Saturday, December 18, 2010
I voted for John Edwards unfortunately he proved to be a faceman. I don't know why Elizabeth Edwards would be giving birth at an old age, they weren't even related to her. I'm pleased as punch about Michael Vick's success, he paid in triplicate. In SI they say that Andy Reid was the ideal coach for Vick to play for considering that both of Reid's sons are currently in prison. Sharron Angle raised 26.9 million for her campaign and Harry Reid raised 22.5 for his, a total of almost 50 million, as many as disliked Reid one would have thought that Angle would have finished him off but the dingbat ran an inept campaign with an incompetent campaign manager who spent most of his time in Missouri where he lived. I didn't watch Sarah Palin shoot that poor caribou, that caribou meant something to somebody, it's like Bambi's Mother. Palin shot and missed the first 4 times and any animal is going to take off running at the report of the first loud gunshot, that this caribou didn't would indicate that it had been drugged. I watched Akron U beat Louisville 1-0 for the Men's NCAA Soccer Championship, the first NCAA title that Akron U has won in anything. I never went there but my father was Akron U's leading scorer and MVP in Basketball in 1934 on a team that only lost one game, Congratulations to Akron U. Last month I went again to the Getty, the Norton Simon in Pasadena and the LA County Art Museum, nobody likes art more than me. Just down Wilshire Blvd. and easy walking distance from the LA County Art Museum are the La Brea Tarpits in Hancock Park and the accompanying George C. Page Museum. Beginning 38,000 years ago the La Brea Tarpits began to trap animals deceived by the water on top of the tarpits not knowing that they'd be caught in the tar beneath. I was there once before long ago and am sorry that I hadn't returned until recently. Tarpit #91 is the only one still being excavated, you can look at that and all the others and then go inside the Page Museum established in 1977. Inside you can see the remains of animals, mostly predators, lured to their doom so long ago, the California Sabre-Tooth (not called the Sabred-Toothed Tiger), Harlan's Ground Sloth, the American Mostodon, Imperial and Columbian Mammoths, Bison, Horses (nobody knows why they died out 10 thousand years ago, seemed like conditions were optimum), the American Camel, the Giant Short-Faced Bear, the American Lion (30% larger than the African Lion, dying out also 10 thousand years ago, I didn't know there was an American Lion), and others. All of this is beyond fascinating and yours to see for a few dollars. A year ago last spring I walked across Pitch Lake in Trinidad where all of the World's asphalt comes from, such things are Very Exciting to me. I urge you to develop healthy interests.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Since I graduated from high school in 1965 this country has been involved in frivolous warfare half the time, there's very seldom a good reason to be at war and it should be a very rare occurrence. Why are you so self-destructive? Las Vegas has a discount moviehouse that I often go to and it does tremedous business. It's the closest to me and lots of others and it only costs 1.50 at any time to see a movie on one of its six screens. I like to go out and do things instead of sitting around hunched over in my domicile and many others also feel this way, you could take your family of 5 there for 7.50. It only costs maybe 20% to show a movie that's been out for 3 or 3 months and they make their money on concessions, even with a regular moviehouse they make half their money on concessions. "Tropicana Cinemas" at Trop and Pecos has become the place to be seen. I was at Petco a few years ago and in the restroom when they announced that somebody had died, I turned to the kid next to me and said who died? Rod Beck (1968 to 2007) was a major league pitcher from 1991 to 2004 and for a few years in the early and mid 90's was considered to be the best relief pitcher in baseball as a closer for the San Francisco Giants, I saw him pitch then. An old school mindset, Rod Beck was always popular with his teammates and enjoyed talking the game for hours while indulging in his appetite for beer, food and cigarettes. Always with a big gut other pitchers copied his mannerism of glaring at the batter with his right arm dangling. Rod pitched also for the Cubs, Red Sox and was out for the 2002 season due to Tommy John surgery. When the Padres' Trevor Hoffman was injured in 2003 the Padres were desperate for a closer and signed Rod Beck even though as Jake Peavy put it "He was running on the fumes." It's with good reason that the Padres had fond memories of Rod Beck as he went out and got them 20 saves in 20 chances that year pitching only with the confidence that he could get the batter out. Beset by increasing drug use the Padres let Rod Beck go in August, 2004. With his physical skills leaving him and baseball no longer in his life Rod Beck was found on June 23, 2007 dead in his house in Phoenix from a cocaine overdose, he was "38." As a former teammate put it "He couldn't shake the demons," with a career of 286 saves Rod Beck will eventually be considered for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
My Grandfather had a cartoon above his workbench in the basement of 2 transients sitting on a park bench with one saying to the other, I was always the low bidder. The Clark County Library District takes in Las Vegas and extends all the way 90 miles south to include Laughlin and all municipalities in between. Recently they decided to cancel their Sunday subscription for the "Akron Beacon Journal" at the Flamingo Library, I pointed out to them that this only saves maybe $70 a year for subscription and mailing and that this is much less than any one of the Clark County Library District's employees makes in one day. 4 months ago I was at the Huntington and saw Charles Bukowski's typed rough draft of "Ham on Rye," when I asked to check it out of the Flamingo Library I was told that this famous book wasn't anywhere to be found in the entire Clark County Library District. What union do the Clark County Library District employees belong to, the Teamsters (if it moves unionize it).
