- Producer06/08/2017Bonding the free-wayIt started off as one of those perfect winter’s days in Africa. Following the early morning chill, it was warming up under a glorious blue sky. I picked up my ride to the airport. The traffic was unusually light for rush hour. I was travelling to...
Comments07/08/2017 #4 Ken BoddieThought provoking as always, Ian. Bonding and cool heads on the freeway? Who'd have thunk it? I find it paradoxical how we can be so self centred sometimes about traffic induced hold ups, particularly when they are due to bad accidents, with hardly a thought for the poor souls directly involved. I'd like to think that the same spirit of cooperation would have prevailed in mid summer with vehicle occupants cooking in the sun, or am I being too cinical?
- Producer06/08/2017A TRIP TO THE FAIR (Photolog)Summertime in St. Thomas, Ontario—the Railway Capital of Canada—and here's what all the kids have been waiting for. We have a three-day fair every year called “The Iron Horse Festival”. Today, I'd like to take you on a little day trip. The...
- Producer04/08/2017MUSICAL DECADES - 1960s - DancesThis week, I'd like to take you back to the dances of the 1960s, when back then, it seemed like a new dance came out every week. To set the mood, here's Ray Charles in a clip from The Blues Brothers movie. In his song he mentions quite a few...
- Producer04/08/2017I Miss You, Little Sister I miss you, little sister, And though it's been a while, I still can hear your cheeky laugh, And see your winning smile. Looking through my photos, Of my many Yogya stays, You are in so many, Always cheerful. Happy days!Then I heard the news...
Comments05/08/2017 #10 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Ken Boddie, What a tear jerking moving poem. Such a beautiful tribute to your sister. I'm so sorry you lost her, how long has it been? I believe as you, their spirit of our loved ones does live on and if we are quiet enough, we may even feel their presence, if even in our hearts- no one can take that from us. I can't imagine how much you must miss your sister, deepest condolences.05/08/2017 #7 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe greatest truth of those whose love has permeated our blood, bones and being is in "When our loved ones slip away, That their spirit still lives on"".
Ken Boddie you are blessed to have had a relationship like this that soaked through to your soul and the there is no price to that because we cannot call the deep grief and loss we feel that accompanies that, a price. It is called love and your poem tells me that you were blessed in sharing it.
The winning smile is within you now as you feel this great loss. Condolences to you and thank you for letting us all to share a piece of your heart. In this sharing I hope it comforts some of the great sorrow, for you deserve that, because I think little sis's poem would probably read "One heck of a great brother who shared a life with me that gave me my winning smile".
Your poem expresses a great love rapped with the sadness of losing someone whose time it should not have been, but sadly life deals us these blows. You have shared a great spirit with us all, and as her spirit now lives on within you, may it comfort this painful moment that you are experiencing, one we all recognize in kind, in the fullness of a poem that honours your little sis.
- Producer02/08/2017MUSIC HISTORY: Spike JonesLindley Armstrong "Spike" Jones (December 14, 1911 – May 1, 1965) was an American musician and bandleader specializing in satirical arrangements of popular songs—the Weird Al of his day. Ballads and classical works receiving the...
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Comments03/08/2017 #1 Dominique 🐝 Petersen1950s - ELVIS PRESLEY
"Jailhouse Rock" is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller that first became a hit for Elvis Presley. RCA Victor released the song on a 45 rpm single on September 24, 1957, to coincide with the release of Presley's motion picture, Jailhouse Rock.
- Producer03/08/2017“Political Correctness” in a Professional KitchenWarning/Disclaimer; This article is NOT Politically Correct, (by today’s standards), there is very colorful language, off-color humor, and general teasing across a broad spectrum so if you’re a S.N.A.G., (Sensitive New Age Guy), a...
Comments06/08/2017 #34 Randall Burns#33 Actually @Ken Boddie the little bits aren't too bad but the big chunks are difficult and they're not just a "little bit hard" but very hard. I did actually make a real "Chocolate Moose" once, it was a chocolate sculpture for a Game buffet, I'll have to see if I can find pictures...05/08/2017 #29 Nicole ChardenetPolitically incorrect commentary, Part Deux...
