Sunday, October 31, 2004

A Little Sunday Laughter

Howdy folks! Sunday evening is here again, bringing with it the promise of Monday morning :(. Oh well, I'll try to keep smiling this week--after all, Thanksgiving is just around the bend, followed by a quick 2 weeks of school, then it's off to Jamaica for Christmas holidays baby! I know that I say this way too much, but I'm going to say it again anyway: Being a college professor rocks! Never mind not getting paid as much as I would had I moved into industry, but the fact that I only have to work 8 months out of the entire year far outweighs the monetary benefits of an industry job--besides, with 4 months of vacation per year, I actually have time to enjoy the fruits of my labors!

Anyhow, I won't bore you with the perks of my career. I just felt like dropping in and doing a quick Sunday update, though I really have nothing to post about. Anyhow, the weekend went by quietly. Spent yesterday at our friends Hard Nonsence and Jalee's place playing board games while eating chicken soup and "dulce de leche" cheesecake. Much fun!! Today was spent doing laundry, cleaning my bedroom, and throwing a ball outside with Pebbles. So, as you can see, nothing really extraordinary--but we had lots of fun, and that's what counts!

Anyhow, my Dad let off this joke pon me, and I found it quite funny so I felt that it was my duty as a citizen of the Internet in general and the Caribbean/Canadian blog community specifically to share it with you all, so here goes:

Hi Tech

Three men, one American, one Japanese and a Jamaican were sitting naked in a sauna.
Suddenly there was a beeping sound. The American pressed his forearm and the beep stopped. The others looked at him questioningly. "That was my pager, " he said. "I have a microchip under the skin of my arm."

A few minutes later a phone rang. The Japanese fellow lifted his palm to his ear. When he finished, he explained, "That was my mobile phone. I have a microchip in my hand."

The Jamaican felt decidedly low- tech, but not to be outdone, he decided he had to do something just as impressive. He returned with a piece of toilet paper hanging from his butt. The others raised their eyebrows and stared at him.

The Jamaican finally said "Well,will you look at that. I'm getting a fax."


Hope this joke made you laugh, or at least smile! Have a great week everyone!

{arf,arf}

Saturday, October 30, 2004

The Swan

OK, I'm having a moral meltdown thanks to one of the latest reality programs on FOX called The Swan. The premise of this show is that they take women who are, shall we say, "less than beautiful" in the context of today's "I'm an anorexic, shapeless, size 0 woman willing to give up food and health just to be stunningly beautiful" world and subject them to three months of plastic surgery and a demanding health regimen to make them over into "synthetic divas." Each week, they feature 2 contestants going through the phases of plastic surgery, counselling, and physical fitness. At the end of the program, they reveal the contestants to the public. The one who is voted "most improved" by the panel of "experts" move on to a so-called beauty pageant, while the "loser" goes home with her brand new face, body, and new outlook. Pictured below are the before and afer pics of the first two contestants that they showed last week. The white lady is Jennifer and the black lady is Kim.














Now, the problem is that when I first watched this show, I was thinking to myself "oh no, here we go again, another narcissistic reality show." But, somehow, Jennifer struck a chord in my heart that has put me in a moral slump all week. You see, she had all sorts of latent issues with her mom leaving her when she was a kid. To make matters even worse, she was severely burned in a house fire at the age of 12, leaving her with permanent scars all over her body. Her teeth were all mangled and rotting and she was the epitomy of the tall, shy, awkward girl that everyone made fun of in school (and probably still do). It was amazing to see how, in twelve weeks, this woman was completely transformed into a more confident person that was drop-dead gorgeous, but still shy and awkward enough to make you feel symphathy and joy for her all at once.

I've never really been a fan of plastic surgery just to satisfy the social ideals of beauty...you know, the typical arguments like "oh, I think my nose is too large" or "my breasts aren't big enough to attract guys" or "I need calf or pectorial implants to make myself look more appealing to the ladies." However, to see the confidence that this woman emanated when all was said and done made me realize that it can't be all bad...then again, another issue pops up--why are we altering what God gave us in the first place? But, if God didn't want people to do plastic surgery, would He have given us the medical technology and the human expertise to do this?

