Monday, April 16, 2007
Ahh, automakers. I guess it's not their fault that Americans are spoiled and want nothing but big fuel inneficient autos. At least that's the way they paint the picture. They cant't meet fuel economy standards (DaimlerChrysler has a fleet in Europe that gets 35mpg as compared tot he 24-25mpg their fleet in the US gets. Not their fault-Europeans are used to expensive gas and are willing to drive smaller vehicles. So it's our fault There is something to this, of course, but how lame to pass the buck like that and play the poor downtrodden put-upon.
Hmm. This is one more feather in the bonnet of the Brits, as far as I'm concerned. I knew I liked them!
If only our administration could adopt not only this decision to eliminate an over-used catch-phrase, but also the stated belief in "soft power" (aka-values and ideas. And conversation) as a tactic in achieving some semblance of peace. I suppose Bush has claimed he believes in non-militaristic diplomacy, but his actions have not done much to support this.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
RIP, Mr. Vonnegut
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Check out the details here: http://www.blackgoldmovie.com/
A quick rundown on what this documentary is about:
If you haven't yet seen the movie, Black Gold is an excellent testament to why Fair Trade is so important. The film beautifully and hauntingly illustrates the struggles faced by coffee farmers worldwide as they work to market their crops internationally in the face of geographic isolation, fluctuating market prices and global power imbalances.
Also check out TransFair USA for more about Fair Trade.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
How did I play? Not well, my friends, not well. Thanks to this new diet my strength was low and did not hold out the entire time. Which to me, is why I played poorly. This may not explain the constant slicing or total lack of directional control...or does it? No matter. It was not a competition! I swear! It was a lovely day with chirping birds, beautiful trees and gorgeous smelling air and great conversation. Good times had by all...two of us.
Of course by the time I got home I was mumbling and incoherent and was like a newborne babe unable to take care if itself. Fortunately Candace was home and cooked me up some lunch which at least revived me enough to speak somewhat clearly about the day.
Why is Salix so skittish today? Maybe I need to grab her and hold her to make her settle down? Yah, that'll work. I don't have the energy. Blast!
Only one more full day to wait. Monday morning I get to leave some blood behind along with this silly diet. I imagine I will be quite the funny sight by the time I get to work. After 3 weeks of this diet (I did not cheat even once! Amazing!) I get to fast for 12 hours and then give up a lot of blood (all sorts of blood tests) and then ride my bike the 3+ miles to work. Hopefully I don't pass out and fall over in a gutter. But if I do, a much better story is involved.
There will be no breaking out of this diet slowly. Oh no. Get ready stomach because I'm going to town!