- Producer05/12/2017Why I WriteWhy I Write I have been pondering this query/statement lately and truth be told I have to admit;I am NOT a writer!Having said that however I have to say that I’m NOT a lot of things;- I’m not a Sailor- I’m not a...
Comments06/12/2017 #45 Ken BoddieIt seems to me, Randy, your writing's a passion,
It flows from the soul and it follows no fashion,
You may think the kitchen's your real habitat,
But if you're not a writer, then I'll eat my hat.
Thanks for the mention, mate. From one 'non-writer' to another ..... keep non-writing!
Incidentally, are we talking 'loud but harmless' or 'silent but deadly'? 🤢06/12/2017 #44 Randall Burns#42 #43 Well Hello @Sara Jacobovici, great to hear from you and Thank You for the share. I had no idea you had that Hive and I've joined, LOL, more reading material for my "Bucket List", thankfully this is all "virtual" or I'd have to expand my library drastically. :-) I appreciate your thoughtful feedback.06/12/2017 #40 Lada 🏡 PrkicYour writing is delicious as the food and recipes you write about :)
I like your style and the joyous energy behind your words, and to me, you are a writer.
Yes, writing should be easy, but it's also hard when you write in a language that is not your mother tongue. I've chosen the harder way to start writing.
Wish you to keep this energy and the floodgates remain open. :-)06/12/2017 #31 Nicole ChardenetThank you, Randall, for the very kind mention. And I'll bet you WOULD knock my socks off on Spinal Tap...I might even have to reach out to you if you did! Especially if you posted that mussels recipe, LOL!
I very much enjoy your posts too, Randall. Especially the one where you flew with the fishes rather than slept with them :)05/12/2017 #30 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador@Randall Burns, thank you so much for the mention and your refreshing post. IMHO, whether or not one feels they are a writer, it's the amusement, education and sharing that matters. I'm flattered that I am included in your mentions. Hmm, I feel I need a nice glass of red wine.:)05/12/2017 #28 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeIf you are a writer or if you intend to be one this buzz is a must read. It is "cooked" by a gret cook who knows what quality ingredients to pick, how and when to mix them, what spices to add and how to serve the finished product. Thank you @Randall Burns View moreIf you are a writer or if you intend to be one this buzz is a must read. It is "cooked" by a gret cook who knows what quality ingredients to pick, how and when to mix them, what spices to add and how to serve the finished product. Thank you @Randall Burns for this delicacy. Close05/12/2017 #27 Phil FriedmanThank you, @Randall Burns, for the kind mention. Although my profile includes the claim to being a "professional writer and editor" (which I am because I've been paid for those activities for more than [BLEEP] decades), I do not consider myself a "writer" -- but a boatbuilder who writes. It seems to me that you are a chef who writes (as well as cooks). Well, thank the gods for all those who are not writers per se, but are other kinds of characters who happen to write. For they are some of the most grounded and interesting people to be found. IMHO. And that includes you, the Scribbling Gourmet. Very entertaining. Thanks.
- Producer02/12/2017When Giants Awaken.This will mark the second article this week covering the eruption of Bali’s Mt Agung. The excellent piece by fellow bee, Vanessa Campanago takes a slightly different slant, but is certainly worth a read! Also thank you to all the bees who have...
Comments04/12/2017 #21 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#1 I tried to get on last night and I even clicked on your notification @Paul Walters but I've been having issues with the beBee platform on my chromebook for some reason. I lost your page after I clicked, I got 2 large beBee Icons that appeared instead of a blog. Even now as I type, the orange lines that appear when you begin to type a name and box pops up with the same first names... well the orange lines are still going as I write this.
Anyhow, I'm curious, how much of Bali will this affect? The entire Island or the area closest to the Volcano? This is really sad and I hope everyone is safe. How far are you from the Volcano? I agree, the trickle down will be felt for quite some time. It will probably affect the climate too. I remember when Mt. St. Helen erupted in the 80's, we had strange lightening storms almost the entire summer and tons of orange/brownish clouds.03/12/2017 #19 Pamela 🐝 Williams#10 See that is why I LOVE Anthony! Travel with an agenda is WORK. If I'm going to travel; I want to chill, take in what sites take my fancy, explore the local culture (another thing I love about watching Chef Anthony). I want to rent a scooter (what are they called in Bali Paul?) and just keep turning corners until my butt is sore from sitting. I despise tourist traps, have no interest in visiting them. It's sad that too many beautiful places have been turned into them. Every time I hear of some gorgeous spot off-the-beaten-track someone has found I want to scream them; "Shut up, don't tell anyone or they'll build a freakin Hilton, smack dab in the middle of it".
I know, I was one that needed to check on you and management @Paul Walters But considering you're the only person I know in Bali...well I had to check in!
Keep us apprised. I think @Ken Boddie recommendations on how to appease the volcano gods is spot on. Better than my thought that you'd get under management's skin and she'd sacrifice you!02/12/2017 #15 Ken BoddieYour self proclaimed appreciation of the creative arts of pontification and procrastination, I'm sure, Pak Paul, will see you through the 'inconvenience' of regular earth tremors and the odd passing ash cloud. As I may have suggested before, I have it on good religious advice (not to mention common sensical self preservation) that the best way to appease the wrath of the Balinese Hindu gods of the mountain is to establish yourself in the fully reclining position, in your hammock, with your raised cushioned head pointing towards Gunung Agung and hence looking away from the mountain (this will also maximise your slumber potential and avoid you from being distracted by the sight of flames and flashes of white hot lava tumbling down the upper slopes). Appeasement should continue, at least 5 times per day, by imbibing that magical tropical prophylactic, the gin and tonic, or until the worshipper (in this case, you) reaches a state of blissful nirvana.02/12/2017 #14 Lada 🏡 PrkicSo glad to hear that you're safe @Paul Walters and that the eruption hasn’t interrupted your current routine of sloth and procrastination. :) I see that you didn’t lose your sense of humour even in a situation like this. Wishing you and yours all the best. Stay well.02/12/2017 #13 Ian WeinbergAnother truly authentic @Paul Walters narrative. Yes indeed it's the cataclysmic whacks from time to time that force us to pause (after leveling the playing fields) and to change direction. Perhaps greater wisdom about the construct of life and its applications will emerge once this has passed. Wishing you and yours well in the coming days and may you continue to be fruitful and multiply (in the literary sense of course).02/12/2017 #12 Gert Scholtz@Paul Walters Good to hear all is well and that you are safe. Not on the same scale as Bali, but you will know how the once quiet and serene Natal beaches have also been taken over by developers, time-share and holiday accommodation. Sad to see the unspoiled being invaded permanently by buildings, for a once or twice a year holiday visit. Perhaps the situation in Bali has one upshot - you will be having a quiet Christmas period. A fine read and thanks Paul.02/12/2017 #10 Randall Burns#8 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit I must interject here with my thoughts; there is a world of difference between a "Traveler" and a "Tourist" and I've written about it;
"I'm reminded of a quote by Chef Anthony Bourdain,
"Be a traveler, not a tourist".
