- Producer22/10/2016Advertising with #Drones and the best production made by #Rhino AfricaRhino Africa, Africa’s leading safari company, has spent the past three years exploring Africa to capture breathtaking drone footage of the continent’s most beautiful places. Visiting iconic places such as Victoria Falls, Sossusvlei, the Okavango...
- Producer21/10/2016XI Edición del Salón del ChocolateHoy viernes 21 he tenido el inmenso placer de acudir a la XI Edición del Salón del Chocolate en el C.C. Moda Shopping de Madrid, invitada por Jorge Hernández Alonso, el Chef Koketo.He acudido al olor del pavo con mole poblano, una receta típicamente...
Comments22/10/2016 #19 Mamen Delgado#18 Te advierto @Serafin Casas que no es el mejor fin de semana para venir a Madrid. Hoy no ha parado de llover, constante, continua. Otra vez será, aunque con esas fotos tan maravillosas que haces hubieras hecho un bonito reportaje. No te pierdas el blog de @Jorge Hernández Alonso, te va a encantar!! Feliz finde. 😘22/10/2016 #18 Serafin CasasTenía pensado pasar el fin de semana en Madrid y lo he pospuesto, después de leer tu buzz me arrepiento @Mamen Delgado, el chocolate es una debilidad y conocer profesionales que lo manejen correctamente es una necesidad, en fin, otra vez será, menos mal que aún me quedan bombones de chocolate blanco y frutos del bosque para pasar el mal trago...22/10/2016 #16 detapitasenlacalle ..Qué pena no estar en Madrid para caer en esa tentación. Si la receta que publicó @Jorge Hernández Alonso con solo leerla ya salivaba uno como si no hubiera un mañana, no quiero imaginarme lo que te has encontrado ahí @Mamen Delgado. Muchas gracias a los dos por tanta "dulzura" !!!!21/10/2016 #3 Florencio Vallinot#1 Gracias @Mamen Delgado por tus comentarios y menciones, que bien lo hemos pasado y sobre todo haber coincidido de nuevo en este evento junto con @Jorge Hernández Alonso y poder disfrutar de su receta de pavo con mole poblano, estaba buenísimo y con ese toque de anís.21/10/2016 #2 Jorge Hernández AlonsoQuerida @Mamen Delgado ha sido un gran placer conocerte y disfrutar de tu compañía esta mañana. Agradecerte este bello artículo que me sabe a miel y chocolate, muy generosa cada una de tus palabras. Espero y deseo compartir más momentos como este. Un cordial y afectuoso saludo.
- 22/10/2016@Jose Carlos Robles, I joined Metro Photo Challenge, how do you follow others on here?Metro Photo Challenge : Lisa's Profilewww.metrophotochallenge.com Metro Photo Challenge 2016 photo...
- Producer21/10/2016The Heart MeltingI was once a Rock. Impenetrable. Immovable. Hard. Cold. But brittle, so very prone to fracture by the application of external forces. And the unrelenting rain and hailstorms of the Mundane modern life pitted me, wore me down from the outside...
Comments22/10/2016 #5 AnonymousThe words I am pleasantly stuck on are, "Now I am Fluid. I make my own way to the Sea. When faced with the Barriers of Life, I simply seek to Flow Around, find other Paths Through." Lovely @Gary Sharpe View moreThe words I am pleasantly stuck on are, "Now I am Fluid. I make my own way to the Sea. When faced with the Barriers of Life, I simply seek to Flow Around, find other Paths Through." Lovely @Gary Sharpe. Close
- Producer21/10/2016The Bushmen of Southern Africa/ /? // ! . These are but a few variants of the clicking sounds of the Bushmen language. Sounds that on hearing it in song are as softly charming as these forgotten peoples of southern Africa. If you sat beside their camp now, you would hear...
Comments21/10/2016 #19 Gert Scholtz#14 @Andrew Porter The "Out of Africa" theory on human evolution is indeed intriguing. Related to this theme - here is a post I wrote earlier this year which you may find interesting: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gert-scholtz/the-cradle-of-humankind Thank you Andrew.21/10/2016 #15 AnonymousI enjoyed this very much @Gert Scholtz. It reminds me of the once vibrant culture of the Native American Indian. Something quite profound emanates from within these people and their close connection to nature and natural living. So much we can learn from observing their response to life and the world around them.21/10/2016 #14 Andrew Porter@Gert Scholtz a really good informative post about the Bushmen of South Africa, I found it a most enjoyable read thanks Gert, and it actually fell in line with a new documentary that I started watching last night called 'The Incredible Human Journey' which is about the earliest human life on the planet, and how human life spread out of Africa to inhabit other parts of the world, such as Europe and Eurasia, it even showed the cave at Pinnacle Point where early human bones had been found!
