- 24/06/2017Somewhere in Manitoba...
One day a wife tells her husband:
"Joe, you could do something useful, like vacuum the house once a week.”
Joe gives it a moment's thought and says: "Sure! Why not? Where's the vacuum?" Half an hour later, Joe comes into the kitchen to get some coffee.
His wife says, "I didn't hear the vacuum running. I thought you were going to do the vacuuming?"
Exasperated, Joe answers, "The stupid thing is broken; it won't start. We need to buy a new one."
she says, "Show me -- it worked fine the last time."
So he shows her. (Grandpa tries to start vacuum cleaner Δημιούργησα αυτό το βίντεο με το Πρόγραμμα επεξεργασίας βίντεο του YouTube...
- Producer18/06/2017Comments from 1955Comments made in the year 1955, not sure where I got this but it is fun to look back. 'I'll tell you one thing if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $10.00. Have you seen the new cars coming...
Comments20/06/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#5 Couldn't agree more about many who are self-serving today running for Office.
I remember when my mom used to send me to the store and bread was 10 cents a loaf... I remember when cigarettes were 50 cents out of the machine. Naw, I never smoked... not me LOL.
Gas 50 cents a gallon and that was in the 70's.
Yes, with wages and inflation prices will always rise. It's still amazing to look back.
@Ken Boddie, great research, I had no idea McDonalds opened their first establishment then!19/06/2017 #7 Royce Shook#4 Living in Canada the first MacDonalds was not open until 1967 and in the 50's there were not a lot of fast food places where we lived. I too embrace change and believe like you Ken that I should be in charge of what I embrace. Nutrition is still a big issue for many of us, and we sometimes forget that this has not always been the way. I did not know any of the information you added to the post, thank you19/06/2017 #6 Royce Shook#3 I also remember when cigarettes were that cheap, but when all my friends started smoking at university, I had to choose between smoking and having money for food. You are right, Susan we still have the same complaints about high prices, and some still complain when they raise the minimum wage. Prices were high when you consider the average wage, but I think we were luckier because many of us had a bigger support network back then.19/06/2017 #5 Royce Shook#1 Lisa I agree it is tough running your own business, and I believe that maybe in 1955 the best did run for office, but today many who run for office, are more self-serving. We think costs have gone up, but in those days the average yearly wage was only $3,301.44, so while we look back and think wow prices were low, for those working those costs were still high.18/06/2017 #4 Ken BoddieThis appeals to my Scots heritage, Royce, and so, your list inspired me to do a bit of research. As a consequence of this, wasn't 1955 such a great year for nutrition? - NOT!
- Bird's Eye fish fingers were first marketed;
- Coca Cola was sold in cans, instead of just bottles; and
- McDonalds opened its first eating establishment.
I'm willing to embrace change (after about 62 years or so), but, for goodness sake, let me choose what I embrace! 😝18/06/2017 #3 Susan 🐝 RooksThe more things change, the more things stay the same -- prices have gone up, but we still about most of the same things!
And I do remember cigarettes costing about a dollar a few years later, when I first started smoking -- that was A LOT of money in the early '60s!18/06/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 GallagherHoly crap! 2.00/night for a hotel? Wow, these are amazing. It's like the movie, "Back to the future." This one stood out, "Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government." Being self employed, we do pay over 30% in taxes along with 100 % for our health care premium each month, WC & Liability.... and more. SO, being in business for yourself is not always what it appears. Must love doing what you do. As for the rest of the comments you posted above, I wonder what people will be saying 20 years from now? Amazing. Thanks for sharing this.
- Producer17/06/2017Negative PeopleMy thanks to Patti for this one!This is something to think about when negative people are doing their best to rain on your parade. So remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing and cares less tries to make your life miserable.A...
- Producer16/06/2017Owl Encounters.Written for the newly revised Charles Camping Website. www.charlescamping.ie Kilmacthomas, County Waterford. Ireland. For anyone camping or caravanning around Waterford or Kilkenny this summer and looking for things to do then here is one...
- Producer16/06/2017Pic of the Day 3"Siddhartha" Although "Sid" has been gone for a couple of years now I have to look back and say that he was absolutely one of my favorites. We had him for 12 years, adopted stray when he was a pup on Tortola, B.V.I, he traveled everywhere with us,...
Comments18/06/2017 #18 Ken BoddieOn reflection, Randy, Siddhartha appears to be an appropriate name for man's best friend, no doubt caught here in meditative mood? Isn't it so amazing that our doggy friends respond to our love and affection with such unique faithfulness, only asking for food and drink in return? Our pets leave us with such fond memories, that stay with us well after they pass.