A "tourist" has an agenda, has preconceived ideas, expectations, ego, is open and prone to disappointment, and is unavailable to receive knowledge because of these traits.
A "traveler" is open for anything, receptive to anything, is not disappointed as they have no expectations; has no agenda; retains their childlike curiosity and naivety throughout their life. A "traveler" truly is a "Stranger in a Strange Land".
(In case you're interested this article delves into greater detail illustrating, amongst other aspects, the differences)02/12/2017 #9 Randall BurnsGreat post @Paul Walters Wonderful illustration of "Mother Nature"teaching us, yet again, that we need to pay heed and not be so arrogant in our treatment of the world. Glad to hear that you're safe and sound, stay that way. The last time I was in Bali was 20 years ago, I think that I may be disappointed in seeing the development that is going on, it was such a pristine, beautiful and innocent environment and culture.02/12/2017 #8 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe last album of 10CC I purchased nearly 40 years ago was called "Bloody Tourists". I could understand their track "Dreadlock Holiday" but not the title of the album. Until now that is, having now read the Daily Mail article about tourists taking selfies in front of the smoking volcano. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5134915/Tourists-pose-selfies-Balis-Mt-Agung.html
I once had a big argument about the distinction between a traveler and a tourist, and in the end I settled for the other person's arguments that there is no difference between a traveler and tourist. There is a difference however between a tourist and a bloody tourist.
An economy so dependent on one trade is putting all one's eggs in one basket, so that is a fairly obvious recipe for economic hazard, but maybe what is not counted as a cost is the dumbing down of a culture and the loss of cultural artifacts in serving those bloody tourists - and that without the explosive power of a destructive volcano to wrestle with.02/12/2017 #4 David B. GrinbergNice blogging buzz, as usual, Paul. I agree about paying "heed" which is why I don't understand people who choose to remain on the island when they can leave by boat, according to news reports. This sounds much worse than the equivalent of riding out a bad storm or hurricane. Any thoughts on this? Thanks again for another interesting and timely read. Let's hope that volcano does blow its lid.
- Producer27/11/2017My Response to Lisa was Too Long, So Publishing as Honey!So I started writing my response, but exceeded the 2000 character limit. Oh, well. Time to write my second honey production of the day, starring your's truly, Samung, a.k.a., Salma?-----------(Response to Lisa Gallagher's latest:...
Comments28/11/2017 #13 Salma Rodriguez#10 You may start by understanding that there is no universal law of physics. Physicists have been trying for centuries to no avail.
You always find the same contradictions when analyzing the theory of the big and put that together with the theory of the small.
I begin with the forces of nature because these are very fundamental to everything. Gravity is a mystery. Where does it come from?
Without understanding gravity, I am stuck wondering if humans will ever understand consciousness, which is at the other end of cognition. Oh, the gravity of the situation :P
#9 and thank you, @Paul. Physics is tons of fun.28/11/2017 #10 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#5 #6 #8 I don't understand physics at all, so you are way ahead of me! I never excelled in math. Look, just typing made you think and it started coming back to you :) I wish I knew more, it would help with my wonderment about the universe. Wow, so much to learn!27/11/2017 #8 Salma Rodriguez#3 And there's also Coulomb's law which has a similar format, for energy this time, involving the Planck's constant, instead of the granvitational constant. I think I'm ready for my life as a theoretical physicist in my upcoming life... but more work to do on this one before I get there!27/11/2017 #7 Salma Rodriguez#3 just came back to me as I was writing:
Fg = Gm1m2/r^2, where G is the gravitational constant, m1 and m2 the mass of two objects (and I was reading something about relative mass today; don't know how my brain hasn't exploded), and r^2 is the radius squared between both objects (could be the earth and the moon; please read my latest poem!).27/11/2017 #4 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#2 No, that would be a long drive for an older vehicle. And, your right... the weather in the NE is very harsh on vehicles! My husband held on to his F-150 for 13 yrs. He put a lot of money into it. It only has 65K miles and he just found out the entire frame is rotted. So, it's not worth a dime now.27/11/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI like the idea of the @ symbol being a snail, next time someone asks "What's your email address, " I guess I can say, It's Lisa (snail) gmail.com . I love photos of clouds and I remember finding images within cloud patterns while having fun doing it. Many times on long drives we did that and it kept us busy. Would love to see your photos one day!
mIRC was the first internet relay chat program I used. I believe the processors were in MHz back then with a Pentium ll. I'm the dinosaur here! I've never been to Penn Station or NYC (can you believe that?). I would really love to visit one day. I keep saying that I'd love to go during the holidays since they decorate the city so beautifully. While trying to find a photo for my my buzz, I read that kids asked if they could dig their way to China and were told they'd hit the earths core first (as if a kid could ever dig that far anyhow) and how extremely hot the core is. Gravity sure is a mystery, just like the universe. I'm sure you know much more about it than I ever could :))
Salma, I did notice you were gone and It was a nice surprise to see a comment from you tonight. I think everyone needs breaks in order to stay centered in reality. Ouch, the jope rope episode sounds like it was painful but I give you credit for doing it. It's not as easy as it looks. PS: I've never heard of Lindows but then again, I'm sure there's a lot I haven't heard of. Everything I know, I'm self taught. Thanks for this Salma and sharing what you did, very interesting!!27/11/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 GallagherThis was an awesome read @Salma Rodriguez! Your picture of Utopia, I love it and as soon as I saw it, I began imaging a more advance planet at peace.
The Zzz's photo, I used an editor. I took a picture with my cell phone of Carter Page while his face was on TV- I was trying to catch Paul Manafort but Carter's face came up when I snapped. I added the hat with the editor. Carter Page is just some dude associated with the whole Russia Scandal (how involved or not, no one knows). He's one of those guys I just can't dislike and have no idea if he's guilty of anything but I had fun with the photo that night.