In fact according to this bbc documentary there are parts of everyone's DNA that can be traced back to the earliest human life in Africa some many many thousands of years ago, certainly an interesting programme!21/10/2016 #12 Ken BoddieThanks for the education, Gert, on another of this world's aboriginal people and their fast disappearing culture. I would guess that many of us have heard of the Bushmen through the popular movie "The Gods Must be Crazy" but your well illustrated buzz takes us well beyond the coke bottle falling from the sky and Xi's trip to the 'edge of the world'. Interesting how their stories, explaining how the universe around them came to be, seem to be a common solution to man's common questions. The traditional custodians of the land here in Oz also have a range of explanatory stories dating back to a time generically referred as the 'Dream Time', and obviously well before we 'white fellas' came to stuff things up.21/10/2016 #7 VDS Brink" / /? // !, " This is just brilliant Gert! What can we do for them and so much to learn from them and their history. Where I grew up in the North Western Cape their descendants were all around, Sadly every bit of the culture long lost. Our little town and its people are beautifully described in a new blog: https://karooblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/24/erfenisrap/ and https://karooblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/klein-insidente-groot-impak/21/10/2016 #6 Dean OwenI hope the soothing clicking sounds of the Khoisan languages survives although I have never heard it first hand. Let's hope the coke bottle does not mark the sign of the end of the remarkable Bushman. That would be most sad.
"When it grows dark she throws up a handful of white ash. This becomes the stars of the Milky-way that guide the hunters home." this is so poetic.21/10/2016 #5 Deb HelfrichI think we most certainly can learn a great deal from their fairness and playful exuberance. In any way we can get back to a less aseptic, driven, and combative lifestyle we will gain joy in being alive and most likely commensurate gains in health and well being. Tremendous buzz, @Gert Scholtz21/10/2016 #4 CityVP ManjitWhether it is bushmen in Africa, or native peoples of America or the aboriginal people of Australia - for sure there is so much that they understand about the immediacy of existence, that we can all learn so much from. We can also learn to appreciate their storytelling, rather than condemn their poetic observation of the universe.
- Producer20/10/2016Africa’s Wild Dogs, The Canine Soldiers Of The Bush.When one mentions an African wild dog to anybody there is usually a shiver of revulsion, brought on no doubt by all those wildlife documentaries depicting them as the thugs of the bush roaming the plains like a vicious gang. These canines are...
Comments21/10/2016 #16 Paul Walters#13 @Dean Owen Yup South Africa is in a bit of strife all round Dean which is all rather sad. I will be visiting in February so will have an up close look then and perhaps write a buzz. In between though I am off to Sulewesi in December to see the whale sharks...tempted ??21/10/2016 #14 Lisa GallagherFirst, I'd like to comment on how beautiful the Victoria Falls is. I've heard of these dogs and seen documentaries of them. They would scare the 'you know what out of me,' if even one came up on me. I've heard they have attacked and killed children, is this true? They look very grungy and mean. My heart started pounding as I read this. What an experience you had on that particular day @Paul Walters!21/10/2016 #13 Dean Owen#11 Yikes. South Africa falling? @Gert Scholtz. What would happen to the Springboks? I'd hate to see them fall off the World stage once again. Thanks for introducing me to &Beyond. I checked out their website. Might just entice me to change from an Aman Junkie to an &Beyond Junkie.21/10/2016 #11 Paul Walters#10 @Deb Helfrich I travel to Africa every 12 - 15 months or so and visit a couple of countries at a time. Zimbabwe I hate to say has been driven into the dust by a president who is senile and cruel! from being Africa's 'bread basket' it is now a country forced to import food for which it cannot pay for. Ditto