One night after work we brought beer into the office and the boss told a hilarious story about his brother-in-law who would take ANY dare and once accepted a dare to stick his ding-dong in an electric fan (yes, it was on at the time :) ) Apparently it ended in a highly bruised wee-wee and a huge amount of laughter from the staff. (Said BIL showed up a few months later and everyone went, "Hey, we know who you are! You're the guy who stuck his dick in a fan!" He was ready to kill our boss. :)
Oh yeah, the guys always got me to sing happy birthday to them in a Marilyn Monroe voice (it got to be A Thing after the first time) and once I did it over the office PA system. Oh, and we had a running joke about a senior network engineer being a pedophile (he wasn't, but that didn't stop us from saying it all the time, not even after he became our boss).
So, we were probably just as bad as you cocky cooks and shameful chefs, maybe even worse!
You can take the American out of America but you can never take America out of the American.
And if you don't like it, you can all go fuck yourselves :)05/08/2017 #28 Nicole ChardenetI will have to try and post this comment in two parts because I keep getting a beBee message saying a message should be 1-2000 characters. I don't think mine is that long but maybe they count differently in Brazil :)
Well that was SOME article, Randall! But don't hold back...how do you REALLY feel about political correctness??? LOL
Living as I do in the heart of The P.C. Beast in Toronto, and being coming not only from the largely politically incorrect United States and the hideously, grievously, hopelessly politically incorrect IT industry (25 years now), I can laugh with you and pretty much agree with you and remember fondly one of the best jobs I ever had working for a small VAR (Value Added Reseller) of computers & networks in Hartford, CT.
It was THE most politically incorrect office I've ever worked in. But, we were a really tight team who got along really well and no one was a tightass. The shit we used to say to each other...and pull. We flirted with each other, told horrible stories that would have given the HR department many, many Maalox moments had we had an HR department (or any Maalox), and then there were the silly jokes we played on each other. Like sending the President home to his Boston office with a Depends pad snuck into his hard drive box, which apparently he opened in front of a customer and then snorted, "Those guuuuys!!!" (Some of us guuuuuuys were women :) )
to be continued...04/08/2017 #24 Numo QuestWow!!!! Hilarious. It's like people calling the 'Discrimination card' without them realizing they simply exist because of natural discrimination or those constant wave the 'Racist' flag, not understanding there is only ONE Race, 'Homo Sapiens', the world is getting more and more illiterate and ridiculous. Well Put Randal, many thanks. René C04/08/2017 #23 Lisa 🐝 GallagherOMG I couldn't stop laughing. I love your raw candor @Randall Burns. People use the F bomb more than they'd admit. As long as it not being used in a crude manner who cares?!! I once read an article this past year stating that people who use the F bomb during conversation tend to be of higher intelligence. I must have a pretty high IQ then - oh and you too LOL! People would be surprised how many Health Care Professionals that work with patients use the F bomb when away from the patients. Many off color jokes too because humor is necessary when you work in a profession that can have more down days than up and is very serious. I would imagine the stress of the kitchen could do the same on another level as you described quite well above.
For the record, I've never eaten cock before... not to my knowledge and for those that just read this, get your head out of the gutter haha.04/08/2017 #22 Randall Burns#14 HaHa @Rick Delmonico I would have to say that is your prerogative to have your opinion, it is my choice as to whether I would allow you to have that much power over me to actually offend me. Kind of hard to have a debate, and be at a disadvantage, if I was that fickle. :-)04/08/2017 #17 AnonymousI re-read to make sure I didn't miss my own point. Lemme see, and I will reiterate that I Love your writing @randall and you are a Funny man. But, 0 out of 9 woman liked and commented on this article save foolish me. Why? Your intent aside, Corporate America is not that different from a kitchen and you can suck my balls master chief. Peace out.04/08/2017 #16 David B. GrinbergThanks for a good belly laugh, Randall. However, on a serious note I agree with you that political correctness has run amok -- especially in the USA. I believe this helps partially explain the angry backlash by voters who helped elect President Trump. They were mad as hell about all the PC BS over the past eight years and just couldn't take it anymore. Now, before people crucify me for mentioning the current American President, please note my intention is simply to make a point -- so stop being do darn politically correct!