When I drove from Co-Toledo we did stop for the night, so I got a break until the next morning. Your road trip sounds much more horrendous considering you were in an accident and it was totaled!
Don't give up on singing, I've found if it makes you feel happy, do it! I sing loud and proud now because it's sort of soul cleansing.
Windows 3.1 had a few upgrades, here is a link since I'm not a techie: http://toastytech.com/guis/win311.html I believe we went from using 3.1 or 3.11 (can't remember) to Win 95 eventually and like you we used dial up for a long time. Remember how often you'd get disconnected? I'm going to start pt. 2 because I may be close to my limit.
- Producer26/11/2017Touching Bro and Sis Duet Goes Viral You've got to listen to this unique cover rendering (click on the video below), as this sibling pair presents a parallel pair of classics, comprising that timeless Elvis hit, "Can't Help Falling", and that famous Judy Garland rendering "Over the...
Comments27/11/2017 #12 Ken Boddie#11 Speaking of cow's tongue, Lisa, I had an old mate with a slight speech defect. He just couldn't get his tongue round the word 'kidney' properly. 👅
When I challenged him on his pronunciation, he quipped, "But I said kidley didle-I ?" 🤗
But nothing defective about the dulcid tones of this Holland family duo. As sweet sounding as the laughter of my young 5 month old grandson. 👼
Although, I'm not sure if my daughter would agree, when it happens at 3am ..... or her neighbours, come to think of it. 😡😡27/11/2017 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#4 I shall serve you some kidney pie instead of cash @Ken Boddie, or how about Cow's tongue? Grandma's 2 favorite meals. I never tried either. I heard Cow's tongue is tasty and tender if done properly. Mom said grandma's home would always smell when she was boiling the kidneys, I won't mention that pee word mom used LOL. I came back to listen to the sibling team sing again, just beautiful!
- Producer25/11/2017More o’ me Rhyming Comments: Fact, Fun or FarceThe time has come, the walrus said, To rhyme on many things, On pain and strife, on ‘Country Life’, On iceberg's basal rings. On hatches and dispatches, On the girls we love the most, On real cool Chevy white wall tyes, On truffles sliced on...
Comments28/11/2017 #33 Cyndi wilkinsThis is one of the most jovial posts I've read in a long time @Ken Boddie...really enjoyed it! I've read most of the articles you highlighted here, but this has given me opportunity to go back for a second look;-) Thanks for tickling my funny bone today...Everybody needs a good laugh on a daily basis!
"Very entertaining post,
Comical and witty,
So to you I'll drink a toast,
Trust you like my ditty."
Cheers!28/11/2017 #31 Randall BurnsHaHa!
You are the "Host with the Most"
No matter your post
You lyrical criminal
No rhyme is too dismal
The heights you achieve
You allow no reprieve
Anyone is "fair game"
No verse is too lame
I must repeat the verse I wrote
so here it is and I quote;
" Look! Up in the sky: it's a bird; a plane; a rose (?)
No, it's the prognosticator of poetry, the Prince of Prose
Wearing his mask and cape he leaps over small children and stops speeding snails
Just to deliver his verse via emails
Lighting up everyone's life at any opportunity with his marble sharp wit
And looks to match, with a kind word for everyone's benefit
Mr. @Ken Boddie"
(from https://www.bebee.com/producer/@randall-burns/tales-from-paradise-the-poem )26/11/2017 #21 Lada 🏡 Prkic#13 Dear Ken, I am flattered to be one of your favourite bees. Always enjoy your comments in rhyme even on posts with difficult topics. I salute you, the saviour of social media.
I will try to reply in rhyme,
Though it would be a crime,
Against words in English,
So let me here finish. :-)
- Producer25/11/2017Meandering Around Magnificent Milan.For those bees travelling Europe in the next few months and find yourself in Italy, don’t miss Milan, the most charming of cities Ah, Milan, one of my favourite cities in Europe! This is a city that seemingly has everything a...
Comments26/11/2017 #10 Zacharias 🐝 VoulgarisWhen I visited Milan I was enamored by it. However, this impression would probably wither had I stayed there longer, or if I had been to other parts of the country! Not to undermine this wonderful city, but there are definitely better places in Italy, worth checking out or even living in. So, I'm going to have to agree with @Pascal Derrien on his view, until proven otherwise...25/11/2017 #6 Pascal DerrienHmmm I may disagree on that one if that's alright :-) I have been to Milan many times mainly for work and bar the centre of the city I have failed to be impressed by the very large, overtaking and bad urban design of the city. If you compare to other cities in Italy who have far more too offer Milan comes across as too little of too little, now your article is superb and may prompt the occasional visitor to go beyond the usual spots :-)25/11/2017 #4 Lisa 🐝 GallagherMilan what a charming town. I'd love to visit Milan. I even looked at the hotel links you left. I'd have to go with The Antica Locanda Leonardo, they had very reasonable rates, under 1000.00/for week in March. I didn't play around much with dates, I was just curious. Where there is a lot of food choices... well, that's my kind of place ;-)25/11/2017 #2 Ken BoddieMy first time in Milan was as a young whipper snipper when all I remember was the magnificent cathedral. My second time was early in my career when I had to pick up docs from this lady engineer when I was on route to Nigeria. She came to my hotel room dressed in a fur coat and only stayed a few minutes, but the pungent stink of moth balls remained with me all night. 😝
Thanks, Pak Paul, for reminding me of all the things I’ve missed in this intriguing city. 😂
- Producer24/11/2017Fly the "Friendly" Friday Funday Skies!It’s the Friday after the American Thanksgiving holiday, and I know a lot of folks flew to be with their friends and family at this time. I can’t imagine how you survived! I hope your visit is going well, and that you’ll also survive the return...
Comments25/11/2017 #10 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsEither Turkey causes the funny bone to be extra sensitive, or they are all hilarious this week. I literally laughed out loud at the Bonus. Goes back to a memory of a trip across the US. We stopped for breakfast and the rest of the horde (my siblings) immediately went back to sleep. As we were pulling out of the parking lot my mother asked me (an 8 years old) what direction we had come from and in all innocence I set us back 200 miles. There was nothing to be seen but the desert of the southwest before we saw the last gas station we had visited. Moral of the story; Don't ask a sleepy 8-year-old, full of pancakes, for directions. I think that qualifies as a major WTF for my mother. She had to fill up at the gas station...again
- Producer13/11/2017Out Of My HeadThe familiar message from the cabin crew outlining the descent protocol had just been rolled out by one of the senior flight attendants. All seat belts were fasten and most tablets were back in neutral position.Tracey Higgins was one of those...