Incidentally, it's just as well my human family and friends don't realise how much they could achieve by scratching me behind the ears and rubbing my tummy? 😊18/06/2017 #16 Lisa 🐝 GallagherSid was beautiful. We lost our cocker spaniel when she was just 7 yrs old from cancer. I had a hard time with that. Now, I have a 14 year old Boston Terrier and he became ill while we were on vacation. My biggest fear was not being here if he had passed. He's rebounded a lot but he's not himself. I'm sure his age is catching up to him and I don't like to think about losing the little man. What great memories Sid left you with!!18/06/2017 #15 Louise SmithI lived at Currumbin, Gold Coast , Queensland Australia until my mid 20's. I used to go to the beach on the right hand side of the middle and the rocks . It was 15 mins by pushbike. It's called Currumbin Alley. I would jump off Currumbin Rock and catch a wave into the beach on my Boogie Board. I never told my Mum as she would have been horrified and banned me. My house was behind the big tree at the end of the left hand side of the bridge. The bridge was built in my early teens. There's another one down stream that I would ride over to get to high school.
https://www.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=http://www.shelleyauffret.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/currumbin.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.shelleyauffret.com/gold-coast-real-estate/property-profile-currumbin&h=2048&w=3072&tbnid=L-ya4XrB5pkoVM:&tbnh=160&tbnw=240&usg=__5gITuK-AEvPthxKkMbWwgy-HYEg=&vet=1&docid=6hrylL49z6RoFM&itg=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiN_4W878bUAhUKhbwKHcbxCQ0Q_B0IiwEwDA18/06/2017 #6 Phil FriedmanOnly those who have lived closely with dogs can truly appreciate the depth of the bond and the range of communication that develops. My life and those of my wife and daughters have been made immeasurably better by our serial relationships with our dogs. My daughters had our dogs sleeping next to them from the very first days of their lives. Indeed, they (my daughters) barked before they spoke words and as toddlers would stand at the front widows with or dogs to woof at the mailman. Today, I believe that they literally can talk to dogs, horses, and many other animals. What our own dogs have taught us is that species exist on a continuum of existence and that we have more in common than we might think. Thanks for the bittersweet reminder, Randall.17/06/2017 #4 Praveen Raj GullepalliThere must be a Pet Paradise somewhere am sure...i got a few of my old buddies up there...Rosie, Rani, Julie, Micky, Prince and Snoopy the Pom...each one leaving a terrible heartbreak whilst leaving. But they were all there to help in their own way...helped keep the family connected and kept us all busy:) Man's best friends for sure.17/06/2017 #2 Randall Burns#1 I see it as "The Yin and Yang" @Ian Weinberg ; we can't have one without the other, nothing in this life is permanent, including us. Here's an observation; Even though you comment on the "terrible downside of the loss with their passing" you still choose to make this part of your life. I do as well because of how it enriches my life, I celebrate it, (Like this post, I'm not lamenting). Thanks for your feedback, I always appreciate it.16/06/2017 #1 Ian WeinbergThanks for sharing @Randall Burns I concur totally with your sentiments. It's a special bond that develops with a dog - a being that expects nothing and happy to give so much, unconditionally. And yes, that terrible downside of the loss that ensues with their passing.
- Producer05/06/2017"Tales from Paradise" (The Poem)Oh what a life, to live free of strifeRunning the gamut, around the planetGreat wonders I've seen, I may need a vaccineYou think this sounds nice?I call it Paradise!Tall mountains I've climbedStrange languages pantomimedDeep oceans exploredDrank rum...
Comments08/06/2017 #41 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#40 With the exception that the guys didn't look like you, after reading your buzzes and talking to them I had a feeling many of you are full of it. They asked me if I was a foodie since I had so many questions and seemed to understand a bit. He did call himself the Executive Chef, I couldn't remember and I knew Head Chef didn't sound right. I will check out your page. I need to update mine eventually. Not a lot has changed though. Thanks!08/06/2017 #40 Randall Burns#39 Nice @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Yep sounds like a couple of Chefs to me, yes we are "full of it", "Head Chef" is a used term, along with "Executive Chef", "Chef de Cuisine", (or just "Chef"), other positions, different ranks, in the kitchen, Commis, Demi Chef, Chef de Partie, Sous Chef, Station Chef, etc.
I have just updated my profile page, (finally), with my work experience, check it out when you have some time, you'll see some of the different positions.08/06/2017 #39 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#38 That's awesome Paul! Let me know when it's available. I like the idea of meal plans too! PS: @Randall Burns, I was taking pics tonight from the 27th floor at the Hyatt Regency and I kept hearing 2 guys next me mentioning "look at the shots 'she's getting.' Then....... one guy said, hey can you get a pic of both of us and label it "Two Chefs from Denver?" They were serious, haha. I did take 3 shots. I thought of you because they seemed so carefree and well.. full of it ;-) The head Chef.. not sure if that's the term has also been well traveled like you, he even worked over in Italy.07/06/2017 #33 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWow @Randall Burns, I'm glad I had time to check in tonight. We are still in Colorado... left last monday (road trip) and I'm just catching my breath now, LOL. Just in time to leave to drive 1600 miles back home on Saturday. Thanks for the mention, so glad you stayed, it would get quite boring without your praise LOL!!! Congrats on being named an Ambassador. I loved your poem of paradise and all the unique mentions contained within! Glad you put up pictures, really enjoyed those too! Your grandson is a doll. My grandchildren keep me feeling young and well, sometimes a bit more tired than I planned ;-) We are taking them out on a lake on Friday, they are excited. I could envision @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian writing a cookbook, he'd probably say no but give him time. beBee is rocking the buzz!06/06/2017 #27 Randall BurnsWOW! Thank you so much everyone for the overwhelming response and wonderful feedback, I sincerely appreciate it, (Don't really know what to say, LMAO!) @Deb 🐝 Helfrich @Ian Weinberg @Wayne Yoshida @Sara Jacobovici @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. @Gert Scholtz @Harvey Lloyd @Javier 🐝 beBee
- 13/06/2017Moby from Wheelys ~ the Grocery Store Of The Future Is Mobile, Self-Driving, & Run By AI.
