this game!
God plays his favorites in every room ... but not just when He is on the beach ... sometimes He is crueler when the sun is sinking low in the sky.
More beach babes:
In about a week the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show will start. This event has been around for a few decades ... maybe even half a century ... but in the 90's it really 'took off' and it soon became the largest and best marine show in the world. Over just this weekend alone there will be more 'floating money' tied up in this one tiny patch of water than in all of the bays, rivers, lakes, seas and oceans in the rest of the world combined.
Men come from all over the world to buy their toys here. But, you should see some of the women who 'cruise' these same docks in search of the 'toy-keepers'.
PS: Elephant polo ranks right up there with the best of them according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune:
October 23, 2003
Extreme ironing, black pudding chucking fills in those dull moments
Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports
Sure, you're up to date on the details of the Kobe Bryant case. And you know that the World Series is deadlocked and that Yankees coach Don Zimmer has a tendency to wildly charge the mound headfirst, as if a bowling ball got loose on lane 3.
But are you really up to date on the important sports news? Here are a few essential items that may have fallen through the cracks.
Anton Van De Venter, 27, of South Africa, broke the high-altitude record in the sport of extreme ironing in August, ironing his national flag at the 20,000-foot summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, while nude, in freezing temperatures.
In March, British diver Ian Mitchell sawed through ice in Wisconsin and submitted photos of himself in a wet suit ironing a shirt that was braced against the underside of the ice. Inga Kosak had won the first World Extreme Ironing Championship in Munich in September, based on running a course that included running up trees and through streams and ironing a designated garment.
In Bulgaria, a former world chess champion became the first player to be disqualified at a major event when his cell phone rang during a game, according to the London Daily Telegraph. Ruslan Ponomariov's phone went off during the Ukraine-Sweden match at the European Team Championships in Plovdiv. And you just know it was one of those annoying, novelty rings.
Ponomariov protested and refused to sign the scoresheet, saying that he still had plenty of "anytime minutes."
Meanwhile, Germany's stranglehold on elephant polo continued unabated, as the Germans defeated Scotland in the World Cup final. The Scottish Chivas Regal squad was defeated 5-3 by Germany's Mercedes Benz Thailand team in the final of the King's Cup Elephant Polo competition in Hua Hin, Thailand.
It was the second year in a row that Germany has beaten Scotland in the final, and this year Scotland was the No. 1 seed.
"There was a massive tropical storm about 30 minutes before the game began," Scotland captain Peter Prentice said. "The sky went black and for half an hour it just rained cats and dogs. It was a quagmire and as a result the ball slowed right down. On occasions the elephants just stamped the ball into the ground."
There's just nothing that frosts this column more than a downpour prior to an important elephant polo match. Scotland is, of course, the Boston Red Sox of elephant polo - there's some sort of curse involved, but the story is already strange enough so let's drop it.
I've been getting many letters concerning the annual Black Pudding Throwing Championships, so here's the latest news on that front: The annual event has been saved after the tournament came under threat following the closure of its venue. The competition, which last year attracted contestants from as far away as Australia, has been held in Lancashire, England for more than 150 years.
Black pudding is generally described as a regional delicacy consisting of cooked pigs' blood, fat and rusk, encased in a length of intestine.
The aim of the annual tournament is for each competitor to try and knock some Yorkshire puddings off a wooden platform 20 feet up the pub wall with three throws of a black pudding. And you've been wasting your time playing catch with your kid with a baseball and glove.
The Royal Oak pub in the village of Ramsbottom, near Bury, has now stepped forward to play host to the event. No, no, please hold your cheers and applause until all of the items have been listed.
In Pinson, Ala., Joseph Logan, 46, was arrested for assault just after watching Alabama's televised 34-31 football loss to Arkansas. According to the Birmingham News, Mr. Logan started ranting, slamming doors, and throwing dishes into the sink, and it was at this point that his son, Seth, 20, chose to ask him if he would help him buy a car, at which point Logan grabbed a gun, put Seth in a headlock, and fired a bullet near Seth's ear.
"I know we take football serious in the South," said a sheriff's deputy, "but that's crossing the line."
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