Comments15/11/2017 #20 Ken Boddie#19 My Scottish upbringing taints my choice of travel status, Pascal, as does the frugal confinement of my expense account. But, there again, my wallet houses a complete family of moths, who seem reticent to leave its shelter on the very odd occasion when I open it.
Scrooge McBoddie15/11/2017 #18 Ken BoddieThis may have been your dream, Pascal, but it's my worst nightmare. Here I am in my usual aisle seat, with my weight-challenged neighbour (to my right) spilling onto my flank, the kid behind constantly kicking the back of my seat (just about kidney level), with parents who obviously couldn't give a strangled Mars bar about his behaviour, the guy in front who insists on reclining his seat into my face, and bruises on my left elbow from, first the food trolly, then the drinks trolley, then the "let's pick up your rubbish" trolley, since my well rounded neighbour has forced me to lean into the aisle in order to avoid contact with his sweat saturated shirt. At least I have only an hour and a half to go before I can thankfully exit from this sardine can of communal confinement onto the air bridge of Gate 22 at Brisbane Domestic Terminal. The prospect of 6 months cocooned inside a "come fly me" steel cigar, with little prospect of escape, constant airline food, no showers, and, heaven forbid, no wifi, would drive me to strap on a parachute and head for the nearest exit, either with or without "arm doors" and with or without "cross check". For god's sake wake me up too! 😰14/11/2017 #15 Pascal Derrien#13 thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, would you happen to remember the title of that movie by any chance ? I also realize quite a few of my posts have been somewhat related to that recently, yes I would like to see @David B. Grinberg dressed up as a budhist monk can somebody make my dream come true ? :-)14/11/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhat a dream @Pascal Derrien! I remember watching a movie a few years ago about people who were being held on an airplane with the belief that the world had been exterminated and if they left the plane, they would die. There was much more to it than I can recall and much more graphic but this reminded me just a bit of that creepy movie.
I like @David B. Grinberg 's dream assessment. He could be right about feeling trapped. David, I honestly believe we are not the only species occupying this Universe or even universes we have yet to explore, since do know there is more than one. They could be light years ahead of us (as in 1000's of years). Sometimes I'd like to believe that's where we go when we pass only to begin a new life with those we lost- a life that is without sadness (progression) and so advanced, we can't even begin to imagine. ;-)14/11/2017 #12 David B. GrinbergThank you for sharing such a creative blogging buzz, Pascal. I think your dream is telling in the sense that we are all "trapped" -- so to speak -- by modern technology in the fast evolving 21st century mobile, digital and virtual Information Age.
All this new high-tech has taken over our collective lives and basically dictates much of our action, which appears to be the trend in the foreseeable future. Thus, it stands to reason that those who are trapped from these outside forces of technology are the ones who are truly free. Does this make any sense? If so, who's ready to join me in Tibet and become a Buddhist monk?
Lastly, being a space enthusiast, I also like the alien theory!13/11/2017 #10 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador#9 I've had some crazy dreams with some being very realistic, and yet others are "out there". I've also had recurring dreams, which I've read can be due to unresolved problems yet they don't make a lick of sense. Oh, and the ones in technicolor but the colors don't make sense!
- Producer10/11/2017An Intriguing Parable of How a Small Town Cleared All DebtSeveral years ago I found on the Internet a funny parable about the debt cycle. Lately, I stumbled upon it again and decided to share this humorous tale. There are many versions differ in the name of the place where this tale and somewhat a riddle...
Comments12/11/2017 #22 Lada 🏡 Prkic#21 Gert, thank you for reading and commenting. I also found this tale interesting to discuss.
We can think of this parable in several ways, and this is what makes it so intriguing. You described the way where $100 is considered as a loan or an actual short-term payment.
But, I don't think the hoteliers’ book was squared off because there was no actual $100 transaction and for that reason, all debt is not balanced out.
I'm glad we have different opinions. :-) That makes the thread more interesting.11/11/2017 #21 Gert Scholtz@Lada 🏡 Prkic Very interesting parable Lada – thank you for posting it. To me it illustrates how money introduced into a system, even if only for a short period of time, acts as an exchange instrument and resets the system. The liquidity introduced by the visitor, has the effect of repaying and cancelling out all debts, even though nothing of tangible value was produced, and the local town economy did not grow. I refer to the liquidity introduced by the visitor, as his $100 to the hotelier could have been a loan, or an actual payment for the room which shortly after he reimbursed/refunded when the visitor did not want the room any more. Either way the effect is the same and the final balance in the hoteliers’ book is squared off.11/11/2017 #19 Lada 🏡 Prkic#14 I apologize for not commenting on time, but I'm trying to find some time between cooking, ironing and vacuum cleaning. :-)
I would like we look at some facts a little more closely.
A.) The hotel owner has a debt to the butcher.
B.) The prostitute owes him the cost of the room.
By the "borrowed" $100 bill, the hotel owner cleared his debt to the butcher, as everyone else in the circle did with the same bill changing hands. Every debtor was just passing money to their creditor.
When the prostitute gave the hotel owner $100, it seemed that all debt cleared.
BUT, in fact, he is out $100 because he gave the money back to the tourist and didn't actually charge the cost of the room. The fact that he owed and claimed the same amount of money is not relevant to this argument.
Can we agree on the tricky part of the tale?11/11/2017 #16 Harvey Lloyd#1 I believe the story to be viable. Especially if we can start our economic viewpoint from this simple story.
Economist all to often look at complex theory of dealing with your story here at the 320 million level. (Approx. Pop. USA). By starting from this very fundamental end we can begin to understand if we assume the pig farmer filed for bankruptcy protection and broke the chain.
Realizing that the breakdown would stop the machine we call the economy, now enter the Federal reserve and treasury. By adding features to the story we can begin to see better how various institutions intergrated into the economy.
For me the key is credit. From consumer to commercial and even federal debt. Understanding the debt cycle will blow your mind. Do a search on google for, “Monitary Policy Documentary”. There both left and right videos avaible.