"In Shanghai, a prototype of a new 24-hour convenience store has no staff, no registers, and the whole thing is on wheels, designed to eventually drive itself to a warehouse to restock, or to a customer to make a delivery...."The Grocery Store Of The Future Is Mobile, Self-Driving, And Run By AIwww.fastcompany.com Can the Moby store bring locally controlled convenience stores to places that lack a simple place to buy...
- Producer10/06/2017The Land of Oz, a Cautionary Fairy Tale? In the Beginning Once upon a time, there was a Land called Oz, in a very big island, a long, long way away. Mummy Nature was the caretaker of Oz and, with her big nurturing arms, and her endless supply of milk and honey, ensured that all the...
Comments24/06/2017 #35 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWow, I thought this was going to become a lovely fairy tale. Truth isn't stranger than fiction and well put Grandpa Ken! I'm not sure about you but I see my kids generation going green and caring about the planet. It gives me hope. I pray our grandchildren grow up in the world Mummy once knew. Beautiful baby, by the way!13/06/2017 #31 Jeanne TheunissenForgot to mention it before, but thank you SO much for getting Joni Mitchell stuck in my head with this article! LOL
They took all the trees
And put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to seem 'em (For comparison, this was written back when petrol price was about $0.36 per US gallon...)11/06/2017 #23 Yogesh SukalAwareness is much needed on this topic. Thank you @Ken Boddie
as I mentioned one of the post regarding exploration Mars.
We are really lucky to be on such perfectly designed planet earth and should take care of it.
As living condition on Mars, closest and possible journey of space exploration which is in actually in plan with organizations like Mars one and Elon musk vision with SpaceX is not even close to earth, but it can be terraformed to liveable for human beings with technological advances.
But the fact that it will loose its atmosphere gradually as science say's.
So yes Mother Earth is the best and have to respect it.
- Producer09/06/2017Cambodia. A Country Battered, Bruised And Broken, Then Washed Clean With A Billion Tears.In hindsight, perhaps I should not have read, “ First They Killed My Father,” Loung Ung's harrowing and deeply disturbing autobiography of her time during Pol Pot’s misguided revolution (1975 – 1979) which condemned over two million of it’s own...
Comments12/06/2017 #39 Randall Burns@Paul Walters Thanks for the tag, great article, the ruins of Angkor Wat are on my bucket list, strange, mysterious and scary place to be sure. Visions from the movie "Apocalypse Now" came to mind as I was reading your descriptions.Take care of your leg, keep on travelling and writing...12/06/2017 #38 Lisa 🐝 GallagherHi @Paul Walters, as usual, very descriptive. I'm glad Dean was able to point you in the direction of The Elephant bar, sounds like it certainly didn't disappoint! You wrote: "The Chinese, Japanese and Koreans are pouring untold millions into the construction of scores of apartment and office complexes, though who will occupy them? The Chinese, Japanese and Koreans I guess." Those were my thoughts too as I read it before reading your reaction. Wow, I had no idea about the secret prison, Khmer Rouge, that's so sad... understatement.10/06/2017 #35 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador#20 And at some time,mthe buddah got up from contemplating the bowl on the river and chose the middle path, he started searching tools on google to infrastrcuture his nobel and some other to fabricate a digital edition, which when accomplished, he shared with all the bees in the world. ;)10/06/2017 #32 Ken BoddieG'day, Pak Paul. Now that you've visited the largest religious monument in the world, I trust you are suitably well versed in all things about Vishnu and Buddha? My jealousy knows no bounds but this place is way too large to fit in my list bucket. I need to look at your pics on my Mac later as one of the failings of beBee posts on the iPhone is you can't zoom in Where to next?10/06/2017 #30 Kim ZwalfFantastic read...I can visualise the scenes and emotions you so vividly describe. Although I agree that we owe it to those who deserve to be remembered, whether I have the courage to visit s21 remains to be seen. On behalf of all the wonderful Khmer people I know, thank you for sharing their story.10/06/2017 #26 Dean OwenA visit to the "Killing Fields" and the prison makes a trip to Cambodia a little hard to digest but it does not fade from importance and I agree, we must never forget... I find it particular fitting that they have chosen to keep the blood on the walls and the torture wire frame bed just as they were.
- 09/06/2017We took a trip to Estes Park Colorado today. Beautiful day. I've really enjoyed this trip and being with my family who I don't get to see enough. Check out my album from today. I got some awesome shots. It will take you to my google album, easy to scroll though.Estes Park Coloradogoo.gl 38 new photos · Album by Lisa...
- Producer08/06/2017China Experience...First some advice prior to departing your hometown; If you happen to be a social media addict like myself make sure and download a VPN so that while in China you can access your social media, also I would advise you look into downloading a...