the DDR, Congo, Niger, and a few other West African states. The next domino that could potentially fall is South Africa which is now mired in corruption perpetuated by self serving politicians . I was at university in that country during the 'struggle' which led to the rise to the highest office of one Nelson Mandela . Now all that hard and back breaking work is becoming undone and a sense of failure seems to permeate throughout the population. Thats a bit of a long winded answer to your question. I do see the cities but I have an overwhelming love for the African bush . More stories to come on places like Mozambique, Zambia and a few others . Thanks for stopping by !21/10/2016 #10 Deb HelfrichThis was a very visual read, @Paul Walters. I feel a lot in awe and a little unsettled at the proceedings, as you seemed to have a pretty rare safari sighting. Did you travel straight to the lodge or did you also get some time to check out the human goings-on in Zimbabwe? I suspect a different sort of militaristic carnage was going on. From what I understand from Peter Godwin's books it can be very hard to get accurate information outside the country.20/10/2016 #4 Vincent AndrewSuch an organised breed of animals the wild dogs! When at first they didn't succeed with the baboons, they sauntered off looking for their next victim. The failure merely emboldened their determination. They knew who to pick the next time - the most vulnerable antelope. It's really about strategy, a game plan and the survival of the fittest! Fascinating read Paul. Thanks for sharing!20/10/2016 #3 Don Kerr@Paul Walters "a bloat of giant Hippopotami wallow together grunting and groaning" For a moment I thought you were writing about my last experience in the corporate world! Great and evocative piece Paul. My family and I HAVE to get to Africa. My wife has wonderful memories of it. Ever since I read The Honey Badger by Robert Ruark (decades ago) to have been fascinated. Thanks for the enticement. @Gert Scholtz I'll be sure to warn you if I am about to unleash my yard apes on your beautiful country of SA before arriving.
- 21/10/2016Heidi is on her gap year and is currently in Barcelona. Here is why she is voting for Trump, opps, Hillary....RE: WHY I'M VOTING FOR DONALD TRUMP ♡ HELLO I LOVE YOU ♡ a response to donald trump's tape from last week, casey neistat's video "who i'm voting for president," the videos on youtube i've seen...
Comments22/10/2016 #9 Lance Scoular#8 Thanks @Lisa Gallagher
Rethe zoom on Snapchat I use my thumb to hold down the record button to commence video and then slide my thumb upwards while keeping pressure on the screen to keep recording for the 10 seconds. This zooms the picture larger. (this is on android)22/10/2016 #8 Lisa Gallagher@Lance Scoular, I'm watching your snapchat of Rouse Hill, the skyline and bus stop right now. I saw birds.. what type were they? Ok, approaching Sydney Harbor bridge right now. The bus travels fast! I see the Opera house, lovely! The harbor is beautiful and the bridge is longer, yes? Clean trains/station! Did I see a Ferris wheel in the harbor area? All the boats, ahh!! Your heading towards Alfred st. The plants are beautiful. We are heading towards winter. Yes it is a Ferris wheel and the cruise liner, big! How did you zoom in, with fingers on screen? Ha, love your Avatar over the bridge! I think I'd like to spend my winters in Australia! So many beautiful flowers and plants, on your property?
Comments20/10/2016 #3 Lisa GallagherI saw the Opera house and the water looked beautiful. The Presbyterian Church is big. Wow, many large buildings in Sydney. Is the bus on wheels or rails, looks like it was traveling fast. Union station looks nice and clean compared to some of our train/subway stations in the US. So cool that you can travel on the bus then train to Airport! Enjoyed this tour, now going to watch part 3 @Lance Scoular
- Producer18/10/2016Frozen Lives & Broken SoulsThe Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and by 1990 I had already made the decision that I would travel to what was called the satellite countries, I would go accompanied or not but I would go no matter what.Travelling on a low budget I found myself heading to...