Great post and discussion starter.11/11/2017 #14 Phil Friedman#9 Yes, the cycle would have ended with the hotel owner having $100 in equity. But the paradoxical flavor is introduced precisely because the $100 that starts the cycle of debt retirement is borrowed and then repaid. — thereby retiring all the debt without adding any real value.10/11/2017 #6 Robert CormackCute tale, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, and probably not far off the mark. Since moving to a small town, I'm amazed how everyone is everyone's customer. It's a self-contained unit with a similar cycle. The next town over has the usual Walmart, Canadian Tire, Winners, etc., but we all shop locally whenever we can, especially during the warm months when we can buy fruits and vegetables. I'm not quite sure how Walmarts turn main streets in small towns into ghost towns. The locals here build loyalty with good service and reasonable prices. I guess if you don't, your customers end up at Walmart. Another parable. Thanks for the post.
- Producer03/11/2017Are YOU Free this Friday Funday?Don't you love how words have different meanings, depending on context? Of course, it makes learning any language that much more difficult, but for native speakers, it gives us a chuckle to see how some words can be misunderstood, either...
- Producer03/11/2017Feeling Flush?OK now let's talk crap! You know, the s__t word, and it isn't slit, spit, smit or skit.At least once a day, most of us (the lucky majority who are not afflicted with irregular 'movements') take time out from, or prior to, our busy day, to visit the...
Comments21/11/2017 #44 Nicole ChardenetIs there one of whom you wish most simply to be rid? :)
Try Black Widows In The Privy!
Ironically, I just watched a British documentary recently on the history of toilets. I found it on Youtube by the process of elimination :)10/11/2017 #42 Randall BurnsHaHa! Very enjoyable, entertaining and educational read @Ken Boddie I have to say that we do have a toilet seat up here in Canada made from a specific type of Styrofoam/Epoxy mix that is used for outhouses for cabins, camps, fishing huts, etc. that regardless of ambient temp it feels "neutral" when you sit down on them, I used one numerous years ago at a friend's cottage in the outhouse when it was -40 out and no shock at all, quite amazing actually. :-) (Everything would freeze solid though before it hit the bottom of the pit, quite disconcerting as it sounded like a bunch of marbles falling on cement)06/11/2017 #40 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador#34 Haha @Ken Boddie. If you want an ultimate experience in using a bathroom, the Porsche dealership my area has taken the lead in pampering. One can walk out as a new person after the spritz and glitz, perfect nails and hair giving one a distinctive flair, clothes steamed and cleaned making one all agleam, oh and the tush warmer makes one want to stay there all day! Perhaps, they should offer a buffet and teach ballet - oops, I got carried away.06/11/2017 #37 Ken Boddie#33 Curiosity eventually got the better of me, @Pascal Derrien, because I was sitting here thinking "I just don't know Jack Sh_t". Well, now that you've inspired me to find out all about the Irish inventor of the 'Multipoo', Jack Power (aka Armitage Shank), no doubt inspired by his 38 children and a love of that frothy dark amber bowel-moving nectar, Guinness, I can now safely say that I do indeed know 'Jack sh_t'. Slàinte 🍺05/11/2017 #27 Ken Boddie#23 Louise and @Lada 🏡 Prkic.
The ATO is very slow,
Its new squat lavs quite ‘a propos’,
For the French, it appears, were pioneers,
Of squatting low, knees round their ears,
But either way, when it’s time to trot,
It matters not where you prop your bot,
When the need arises, we all know,
When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go.
- Producer29/10/2017MUSIC HISTORY: Hallowe'enHalloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of All Hallows' Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All...
- Producer28/10/2017Salem is the Halloween Capital of the WorldOkay—so I live in Salem, Massachusetts. Rule of Thumb for residents is you don’t go outside for the entire month of October if you can help it. But I did so today. October in Salem is a holiday worth experiencing. I dragged myself out the door...
Comments31/10/2017 #25 Lisa 🐝 GallagherLove this @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee! We stopped in Salem for a day on our way to Bar Harbor Maine. I LOVED it there. I had no idea Salem lies along the Ocean at the time, another added bonus. You're right, the restaurants are very cool. I love the outdoor seating among the restaurants and shops. My favorite pic, The Grinch costumes... awesome and it looks like a great time. Looks like you had an awesome day! I'd like to go back one day and visit more historical places.29/10/2017 #19 Ken BoddieInteresting pics and culture, Joyce. Here in Oz, Halloween is not celebrated (or should it be ‘revered’?) as extensively as it is in the US, so pardon my ignorance if I ask why Salem becomes a haven (or is it hell?) for the whole month of October. Is this a hangover (not the alcohol induced one) from the infamous 17th century witch trials, or is there something equally mysterious driving this evolution from a single night into a month long scare party? 🕷🕸🎭🦇👻🎃
- Producer27/10/2017Bizarre Buildings Part 1 - Animal CrackersAnimal shaped buildings are nothing new - take the Sphinx for example. I come across new zoomorphic architecture (buildings made to look like animals) regularly and decided to put together a list of my favourites. Lucy the Elephant is a six...
Comments29/10/2017 #16 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorIncluding the link to my comment https://www.curbed.com/2016/9/13/12903914/longaberger-basket-company-building-headquarters-sale28/10/2017 #12 Claire L Cardwell#9 Thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - glad you enjoyed it! I actually can't quite decide which one is my favourite, or where I would like to go first. I would however love to see the floating buildings that Waterstudio NL have designed - and hopefully get an inside scoop on how they did it! I think there's a whole post on floating buildings in itself.28/10/2017 #11 Claire L Cardwell#8 @Ken Boddie - I am going to check out those giant buildings @Ken Boddie, I am particularly intrigued by the idea of a Giant Prawn! I just googled 'giant buildings in texas' and was delighted to find Bruco a giant caterpillar - http://www.monolithic.org/commercial/bruco-a-very-busy-caterpillar @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher you might like him too.... Looks like my list is definitely going to get longer!28/10/2017 #8 Ken BoddieWe have so many of these giant something or other buildings in Oz, Claire, but most that I have visited house tourist trap shops. A few that come to mind are the Big Merino (ram) in Goulburn, the Big Oyster in Taree, and the Big Prawn in Ballina. Then there are huge statues of various things like the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour and the Big Golden Guitar in Tamworth. But there again I’m sure there are bigger and better things elsewhere. Just ask any Texan. 🤣
- Producer21/10/2017Portrait(s) of Herb Ritts His break came on a long trip through California with a friend. The car they were travelling in had a puncture and they stopped at a garage to change the wheel. On a whim he asked his friend to pose for a photograph. It was Richard Gere and a year...