- 01/06/2017In Sarawak and other parts of Borneo, the Gawai Dayak is celebrated every 1st of June by the Dayaks or the Ibans. Gawai is a festival where people thank the gods for a bountiful harvest and celebrate the occasion with rituals and sharing food and drinks with friends and family. 'Tuak' or rice wine is normally served. 'Ngajat' or the warrior dance is performed by men and women alike. 'Ngabang' or visits is common as people celebrating Gawai open their homes to visitors.
As a Dayak myself, my recollection of Gawai as a young child is one of indulgence in food, merriment and family reunion.
In Malaysia the occasion is marked with a public holiday.
Selamat Hari Gawai Dayak, gayu guru gerai nyamai.
Picture credit: https://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/selamat-hari-gawai-gayu-guru-gerai-nyamai-3/
- Producer29/05/2017Expanding the Paradigm of our Perceptions, "Senses", and "Philosophy"This article is in response to Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee brilliant and thought provoking article titled, "Complexity, Stress, Patterns, and Multi-Sensory Awareness", "Do we have as many senses as colours?". ...
Comments06/06/2017 #25 Randall BurnsThanks for the great feedback @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee I agree with your sentiments, Nature is the vehicle that opens us up to reconnect with our "lost" senses.. I'm fascinated with the work that you're doing, it sounds like the right approach in a field that can be difficult to navigate. Your new book is on my list. :-)06/06/2017 #24 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBeeHow great to come and find your post @Randall Burns - so interesting you quote Carlos Castaneda, whose work opened my eyes as a young teenager. I guess I have been on the path with heart all my life. And for those of us who are, we sometimes find it difficult in a world that applauds the cognitive, the rational, the ego sense. And we still go on for some of us there is no other way.
While you mention meditation and energy as ways to open up. I will add a few others. Being in nature, even just purely walking in nature, or doing things in nature like gardening. And in those moments practising being really present to what we sense. Being open to all senses not only what we are thinking.
Practising the art of some kind, whether that be pottery, or mosaicing, or drawing, or carpentry. The making and doing and crafting with one's hands can take us out of our head and into the magic of being a creator.
Eating and cooking as a sensory experience.
Playing, laughing, dancing. Like the quote said,
“The ultimate truth is like the flavour of an apple which you can’t see with the eye or hear with the ear. The only way to experience it is to put the teachings into practice. Once you taste it, you are no longer in any doubt about its flavour, and you do not have to ask anyone else. The problem is solved.”
- Ajahn Chah -03/06/2017 #21 Gerald Hechtwhoa! Good Stuff; I read a (true) story yesterday from a anthropologist who, along with his wife, had gradually befriended a tribe of "headhunters" in a remote part of the Philippines in the 1980's...and how he came to discover an entirely new emotion...there was no word for it in any known language at the time...the word the tribe used for this "out of control...and viral emotion (once an individual experienced it...it "spread" through the entire tribe) was something like "lignet"...I'm not sure if I'm remembering the English spelling equivalent correctly...but over time, through talking with members of this group --the gist of it ; is a feeling of being "overamped" or "high voltage", that can only be alleviated by the entire tribe engaging in howling (like a group primal scream it seemed) and a ritual head hunt...and one of the members throwing the head as far as they could...IN FACT, that was the ONLY reason they ever engaged in that activity...which was VERY RARELY. This also reminded me of an incident at the end of WWII that I use as an example of color perception in teaching Sensation and Perception; General MacArthur, during the Marshall Plan was assigning Japanese citizens to install traffic signals...when he saw the first examples he went ballistic; he thought they were red, amber and BLUE...he didn't realize that there is that range of EM radiation wavelengths around 480-500micrometers, in that aquamarine/turquoise range that some cultures learn to call "green" and others "blue"...he thought they didn't know how to see....31/05/2017 #19 Randall Burns#18 Thank You @Praveen Raj Gullepalli, for reading and commenting. LMAO! it's OK, I still can't see my hands in my dreams either But even after reading CC's books for 40 years, (started reading them in 1974 when he only had 3 books at that time), I still don't tire of hearing his Tales of his escapades and adventures, and I still take to heart his deeper messages.31/05/2017 #18 Praveen Raj GullepalliThe Way of the Sufis is the Path of the Heart...and the senses...reveling in Song, Dance, Drama, Music and Poetry. If any modern sect comes closest to exalting the senses and perception of life through them then it has got to be Sufism, Randall. The Way of the Buddha is the way of awareness, contemplation and action as per the eight-fold path...many ways to the same Goal indeed! Coming back to Don Juan, I am still waiting for the day I can see my own two hands / palms in a dream ;) My wife had a dream recently in which, after some preamble, she found herself staring at her palms...and when she spoke to me about the strangeness of it all I was immediately reminded about CC and his amazing tales.30/05/2017 #14 Deborah LevineGreat article @Randall Burns. Our spiritual selves, beyond the senses and beyond the intellect, do indeed require nurturing. The patterns of behavior and thought that block access to that realm are often learned early in our lives. Today's fast pace and technology emphasis embeds those patterns deeper by rewarding habits that bypass the spiritual realm in which energy is the language. However, I see a growing number of people emerging from the blank star of today's computerized environment. I am hopeful.30/05/2017 #11 Gert Scholtz#8 @Randall Burns I thought using the word intuitively will catch up with me :). By intuitively I mean that I have an awareness which is not necessarily derived from the senses or from applied thought. But what is intuition then and where does it come from? Well, I think that is what your post is about. Thanks Randall.30/05/2017 #10 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeI am driven to write as motivated by this lovely buzz @Randall Burns that "to make sense we have to experience it and then feeding it". I liked so much the two wolves story and the quote " “All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. ... Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't". We humans have choices, but which one to feed is the issue.