Comments19/10/2016 #34 Phil Friedman#32 The stories that most catch our notice are the tales of extraordinary heroism, But truth be told, the majority of truly heroic effort and behavior occurs within the context of day-to-day life, and is instantiated by those who consider themselves "ordinary", but who will not accept what is for what should be. If humanity is to be saved, it will be by the "regular guys" with grit, who will do the job.19/10/2016 #29 AnonymousWow, you @Pascal Derrien are what I call 'the REAL DEAL'. I praise you, you have put your heart and soul into compassionate action. This buzz has stirred me emotionally and made me know a deeper side of you which I admire greatly. And although this is an excellent story and written so well, it is what you replied in comment to Ken that speaks the loudest in this buzz: "I should help people broken down people getting back up again...... maybe a conversation or a smile means more than....." We need more of you in the world dear Pascal!19/10/2016 #26 Pascal Derrien#24 thanks @Lisa Gallagher yes a lot of mental illnesses in the street, people not diagnosed or medicalized in any shape or form but it seems nobody cares in the end since my time on the street the drugs plague which was marginal enough is now the biggest problem :-(19/10/2016 #24 Lisa GallagherA story well told @Pascal Derrien. It's so sad because many of the homeless people are mentally ill and from what I've heard, suffer from Schizophrenia. Yes, there are those who are homeless because they lost it all but those who choose to live in the streets through out each bitter winter, well it brings tears to my eyes. You saw it first hand and I'm glad you touched so many lives. I'm sure you touched more than you were ever aware of. Thank you for sharing, you have a kind and caring heart- it's very evident in your writing. Obviously I never knew Joey, but I echo your sentiments, RIP Joey and to all the "Joeys" who died homeless.
- 18/10/2016With Diwali, the "Festival of Lights" just around the corner, wish you all a Happy Diwali. Diwali or Deepawali is one of the biggest Hindu festivals and I will be posting links below in the days leading up to Diwali, Sunday 30th, October.
Comments21/10/2016 #25 Om Parkash PraganiThanks for wishes, I would always love to meet the most elders of my family on this occasion and sit with them to capture just smile on their faces that express their real happiness not only due to the importance of festival but gatherings of their children and families who live away from them because of their personal lives and business and just gathered on such occasions to spend some valuable moments with their elders and loved ones.20/10/2016 #20 AnonymousWhen I lived in California, I was blessed to enjoy some great Dawali festivities with friends from India - I miss them!! Happy Diwali to all who celebrate ! Thank you Dean for bringing this beautiful Holiday to our attention. I would love to learn more about the holidays from around the globe!
- 17/10/2016Congratulations to all the latest new beBee Ambassadors!!!
Comments19/10/2016 #47 CityVP ManjitI raise my glass to each moment of renaissance at beBee and congratulate all. If brand is our authentic soul, then brand is simply name we describe that flow and practice. I view beBee as a 21st Century energy, and as Shakespeare said "thinking makes it so". beBee has helped me spread my own wings of learning and I accept such grace in its being, as a life-long learning media and as a way of relating to our own personal affinity.18/10/2016 #39 John ValledorWho is the beBee "brand ambassador" for Veterans in this channel? Did s/he serve in combat in any of the conflicts since 9/11 so as to have an affinity for the contemporary challenges facing this unique population group?
LinkedIn has a very visible and powerful campaign to help their veteran members, including free Premium services (for a year) and free access to online job seeker training (Lynda.com). I know beBee has no premuim counterpart, but does beBee even desire to compete in this fashion?
Why am I asking these questions?
As an active member on LinkedIn and combat veteran, I'm often asked by many of my fellow veteran connections (over 2,000) the following, "what does beBee do to promote, advocate, support, inspire, inform, engage veterans curious about joining this platform?"
I'm a supportive beBee member, but I too see little effort to target yet another micro-social media savyy population.
Help me here fellow bees...17/10/2016 #32 Gerald Hecht#27 @Dean Owen I didn't know (I never know? How things I "write" are perceived; which is why I take my time with them and try not to "crank 'emout" ...anyway...Congratulations to all of the new ambassadors (I've read and admired all of your work --so not new in that sense); new Ambassadors however! Wow; again congratulations!17/10/2016 #30 Gerald Hecht@Teresa Gezze Are you really living in Cleveland? What is that like? Never mind--you can tell me later or whatever (like I'm one to talk anyway living in Baton Rouge)...anyway, I am very surprised by this news; Congratulations to all of the new ambassadors (I've read and admired all of your work --so not new in that sense) ; new Ambassadors however! Wow...again congratulations!
- Producer17/10/2016Meeting The Mantas. A Sea Journey To Nusa PenidaI have been coming to the island of Nusa Lembongan (situated in the Java Sea) for almost eight years and the place never seems to disappoint even though with each subsequent visit I notice changes occurring along the seashore. Blessed with...