Comments22/10/2017 #17 Gert Scholtz@Phil Friedman Thanks for reading Phil - much appreciated. @David B. Grinberg Thank you for sharing to other hives David - and I shall certainly continue with the buzzes. @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee Then I am happy that you found it through this post - thank you Joyce.22/10/2017 #10 Ken BoddieStunning portrait of a master of portraiture, Gert. I also prefer the late afternoon light, as it casts its soft shadows and fades slowly into darkness, weaving a spell of character across the human form. By contrast, the early morning light never seems to last for long enough and all too quickly bursts into the stark harshness of the working day, or is it that I just hate getting up early?21/10/2017 #4 Pascal DerrienI like written portraits and photographic portraits too, Liberation a French paper I used to buy at airports when I was travelling always had one at the back of its paper edition which meant I always started to read the last page first checking up on the photo shot and snippet of life of whoever they were covering. I reckon you would have made a great contributor @Gert Scholtz :-)21/10/2017 #2 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsMaking the subject feel welcome to their own photo!! I despise posed photos, especially of myself. it's the unexpected, the life behind the photos that I like/enjoy. Get in front of too many photographers and they want you to pose, which reminds me that horrible trend of Vogue-ing! If they actually listened to Madonna's song then; "move to the music..."...capture life. Ritts apparently had the gift for that capture.
A wonderful post Gert. Not following photographers I did not know of Ritts, but this sampling of his work shows I missed out. The beauty of photography is the artists work lives on way past the artists.
- Producer20/10/2017A Fabulous Friday Funday!Why is it fabulous? Well, I live in the northeast part of the U.S., and it’s late October. Our normal temperatures are around 60 for this time of year, but we’ve been treated lately to temps nearing 80! And it’s Friday, the start of a weekend to end...
Comments21/10/2017 #14 Proma 🐝 NautiyalI loved them all, @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess! First of all, once I saw the skiing rabbit, I couldn't find the bird again (at least for some time). That followed by the double positives, the essay on peas, the grammar doctor badge, and finally the mommy cat who ran out of toner, made my day. Thank you so much for the lovely buzz!
- Producer13/10/2017FRIDAY THE 13thAccording to superstition, today is supposed to be unlucky. In fact, the fear of Friday the 13th has a scientific name: paraskevidekatriaphobia. It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday, which can be...
Comments15/10/2017 #16 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorFriday the 13th has always been a good day for me. Did you know that black cats have the lowest adoption rate in American shelters compared to cats that are other colors? I'm not superstitious but some people are and as your post indicates will not even venture outside.14/10/2017 #14 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#11 Very true and it refers to the Antichrist who many feel according to the bible will return at the end times (Apocalypse). Stories state the Antichrist will appear in human form and many will feel it will save the world, they will worship him (in his bodily form) he will perform miracles and continue to fool people until it's time for his final fight. I've read a few fictional books based on so called facts from the book of Revelations and I say 'so called,' because so many people interpret the bible differently but I must say, they were interesting. I've become more spiritual over the years so my beliefs may differ from others. Now if we all get coded with 666 or a tatoo on our heads I might defer back to the book lol.14/10/2017 #11 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris#7 Actually some people who have studied the particular book from the Bible have come to the conclusion that 666 was actually code for the beast of the apocalypse, which was a particular dictator who wreaked havoc when he was around. Perhaps if he knew that his prediction would be the cause of alarm, he might have avoided this numeric code altogether!14/10/2017 #7 Lisa 🐝 GallagherInteresting info @Dominique 🐝 Petersen. I used to be afraid of Friday the 13th because everyone around me was. I don't even think about it now. Black cats, I grew up with a few, so they never caused me worry either. I think most of us have superstitions and I'd have to say mine can be related to past events and I try hard not to repeat certain things if a similar even occurs. Just like the number 666 is supposedly related to the devil (Satan or what ever people call it)... I think if I had to choose, that number freaks me out just a tad.
- Producer12/10/2017Hang In There, Baby And Other BullshitEvery so often I come across something that just riles me up. Although admittedly I am pretty easy to rile and let’s face it there so much bullshit out there that if I wanted to I could stay completely agitated 24/7.But what riles me the most in...
Comments13/10/2017 #17 Jerry Fletcher#11 JIm, Unhand that six gun! Tain't worth it. Only reason I responded that way was that I once teed off on a young lady similarly decked out. She took a break from her Barista job, bought me a coffee and splained it to me. She's still a friend and now a senior partner in an agency (one that gets results).13/10/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 ManjitMany aspects of professional coaching deserve a well written rant, but now with the introduction of premier coaching certification, there is a whole new stream of coaching accreditation that deserves a new stratosphere of rants. I thought tennis was the kind of sport where one required a racquet but if I were to keep thinking that, I would be naively placed in this world as an inspirational coach. A girl with poster is the tip of the iceberg where even a thermo-nuclear rant makes finding new forms of icebreakers a greater necessity.12/10/2017 #10 Phil FriedmanGood to see, @Jim Murray, that someone is speaking out about the bizarre growth of the "coaching industry", in which people who cannot show even a lick of solid experience in a given field, sell coaching services to others who have more experience than they do. For example, I am of late seeing "leadership coaches" whose profiles and pronouncements fail to evidence having led even a Brownie troop, let alone a substantially sized company.Yet, there they are, advertising coaching services for "executives".
There used to be a saying, "If you can, do, and if you can't, teach." For obvious reasons, I was never much of a fan of that statement. But these days, especially on social media, if you morph that admonition just a bit, it makes all the sense in the world: "If you can, do, and if you can't ....well, coach instead."12/10/2017 #7 Pedro 🐝 CasanovaGreat post Jim...in Spain we say " al pan...pan...al vino...vino .." ( which means more or less...call the bread ..bread ..and the wine...wine...) Tell it ...how it is...
And man...you just nail it...thanks for a brain shakedown...we need that in current times...some more than others...12/10/2017 #5 Jerry FletcherJim, Meanwhile back in the real world.Think about this: One girl out of many that displays a different face to the world. One Girl purchasing a positive feedback device. One girl declaring herself. How many of the jocks and the debs would like to but lack the courage to come out?
