Saturday, December 29, 2012

Good Company


Let’s strip down to basics, forget who you are what you do and where you’re from, and really engage in a conversation and have a good laugh. It’s easy - especially when you’re having moonshine! T’was an interesting talk about horse racing, French cooking and college football with Bill Adams. Now, Bill’s a successful businessman in the automotive field, very successful, very rich, and a descendant of two United States president John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Bill said, “Let me know when you’re down to Vegas again, I’ll cook for you.” How cool is that….
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True Champ



Sometimes a true champ is defined by his own words: "I am more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with?" That's my man Lionel Messi who just broke Gerd Mueller’s 40-year-old record for most goals (85) in a calendar year.


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Friday, December 14, 2012

King Tide


Sunset Beach neighborhood in Orange County was flooded yesterday when the sea swelled towards the Pacific Coast highway. It's caused by King Tides, which are exceptionally high tides occurring when the sun and moon’s gravitational pull are in alignment. Though predictable, it’s extremely dangerous and frightening if it happens at night. As invisible tides slowly sweep through your living room, imagine seawater lapping at your nose as you lay asleep because that’s exactly what happened in Pangan-an Island in the dead of night. The eerie silence was broken by people’s screams as their beds are swept away towards the dark sea….
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Reader's Digest


Readers Digest (January 2013 issue) ran a story I posted in September. What? It’s about the botched fresco restoration in Borja, Spain. You can’t imagine how much pride I felt knowing this. For many years, the Digest was my prime source of information and insights on current events. It’s still my favorite magazine in print but now, there is a whole universe of information literally at your fingertips, the Digest is also in it, and so much more - the world wide web perhaps is the most important and transcendental of human inventions….

The Voice


Been hooked to The Voice. Now that The Finals is coming, it all boils down to song choice that connects to American viewers. Cassadee has been consistently delivering the goods, and she has the home advantage, but Scotsman Terry is the real deal! He singlehandedly breathe new life to Classic Rock and brings it to fore! And no matter what happens he’s going to be an icon. Nicholas is the dark horse, but if he finds the right song and sings it as poignantly as You Are So Beautiful, man he can win this thing! But I say Terry….




Tuesday, December 11, 2012

WWW Versus Internet?


Dave Helm explains and I was awed by the simplicity and clarity of language used:

“Difference between www and Internet? While the Internet is similar to a system of roads and streets, the World Wide Web is similar to a postal addressing system that uses the roads and streets they are tied to. The Internet is the network we travel on, just like the network of streets we drive. The addressing system of the World Wide Web lets us stop at Domain Names, just like we are able to stop driving when we reach the postal address for a house.”

Impact


When earth was hit by an asteroid it’s outer layer shattered becoming dust and rocks thrown in space that coalesced over time to form that which lords over the night sky. It controls the tides, inspire poets and makes romantics out of fools. Because it doesn’t spin, it keeps an eye on earth like a celestial bodyguard; when full the second time in a month, it's said to take on a blue hue; when directly overhead, you weigh slightly less; and Moon River the hit song is actually an allusion to a human body part – the butt crack!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Aram


Foothill Athletic Club

There aren’t many real swimmers in this sports club so when Aram came flying next to my lane, the primordial instinct to compete kicked in, but my breaststroke was no match to his butterfly. Shame! “I’m Armenian.” He said. Yerevan?” I asked. “Actually I was born in Persia.” Here we go again. Persia (now unglamorously Iran) used to be very good friends with America during the reign of the Shah, before the Iranian Revolution and before the Ayatollah came into power. To avoid prejudice and bias many choose to hide their true identity, just like Aram. "Wanna race?" "Hell yeah!"