Comments18/10/2016 #9 Vincent AndrewThe need to attract tourist income vs protecting the environment and endangered species is a delicate balance, an issue that developing countries focusing on eco-tourism often grapple with. However, I enjoy reading your article Paul. The manta, as you describe it, is magnificent.17/10/2016 #3 Dean OwenMantas are one of those sights that just take your breath away, which can be quite dangerous with all the scuba kit. Is there a Manta season at Nusa Lembongan? I would hate to go and be disappointed... And if you can guarantee a week window when I can catch both a whaleshark and a manta, I'll book a ticket right now!17/10/2016 #2 Randy KehoI'm a poor swimmer, but I can dog paddle with the best of them. Do they have glass-bottom boats?
I've never fashioned myself a world traveler. I'm more of a Jack Kerouac "On the Road" type of guy. But, I must say, if I were to come into boatload of money, I might wash up on your beach in Bali. I might even bring Karen. That would be an adventure for all of us.17/10/2016 #1 Deb HelfrichThanks for a glimpse into a manta playground, @Paul Walters. I do hope that the laws will help protect them, but we are a very anti-eco-friendly species. It would likely help if some of that million in tourist money could somehow be directed towards the most likely poachers...
- Producer16/10/2016Danger: Too much sugar!About six years ago I woke up in the morning feeling dazed. It was so unlike any other mornings. I tried to get up on my feet but instantly I slumped to the bed. When I opened my eyes I felt my head was spinning. Even with my eyes closed, it had...
Comments18/10/2016 #10 Vincent Andrew#7 Yes you have a point Ken. I'll ask my doctor for a specialist. In the past one week alone, I have taken so little rice. Just once and that too was a third of what I normally consume in a meal. I never thought I could do this and I never thought I could make this change. Thank you for the link Ken and for commenting. I really appreciate it.18/10/2016 #9 Vincent Andrew#6 Thanks Lisa for commenting. I agree change takes time. I am taking it a day at a time, a meal at a time. I do like barley. Switching to a different kind of diet is rather uncomfortable after all the habit that has been formed over the years. Still, health is a priority. As they say, 'Health is Wealth'. :)17/10/2016 #8 Lisa Gallagher#7 Good points @Ken Boddie. One type of Dr. that has more knowledge of the body overall is an Internal Medicine Dr. I agree, seeking help with the proper professionals is a must. Once a person is diagnosed with diabetes they need to keep a daily check on their blood sugar levels. You can't do that without a prescription to get the device. Also, some people need to go on medicine for uncontrolled diabetes or in other cases a Dr. will tell the person to inject themselves if their blood sugar goes over 150. When a person begins to exhibit signs, that means diabetes is already out of control.17/10/2016 #7 Ken BoddieAs diet change has the potential to not only alter change in the body, Vincent, but also quality of life and lifestyle, I suggest that you ask your doctor (presumably a General Practitioner and not specialist) for a consultation with a specialist and also a consultation with a dietician. As you quite correctly point out, and @Dean Owen has also queried, even a cursory search of medical journals appears to produce confusing and possibly ambiguous results. GPs are a tremendous asset to the community, but no one medical practitioner can be expected to be fully knowledgable on all aspects of medical science, medical research and its evolution. Conversely, it can be dangerous for the 'uninitiated' to perform self healing based on 'Dr Google'. Can't be any harm, however, in seeking out additional medical advice, as suggested above, if you are in this for the long haul.17/10/2016 #6 Lisa GallagherI'm glad you sought medical attention @Vincent Andrew. It's true, many walk around unknowingly with diabetes because it takes some time for Type ll diabetes before a person may exhibit symptoms. What you wrote of is good for others to know if they are just not feeling themselves or worse yet, dizzy and unable to function. People can walk around with fairly high blood sugar levels without knowing they have diabetes. Your blood sugar must have been over 300? I must have some Asian blood in me, because I LOVE white rice and noodles too. I've been trying to cut back because I had gestational diabetes with my second child. I was told my chances of developing Type ll were 50% higher after I hit the age of 50. One thing I love that helps with the bad carb cravings is Barley. I know it's hard to get used to not eating white rice but even Quinoa is a nice substitute. I think change takes time. Thanks for sharing this and thanks for the exercise reminder. I just started a fast paced power walking class on youtube via my TV ;-)17/10/2016 #4 Dean OwenI can understand the "coffees" (by the way the "Starbuck’s Hot Mulled Fruit - Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Venti" sounds quite yummy, but who orders a Venti?), but rice is a surprise, noodles not so much. But looking at diabetes rates by country, India, China, US, Indonesia and Japan make up #1-5. Interesting to note obesity ranks for the top five are very different (US, Mexico, UK, Slovakia, Greece). I can't imagine a life without rice and noodles. Japan has the highest life expectancy, and we eat rice 3 times a day!17/10/2016 #3 Vincent Andrew#1 "The overall association in men was not clear, although there was a suggestion of increased risk of type 2 diabetes with rice intake in physically inactive men and smoking men. Bread or noodle intake was not associated with risk of type 2 diabetes." So bread and noodles seem ok. However, my doctor says 'noodles is rice and rice is sugar'. The science is rather confusing at times Ken.17/10/2016 #1 Ken BoddieInteresting post, Vincent. Have you researched or considered brown rice instead of white rice? I am certainly no expert but the following link be of some interest to you and your doctor. .