- Producer07/10/2017Garage PartiesGARAGE PARTIES Back to the late seventies, early eighties, in the town where I grew up. Teen parties arranged for a Friday or Saturday night. We cleared the cars from the garage, placed chairs, installed a hi-fi (courtesy of the house), a few...
Comments07/10/2017 #3 Ken BoddieI was tripping round the Middle East in the late 70s, Gert, with regular visits back to London to permit me to don those big collars and flared trousers. Funny how fashion can appear to be flattering when its 'in' and a downright embarrassment to haunt us in old photos. 🤣
- Producer06/10/2017Friday Funday: Someone's in the kitchen with ... ?Every now and then, I find a theme for my Friday Funday posts, which have included the animal kingdom, wonderful puns, holiday times, and anything else that I can find that makes sense.Of course, sometimes I just compile a random assortment. And for...
Comments11/10/2017 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#24 I agree, @Ken Boddie has his serious side which is enlightening and his fun side which always gives me the giggles. And I just saw your comment while I was typing this Ken, darn... you crack me up. Laughter really IS the best medicine. Did you miss your calling from becoming a comedian? Love Susan's Friday Fundays!07/10/2017 #26 Ken Boddie#20 #24 Since I'm unlikely to experience childbirth or have my nipples tickled, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, the next best generator of oxytocin is, I understand, laughter. We all need a 'giggle button' to push. I prescribe three times daily, before meals, plus a weekly dose of Friday Funday from @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess.06/10/2017 #14 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess#10 Yeah, I have a friend who was a cook in a school for about 35 years, and this one is perfect for her. She no longer cooks from scratch; she heats up frozen stuff or she eats out. I have to tag her on it.
Thanks for your continued support and encouragement, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador!
- Producer01/10/2017Plastic Man Goes GreenI was the very model of a modern world suburbanite, Preoccupied with cleanliness, was well informed and erudite, My food all came in cling wrap, to be nice and fresh and watertight, And when I left the supermarket, plastic bags were my delight.I...
Comments07/10/2017 #9 Paul Walters@Ken Boddie . For starters I do love the wee willie wonker sleeping hat...suits you. I came to this realization a few years back when our girls left home for far flung places. We rattled around a house far too big for two. Three cars??? Four TVs ??? I mean?? So we gave away the furniture, sold the house and the two others that I dont even recall ever seeing. Came to Bali with a suitcase and lived a simpler life. However, I do look around and see a couple of TVs another house full of furniture. However, I do grow my own veggies, I walk everywhere or use the sepeda motor ( $2 a week on benzine!) and try to live a more sedentary lifestyle. We recycle and encourage our Balinese friends to do the same but its a bit of a losing battle. However, thank you for the fabulous rhyming couplets that make me think a little more. Cheers02/10/2017 #6 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorDelightful effort to send an important message @Ken Boddie. Plastic is one the main sources of pollution on our planet.
It does not break down, so if it’s not recycled it fills our landfills, threatens the longevity of our wildlife, and suffocates our oceans. Plastic is a problem and something that so many of us depend on in our daily lives.
You're right it's time to change and go green.02/10/2017 #4 Pascal DerrienInstilling the basics of a healthy lifestyle and ability to make choices and equipped them with informed data is the best legacy you can give to children nowadays :-) Yo plastic man you did it again. Nice one @Ken Boddie View moreInstilling the basics of a healthy lifestyle and ability to make choices and equipped them with informed data is the best legacy you can give to children nowadays :-) Yo plastic man you did it again. Nice one @Ken Boddie :-) Close
- Producer29/09/2017On SunsetEveryone has their favorite time of day. For me it is sunset. Here on the tip of Africa we are privileged to experience some of the most beautiful and varied. Sunset is the time when the rush and energy of the day fades into the space of night....
Comments30/09/2017 #18 Gert Scholtz#8 @David B. Grinberg Seems you like space of all kinds – space travel, outer space, and from on very high in your condo :) The sunset photo’s you posted here on beBee from your condo motivated me to write this one – thanks very much for stopping by and sharing David.30/09/2017 #11 Pascal DerrienWe are getting less of sun time around here with the new season coming to us no more mid week cycle spins with the club etc etc......hence I tend to maximize the day the best I can, I quite like running at night too so it a different experience. When I check the weather forecast I always smile when they mention the shiny buddy is getting ready to be all day busy :-)30/09/2017 #9 Ken BoddieSunset 🌅 ..... the experience and the metaphor. As you say, Gert, they all differ, but the real reward is when, more by chance than planning, we are in the right place at the right time to experience Mother Nature’s wow factor, as if she feels the need to occasionally remind us of her power and magnificent beauty.30/09/2017 #8 David B. GrinbergGert, you took the words right out of my mouth! I'm a super fan of sunsets 🌅 I try to observe them as much as possible from my high rise condo 20+ floors up. Very nice summation. You really captured the true essence of what makes sunsets so special. Bravo on this blogging buzz! 👏👏30/09/2017 #7 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorNothing is more beautiful than sunsets and sunrises, as well. The most stunning sunsets that I have witnessed was in Key West, Fl. The locals celebrate sunsets and the entertainment is well worth watching. Your photos are beautiful and I love the pic with the giraffes.30/09/2017 #6 Paul Walters@Gert Scholtz . Another beauty ( excuse the pun) When Mt Agung here does eventually decide to blow the one thing we ( and if the eruption is a big one) is spectacular. Constable and Turners wonderful sunset paintings of London and the surrounds were caused by the ash cloud from Krakatoa drifting across Europe. From disaster often comes beauty29/09/2017 #4 Gert Scholtz#2 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich "Watching a sunset is a fabulous experiment in being present, while also understanding the limitations of our perceptual capacities, while simultaneously flowing within the majesty of the world surrounding us." Beautiful words Deb! Thanks for reading and sharing.29/09/2017 #2 Deb 🐝 HelfrichLife-affirming buzz, @Gert Scholtz. I have been fortunate enough to live in a place where I could do a visual meditation to the sunset right from my own apartment. I find it magical how we really cannot sense the decrease of light, only its results. Even the focal point of the sun disappearing below the horizon, to our naked eye, is imprecise. Watching a sunset is a fabulous experiment in being present, while also understanding the limitations of our perceptual capacities, while simultaneously flowing within the majesty of the world surrounding us.
I do so crave, though, a chance to have giraffes in one of my sunset photos. That would be an exquisite opportunity.