- 29/05/2017Hi guys, read my most recent post here comment and share it with others!The Gospel according to Joyy : Personal Hygiene Tipsjoyyoge.blogspot.co.uk
- Producer29/05/2017Dreams to Sell, Fine Dreams to SellAnd so the cycle of life begins. Young Hudson was born at 8.31am on a Thursday. Although the sudden transition from the warmth of the womb to the bright lights and fuzzy faces of a brave new world can be a rude awakening for some, the die has been...
Comments31/05/2017 #42 Lisa 🐝 GallagherCongrats new Granddad! He is beautiful. I love the Scottish lullaby and the message contained within. I have hope for the future generations because so many now having children are thinking globally for their children's sake and also seem to going back to a time that I remember- teaching respect for elders, love for humanity over materialism and so much more. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful time in your lives. I had tears (happy ones) reading this and seeing the photos. We are on the road (well not literally, now), in a hotel for night but we will arrive to see our grandboys in 3 days, it's been almost a year. I can relate to the questions they ask so innocently and I also have time to understand the innocence so much more now that I'm not raising kids. Can't put a price tag on that! Have fun with your new grandson :))30/05/2017 #36 Kevin PashukI have a feeling that wee one will be 'Canon'ized... (as opposed to Nikoned in my case) by his Grandfather's photos.
It could be argued that there is no greater calling, or joy, in being a Grandpa. Congrats to the whole Boddie clan with the welcoming of Hudson into their midst.30/05/2017 #32 Ken Boddie#24 Who is this saintly white-clad high roller with the massive cheroot, and what have you done with my buddy @Dean Owen? Wait one ..... I recognise those failed attempts at humour. Where have you been, Dean-san? I thought perhaps your last blog had been considered admissible evidence for permanent incarceration?
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- Producer21/05/2017The Discreet, Enigmatic and Evasive GeishaIt was our last night in Kyoto and we had explored so many facets of this beautiful city's culture and beauty. The breathtaking splendour of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, the magic of origami, the calming propriety of the tea ceremony, all...
Comments23/05/2017 #28 Ken Boddie#27 Lisa, if you are really keen on photography, my best advice to you is to take an on line course. I completed a diploma on line many years ago and though I knew quite a lot until I did the course. If you pick the right one, you will be given practicals to do every week, or in your own time, if weekly is too much, and you should be able to get great feedback from your on line tutor. As for Photoshop, you don't really need it and there are many cheaper and less complex programs around, but Photoshop is the industry standard and well worth the time investment. An alternative editor, which has great crits and is much cheaper, is Lightroom, but I have no hands on experience with this. Why not join a local club? They're not hard to find and you'll pick up many interesting tips to get you on your way.23/05/2017 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#13 #14 I love your frank honesty Ken :)) That means you are down to earth! I like the idea of keeping a notepad with me. I always forget so many details when I travel. It's easy to forget. I think I will grab one and keep it in my purse when we leave. Dr. Google is very generous, isn't he? I want to learn how to take raw photos. I met a professional photographer on IG a few years back and he still uses an older camera and said he won't use anything but. He does the same, develops, turns them into jpegs and I'm not sure about Photoshop. I just began teaching myself how to use Photoshop. I hate when I take a nice photo but no matter what settings I use it may look drab. I also use a few free photo editors too. Is it hard to take raw and then develop them? Sort of sounds relaxing to me. I'm glad you and your wife had such a good time. Welcome home a few weeks late. My husband and I were both really sick this past month and I missed a lot. He's still recovering from pneumonia and we leave on Friday, yikes! Send the healing Gods LOL22/05/2017 #26 Ken Boddie#25 The images of this fascinating country, Gert, were bursting to be taken by my trusty Canon. You are of course correct in your assessment that I took some time to compile these two blogs to date, but much of the time was taken up in choosing only a very few photos from the 1200 or so developed jpegs, taken over a period of some two weeks, so as to hopefully match the blog subjects. When the culture, art and scenery of the places we visit is so stimulating, preparation time flies past, as you undoubtedly know yourself. Thanks for the compliments.22/05/2017 #25 Gert Scholtz@Ken Boddie Along with your previous post, these are two of the most interesting travel pieces I have read. Fascinating information on a country and culture that is quite foreign to me, and your photos are superb. Thanks for taking what must have been a chunk of your time to compile these posts. Shared into the Travel Hive. Ever looking forward to the next Ken Boddie travel post!22/05/2017 #18 Ken Boddie#12 Thank you so much, Lada, for your compliments. I am glad you enjoyed this post. So many foreigners when travelling in Japan are fascinated by the kimono, which, when comprising a beautiful silk with subtle hues, worn by a woman with poise and maturity, is the epitomy of the Japanese female attire. To illustrate, I refer you to the two lovely ladies (above) who I photographed at the tea ceremony. The three young girls, however, who I shot in Tokyo's Hamarikyu Gardens (refer this earlier post: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/did-we-miss-cherry-blossom-season ), although also beautifully attired, almost appear to be casually dressed by comparison, as is befitting of a stroll outdoors in the uplifting cherry blossom.