- ProducerUrban WisdomLadies, we all know that from time to time we must keep our senses of humor. The URBAN DICTIONARY ( in case you have not heard of it, is comprised of the younger folks using their own specific language that we do not understand. On purpose. Before...
- Producer13/10/2016When Words Fail, There's Always The Gift Of Writing.Not long ago, on one of my frequent sorties away from Bali I found myself in a restaurant in K.L. While sitting there I couldn’t help being privy to a conversation happening at the table next to mine. What was transpiring was obviously the...
Comments13/10/2016 #15 Deb HelfrichI always feel more creative when writing with ink - I only recently parted with pounds of hand-written notes from college. I never much cared for the instrument side, but I had alternating phases of being very particular about the color of the ink. Luckily, I have grown up and now own a very large supply of green ink pens - Pilot Precise, Very Fine, Roller Ball to accompany my green Moleskine journals.13/10/2016 #14 Randy KehoUnfortunately, I only have one Cross pen left. I have a habit of losing them. I use it to write checks for my bills. I return it to its original case when I'm done. With the advent of online bill payment, I only write one check per month. It should last a long, long time.13/10/2016 #13 Laura MikolaitisI work for a company who is the North American distributor for Pelikan so I'm quite fond of fountain pens. I have a couple that I keep at my desk; and although I take most of my notes on my tablet there are times when I go old school and pull out my notebook and fountain pen. The feel as the nib touches the paper and glides along with each formation of letters and words is quite different from a traditional pen. It brings a certain romance to the act even when it is simply taking a few notes during a meeting. I particularly love to discover the brilliance of new inks as they travel down the piston and flow so effortlessly through the nib. Thanks so much for sharing this @Paul Walters. I really enjoyed reading it. By the way, I agree there is nothing like receiving a hand written envelope and letter or card in the mail. I hope that never goes away because the gift is in the simplicity and in the time taken to extend penmanship from one to another.13/10/2016 #12 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianI still have a few Mont Blanc fountain pens. They used to be reserved for signing contracts and penning notes to my loved ones. Now, they just gather dust.
For everyday sort of writing, I use my Cross ball point, or, and I'm loathed to admit it, a generic Bic.
My Dad is a Parker-man. He gave each of us kids a Parker pen for grade school graduation. I still have mine 47 years later. Sadly, it too is gathering dust with its fancy-pants brethren.
I think I'll go buy some ink and dust off a fountain pen in your honor, Paul. I think a dark, but not too dark, blue ink will do the trick.
Thanks for rekindling the memories13/10/2016 #11 Kevin PashukWe have been a 1:1 computer school for 16 years - every student and teacher has a pen based tablet PC. The pen is a key and integral part of the learning process on the screen - equations, notes, and diagrams all work better with a pen. (This is not like the Apple Pencil, more like an actual pen, with high fidelity).
Even brain research is backing up the use of the pen. According to research (which I'd have to dig up again, so sorry no citation) things that are written out long hand with a pen are retained more effectively than if you had typed them.
While not as elegant as a Mont Blanc, we are not ready to say goodbye to that most essential of tools - the pen.