OK, so here's the underlying question that arises out of all of this: Do you agree with plastic surgery? If so, do you agree that it should be used whenever someone is dissatisfied with a perfectly good body part or should it be used only in extreme medical cases? Drop me a comment and let me know what you think about this moral dilemma that I'm facing.

{arf,arf}

Thursday, October 28, 2004

A Little Friday Post

Greetings all friends and fellow bloggers! I apologoize for the lack of updates, but I've been a little busy with a few issues that have been running through my mind--nothing that's too big a deal, just had a couple off days at work this week. Suffice it to say, I've come to some conclusion as to how to deal with said issues, so I'm back on track once again!

Friday is here and thank God for that! I believe that kids are going to be around trick-or-treating tomorrow, so I'm hoping to get home early enough from the office to take part in the festivities. At any rate,I really don't have too much to say today, except that work steadily goes along and I'm counting down the days to the glorious, blissful Thanksgiving holiday! I'm in the process of doing the grounwork for an NSF grant, so I'll see how that pans out next week...*sigh* the great grant-writing machine that is America! Anyhow, I'm going to end this post here, BUTas promised, I want to leave you with a few Fall pictures that Pebbles and I took the other day! Enjoy!

[Note: Click on each pic for a full size view]




This is a little neighbourhood near to where Pebbles and I live, it's really quiet and safe and you can still see some of the trees with their leaves, how beautiful!





Somehow we fell in love with the beauty of this tree. All the variations of brown just spoke to the metrosexual side of me!





One day when I grow up, I want to have a nice little brick house surrounded by a little garden. If you look closely at the pic, you can see me behind the grill and little baby AngryDogs running around!





I love the little tree in the middle of the picture. It's still green in the middle, but you can see the top becoming brown....hmmm, reminds me of one of my grand-uncles' hair!





Well, what to say about this picture? It's just an idyllic setting that makes me happy to live in the neighborhood that I live in! So peacful...the only problem is that these bloody powerlines are all over the place, spoiling the beauty of the natural scenery. Will the power companies ever go "wireless"? ;).




{arf,arf}

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Sing For The Moment...

Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me now, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away


I was driving to work this morning and the verse for this old Aerosmith song just popped into my head. After meeting with a few people interested in doing their Bachelors in Computer Science, I decided to settle down and read the posts of a few of the members of the blogging crew. Sunshine's post entitled The Right Attitude really spoke to me this morning. I started to think about the many opportunites that I've had in the past to hang out with my friends and family and have fun, yet I was always too busy. When I think back about the number of memories I've lost the opportunitiy to build, I get a really funny feeling in my stomach. How I wish I'd spent more time with my grandparents, instead of spending all my teenage years on the streets or in the dojang (martial arts training hall). How I wish I'd have gone to the parties that my friends invited me to back in High School and Community College.

Many Saturdays, I find myself sitting around at home vegging in front of the television, instead of getting out and living life instead of observing this canned product that imitates life. I could never understand, until now, why Pebbles gets all agitated when she stays home on the weekends and why it is that even a small opportunity to run out to the supermarket or to a friend's house or just a simple walk around the block to look at leaves can bring her that much happiness. I think I understand these things now.

According to The GeSource website, Jamaican males have a life expectancy of 74 years. If I want to depress myself a bit more, I can say that I have about 47 years of life left in me. 47 years is roughly 2,444 weeks and that means that I only have 2,256 Saturdays left to enjoy. Shit, life doesn't really feel like a whole lot when you express it in terms of simple arithmetic does it? I don't really want to die, nor do I want those that are closest to me to die either, but the odds are looking pretty rough at this point!

But, you know what, instead of getting depressed about these facts, figures, and speculations I'm going to say to hell with the arithmetic, forget about the prospects of dying and begin to live! It's time to take care of myself and those around me. Time to change the way I eat, drink, and live my life. Time to start making those 2,256 Saturdays start counting for everything. So, right now, I've made up my mind that I'm going to Sing For The Moment. I'm going to sing for the laughter, sing for the tears. I'll sing for tomorrow and I'll sing for today, for when the good Lord comes to take me away, I can say "I did it my way!"