PS - This sounds to me like a buzz @Jim Murray would appreciate. What say you, JimBob?04/08/2017 #15 AnonymousWell I've read and genuinely enjoyed your writing as you know since I said hello, let me be the big breasted redhead on the thread for your entertainment. I was a waitress once and that cook, mmmm, 'wayne gretzky I fucked him ohhhhh!' Now, I'm going to quote a dear friend of mine, don't take it personally, I am a fan of your tounge and cheek writing: ". Listen, I'm glad you found someone you can identify with, someone who can help you release all of that vile shit you keep bottled up because society is "too sensitive." You know what I call that? Racism. Sexism. Idiocy. Society isn't too sensitive. You're just full of hate and it has never been okay (in the past or in the present) to say such things to your fellow human beings."
- Producer29/07/2017Last mango of the seasonIts farewell July… meaning, another mango season coming to its end! Sadly… :( This week the supplies were even weaker, yet thankfully, last week, there were at least 3 major varieties that could be found in the market here in Mumbai and hence...
Comments06/08/2017 #37 Puneet Srivastava#36 Thank you @Lisa Vanderburg for your kind words and liking the story. I read your profile & saw you are doing an immense work. Feel truly proud to have got connected with someone like you. A care-givers work is simply infinite. I know. A 100 salutes to you! I teach meditation using customized meditative exercises. If you think it may help you in any way, pls do let know. It would be an honour to teach you. Thanks once again. Good wishes & Gud day... :cheers ) .30/07/2017 #27 Puneet Srivastava#26 Thank u @Ken Boddie for reading, commenting & sharing. Australia has a much longer mango season... i believe it starts in August in the North & goes right upto March-April in the South. Plus you have that maroon mango :) I truly look to have those... so hopefully sometime in Australia... :) cheers...30/07/2017 #26 Ken BoddieInteresting to have you verify, Puneet, that the region which originally mastered
the domestic cultivation of the modern majestic mango, some 4000 years ago, remains a mammoth mango mover. Here in Australia, we also love our domesticly grown mangos, but only have some five main varieties, with the practice of mango manipulation and munching only going back about two hundred years. Here's to mango madness! Thanks for the tag, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher 👍30/07/2017 #23 Lisa 🐝 GallagherHi @Puneet Srivastava, how sweet of you to dedicate this to me (sounds like a pun there). I love mangos! I remember the first time I ate Mango I was in my late 30's. My son made me a Mango smoothie with banana and Soy Milk, it was delicious. I had no idea there were so many varieties of Mangos and wow, Kallimulla Khan must be very smart to have developed over 300 varieties, that's amazing. The picture of the mango looks delectable. I bet @Ken Boddie would enjoy this too!
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- 29/07/20171940s - GROUCHO MARX
"Lydia, the Tattooed Lady" is a song written by Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen. It first appeared in the Marx Brothers movie At the Circus (1939) and became one of Groucho Marx's signature tunes.Lydia the Tattooed Lady Groucho sings his signature song, "Lydia the Tattooed Lady," in At the...
- Producer29/07/2017You just can't shake off this bracket!I recently came across an article in 'Interesting Engineering' on the 'Dougong' Bracket. After checking that this wasn't a mis-spelling of the mammal (dugong, also affectionately known as a 'sea cow') which is found in Australian shallow...
Comments30/07/2017 #20 Ken Boddie#19 Goes to prove, Joyce, that we don't always appreciate what we're looking at. It wasn't until I very recently stumbled across that article on the Dou Gong Bracket that I suddenly realised how complex was the detail on the photos I had previously taken. Thanks for the compliments. 👍29/07/2017 #15 Ken Boddie#14 Thanks for the bonza comment, Gert. Real beaut! But, too true, blue, I wasn't trying to pull the wool over your eyes with slang. I just sometimes tend to forget that Aussie strine is a bit of a dingo's breakfast of words and idioms from beyond the black stump. And so, to avoid somebody dobbing me in for not being dinky-di with my choice of words, I had a Captain Cook at what Dr Google has to say about 'chippy', other than my intended reference to carpenter, and was reminded that it can also mean a fish and chip shop, a potato crisp, or a chipmunk, not to mention a lady who ..... well let's just say love's to love. Fair dinkum, Gert, I'll try to be more ridgy-didge with my choice of lingo next time. Meanwhile I'm absolutely stoked that you thought my post was a ripping yarn. 🤣29/07/2017 #14 Gert Scholtz@Ken Boddie Fascinating post on ancient craftsmanship. Your photo's and explanation are illuminating - the video shows how skill and engineering combine. Intriguing how the roofs maintain sturdiness and flexibility with this method. And now I know what the word "chippie" means! Thanks for the post Ken.29/07/2017 #7 Lada 🏡 PrkicThanks for another interesting Producer, Ken. I'm in awe with the ancient Chinese and Japanese builders and architects ingenuity. The video is great, and I learned the basics of this structural element. This interlocking assemblage of brackets mimics the tree with its branches.