- Producer19/05/2017Passing waterI’m sitting here in my consulting suite watching the water pouring out of the basins and beginning to flood the floor. When it first began, which was about half an hour ago, I had sprinted to the maintenance department and sought urgent...
Comments27/05/2017 #49 Gerald Hecht#47 @Ian Weinberg So...the "Gerald Hecht Personal Brand" could not actually be certified as a "single malt" type of thing (in accordance with Scottish law)...but (in theory) could attain the fair market value of a "top shelf" blended scotch...that makes sense. I will make some inquiries to some folks at Glenlivet (or is it Gwenlivet?)...I'll take a peek in the wet bar by the guest pool.27/05/2017 #48 Gerald Hecht#46 @Paul Walters I have been advised that turning to a reputable (e.g., Lloyd's of London) insurer of "priceless national treasures", etc. I may be able to obtain an accurate estimate table of the worth of the "Gerald Hecht Personal Brand" ...based on cessation of biological functions (respiration, circulation, electrochemical communication in the nervous system, etc.) at present, and then projected out in ten year intervals. I will send you a copy upon receipt through the post or by courier.
I sincerely thank you for your interest! It provides the first inkling of peace of mind that I've experienced since becoming aware of this issue; some 12 hours ago.27/05/2017 #47 Ian Weinberg#45 Well here's the post-script @Gerald Hecht We spent the week working in a public toilet while the assessors worked out the damages. They then presented the bill to the renal unit. Appears that someone in the renal unit flushed a linen TOWEL down the toilet which blocked the main sewer outlet!! As regards branding, here's the thing: Your brand may be the sum of specific mixes of own and other brands. In effect you become a 'blend' and not a 'brand'. I would propose that the blend owner supersedes the brand owners - much like coffee and whisky. Looking forward to the Hecht blend!26/05/2017 #45 Gerald Hecht#43 @Ian Weinberg You know, in all seriousness...if this had happened to me --I'm pretty sure I would have "lost it" and done severe damage to myself in the ensuing internal flood of cortisol, epinephrine, TNF-a...and that would all occur before I actually went upstairs and "gave them the news"...in fact, that dialysis clinic would probably be where the crime scene investigators would draw the chalk outline that would effectively be the graphic depiction of the demise of the "Gerald Hecht Personal Brand"...although...I'm wondering if (as the brand representative) I could name a family member in my last will and testament as the heir to the brand...or donate it to a NGO or something. I'm gonna look into this; unfortunately, I came of age in a time when one's personal brand wasn't something that required legal provisions specifying its fair market price, licensing restrictions, etc. following the death of its owner (which I guess is the person to whom the brand applies)...man, I really don't know what the implications regarding rightful inheritance of a personal brand are; I'm starting to feel really stressed Ian. I'll let you know what I find out; I would very grateful if you have any information regarding this as well.21/05/2017 #40 Harvey LloydI believe you have redefined a bad day at the office and possibly could post this piece in the toxic work environments hive. Controlled water is the key to happiness, at least when considering the toilet seat and grand children controlling the stream. At least until i read this. I will never complain again about a fire house lose in the bathroom again.20/05/2017 #33 Ian Weinberg#30 Thanks for that @Jerry Fletcher Yes indeed there's a time to go all out to influence an outcome and a time to accept things beyond your control. For me personally, that's been the most difficult learning curve - to recognize the futility of action and just accept. In surgery we call it 'masterly inactivity!'20/05/2017 #31 Shelley BrownIan, I love the story and the ending made me laugh. Funny, I love water, bodies of water, drinking water, showering but hate being outdoors in the rain. My dog's name is River. I named him River because water is life and water flows just like River flowed right into my life. River has never peed in the house :). All the best with the cleanup.20/05/2017 #30 Jerry FletcherIan, What a great reminder that there is no way we are really in control. Somehow the universe is going to do what it is going to do and as my Mom says. "You can, when in danger or in doubt run in circles scream and shout or you can get on with it." Nice to hear how you "got on with it."
- Producer24/04/2017Tales from Paradise Pt. 4"Paradise is a state of mind..." Alright, admittedly this is a “fluff” piece, a descriptive narration indulging in my reminiscing; but it’s also a reminder that we need to stop and “smell the roses” once in a while, to appreciate and enjoy...
