Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Indians & Astronauts

When NASA was preparing for the Apollo Project, it took the astronauts to a Navajo reservation in Arizona for training. One day, a Navajo elder and his son came across the space crew walking among the rocks. The elder, who spoke only Navajo, asked a question. His son translated for the NASA people: "What are these guys in the big suits doing?" One of the astronauts said that they were practicing for a trip to the moon. When his son relayed this comment, the Navajo elder got all excited and asked if it would be possible to give the astronauts a message to deliver to the moon. Recognizing a promotional opportunity when he saw one, a NASA official accompanying the astronauts said, "Why certainly!" and told an assistant to get a tape recorder. The Navajo elder's comments into the microphone were brief. The NASA official asked the son if he would translate what his father had said. The son laughed uproariously, but he refused to translate. So the NASA people took the tape to a nearby Navajo village and played it for other members of the tribe. They too laughed long and loudly, but also refused to translate the elder's message he wanted taken to the moon. Finally, an official government translator was summoned. After he finally stopped laughing the translator relayed the message: "Watch out for these assholes. They have come to steal your land!"

No Worries

All is not lost, we got the car out of the impound without any serious ramifications. Thx Gunky. I've secured a ride 2 werk with 1 of the companys grade foreman who lives right across the street from me. It's kinda nice being the passenger 4 a change. Now all I have 2 do is pay my speeding tixs & a re-issueance fee, & I'll be back out terrorizing the local motorists again. On a lighter note, it looks like Ozzfest is goin' 2 be 1 of our usual un-organized, off the cuff, crazy road trips. Can't wait, been looking forward 2 seeing Black Sabbath 4 years. Slowly chipping away at a list of bands that I wanna see before they die, or quit doin' it. Check out the new look on the strat' (S & G) in the photo album, it's comin' along nicely & 4 the most part, better than I had expected. Cheers, Every1! Luv Hairy >;'}

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

29 de Abril de 2005

Como tinhamos direito ao carro ate as 13h, e como hoje, 6a F,o Vasco nao teve aulas, aproveitamos para ir conhecer o mar. A uns escassos quilometros daqui, e a menos tempoque separa Lisboade Sintra a um dia de semana, fica um parque natural com uma praia fantastica, deserta e com um vasto areal. Como la conseguimos chegar? perguntam voces. Resposta: - com a mesma sorte que nos tem conduzido neste ano de casados... Pois e, o destino quis que o Vasco tivesse vontade de beber um cafe exactamente no sitio onde, junto a uma igreja (ver foto), havia um mini supermercado. Nesse estabelecimento estava um Sr, gordo, muito simpatico que nos perguntou o que andavamos a fazer neste lindo dia, ao qual respondemos: - vamos em direccao ao mar, para ver pela 1a vez o oceano Pacifico. E a partir dai, ja tinhamos, de borla, um jornal da regiao com um mapa bem detalhado com o caminho que deviamos tomar, tal como uma revista sobre os artistas locais e sobre as exposicoes que estavam a fazer (mal o Sr sabia que eu tambem sou artista).O gentilSr aconselhou-nos, nao a ir ao cabo, porque era mais longe, mas sim a praia de Lemantour ( nao sei se o nome esta certo, mas anda por la perto). Realmente dessa praia a vista e muito vasta e ficamos com imensa vontade de ter um carro para la irmos molhar o pe umas tantas vezes. Atencao que as praias aqui tem tubaroes, e dos comiloes, nao dos que nos rodeavam no oceano Indico. Parece que vamos ter que adoptar a tecnica infantil do balde de plastico para nos refrescarmos quando estivermos nestas praias. O parque natural fez-nos imenso lembrar Africa na sua luxoriante concentracao de especies de arvores. E so nao vimos Alces, porque nao calhou. No camilho, e nos dois sentidos, vimos uma serie de ranchos com casas de madeira, lagos e um vasto relvado de um verde fresquissimo. Ha imensos campos de Golfe mesmo junto a estrada, o que agradaria muito ao Tio Joao. A tarde, depois de colocarmos a conversa em dia pelo skype, o Vasco retomou aos estudos e eu acabei de preparar o jantar e dei os ultimos retoques ao quadro para a comunidade portuguesa. Quando o Vasco saiu do escritorio e viu a mesa posta para 8 pessoas, com flores ao centro e a sala com os aperitivos e as velas, ficou muito bem impressionado com a capacidade deste apartamento. As visitas chegaram exactamente as 19h, como previsto, e tudo correu as 1000 maravilhas. Trouxeram-nos imensos presentes, e o Manuel Madruga nao se esqueceu de trazer umas tabuas de contraplacado que eu tinha visto no jardim dele e que eram para deitar fora. Vou aproveitar para experimentar novas cores sobre madeira... Como uma boa portuguesa atrasei-me um pouco na elaboracao dojantar, mas as 20h ja estavamos a mesa e as 22h estavamos a porta a despedir-nos das nossas visitas. O jantar foi composto por: folhados de queijo de cabral com mel e nozes;bacalhau espiritual com salada de espinafres, tomate e milho;tiramisu;cafecom pausinhos de canela para mecher e cha servido no bule branco ( cacostumam serviro cha nas canecas com a saqueta la dentro). Resultou tudo muito bem e o convivio foi excelente. Quando oferecemos o quadro, ficaram todosmuito felizes e agradeceram muitoem nome da comunidade portuguesa. OPedro Ricardo retribuiu-nos a oferta com dois desenhos feitos por ele na nossa presenca. O resto da noite foi passado a lavar a loica, mas com a ajuda do Vasco foi num instante e as 23:30 ja estavamos a fazer oh-oh.