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Edgar Renteria on the game-winning and World Series ending home run that he hit off Cliff Lee's cut fastball, the ball no cut. It was a hundred degrees in San Diego on November 4. The Nazis' scientists were much better than ours, had they access to the vast resources that ours did they would have produced the A-Bomb first (the Nazis nuke Akron to show us they mean business). The United States would have never used the A-Bomb on the Germans as they were White and this country's largest immigrant group. I just saw "Inherit the Wind," on TV, that was some movie and based very closely to fact. A recent survey said that half the people in Kansas don't believe in evolution. I've been to Kansas, half the men talk like Gomer Pyle. The American people twice selected Bush to be President, well I'll be a monkey's unkle. The Parsis in India are followers of Zoroasterism, a monotheistic religion beginning in the 6th Century B.C., when I was in India the last time I was constantly buying bottles of cheap gin and whiskey to use as disinfectant as I couldn't find medicinal alcohol and when I was in Bombay (Mumbai) I bought a bottle of gin at a liquor store owned by Parsis. I'm sure that I'm not the only one you've known who's used gin to wash his feet (bathtub gin). To the Parsis earth, wind and fire are sacred and they lay their dead out for the birds of prey to consume at the Towers of Silence (the Gardens of Silence) in Bombay, I drove past them. It's said that if the birds take a man's eyes first then he was a very good man.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Halloween is one of our best customs, hope I get a lot of trick-or-treaters I give a good bar. Going down the road is San Diego is like winding your way through an obstacle course what with all the holes and ruts and it's been like this or worse for 15 years. The drug-addled people of San Diego and their don't give a hoot attitude, what are you laughing about. Friday night I saw Helix High play Valhalla at Helix in LaMesa a San Diego suburb. Valhalla did real good until they caved-in leading 7-6 at halftime having intercepted a pass and gone 50 yards for a touch and extra, blocking Helix's extra point attempt and then blocking Helix's short field goal attempt just before halftime. Helix won 33-7 and are now 8-0. Their nickname is "the Highlanders" and they play up this theme totally, I heard bagpipe music in the distance and knew it was a recording but no, maybe 25 members of their band were wearing tartans and kilts and some were playing bagpipes. Football-rich Helix, a few years ago Alex Smith from Helix, the principal's son was the 1st player taken in the NFL draft and the next year Reggie Bush was the 2nd player taken. Bill Wothalton is from Helix and San Diego County is historically basketball-poor, when John Wooden's assistant told him about Walton Wooden said that there couldn't possibly be a player as good as the one he was speaking of in San Diego. Bruce Walton played for UCLA and the Cowboys. Real treat to watch these kids. About all of Helix's good players are underclassmen. Oh, Dennis Hopper was Class of '54 and voted Most Likely to Succeed and possibly lived up to it. In Nevada Sharron (double r) Angle is competing for Harry Reid's Seat in the Senate, both amassed huge warchests with most of Angle's money coming from out of state Republicans. Nobody in Nevada cares a hoot about Sharron Angle, a dingbat, any vote for Angle is a vote against Reid as many are tired of him, both have fanged arteries and the blood's shooting all over---I think Angle. So far as this Gays in the Military thing I've been thinking back and I can recall 4 that I've known who were in the Army, 2 for 8 years (they don't mind being around a lot of men) and one of the others had his leg blown off in Vietnam by a "Bouncing Betty." Just because they do this in Europe isn't a good enough reason as Europe is in worse shape than this country, it might be awkward to be in the showers with somebody like that for sure none of these 4 acted Gay while they were in. Bill Walton's name was messed up by the computer current, I'm at the library.