I'm particularly interested in dendriform structures, and this is a stunning example of such structural system that stood the test of time despite seismic activities throughout the centuries. And without nails, glue or any other joint fastener, just perfectly cut pieces of wood that fit perfectly one into another!!
- 08/11/2015California Dreamin - Mamas & The Papas California Dreaming by the Mamas and The Papas DOWNLOAD THE SONG: http://smarturl.it/clfd | The Mamas & The Papas greatest hits: http://smarturl.it/grtsthts...
Comments28/07/2017 #3 Dominique 🐝 Petersen1960s - THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS
The song was written in 1963 while John Phillips and Michelle Phillips were living in New York. He dreamed about the song and woke her up to help him write it. At the time, John and Michelle Phillips were members of the folk group The New Journeymen, which evolved into The Mamas & The Papas.
- 27/07/20171950s - CONNIE FRANCIS
"Lipstick on Your Collar" became the first uptempo Connie Francis single to reach the US Top Ten, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1959. That summer the track also reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart, and became Francis' first Top Ten hit in Australia at No. 4. It sold over one million copies in the US alone.CONNIE FRANCIS ON TV: LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR (1959) Huge hit for Connie.....part of double-sided million-seller with...
- Producer21/07/2017“ But Your Grace, The Angels Will See Them.” Wandering around Gaudi’s Barcelona.I am sitting on the terrace of my hotel on the La Rambla, Barcelona’s famous pedestrian walkway. It’s just on seven a.m., and the city has yet to stir from the previous night’s revelry. Looking westwards, through a forest of spindly...
Comments25/07/2017 #37 Lada 🏡 Prkic#36 It certainly gives two fingers to conformity, Ken. Gaudi's nonconformist approach to architecture is evident in all his work.
So much has been said and written about la Sagrada Familia and its creator. It's the world’s longest running construction project.
In the 60's Le Corbusier was trying to modernize Gaudi’s designs, suggesting his work had become irrelevant. But his campaign had been fortunately unsuccessful. I wonder what the basilica would look like if the original design had been changed.24/07/2017 #36 Ken BoddieClosest I've been to Barcelona, Pak Paul, was on a sinking drilling ship in the Bay of Biscay. I must admit to having a matter of fact attitude towards large stony edifices, after having been overexposed to them and to their religious disorders from an early age. But this spike-ridden magnificence certainly grabs the attention, with its detail so copious as to appear from a distance as almost random. Wierd though it may sound, the aerial videos I have seen remind me of the multiple interlinked columns which remain in dispersive soil after prolonged erosion. This is certainly a structure which rises above its surroundings and gives two fingers to conformity. What say you, @Lada 🏡 Prkic?23/07/2017 #34 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#31 Dear Paul, you are the revolutionary, I simply want to be an individual rebel :-) BTW Albert Camus I thought was very good at discerning a difference between the revolutionary and the rebel. Not that I buy into conspiracy theories but Camus's car crash does not feel like it was an accident, no more so when other rebels are lost to the world. Jesus was a pretty good dude in that respect a.k.a. as rebel rather than revolutionary. When the revolution comes I will be the first one against the wall, but I know Paul, you will make a lot of money for people who want to sell the T-Shirts :-)22/07/2017 #30 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#24 If I ever go to Barcelona, it will not be as a tourist. I will get special "Gaudi Hates You" t-shirts - with a sub-heading of "bloody tourists" on the front side along with a picture of Johann Cruyff (because after all he was Dutch but loved by Catalans which introduces some implied irony) and a yellow and red striped flag with the blue triangle on the back that has the words L'estelada Blava Independentisme Català on the back which is a most Gaudi kind of thing to do :-) I can symbolically hear all of Royal Madrid grinding their collective teeth but the tourists won't be able to touch me, and as I come to Barcelona I will also ironically be protesting