- Producer29/09/2017Another Weird and Wonderful Friday Funday!Welcome to the oddities that others continue to find for me to show you each Friday. If you’ve had a tough week, why not take a minute to just sit back and enjoy the pictures and a couple of links to other seriously odd and wonderful stuff!This...
- Producer30/09/2017“Whew, It’s Getting A Little Warm!” The Ups, And Downs Of Living On The Ring Of Fire.Its 8.00 am on a Friday morning here in Bali and, as usual, at this time of year the weather is picture perfect with not a cloud in the sky. A light breeze, soft as gossamer wafts across the terrace, taking the sting out of the morning heat. ...
Comments07/10/2017 #26 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Paul Walters, very powerful- I had tons of imagery running through my mind as I read this. I remember the Tsunami, for what ever reasons I was awake when the news first broke and I felt utter fear for everyone. I don't think I ever heard the final death count, wow... that was horrible. As for the earthquakes and Volcano's, it's true, never know when mother nature will decide to open up those gates again. It's sad how many perished from the Volcano too. I hope the Mountain stays quiet for years to come. I'm sure with all the hurricanes and devastation it must have made you think of what happened in Bali over a period of years. Keep enjoying the great weather and no volcano's or Tsunami's allowed!03/10/2017 #25 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador@Paul Walters, you amaze me with your ability to draw the perfect picture making me feel like I am enjoying the balmy breezes of Bali. I'm also amazed that we love to challenge Mom nature by erecting structures on sites that are subject to her bad moods.
Thank you for the sharing your story and keep us posted.01/10/2017 #23 Stephanie BrookesThanks for the history on volcanoes. GOOD TO read the full story. I too, will now retire pool side and wait for the water to rise in the pool and bounce out of the sides, then I will put on my N95 mask and await this ash cloud in Ubud, as we are 33 kms away (as the crow flies).
As of Oct 1 at 2.00pm - no eruption yet. The magma is moving, but as yet, no eruption. We are all prepared in Ubud with masks and safety glasses (eyes are affected by the ash cloud and tiny shard-like glass that carries in the wind).
Life is going on as normal, today in Bali.
www.travelwriter.ws01/10/2017 #20 David B. GrinbergThanks for the blogging buzz, Paul. I always enjoy reading and learning from you about the history, culture and related information regarding other countries. For example, I didn't know Indonesia has 17,000 islands! Wow, that's a lot. I wonder how many are actually inhabited? Moreover, like many people, I recall the devastating tsunami through graphic and gruesome TV footage. What a historic tragedy for so many people.
I really hope that the volcano you write about remains relatively inactive. However, the "Ring of Fire" is known to have so-called flare up more than other places on the planet. I tend to think that California is the next devastation zone for a major earthquake, as there hasn't been a really big one since the Northridge earthquake in 1994. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/26/earthquake-thermometer-shows-la-region-is-boiling-to-northridge-level-2/ And seismologists say the Golden State is overdue to another big one. San Francisco, for example, hasn't had a devastating quake in over 100 years http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/How-ready-will-Bay-Area-be-for-next-big-quake-12216401.php
Anyhow, please stay safe in your tropical paradise -- for which we are all envious!30/09/2017 #19 Donna WoodIt was good to be transported to the beautiful isle of Bali on this fine Saturday morning. Do take care, @Paul Walters. The world would be so less pleasant without you in it. If the Mountain should come for you, appease the sea that she will render you away until the Mountain seeks you no more. :D Hope your nap was as pleasant as your post! ;)30/09/2017 #17 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe same geological forces that have contributed to the beauty of Bali are the ones that create terrifying consequence. I am of the Richard Feynman persuasion where beliefs in the mercy of Gods not to destroy a temple is replaced by the wisdom of the temple builders who may have located it at a lesser risk location. Yet tsunami, volcanoes, earthquakes follow their own wave or path, so the best way to combat natural forces is to design in resilience.
It is not right that people still hold onto ancient beliefs that may preclude them from investing in earthquake proofing construction or not build a major settlement within reach of pyroclastic flows. We know from volcanic history that a really severe eruption requires readiness to evacuate, as well as using sensor devices that improve predictability of disaster.
Nor do human beings pay attention to the behaviour and sensory intelligence of animals - because many animals begin to move away form impending tsuanmi's, it looks like that animal sense has a predictor capability that human beings have not yet figured out in terms of biomimicry. All said, Bali is a beautiful place and sometimes is human beliefs which may be a disabler of resilience building.30/09/2017 #12 Ken BoddieThe wife is currently in Central Java, Pak Paul, and so I've just planned to re-route her back to Oz via Jakarta, instead of Denpasar. This, of course, is in anticipation of a large Agunic ash cloud disrupting flights at some time in the not too distant future.
Tales of big bangs brings me back to my many encounters with eruptions and lava flows in days gone past, but one of the most interesting was when I was living in Cilacap in 1988 and Gunung Slamet erupted some 60km away (probably about the same distance as you are from Gunung Agung). I don't remember the tremors and the minor shakes so much as the several days of darkness and the silent grey snow-like showers of fine silt sized ash, which, it appears, is highly abrasive. It got everywhere (including many orifices where the sun doesn't shine) and those who were less fastidious, ignoring advice to change engine oil, etc, ended up with major vehicle breakdowns soon after things got back to semi-normal.
I trust you will be observing and recording proceedings from the safety of your hammock and that you will remember to cover up your gin and tonic against the intrusion of the pending grey silt. Perhaps you might consider indulging in that rare pursuit of volcahology (cocktails with a bang) which, of course, must be shaken and not stirred.30/09/2017 #10 Netta Virtanen@Paul Walters What a menacing volcano! It's terrible that people have to flee their homes and that they have to collect all their animals and try to move them to safer grounds. It must be so terrible, scary and such hard-work.
Keep us posted about that "giant mountain that wheezes, rumbles and belches like a bellicose politician, threatening to disgorge countless tons of lava and ash"30/09/2017 #9 Gert Scholtz@Paul Walters On my visit to Bali years ago, I was struck by the calm and serenity of the land and the people. Your post, as always so well written, shows a different side to it. Nature has its ways of being calm yet forceful - and we don't know on a certain day which one it will be. Thanks for a very interesting read Paul.
- 29/09/2017Today is NATIONAL COFFEE DAY
Luckily I had my camera with me as the sun coming through the cafe window created a perfect picture!
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