ITEM: Yesterday, I found it sadly amusing when I first read that popular protests in Egypt had led to the burning of the Muslim Brotherhood HQ in Cairo. Guess you guys weren't as popular as you thought, eh? But hours later, I learn the Egyptian Army had given a 48-hour warning that all parties need to get their $#!t straight or they were taking over. The deadline is, if I've figured this right, less than three hours away. So basically, the scoreboard looks like this: Egyptians overthrow Mubarek to clean out Army corruption (Mubarek, Sadat, and Nasser were all Army men); democracy can't keep a lid on things; now the same people who kicked the Army man out are trying to get an Army man back in. Grass is always greener, I guess...
ITEM: Al Penwasser reminded me (accidentally) that I wanted to make fun of the Yankees falling into 4th place. Indeed, the last time the Yankees were in 4th as late as July was September 14th, 2008, when they trailed Tampa by 10 games, Boston by 9, and Toronto by 1/2. Of course, 4th in the AL East is not like 4th in some other division; back in 2008, their record of 79-70 would have led the NL West (just like their current record of 43-39 would now). To a long-time hater like me, though, it's still amusing.
ITEM: The Vegans have actually started a website to "out" former Vegans! You can submit a name and address of someone who formerly espoused the vegan ideal and they will post it- name, location, and snide remark about them. I thought it amusing that the site actually has a page called "send hate mail", in which you are asked to send name, return e-mail, and "Your hateful message/how you're going to sue us/etc." Well, I guess if you're going to be a douchebag, it's only polite to recognize you're a douchebag. You can see the proof at exvegans (dot) com.
|So, you ever get that look of impending joy over a salad?|
Now political correctness is such that you can't have a national holiday IN YOUR OWN NATION because it might offend those here on a student visa? Should we, then, let the Boston Marathon bomber off because he probably did it because he was offended by Patriot Day?
When I started this blog, I put "PC be hanged" on the banner rather than "PC be damned", oddly enough, because I didn't want to offend anyone right off. If I weren't so darned lazy, it would be changed to Damned as we speak. BTW, she did get the day off, her boss said, "if you want it." And I know, lotsa people (Laurie included) will have to work the 4th, because we must have access to Wal-Mart, McDonalds, and the like. Some, like the boys in blue, even have a good reason for having to work. But having foreign-national co-workers is not a good reason NOT to have it off.
ITEM: A handful of pics from last night's walk:
|Lots of fun with fungi last night...|
|Peeking down the creek|
|Is it fungi or bagel?|
|Guarding the swamp|
|Scrappy oversees work on the new bridge|
|A bunch of groups like this|
|Last night, the whole east side of the fields were playing... Frisbee soccer! Amazingly, this proved to be a very slow-paced game.|
|He'll brave any depth to sniff a hole...|
|Then there was this bunch...|
|Niagara Falls? Nope, just the stream at the bottom of our canal crossing!|