people like you :-) Then I will come to Bali to see you with a T-Shirt saying "Let me own land NO LEASE!"22/07/2017 #27 Paul Walters#@Ian Weinberg Thanks Ian. I used to live in the Pyrenees in a time long ago just 40KM from Spain so kind of got to know it fairly well. There is perhaps much to say about Gaudi and 1200 words hardly does it/ him justice. Weird guy methinks no matter what his religious persuasion! Coin Toibin's delightful 'Homage To Barcelona' is a brilliant portrayal of the city . I'm convinced that Gaudi was 'on something' when he designed his buildings ....there I said it!!!!!22/07/2017 #26 Paul Walters#21 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Hi Ho Lisa. In a time long ago I kind of 'dropped out ' ( what a quaint expression that was ) from my advertising career in London and essentially became a hippie/peasant/ farmer in the south of France in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Three years was kind of enough and we left for warmer climes. However, I always seem to return here every couple of years or so and, indeed I am here as I type this. There is talk of a taking small house in a village here for 6 months of the year ( lets skip the winters shall we?) Spain is a mere 40km away as the crow flies over the high Pyrenees. Its a nice place to write but then again we writers like to indulge ourselves!!22/07/2017 #21 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher200 years?!! Wow, amazing it was built and so fascinating. Are you trying to tell us you may have found a new place to live one day sooner than not? Thanks for the info @Paul Walters View more200 years?!! Wow, amazing it was built and so fascinating. Are you trying to tell us you may have found a new place to live one day sooner than not? Thanks for the info @Paul Walters, quite interesting! Close
- 19/07/2017Just a bizarre story....Photographer Broke Due to Copyright Lawsuit by Monkeypetapixel.com Remember David Slater, the photographer whose camera was hijacked by a monkey and used for a series of selfies that went viral on the Internet? The...
- Producer17/07/2017Vibrant Jakarta – Alive And KickingJakarta is full of colour, vibrancy and life. At first glance it looks like a huge modern city with a towering skyline, however in the backstreets you will find a patchwork of small lanes called Jalan Tikus (which translates to “mouse street”)...
Comments17/07/2017 #3 Dean OwenHey Ken-san thanks! And Stephanie-san (not to be confused with Stephanie Sun the Singaporean pop diva) thanks for the tour. I didn't like Jakarta the first time I visited and never returned. But thanks to your article and a recent one of Paul's, perhaps it is time to revisit the old town. This article did bring a warm fuzzy feeling back to me as I do miss living on a Jalan.17/07/2017 #1 Ken BoddieJakarta is probably my least favourite Indo city, Stephanie, for more reasons than politeness permits, but your well written travelogue makes it appealing. Greatly improved brand spanking new airport and some world standard shopping malls make it popular with the ladies in my extended Indo family, but oh the traffic and the smog and .......
One of the best things in Jakarta for me is the road to Puncak. 🤣
- Producer15/07/2017Lions and hawks and owls, oh my!I live in a semi-rural neighborhood in Magnolia, Texas on an acre and a half. I absolutely love it here. Close enough to city-life yet far enough from city-life depending on the mood I'm in. If anyone read my "The Intruder" story, then you know...
Comments22/07/2017 #15 Louise Smith@Barbara Henslee Just like @Ken Boddie (we live in the same city) I have a lot of wildlife in my garden. I live one block away from Enoggera Army Barracks so have more cougars. I think this has a different meaning though in this situation. There's been lots of building in the barracks for the last few years so wildlife habitat is destroyed. Some of the animals moved into my neighbourhood. Particularly annoying is the Bush Turkey that scares my chooks to death and eats their food. So now my chooks have a wire enclosed area to be safe. There are a lot of plovers nick named Murder Birds as their cry sounds like someone being killed. They are very shy but at night come right up to my house crying at 2am ! Not the best way to be woken up!
I have too many possums, lizards, gekkos, the occasional carpet python snake and about 30 species of birds. I live 8km from the City centre !