Head Game: The Final Frontier

That's what this really is. I'm betting that most able bodied folks assumethatseverity of impairmentdrives the mental machinery of the physically disabled person. Excepting intractable pain, that's not the case, any more than it is for the able bodied person. We chooseto be comfortable or uncomfortable with the way ourbodieswork. If I have self respect, I'm going to make the bestchoices possible formyself, regardless of the condition of my physical being, and within the constraintsof my knowledge about good choices.At the same time, I'll do my bestto increase that knowledge, so that I can revise as I deem necessary,for the purpose of achieving maximum success. I may add to this later in the day, but if a natural disaster were towipe me out in the next few minutes, I would not mind for this to have been the last public statement I made.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Thinking in circles...again.

I've recently discovered that I'm a walking paradox. Sometimes I think why we read books, watch movies, or gain knowledge by other meansto be accepted in society. It seems like society hasconformed me tothink that I can never be the best person unless I can look like what everyone feels is beautiful or act with grace and express wit. For me, intelligence lies on many levels.Why is my mind telling me I need to improve myself and absorb all the information I can so I can hang around with friends who I can look up to in awe as perfection? Then again, another side ofmy mind tells me that I don't need to conform and I should be who I am and be proud ofthe knowledge I have right now. Maybe society is wrong. I should be able to form my own ideals and be my own model. Perhaps I don't need to read books to be accepted in some social group I want to fit in. If some social group appeals to me because I feel it would improve the way others feel about me and treat me, is that wrong? Maybe I should be myself and not worry so much about what others think. In the end, it seems like my thoughtswalk in circles sometimes with desires and needs (acceptance in a certain group) fueling it. For now, the desires are overpowering. I know that the need to impress others and interact better with others will somehow benefit me in the end. I just think that I shouldn't let the fear of rejection get in the way of my happiness. Even if I don't know anything aboutEmerson or follow the news, I can still find people who will accept me and treat me as their friend; even if those aren't the kind of people I necessarily want as friends. I shouldn't be so prejudiced. This is one of those moments when I come out more confused after writing than I was before. I usually write to clarify everything, but some ideas just seem to backfire. :

Uhhhhummm

I take back what I said about hip-hop, since some people have bugged me about it. Especially you! You know who youare, numnuts!! YouandI bothknowyou have nuts. I don't dislike the music that much,only the kind of culture it generates. I don't like the way it glorifies things that shouldn't be glorified. And how people behave just because they listen to it, or are in some way associated with it. I'm a rocker and always will be. With that I give you this http://www.atomfilms.com/af/content/gangsta_rap_sea must see for hip-hop haters, fans and star wars fans. Click on watch this movie. Ohh yeh on a side note,Raspberries are Forever! And you know it!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Talking about Rules