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I'm so tired of you smug bastards, ignorance often takes a pride in itself. On Sunday I saw the Chargers play the Patriots. The easiest and fastest way to get to Qualcomm is to go to a bus-stop, get on a bus that'll take you to a trolley-stop, once on the bus buy a 1-day pass for $5 that's good for all the buses and trolleys. San Diego has 56 miles of trolley tracks and I've taken it all the way to the border. If you drive it takes an hour after you've gotten close to the stadium until you're in a parking spot and an hour to get out, real suprising as the last I've heard Qualcomm has the 2nd largest parking lot in the country. Parking is $25, at Foxboro it's $40 I was told. They crammed 68,863 people in that stadium, poor Chargers. Recently I went to Balboa Park to the San Diego Museum of Art to see lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Latrec. Next to the it is the Timken Museum with the Putnam Collection. The Putnams were 3 sisters who never married, they inherited a fortune and spent it on the collecting of art. The Timken, free, is considered to be one of the 10 best small museums in the world. It's a permanent collection and say their Rembrandt of St. Bartholomew is considered to be the best of the many Rembrandts in S. California. Henri de Toulouse-Latrec (1864 to 1901) was the first born of a Count and Contessa who were lst cousins. Henri first broke a leg at "13" and the other at "14." His disease stunted his growth and he became artistic possibly because he couldn't do vigorous activities. He often used prostitutes as his models and associated with many people that his aristocratic parents disapproved of. He hung around the Moulin Rouge and enjoyed nightlife to a great extent, supposedly the creator of the cocktail "Earthquake." Like van Gogh who he knew Henri was greatly influenced by Japanese woodcuts. de Toulouse-Latrec had much success with women but unfortunately acquired syphilis and ecame an alcoholic. One of the women he painted and admired was Louise Weber who was the creator of French Can Can and known as "La Goulue," the Glutton. A great painter and lithographer his paintings have been sold for as much as 22.4 million dollars. Succumbing to his diseases at "36," Henri's last words were in reference to his father, "Le vieux con"---the old fool.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
"The Social Network" was good, "Secretariat" was good and the labored breathing of this equine athlete was a great effect. Secretariat's wins at the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1973 are still the Track Records. When Secretariat died in 1989 he was autopsied and his heart was much larger at 22 pounds than any horse heart ever recorded. If you look at a picture of Secretariat it looked like he had gone to the gym and lifted weights. I didn't know that Ron Turcotte had been in a wheelchair since 1978. The last time I was in Australia was 1999 and I went to their capitol, Canberra, population 345,000 which was a compromise in 1908 between Melbourne and Sydney and sort of in between them. I sat in the gallery of their Parliament and toured their museums and War Memorial, like all of Australia pretty exciting stuff. I then went to Tasmania 140 miles south of Austraia and seperated by the Bass Strait. A population of only a half million it was discovered in 1642 by Abel Tasman the Dutch Explorer. It was first settled in 1803 by the English sending convicts and their guards. I stayed in their capitol, Hobart and thought it to be quite interesting. I then went to tour Port Arthur and the Prison, horrible conditions which were thought to purge the convicts of their eviloughts. I was there 3 years after Martin Bryant ran amock and killed 35 people there on April 26, 1996 (maybe he went there to get his thoughts purged), many of those shot and killed were tourists. I was in the burned-out remnants of the "Arrow Cafe" where all this began, this is known as "the Port Arthur Massacre." Many of the Tasmanians will tell you that they have a convict ancestor. Inbreeding has always been a problem in Tasmania and in the rest of Australia they"ll tell you that Tasmanians all have a scar on their necks from where the 2nd head was severed. We all live in multi-thousands of different dimensions simultaneously, we're not born, we're dead, we're young we're old all at once, there really is no such things as "time."