There's a lot of green areas in Brisbane.17/07/2017 #14 Barbara Henslee#13 @Jerry Fletcher The eagles are magnificent birds to see. We had an office for a couple of years by a man-made lake (only a few miles from the house) and we'd watch them from afar. I don't see them here at the house unfortunately. I'm much happier living closer to nature than living the city life. It's a choice we made almost 20 years ago with zero regrets. ☺17/07/2017 #13 Jerry FletcherBarbara,,,Near a city but far enough away to be part of nature. Those of us that live that way just have to get used to the idea of critters sharing the area. We've had bald eagles in the Fir trees in the back yard and a white ibis spearing frogs in our tiny water feature. Owls and hawks are about all the time and infrequently we hear of mountain lions and bobcats. And every couple years a brown or black bear wanders he length of Forest Park into Portland.16/07/2017 #9 Barbara Henslee#5 Thanks Joanne...I could write a book on the experiences we've had on our little plot of land over the last 17 years. I'll share more here, for sure. Most clashes occurred when our late Labrador Retriever was in charge. R&B's Pistol Packin' "Buddy" was bred to hunt, although we are not hunters. Buddy was our companion only, but his genes must have longed for the hunt of his predecessors, like his Champion grand-daddy "Pistol Pete." I cannot count how many critters he "exterminated" while on the job. I miss him terribly. 105 pounds of pure muscle; a gentle giant unless someone or something trespassed. Many a critter paid the ultimate price. The dogs I have now chase, but never catch anything. I'm not even sure they would know what to do if they did. Ha!16/07/2017 #7 Lisa 🐝 GallagherGreat photos! I caught a photo close up of an Owl a few years ago. I have seen hawks swoop down and pick up rabbits not far from me. I live in a city neighborhood in Pennsylvania. We have bobcats but they say Mountain Lions aka: as cougars have not lived in the area since the 1800's. Many people say they have seen them. My daughter went for a light hike on her property and came upon a bear, she actually took a picture of it. I would have freaked lol. Keep those dogs safe!16/07/2017 #3 Ken BoddieI just love these stories of personal experiences with wild life, Barbara. I also have regular bird and animal visitors where I live 'down under' in South-East Queensland, but the only 'cougars' we have here tend to prey solely on the younger menfolk. 🤣
Glad that the owls in your neighbourhood are plentiful. I have always been worried that they don't have the wit to woo. 😕16/07/2017 #2 Barbara HensleeAside from lions, hawks and lions, we have some great pics of Pileated Woodpeckers, Dove and more. Owls are my favorites. I'll have to produce a honey showing all the fabulous birds I have out here. Oh the stories of racoons, opossoms and bunny I could tell. And, maybe I will.15/07/2017 #1 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorHow fabulous that you have all of these beautiful creatures to watch and enjoy (except for the creepies). Owls are such magnificent birds and interesting to watch. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and keep a careful eye out for Big Kitty.
- Producer13/07/2017Postmodern Tales from Kauai"Looking North to Hanalei" ©1978 by Chas Wyatt, Watercolor and Ink on Paper"No alien land in all the world has any deep strong charm for me but that one, no other land could so longingly and so beseechingly haunt me, sleeping and waking, through...
Comments02/08/2017 #17 Pascal DerrienWow that was an epic read as I sat comfortably with my green tea next to me :-) Brilliant writing I felt like I was attending a people fest !!! And the visuals man they are brilliant not the first I see your graphic skills but I really really like those ones. Its funny because it is a part of the world I don't know but that I am attracted to it for some reasons beyond my own comprehension.18/07/2017 #16 Chas ✌️ Wyatt#15@Sarah Elkins, There are many more details I could have elaborated on from this experience, but, I figured it was long-winded enough and didn't expect it get many views because of the length. Like your experience in New Zealand, it had a huge impact on my life. My current station in life doesn't allow for such adventures, even though I am open to the possibility. I did go for a short jaunt up a favorite river in the National Forest this weekend just to get away from the routine, however. I am glad you read this, as you are one of the people I especially wanted to view it.18/07/2017 #15 Sarah ElkinsWhat an incredible memory you have, @Chas ✌️ Wyatt! You could write 4 posts from the stories in this post, just slow them down add more detail about your experiences. I wonder why we are so much more attached to the adventures of our youth, than the adventures later in life. Though I can continue to write about my hitchhiking adventure in New Zealand, and I know it had huge impact on my life, I also love to reminisce about more recent adventures with my family. I think it's about being curious. As long as we keep that curiosity along with an adventurous spirit, there's no reason to place all of the importance in our past. Thoughts on that?16/07/2017 #13 Ken BoddieMoments in time and true tales of life, Chas, are, for me at least, what should be the basis of this community of writers. If more bees wrote with such heartfelt reality and opened their soul like you have in this post, then we would all be better off. Those who proffer their self proclaimed expert advice, on all manner of activities on this platform, would do well to improve their credibility by personifying their journey.
