Merry Christmas everyone. Just finished dinner and opening up some presents.
Just thought I’d quickly update….
Things have been going well lately but the stress is there. We just booked our vacation for end of January so I’m definitely looking forward to it. It will probably one of our last trips for a while…I think you can guess what is next.
Priorities shifting lately, interests broadening….more then anything lately I really appreciate a good conversation with good peoples. Been practicing on the tables a lot lately. Finally got a table for my gear, today I pick up and laptop stand, woot.
Just finished John Perkins “confessions of an economic hitman” for the 2nd time. Such a great read, all those things you hear about really are true. The intent to exploit other countries for their resources exists and has been happening for a long time. As a Canadian citizen who’s country is part of G8, I can’t help but wonder what Canadian companies/mercenaries have done to contribute to the “empire”.
not a big of this new fashion trend im finding women wearing (late 20’s – early 30’s)…
-open toed shoes
-skin tight jeans
-big huge ugly sweater over top
-then another jacket on top
I see this everywhere downtown. A lot of times you find these girls riding their retro bicycles up pender riding on the fuckin sidewalk, no helmet etc.Â They like to open retro hair salons too, we have quite a few.Â As you can probably tell, I’m not down with it.
p.s. you will start notice im going to blog more, and tweet more.Â Less IM and email.
yep, bored as shit. i tend to get bored when traveling by myself quite a bit. im watching the baseball game, having a beer but yet im booooooored! anyways, im in Davis to train the Fleet Services department at the university of california davis on our systems. so far, so good. im at this hotel close to the university, the hallmark inn. they have free booze between 5-7pm, so far ive hit it up the 2 nights ive been here.
looking forward to the palin-biden debate tomorrow, i cant see palin winning the debate but you never know. apparently she has a good debate record but i suspect biden will come out hard, at least i hope so. the pundits say he needs to make sure he does come out hard and not take mercy on her for being a women.
i watched the first mccain-obama debate, mccain actually surprised me. he came off decently, he actually seems to know what he’s talking about unlike bush. his stiff ass arms kinda scare me though. he’s really kinda creepy. anyways this blogging is boring…later.
Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has confirmed that disgruntled player Tiago Mendes locked him in the loo!
In quite the strangest story to emerge from Serie A in many a year, the
tension between the club and Tiago seems to have gone overboard.
â€œThe story of me being locked in the toilet by Tiago is true,â€
confessed Cobolli Gigli live on Sky Italia television.
â€œIt’s a shame it got out, as this was something I told a friend in
confidence. In any case, Alessandro Del Piero responded to the noise of
me punching the door and offered to break it down.
â€œI told him it was better if someone else did it, as he needed to keep
his shoulders in good shape for the Fiorentina game.â€
Tiago has repeatedly refused transfers to Everton and Monaco because he
wants to play in the Champions League, but Juve cannot sign a new
player until they have disposed of the Portuguese flop.
â€œClaudio Ranieri considers Tiago to be part of our squad, but anything
could happen tomorrow in Italian football,â€ continued the patron.
â€œHopefully by midnight Tiago will have found another club.â€
The story had emerged over the last couple of days, but the report only
stated that Del Piero had rescued Cobolli Gigli when he was
accidentally locked in the bathroom at the club’s training ground.
Rumours later suggested the ‘accident’ was in fact a spiteful gesture
from Tiago, who was furious at Juventus pushing him to sign for Everton
It is reported Cobolli Gigli was locked in for an hour before Del Piero
happened to walk past and heard the pleas for help.
Bari Manager, Antonio Conte, was attacked by several Lecce fans
while seated on a bench watching a game of five against five football.
Italian police are currently investigating the incident and hope to
make arrests soon.
Conte had been punched in the face several times, after which a
number of bystanders came to his aid causing the assailants to flee.
What is your opinion, do fanatical fans especially Ultras have to be reined in by Italian police?