I hope you all who read my blog and to whom I'm closest with will be able to see things the way I see it and be able to sing with me!

{nuff said}

Monday, October 25, 2004

Monday Already?

G'morning fellow bloggers and faithful readers! Hope that this Monday morning finds you all in good spirits, ready to take on yet another week! As most of you know, I've been on a mini "fall break" vacation since last Thursday. Oh well, vacation done, now it's time to be a teacher once again :(. You know, while sitting at home for the past couple days, I came to the realization that I could totally do this house-hubby thing! I have no problem with cooking, cleaning, washing, going shopping, etc. In fact, if I could get paid to do said job, I'd be happy as a lark!

Oh well, I guess I'd probably get bored after a while, so let me go forth and enjoy my little career as it is now. Friday was really nice, had a few friends over for a little lime (hang out) and everyone brought food. Of course, I had to make my special Finger-Licking Rass Chicken. One of our friends made this Greek pasta dish, Pastichio or something like that I belive it was called. Jah know the thing was heavy in the tummy iya! It was made of eggs, milk, cheese, butter, macaroni, ground beef, and cinammon!. Now I understand why she sai the Greeks only ate this thing once a year, cause I can still feel it on my chest!

Saturday was spent lazing around the house all morning then going for a nice long afternoon walk with Pebbles. We got some really beautiful Fall pictures and I'll probably post a few when I get home this evening. Sunday wasn't very spectacular either, just spent my time at home watching The Punisher [not the old one with Dolph Lundgren, the new one with John Travolta]. Gotta say, the movie was relatively cheesy, I mean, it wasn't like a great piece of cinematography and the plot was extremely predictable--but there's just some sense of satisfaction to be had when the unlikely hero sees his entire family murdered, barely cheats death himself, then comes back as a grim, menacing vigilante dedicated to wreaking havoc on those that stole his life *sigh* all the ingredients of a fine comic book!

So, all in all, I had a very restful weekend with a minimal amount of stress, so now I'm ready to take on another week (oh yeah, Thanksgiving break is 3 weeks away and that means I get another 1-week vacation!!! Isn't it great being a teacher?). Speaking of Thanksgiving, some fool in a Toyota 4Runner almost cleaned my clock on my way in to work this morning! Can you imagine, the road is windy and there is a huge fog around you, making visibility about 2 feet. I'm driving along and see this turd coming up in the opposite direction, in my lane, doing about 70mph. The jackass was overtaking another SUV to R.A.S.S.! Had I not seen his headlights just in time and braked up accordingly, I would surely have been sitting in front of the white pearly gates this morning! Oh well, no harm, no foul, so I just have to give thanks to God that I'm able to see another day and I won't let little episodes like these get me down at all, no siree!

Anyhow, I'm off to earn some money, so I'll talk to y'all later. Now, please be sure to make my comment box happy...it's been very lonely this weekend you know!

{arf,arf}

Friday, October 22, 2004

A Little Friday Story -- Mr. Lover

Howdy Folks, happy Friday to you all! Three more days to go before I am officially out of negative balance syndrom once more, so I am truly excited! Anyhow, as I mentioned in my previous post, I am currently on fall break vacation! Which is pretty exciting, since I'll be a bit more sane when Thanksgiving break rolls around. Anyhow, I've been pretty bored and all with Pebbles hanging out at work and me not having the impetus or desire to hit the road. *Sigh* I guess I'll busy myself with cleaning, since we having a little Friday lime by here again and we don't want the guests to think that I am a pig by any means (I'm a dog dammit!). So, to pass the time, I thought I'd write you all a little story to bring a reminiscent smile to many of your faces. It's called Mr. Lover [and is not the same Mr. Lover that I wrote so many months back!].

Click here to read Mr. Lover [Note: a new browser window will open]

Hope y'all enjoy the read and have a great weekend!

{arf,arf}

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Fidel's Fall

Holidays are here!!! No more work till Monday :D. Too bad I have no money to do anything, so I'm forced to stay home and watch TV all day long :(. Now, isn't it ironic? I won't have money for the holidays, but I'll get paid on the day that I get back to work--hope this isn't a sign of things to come for christmas! Anyhow, I was sitting by the computer this morning when I heard on the TV that Fidel has fallen in Cuba--of course, I rush to the living room to see what's going on, only to find out that he really did fall, I mean physically.