Incidentally I note we share a passion for Fleetwood Mac in addition to the Eagles. 🎸🎹15/07/2017 #12 Chas ✌️ WyattJust a shout out to all the wonderful Bees who have shared, commented and marked as relevant my story. I am usually on beBee very early in the morning (Pacific time in the U.S.), so I don't see all the activity by other Bees until then. Sometimes I miss things. Bless you all.14/07/2017 #8 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. International Management, Certified Executive Coach. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.@Chas ✌️ Wyatt spoils us with his post, beauty for all our senses14/07/2017 #7 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. International Management, Certified Executive Coach. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.you so spoil us with many impressions for all our senses thank you @Chas ✌️ Wyatt14/07/2017 #5 Dean OwenTravel writing enhanced with personal watercolours and not square pixels - now that is luxurious ! It is a beautiful speck of dirt although I would have liked to have known it back then. In the 90's it was a regular hop for me from Tokyo and I was strangely drawn to the brochures that claimed it was the wettest place on the planet, a tall claim to someone coming from England. The weather was always perfect. Beautifully written.
- Producer13/07/20173 WAYS TO ALMOST GUARANTEE YOUR WRITING WILL MAKE A BAD FIRST IMPRESSIONAs a copy editor, I read and edit others’ words to help them look and sound as smart as they are.Over the last 25 years, I have seen many ways of succeeding and sadly, a few things that almost guarantee readers will be turned off before they get...
Comments15/07/2017 #17 Barbara HensleeGreat buzz, Susan. I am guilty of using way too many commas and semi-colons. Grammarly shows me that all.the.time. :-) I once read an email at work that started off with "Hell everyone!" Gave me a good chuckle. I'm sure it gave the other 500 people a chuckle as well. @ken-boddie I was taking a sip of my coffee when I read your comment. I now have to change shirts. ha!14/07/2017 #7 Rick DelmonicoThe exchange rate of ideas is infinite.
Flourishing has a rhythm.
Meaning is a nested hierarchy of metaphors.
If you are waiting for something to happen, it is happening. You're just standing in the wrong place.
The world has become a much smaller place, there is no longer room for hatred.
Beware of the man whose extraordinary claims end in a sales pitch.
Great souls have always stood at the crossroads pointing the way, but it is the folly of men that they love the sound of their own voice.
The surest cure for selfishness is to continually practice random acts of kindness.
Knowledge dilutes imagination.
The problem with opinions is other people.
Even though people are the problem, in the end, it is people that matter most.
Religion is doing, spirituality is being.
It is better to belong to something than to own everything.
To hate is to remember, to love is to forget.
All men should live in peace with one another whenever possible.
The most valuable thing you own is your heart. Guard it well.
Love is a curious madness.
Being happy is not automatically guaranteed, you have to work at it.
Joy is so deeply rooted in our souls that it is not tossed about by the waves of circumstance.
There is nothing quite so sexy as good old fashioned enthusiasm.
The benefit of being friends will vastly outweigh the benefit of being enemies.
There is no such thing as constructive criticism, do not criticize, encourage.
A worthy legacy is the irrevocable consequence of dreaming.
- Producer13/07/2017What's the Diff?A hilarious recent post by one of my favourite bees, Paul Walters, on his initial dream of leading an ambassadorial life, in the salubrious and lavish way to which we could all become too easily accustomed, got me thinking about what the heck we're...