HAVANA (AP) â€” Cubans snapped up DVD players, motorbikes and pressure cookers Tuesday as a variety of consumer products went on sale to all of the island’s people for the first time. Many others lined up just to window shop, lamenting prices few can afford on government salaries.
Until Tuesday, most electronic goods previously were sold only to foreigners or companies â€” one of the many irksome rules that new President Raul Castro has vowed to lift to improve the lives of his citizens.
“They should have done this a long time ago,” one man said as he left a store with a red and silver electric motorbike that cost $814. The Chinese-made bikes can be charged with an electric cord and had been barred for general sale because officials feared a strain on the power grid.
Tuesday’s move came a day after the Tourism Ministry said any Cuban with enough money can stay in luxury hotels and rent cars, doing away with restrictions that made ordinary people feel like second-class citizens. And soon Cubans will be able to get cell phones legally in their own names, a luxury long reserved for the lucky few.
Even expert Cuba-watchers wonder how far the communist government will go in making economic changes. Until now, the impact has been largely psychological because few Cubans have the money to buy expensive products or stay in posh hotels.
There was no sign yet of promised computers and microwaves â€” highly anticipated items that clerks across Havana insisted would appear soon on store shelves, with desktop computers retailing for around $650.
People lined up waiting to get into the Galerias Paseos shopping center on Havana’s famed seaside Malecon boulevard, and they hurried inside when the doors opened.
Cuba’s communist system was founded on promoting social and economic equality, but that doesn’t mean Cubans can’t have DVD players, one of those who rushed to gawk at the new products, Mercedes Orta. “Socialism has nothing to do with living comfortably,” she said.
Lines outside electronics boutiques and specialty shops are common in Cuba because guards limit how many people can be inside at a time. But waits were longer and aisles more packed than usual at Havana’s best-known stores.
“DVDs are over there, down that aisle,” an employee in white short-sleeve shirt repeated over and over as shoppers wandered into La Copa, an electronics and grocery store across from the Copacabana Hotel.
“Very good! DVD players on sale for everybody,” exclaimed Clara, an elderly woman who was studying a black JVC console. “Of course nobody has the money to buy them,” she added.
Like many Cubans, Clara chatted freely, but wouldn’t give her full name to a foreign reporter.
Government stores priced all products in convertible pesos â€” hard currency worth 24 times the regular pesos that state employees are paid. The government controls well over 90 percent of the economy and the average monthly state salary is just 408 regular pesos, about $19.50.
Still, most Cubans have access to at least some convertible pesos thanks to jobs with foreign firms or in tourism, or cash sent by relatives living in the United States.
Some Cubans speculate the opening up of shops is a government ploy to control inflation by sopping up convertible pesos. Others say allowing those who have money to spend it freely will make class divisions evident and cause tensions.
“Those who have people who send them money from outside the country can buy more and more,” said Lazaro Martinez, a 67-year-old flower seller in Old Havana. “Everyone else, we can’t buy anything.”
At La Copa, the most expensive DVD player was a Samsung P243B without HD capability, at $288. Cheapest was a standard Phillips model at $124 â€” three times more expensive than what Americans pay for a similar Philips player in the United States.
Despite the steep prices, Cubans were buying. “You have to buy before they run out,” said a man named Jorge who paid $162 for a mid-range DVD player. He didn’t want his full name published because he doesn’t want Cubans to know he made such a large purchase in hard currency.
On streets throughout Havana’s suburban Miramar neighborhood, men and women walked home clutching new DVD boxes. Store employees diligently noted each consumer’s ID card number, but no other paperwork was required.
Graciela Jaime, a 68-year-old retired clothes factory employee, complained that widespread corruption and greed had created a class of rich Cubans. “Everyone wants to spend money and that is what’s happening,” she said.
Jaime said she recently took a job sweeping streets some mornings to supplement her monthly pension of about $10.
“Raul Castro has to get rid of the corruption,” she said. “And it will be hard work, because there is a lot of it.”