Enjoyed the trip down memory lane Paul.13/10/2016 #10 Gert Scholtz@Paul Walters A few years ago one of our senior executives at work gave everyone a hand-written note for the festive season. This was precious. Email and printed works have replaced the character and charm of a letter written with an ink pen. Thanks for a well - "penned" Buzz.13/10/2016 #5 Ken BoddieI still remember the first day at my primary school, Paul, when we were allowed to graduate to the use of an ink pen, as opposed to a pencil, in order to write our schoolwork in class. I still carry a water-based ink pen with me daily, to which the stains on some of my older shirt pockets will testify, and use it to comment on printed drafts of those I mentor and peer review, although the keyboard is my predominant weapon of choice for bulk work, including when, as you suggest, 'poisoning' others. Handwriting can be a beautiful thing to see when done with care, but unfortunately, in my case, tends to challenge the psychic powers of my younger readers. I still remember, however, the lost art of writing with sweeping loops (light up and hard down) and the interesting effects achieved with a chiselled point. I am still an ardent fan of the works of those medieval monk scribes who produced such artful illustrated manuscripts. Thanks for stirring fond memories. ___🖋
- Producer13/10/2016A Fantástica Arte de Martin RollerVocês sabem que, aqui no Wix, nós nos esforçamos muito para dar as melhores dicas para criar um site incrível. Mas também procuramos compartilhar com vocês as mais inspiradoras jóias da internet, fruto do talento de nossos usuários – e eles são...
- Producer12/10/2016Pastels and Pleats in a Truckstop – A Lesson in Cultural AwarenessThe 1980’s were not known for their contribution to high fashion. For the most part, I didn’t care. My wardrobe of choice consisted of cotton shirts (preferably black), blue jeans, and if I could get away with it, cowboy boots (otherwise...
Comments14/10/2016 #43 Ken BoddieGreat story, Kev! I guess there's a time to blend in and a time to stand out from the crowd. Visiting a truck stop in West Virginia would appear not to be the latter. Brings a new meaning to the expression "Dressed to kill". I really need to stop wearing my kilt to the office. 🤔14/10/2016 #42 Wayne Yoshida#41 Wait. Lisa -- (and Kevin, too) --
The Chevy Shove-Itt. I have a great memory about one of those. In the same yellow, too. I went on a road trip with a friend from work. It was planned to be a long weekend of driving and sight-seeing in New England. We were starting from Newington, CT and going to a big electronics and radio swap meet (yeah, very nerdy) in Deerfield, NH. . . but we never got there.
My old pickup truck breaks the driveshaft somewhere near Boston. It was April, so the weather was not too cold. . .
We were totally stuck. Since we had ham radio in the truck, we called out for help. Finally managed to get someone to respond, and call the troopers. It took hours for them to respond - we were at some junction or division of jurisdiction and two counties U-turned near where we were stuck.
Finally, got a tow to a garage. No replacement parts. I had to leave the truck behind and get back home.
We were about 200 or more miles away from home. I call a friend back home. I ask Ed if he could do us a real favor - pick us up and take us home. Oh - we are near Boston. . .
And he did. Ed and his wife come all the way to Boston on a very late Saturday night to pick us up. And he didn't ask for anything in return. What a great friend. In his yellow Chevy Shove-Itt. . . . with four people in the car . . .
I took Ed and his wife out to a great restaurant the following weekend.14/10/2016 #41 Lisa Gallagher@Kevin Pashuk I had to stop laughing before I could continue after I read you let your wife pack your bags for that back woods trip to W. Va and the car, OH the car!! See, that's why I insist my husband packs his own bags but he won't. I'm not sure if he's had any major issues with the clothes I do pack for him. Maybe one day, I will pack clothes that he shouldn't be wearing and it will make him swear to pack his own from here on in ;-) I remember the Gremlin's too. Do you remember those cars? Yikes! You brought back memories about the good old 4 cylinders which didn't have a lot of HP chucking it up hills. I swear there were times I would push as far as the pedal would go, thinking I could make it suddenly accelerate faster up a hill. I wore scrubs to work and I had no shame going out in public with them on. We really didn't travel much in the 80's, so I think I wore clothing that was acceptable (by me, LOL). When I look at my photos from the 80's, I laugh and wonder what the heck I was thinking?!! Loved this story and great lesson to be learned contained within.14/10/2016 #40 Wayne YoshidaThanks Kevin. Here is my cultural awareness story: My first visit to Japan. On business. Understand I am a third generation Japanese-American, so I am as American as pizza and tacos. . . I can understand most conversations in Japanese, but I am not able to form a polite, business-like reply. Not good when you look like me but speak and sound like - that red-haired white guy traveling with me.