Hey! My thanks goes out to this girl...I appreciate what she wrote about my blog! I borrowed this from her site...I just had to have it---it's soo cute!! So thanks to PracticingSquirrel(http://spaces.msn.com/members/tonyamarie337/) RULES When you say "I love you," mean it. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't dream don't have much. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling. Say bless you when you hear someone sneeze. Don't trust a man/woman who doesn't close his/her eyes when you kiss. Dance as if no one's looking; sing as if no one's listening, work like you don't need the money; love as if you've never been hurt. ***And then there was this set of rules....a more sarcastic look on things lol.... It doesn't matter how much you give, there will always be greedy bastards out to take more. Don't take time out of work to enjoy life's simple pleasures (you'll get fired). Unless you're rich, nothing you have to say is important. Love is only as eternal as your wallet. When you realize you've made a mistake, do the cowardly thing and call it a policy. If you appreciate the work someone is doing for you, don't tell them. Doing that might warrant a raise that you could spend on yourself. If you're ugly, you will never get laid (ever). You must surrender all hopes and dreams to the company you work for because dreaming isn't profitable. Don't judge people by how they look (except when it comes to love, marriage, employment and net worth). If you get promoted, don't change the way things are done (no matter how shitty you thought they were-- you're one of them now which makes it okay to walk on people). It doesn't matter how well you do your job, it's how much ass you kiss. Live a good, honest, decent life. Just kidding. Lie, cheat and screw around. Share your wealth with those less fortunate, or at least say that you do to inflate your ego. Remember that what you wear dictates who your friends are.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Eventful Day...

Well, today was one of those days. Everything that never happens in a normal day happened today. Here's a recap: 1. Ended the 3rd quarter of English at CCC 2. Got sucked into subbing for the drummer in William's band (HAHA I was like 100x better than their normal drummer, according to them anyway) 3. Air conditioner died (&%#^#$^%@$&!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) 4. Wireless Internet died (&%#^#$^%@$& I HATE DIAL UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Well, that is my story for today :D. Have a nice day!

healing

I went to the Bible study for the first time yesterday evening. For a long time, I have tried to avoid it or keep it out of my life. I did feel more restful and settled afterwards, maybe because of the caring people there, their harmonious relationship, their expressed support for each other, or somehow the real grace of God. Admitting pain and vulnerability is no shame, espeicially when one is ready and willing to heal. In "Sex and the City" Carrie calls all the unsettled, unresolved feelings and past as ghosts. People should stand up to confront their ghosts one way or another someday, otherwise they will be hauntedrestlessly forever. I am glad that I have started to make efforts to confront my ghosts and seek cure for healing.

Friday, November 04, 2005

the announcement, the geeks get all the girls-song

hey guys. What's going on?ANNOUCEMENT ANNOUNCMENT: i formally would like to tell you that i have decided to go out for baseball and wehave our first practice may 1.see u guys there, it's gonna be afun season.our track meet at lawton got cancelled today, yuppie. well i figured i might as well blong since i have time and update. well i found out that part of what i was told was wrong by that person but there is more to it and i'm gonna get answers. Oh and all of u out there in a mest up problem and u think it's all wierd well, time will work it's self out, and talk to someone about the problem, let them know what ur feeling, maybe they can help you. If u need to talk i will set up a time and we can talk. oh and that someone out there that i need to talk to, u know who u are, let's set up a time and talk. hey alyssa thanks for letting me see those pics they were good, when ever u get doubles let me know, oh i have my pics from them too, if u want to see them let me know i can bring them and let u look at them. So hope everyone had a good day and for the one who wasn't at school today hope u get better. word. peace and love to everyone. tty ppl later

Monday, Sports Day at Livia's school

Today, Livia had school a bit earlier than usual. There was a "Sports Day" to celebrate National Day (which is tomorrow). Singapore has been an independent Nation for 40 years now. They had lots of games for the kids to play and when we picked her up, we saw all of the kids sing songs and get flags and presents. Livia had a great time. I also took a picture of the stairs we walk every day to and from school. They rival 21st Avenue east, for those of you who live in Duluth! So steep! So many!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Round two has been a great success!