Comments24/07/2017 #51 Pascal DerrienThanks for the shout out Uncle @Ken Boddie Woden Ducky that's actually an interesting mention as I was recently in Florence no later than last week and immersed by all the Da Vinci, Michael and other geniuses I found myself just fascinated by a rubber ducky shop, now Da Vinci did not invent the Rubber Duck which is in my eyes a major visionary mishap on that note couac couac , coin coin etc....
https://www.facebook.com/florenceduckstore/14/07/2017 #38 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#37 CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? LOL. Thanks, me too... I haven't had one of these since I was 19 years old. I did read your link, I'm just short on commenting because my ear pain is causing brain fog. Fantastic explanation of a brand ambassador Ken. Twitter has been beneficial for me getting the word out and I've had friends join from FB too, they just haven't stayed around long enough to become active. I need to find a way to entice them back and believe me, I've tried. I live in a small town and I've found on facebook many people are so hooked on my friends list because they use it strictly for social purposes and don't seem to want to try new things. I keep working on them though!14/07/2017 #33 Lisa 🐝 GallagherThe picture, priceless. Love your sense of humor @Ken Boddie. Good timing as I'm suffering from a very painful ear infection right now, so this was a welcome laugh/smile. I love how you weaved names in & Paul Walters buzz. Thanks for the mention and yes @Gert Scholtz is very generous as is @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador. All of you rock!
- Producer09/07/2017So, What Exactly Is A beBEE Ambassador? Ok, I live for perhaps seven months of the year in Bali and for the remainder of the time I travel for both work or pleasure which really, when you think about it is really cool !When management and I first moved to Bali It was I who was tasked with...
Comments17/07/2017 #52 Randall BurnsThank You so much @Paul Walters , I've been going through the same dilemma over the past few weeks; what do I wear? what do I eat? What new acronyms will have to follow my name? (ending with the classical "Esq"). It's been a real turmoil boiling down to the bottom line of, "Oh shit, I just hope I don't fuck up!".
Your post has eased my mind greatly, I'll be back on track and in the groove soon, (will be cancelling those extra appointments with my 3 therapists now and I think that @Ian Weinberg will appreciate me not calling him at all hours of the night leaving inane voice messages).
Thanks Buddy! :-)11/07/2017 #45 Bengt HahlinHi Paul,
Well, I for once think your demands are very ”modest”. I mean considering the very strenuous working conditions (standing up all that time), and the obvious health risks involved in drinking so much “vintage champagne”; you should at least also have demanded hardship allowance and a stellar medical insurance to go with that.
The way you describe it, it must be at least a category E according to the UN classification. In addition, you also would very likely qualify for hazard pay too.
It is tough being an diplomat you know. Especially for beBee.11/07/2017 #44 Jerry FletcherI feel like I've wandered into Alice's tea party. Crazy Thought: Is there an entrepreneur in the house who could come up with beBee Ambassador flags for automobile at a reasonable price? I'd buy a pair. I keep envisioning them on all kinds of cars from ancient VWs to elegant Lamborghinis. Can you imagine the impact?10/07/2017 #43 Ian Weinberg#34 It actually stands for 'Why Drive' @Ken Boddie because in our part of the world you are encouraged, with effective persuasion to give up your smart vehicles at some notorious intersections. And I know that this will make you green with envy @Paul Walters but in these parts @Gert Scholtz and I just needed to look ambassadorial, hang out near where we met at the Zoo Lake (stone's throw from the Gupta compound) and 'whala' before we could say 'beBee' we had lit up the Dark Content in a golden honey hue!10/07/2017 #38 🐝 Fatima G. Williams#37 I am planning to buy one Dean San when I go home now if I get a good one. Its about a 1000 to 1500 dollars or less an average one. But there'll be a alot of rework. I’m planning to exploit the services of a childhood mechanic friend for the remodelling 🤣😉 What are friends for?10/07/2017 #36 🐝 Fatima G. Williams#15 Aww my favorite bee is here I agree with him on an Indian Amby instead and @Paul Walters what happened to my application of enjoying the above said perks as your travel buddy ambassador 😉😉😉
I imagined how the royal font and tinged with gold ink on my business card would look and just love it. Perhaps a golden beBee symbol in the back or the top corner. Sighhh! Of all the above the business card is doable I guess?10/07/2017 #34 Ken Boddie[continued from below]
Words of Discipline (what you may expect from Susan 🐝 Rooks, Grammar Goddess, if you don't carefully check your draft before publishing); or
What's Doing (words of salutation for bees who don't fit into any of the previous fictional categories, such as @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, @Praveen Raj Gullepalli, @🐝 Fatima G. Williams, and former bee DLE from T&T).