It took a little while for me to realize a few things. Like all the flags flown were not the Stars and Stripes. And the people all looked like me, but most of them were shorter. That was very different, since I grew up in Southern Calif., USA, with a wide range of folks with different background and heritage.
But the real funny shocker was this: While on the phone calling my home office in CA, a pretty young lady walking by my workstation stopped, and waited for me to finish the call. When I hung up the phone, she said, "You speak English very well."
And I looked at her and I said very calmly and slowly, "Thank you. It takes lots of practice."
A co-worker from the Japan office started laughing and explained who I was.
The rest of the business trip was filled with lots of funny scenarios like that.
It was an enjoyable experience.
- Producer13/10/2016Great Scot!Next time you utter this "expression of surprise or amazement", give a thought, beyond the exclamation, to how many Great Scottish persons there have been and what they've done to cement society as we know it. We all know that the fertile Scots...
Comments14/10/2016 #23 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#20 Oopsy daisy about dear Jenny dear Kenny! A lasting misconception that apparently! But taketh none of the charm away from the lady nonetheless ;) Yup about that comment by the author there...but just felt it all might add to the brink think here ;) Thankee!14/10/2016 #20 Ken Boddie#19 Connery and Butler are indeed great examples of Scottish stock, Praveen, but I doubt if Jennifer Agutter, who I have worshipped as a goddess of the screen since her days in the 'Railway Children', would thank you for exalting her as a Great Scot. I am reliably informed that she was born in Somerset, in the south of England. Some interesting info you threw into the melting pot, Praveen, on Hindu and Celtic cultures. I must admit, however, that the author's initial comment "Some of this is theoretical. Some of it is proven to exacting standards." leaves me a little bit confused, which, in my case is not difficult to do. 🤔Thanks, anyway, for your valuable contribution to the Jostle of Jocks. 👍14/10/2016 #19 Praveen Raj GullepalliGreat Scot! I didn't know all that...cool! I can't think beyond my all-time favorite Bond, Sean Connery...the winsome Jenny Agutter...and the Glen spirited-family and Johnny who Walks...Gerard Butler yes! Here is a link to more ancient connections for you, Chas, Gert, Dean-san to check out when you have time...http://www.northernway.org/school/onwarticles.html14/10/2016 #18 Ken Boddie#17 Stirring stuff, Chas, and thanks for your valuable contribution to the Jostle of Jocks. I didn't know about the Red Indian negotiations, though, and who'd have guessed the bank connection? After all, the Scots are partly responsible for the straight edged coin which was allegedly invented so it could be wrenched out of Scots' palms with a spanner. 😂14/10/2016 #17 Chas Wyatt@Ken Boddie, okay, buster, having Scottish heritage coursing through my veins, I had to respond. It should be noted that the Scots were originally a tribe from Northern Ireland that were booted out by the High Kings of Ulster, so they naturally invaded the land of the Picts (the Picts were the ones who painted their faces blue before battle, not the Scots as depicted in the fictitional Hollywood History treatment of William Wallace in "Braveheart"- there are many more fallacies in that movie that I won't delve into here). John Logie Baird- television, John Loudon McAdam- Macadamised Roads(basis for tarmac), Kirkpatrick Macmillan and Thomas McCall- the pedal bicycle, David Dunbar Buick- overhead valve engine, Robert William Thomson and John Boyd Dunlop- the pneumatic tire, Sir William Fairbairn- Tubular steel and the first iron-hulled steamship, James Chalmers- adhesive postage stamp and postmark, Sir Sanford Fleming- Universal Standard Time, James Goodfellow- Automated Teller Machines and Personal Identification Number system, James Braid- hypnotism, Alan MacMasters- the first electric bread toaster. There is a whole thicket of astronomical and scientific discoveries that can be attributed to Scots (closest star to the Sun (Proxima A), Centaurus A; a starburst galaxy, the Horsehead Nebula and the theory of electromagnetism). It is interesting to note that the Bank of England and the Bank of France were devised by Scots. Of course Long John Silver and Jekyll and Hyde were created by Robert Louis Stevenson. Scots were used to negotiate "peace treaties" by the U.S. Calvary with Native Americans because they understood the circular social dynamics of the tribe(clans), rather than the linear structure of the military. Should I mention golf?