This article describes the incident in full, but the long and short of it is that he had given a speech to some art class and, as he walked from the stage, he tripped and fell. No one knows for sure what caused him to lose his balance, but he may have broken his left knee and arm. Interestingly enough, this whole thing about Castro falling has lead to a lot of commentary about what will be the future of Cuba once he dies--isn't it obvious? when he dies, if his successor isn't as strong as he was, Cuba will go back to being the playground for America's elite that it was during the time of Batista. Oh well, time will tell, I suppose.

In other news, I saw City of God last night. Excellent movie, IMHO. But you know, the more I watched it and the more they described the whole situation of the druglords in the slums that is City of God and how they ruled the city and killed each other off, the more it reminded me of our situation in Jamaica! Gangsters come and kill off each other, but yet there is still someone else to take over. When and how will this vicious cycle end? Nobody knows!

Anyhow, I've said my piece for the morning, now I must go enjoy my holidays. Have a great day y'all!

{arf,arf}

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Welcome To My New Home!

Welcome to my new home one and all! I suppose it's been a while in the making, but I finally moved residence from Livejournal to Blogger. Don't get me wrong, I loved Livejournal, and they were pretty good...it's just that Blogger gives me a lot more control over my websites (by allowing me to modify my stylesheets) and I am now able to post all of my friends links on my blog! So, please be sure to update your links for my site on your blogs!

Anyhow, not much to really report in today's news except that Thursday and Friday is going to be a holiday [yaaay] so people like Dr. D. and Scratchie can guweh! I have the end of the week off :p....nya nya nya nya nya!!! It's great being a teacher!

Well, I going to go and make sure that y'all see that my Livejournal blog is now historic, so I will talk to y'all tomorrow! Oh yeah, to my crew at the League of Extraordinary Writers fret not, I shall still be very much active on that blog, so nothing changes with my move here!

{arf,arf}

Friday, October 01, 2004

The Dog's Double Life

Happy 6-month anniversary to my blog! I can't believe I've known people like The Doc, Mad Bull, Yamfoot, and The Tower Crew for almost as long! Wow, it really does feel like we're all old friends in this blogging game, doesn't it? Well, I just wanted to express my appreciation to you all for visiting my site and allowing me to be a part of the Jamaican blogging community :')...I love you guys :D. To my friends stifled_angel and hard_nosense, who I've known for a while now, thanks for reading and commenting on my blog! To people like Stu and Owen it's a pleasure reading y'allz blogs and I hope you guys keep it up for a long time to come! BTW, Stu, dehwidability is a term I coined during my research....you see, in patois, "deh wid" or be with is used to signify that a man and a woman are in a relationship...therefore, dehwidability is a measure of the degree in which one would be willing to date (deh wid) another person.

Anyhow, did y'all catch the presidential debate last night? Jeb vs. John? It was quite interesting...IMHO, Kerry won that debate, but I think both he and Bush sort of exaggerated on a few points. Nontheless, I think someone has actually taught Jeb how to debate, cause he really did hold his own last night--though he did seem to be dwelling on the same points over and over again, i.e. attacking Kerry's tendency to switch opinions on the drop of a hat. Here's an interesting article that I found on MSN this morning that talked about the specific issues surrounding the debate--it does make for decent reading I might add.

Anyhow, so as not to pussyfoot around the issue anymore, I'll let you in on the secret of my double life. You see, I've been busily working on an alternative site to this one where you can read my blog. You see, the problem that I have is that Livejournal is sometimes unpredictable, with respect to downtime and speed...but I like using them a lot, so I don't want to change. So, what I'm doing is giving y'all a link to my second blog that will be a mirror of this one, but should load a bit faster. The link to my alternative blog is http://dogvex.blogspot.com, as I said, come here first, but if LJ flipping up....go there next!

Well, that's my shameful little secret, now I'm off to go finish my last class of the day--gonna be learnin' my students some HTML :). Have a great weekend y'all and I'll talk to you sometime soon!

{arf,arf}