I've been having a wonderful time reading all the questions and answers from the "Hot Seat" participants of round two. I salute you both for a great round. Here are some bear hugs and flowers just for you!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

How? Tell me that

Tell me how people on this planet can be so horrible and demonic? Well, I answered my own question, but still! I don't know if any of you have followed this BTK case at all? But I just got done reading one of the latest articles on it and it brought tears to my eyes, this guy killed so many people and just went about living his life like nothing was out of the ordinary. And the thing I was reading about was this 11 year old girl he killed, details I will not get into because it is too messed up, to kill innocent random people and not to mention a little girl, and do other things... I can't wait till these people get what's coming to them, what a horrible world

FiNaLlY bAcK!!!!!!!!

Hey Guys!!!! I am FINALLY back from hawaii and i had like the most awsome time!!!!! I got a pretty good tan considerin i layed out on the beach every single day i was there!!!! But i havent talked to most of you in a while soo you ppl call me and we can hang out or somethin!!!!!!! But ill ttyl!!!!!!! Hugggsss!!!!! BYES!!!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Top 20 Hits

Ryan's Hot 20 Hits 1.Diamonds From Sierra Leon-Kanye West 2.Don't Phunk With My Heart-Black Eyed Peas 3.First Day-Timo Mass Ft. Brian Molko 4.Call Me-Anna Vissi 5.Everything Burns-Anastacia 6.La Tortura-Shakira Ft. Alehandro Sanz 7.Just A Little Bit-50 Cent 8.Hate It Or Love It (Rmx)-The Game Ft. 50 Cent & G.Unit 9.We Belong Together-Mariah Carey 10.Mr Lonely-Akon 11.Shot You down-Nancy Sinatra Ft. Audiobullys 12.Girl-Destiny's Child 13.Incomplete-Backstreet Boys 14.One Thing-Amerie 15.Hold Me Down-J.Lo Ft. Fat Joe 16.Bad Day-Daniel Powter 17.Speed Of Sound-Coldplay 18.Lonely No More-Rob Thomas 19.Lose Control-Missy Eliot Ft. Ciara 20.40 Kinds Of Sadness-Ryan Cabrerra if you have any comments on this weekly chart or the alternative rock chart on wednesdays please contact me asap at ryan11888@gmail.com or phone me 09/635691

Rossford Football Scrimmage

All that talk about politics, and my first real entry involves high school football...Rossford scrimmaged Eastwood earlier this evening. First, the good news. The stadium looks great. All of the trees that lined the hill on either side of the bleachers have been clear cut. If you're too cheap to buy a ticket, you can see the entire field from the parking lot without having to get there early enough to find a clearing. So how did the Bulldogs look? It's hard to judge from one practice, but they look like they'll be competitive this year. I was hoping to see some changes in the offense this year to allow for more consistency. Since they've gone to the spread, Rossford has struggled to consistently make first downs. There have been a lot of big plays, and a lot of three downs and punt. This year, it looks to be more of the same. On the bright side, the QBs and WRs look pretty solid. The kids caught the ball well, and the QB who played the most made good reads and was very accurate. For some reason, however, Rossford still struggles to get positive yards on first down. The defense had its moments. Eastwood has pretty good team speed, however, and they absolutely killed Rossford with quck pitches to the wide side. The Rossford LBs like to crowd the LOS and they weren't quick enough to pursue sideline to sideline. I expect they can win most every game, and probably lose most every game as well. Unfortunately, Delta and Oak Harbor have dropped in classification, which will hurt Rossford in playoff point calculations. I'd expect they'll need to win at least 7 games to get a playoff bid this year. I'd say 3-0 against Delta, Oak Harbor and Lake and 4 wins in the NLL.