Comments16/05/2017 #36 Randall Burns#35 Thank You @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. Much appreciated!16/05/2017 #35 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.deep bow this is art @Randall Burns16/05/2017 #33 Tausif MundrawalaYou did it. It was aa if I was reading an account of a diver and surfer in Reader's digest. Yes you reminded me of this wonderful magazine which has always been favorite of mine. Here is my relevant,@Randall Burns View moreYou did it. It was aa if I was reading an account of a diver and surfer in Reader's digest. Yes you reminded me of this wonderful magazine which has always been favorite of mine. Here is my relevant,@Randall Burns. Thanks my friend,@Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador for tagging me. Close15/05/2017 #32 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorThis is great writing and a great story. Only 4 more relevants needed @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. @🐝 Fatima G. Williams @Tausif Mundrawala @Milos Djukic 😉15/05/2017 #29 Praveen Raj GullepalliMagnificent narrative dear Randall! I almost experienced it in 3D! You brought the magic, the colours, the mystique, the majesty, the might, the awe and the unfathomable deep blue sea and sky alive! Kudos! A meditation on blue literally. You'd make the Old Man and the Sea, proud! Thanks for tagging me @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher!15/05/2017 #26 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#25 Thank you @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher for tagging me. No question about the quality of this buzz by the great writer @Randall Burns. It is music, fun, deep thinking, mental and physical travelling and wisdom fused together.
Randal asks in this buzz "wow does time ever fly by when you’re having fun"? Well, my answer is definitely yes. The reading time of your buzz is 10 minutes, but I felt it less than two minutes.15/05/2017 #20 Ken BoddieGreat intro on life's sinusoidal curve of ups and downs, Randy. I work in a culture of 'opportunities' rather than problems, where all experiences are greatfully received. But the concept of "balls to the wall" leads to "flying with fish" has me trumped. As for that hickie on the neck., can't see "got slapped by a flying fish" being a credible excuse with most partners. 🤣😂🤣
- 15/05/2017Have to watch this (well you don't HAVE to) but I think W. Kamau Bell is not just a great example but starting a positive movement that will continue to spread. I actually beg people to listen and check out his new series #UnitedShadesOfAmerica #UnitedShades Maybe those of us who like using live buzz could take a few cues from W. Kamau?! cc: @John White, MBA @David B. Grinberg @Chas ✌️ WyattW. Kamau Bell On The Klan, Racism vs. Prejudice, and Larry Wilmore Comedian and host of CNN's "United Shades Of America," W. Kamau Bell explains what it was like to go to a cross burning and answers every black person's...
- Producer12/05/2017How Do You Mend A Broken Heart? A Visit To Beirut.. Welcome to Beirut, recognised as one of the oldest cities in the world where Archeologists have dated human habitation here to over 5000 B. C. This picturesque city is perched on a thin peninsula that meanders outwards into the azure...
Comments15/05/2017 #39 David B. GrinbergWow, Paul, you sure get around. I really enjoy reading these illuminating, informative and insightful articles.
Are you contemplating (or already writing) a book about your travels and all the different cultures you've experiences first-hand? Could be a good one. Keep buzzing!13/05/2017 #30 CityVP 🐝 ManjitBeirut the beautiful became Beirut the bombed and I am so glad to read this renaissance account of Beirut becoming beautiful again among the bombed structures. I have never met a person from Lebanon who did not offer great accounts of how life used to be, and to see this account mirror their sentiments is very good to see. Very well written piece, enjoyed the writing and the insight that speaks in volumes that all is well again, as it should be for this beautiful land and city.
- Producer12/05/2017Did We Miss Cherry Blossom Season?We were on our way from Tokyo's Narita Airport to the hotel, full of anticipation for the two weeks of Japanese culture that lay ahead of us, imagining a magical expectation of experiences, from city to village and wave lapped shoreline to majestic...
Comments14/05/2017 #27 Ken BoddieInteresting take, Lisa, on one of my favourite ballads, by one of my wife's favourite singers, Eva Cassidy. But I have always preferred this classical Kenneth McKellar version which I hope you'll watch:
It brings back memories of my dad and I watching him at the Tivoli theatre in Aberdeen when I was a lad. We didn't have much money as a family, but it was a regular thing for dad and I to be entertained like lords at the Tivoli, as mum worked in the box office and got us free tickets on a regular basis.
This song and the land of my birth are both something I'll love ..... "Till a' the seas gang dry."14/05/2017 #26 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#23 Definitely wouldn't have been a Buddist Monk. But, Red Red Rose is beautiful - Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
You could be right about the old Scots Army back in the day.
I never heard of the Red Red Rose until you posted it now @Ken Boddie, This gal sings it with such eloquence: https://youtu.be/-1-PF2kt2jg Thank you for sharing Scot History that I'm not all that familiar with! I wish my grandmother or even my father would have been alive when I was old and curious enough to ask a lot of questions about their heritage in Scotland (and more!).13/05/2017 #23 Ken Boddie#20 "Scots wha hae" was a favourite battle cry in our Uni Regiment, Lisa. Stirring stuff when sung with gusto. I was, however, thinking more of ballads like "Red, Red Rose" or "Ae Fond Kiss", rather than Burns' depiction of Sir William Wallace's call to arms. But, either way, and upon further reflection, I can't see old Rabbie as either a Buddhist monk or a Samurai, or picnicking beneath the sakura. Back in the day, however, perhaps the Scots army could have done with a helping hand from the Shogun of the time?13/05/2017 #20 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#18 He was a radical back in his time. I look back at my grandmother who always told my mom she would be mortified if any of us married a Catholic. I did... mom said, my grandmother would have had much to say if she would have been alive then. I never understood until I read more about the Protestants and Catholics. Here's a lyric from dear Rabbie https://youtu.be/CKT7qxk9-pw13/05/2017 #15 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWow....... awesome @Ken Boddie! The Cherry blossoms are beautiful. I love the photos of you and your wife. Traveling to a serene place does wash all the stressors away, doesn't it?!! The photo of the children under the tree with the red hats, that could be on the cover of a magazine, well done! Your story brought me to a lovely place in my mind, thank you!!!13/05/2017 #14 Paul Walters@Ken Boddie Ken , you have no idea how much organisation went into getting that lonely tree in Tokyo festooned with blossoms for your visit...whew we just made it in time. I do concur with @Dean Owen but I feel that he might be a little biased as I believe he speaks Japanese like a native!! Thanks , I do so love Japan !
- Producer11/05/2017BeBee ClassicsThere are some beBee articles I regard as BeBee Classics. As I have been here for a while, these posts go back some time and it might be that many Bees have not read it. They all left an impression on me. Some impart knowledge, some are evocative,...
Comments13/05/2017 #31 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#29 Humans have the right of choice my friend @Gert Scholtz. The comment of dear @debasish majumder isn't a personal one as much as it is an issue that we need to understand. SOmetimes, I tag people to a discussion not because of a personal interest as much as it is in the domain of interests of the people I tag. Somebody might question my neglecting tagging them. My response is simply I didn't feel the relevance of the comments (or buzzes) for them. So, I never question why I am included or not. If not, then I am depriving the author of the right to choose.
I do appreciate your response; however, I have never questioned your choices. You are an integrated human and I trust your choices fully.13/05/2017 #30 Gert Scholtz#25 @Joel Anderson I am heartened that you found these posts through my post because as you say it is a "reflection of the quality and steady stream of great content by so many exceptionally and extraordinarily smart contributors." And of course this is only a small selection, there is so much more from these and other talented contributors. Thank you for your kind comments Joel.13/05/2017 #29 Gert Scholtz#27 @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Thank you for your comments Ali, I value your time and words very much. As I mention to Debasish, I intend to expand the post in future. My only dilemma is that if I try to select classics coming from your pen - I would probably not be able to choose and I would end up doing a dedicated post on your writing! I appreciate your always respectful and dignified presence on beBee.13/05/2017 #28 Gert Scholtz#26 @debasish majumder Thank you for your comment and share Debasish, and I agree with you. My intention is to expand this post, including older post classics from yourself, Ali Anani and Sara Jacobovici and others, and share it again in future. I am glad you enjoyed the read!13/05/2017 #27 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeThank you dear @debasish majumder for your very kind words. I also thank you for drawing my attention to this buzz written a very respectful bee @Gert Scholtz. I read most of the buzzes that you highlighted and they are worthy. You left out a classical buzz written by you. Great selections indeed.
Debasish- Gert is being honest and he included the buzzes that are worthy and I fully understand his choices. For me, the real value is that Gert included truly worthy buzzes.12/05/2017 #26 debasish majumderGreat list indeed @Gert Scholtz! there are many more whose articles are too phenomenal as well enriching too along with yours. i only feel there is a miss of another stalwart, making this platform a unique one and that is sir @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! would have been delighted to see his name too, as he continuously struggle to display with unique posts in order to widen our vistas with wide knowledge and as well @Sara Jacobovici! i personally feels enriched a lot out of their phenomenal renditions with distinctions. however, wonderful buzz! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.12/05/2017 #25 Joel Anderson@Gert Scholtz Thanks again for a great list. I don't know how I missed these when they first came out but I am truly grateful that you took the time to repost them. Not sure if it is just a matter of my inability to organize and manage my time, or just the sheer volume of great writers and posts on this site that just seem to fuel my intermittent ability to see them all. Maybe it is more of my sporadic and patchy checking in and off the net, my ADD, or some kind of mystical nuance with my IT systems but it was personally a tad disheartening to see that I had missed so many on your list. Disheartening not because of anything that beBee is doing, rather that I missed them in the first place. I do, however, think it is a reflection of the quality and steady stream of great content by so many exceptionally and extraordinarily smart contributors. Regardless of my apparent reading limitations, thank you again. Good stuff all. And for all of you on the list--Yes, you all Rock!
- Producer24/03/2017“A little cornstarch between the legs helps cure 'The Wolf'...”“The Wolf”, “Cook’s Crack”, “Chef’s Cheeks” is an affliction that cooks get from time to time due to the long hours of standing on their feet, running around, the heat and sweat. As the heat and sweat build up, the rubbing of your upper legs and...
Comments06/05/2017 #2 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhat a great story you shared @Randall Burns. You wrote, "It’s funny that we can read something, be told something and intellectually accept it and believe it but sometimes it takes time for the lesson to actually sink in, sometimes years, and there are still some that I’m trying to learn to this day" I agree, many times lessons can take years to sink in but when they do it's wonderful to have a light bulb moment! I agree with you regarding self-perception. We may grow up for years with certain perceptions about ourselves only to have a very good friend point out to us that it's our thinking patterns that are getting in the way of our own successes and internal peace. It takes a good friend to point out something like this, and it appears you had that with Dave. I like the Wolf concept. I wondered where you were going with the story about chafing, it tied in very nicely. I like the way you think and you keep it real!