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
As I've Been Avoiding the TV Media Recently I've Become a lot happier. If They All Jumped Off a Building the World Would be Better for It. I've Been to Australia twice and have been all Over It. I've toured the Sydney Opera House with its Pleasing Exterior although its Acoustics aren't even Close to Being the Best. I've been to Melbourne, Adelaide, a 2-Day Bus Trip to Perth where I Saw a Great Andy Warhol Exhibit, I've bee n to the Andy Warhol Museum in beautiful Pittsburg twice, I love that Stuff, the Glamour, the Soup Cans. One of the Paintings in Pittsburg was done with Cow Dung Painted Over, it was Pretty Good. Next door to Perth is Freemantle which is Quite Nice as all of the aforementioned Were as Well. I've been to Alice Springs in the Red Center (about all of Australia is Desert with Some Big Cities on the Coasts) and I've been to Ayers Rock. I Rode in on the Bus to the Place where you Stay for the night and arrange to Climb Ayers Rock. I Stayed in a Motel there and Ate at the this Huge Place Everybody eats at. For 12 U.S. they Give you 3 Big Strips of Crocodile, Emu and Kangaroo and tell you to Barbecue it on the Barby which I did Quite Well plus there's lots of Great Side Dishes included in the Buffet for this Price, had you Foodeaters been there you could have Joined In. At Dawn I Rode Out to Climb Ayers Rock. Called Uluru by the Aborigines it's Sacred to them, one of the Oldest Rocks in the World, and they Ask You Not to Climb It. It's 2381 Feet High and 9.4 Kilometers in Circumference. The Aborigines think that Dreams are Reality and even when Given Free Housing Usually Prefer to Sleep Outdoors to Commune with Nature. I didn't want to Hurt Anybody's Feeling but I Climbed Ayers Rock anyway. Soft Sandstone, it's easy to Climb, I did it in 1 Hour, the Average Time, if you can't do it inside 1 Hour 20 Minutes you can't do it. It's Very Windy especially at the top and 35 People Have been Killed Climbing It. Supposedly a New Zealand Farmer did it in 12 Minutes running all the Way to the Top. hell of a Man. I then Went to Cairns where I Scuba Dived for my Only Time, I Dove 3 of the 4 Main Sites of the Great Barrier Reef all Strangley Associated with the Battle of Hastings. I then Went to Brisbane. During WW II there were a Million American Servicemen in East Australia and tensions Arose between the American and Australian Servicemen. The Australians then and now are Infamous for their Horrible Personalities, not all are like this but Most Are. By the end of the Day You've been Insulted Several Times. The American Servicement were Payed Much more than the Australians and the Australians Resented This. The Girls found the American Servicemen to be Much More Attractive with their Outgoing Personalites and Pretty Accents and Happy to Spend their Money on a Good Time. The Australian Girls Regarded the Australian Servicemen as the Same Dour Joe Blokes they had Unfortunately Become Used to. The Australians's Anger over the Americans Ability to get the Girls and their Freespending Ways came to a Head on November 26 and November 27, 1942 when thousands of American and Ausralians Servicement Street-Fought each other for these 2 Days with Hundreds of Injuries many of them Serious and with 1 Australian being Killed. The American who killed him stood Court Martial for Manslaughter but was Acquited for Self-Defense. This was Called "the Battle of Brisbane," and News Accounts were kept from the American Public (We're Fighting our own Allies?). A Friend of Mine just Moved to Delaware to Work in the Gambling Industry and he's Eager to See if he can Register to Vote so that he can Vote for Christine O'Donnell. All of the Guys want to Vote for the Witch Chick, she's Cast a Spell over Them for Halloween plus 2-----Eyes of the Bats, Horns of the Goats, Rustle Me Up A Lotta Votes
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
You're trashy people. Red Rock the Bull, a Hereford-Brahma Mix (1976-1994) was born on a Ranch in Oregon and named for a nearby Redrock outcropping. Known as "the Legend" Red Rock competed for 9 Years on the National Rodeo Circuit Retiring at "11" Unridden. 308 Cowboys had Tried to Ride Red Rock for the 8-Count and All had Failed. The Closest Anyone Came was a Cowboy Reaching the 5-Count with Red Rock giving his Rankest (Strongest) Move, Crouching down as Low as he Could and Coming up Quickly to Buck the Rider Off. Bulls are Regarded as Being Stupid and Predictable while Red Rock was Smart and Only He Knew his Next Move. Other Bulls would Try to Gore a Fallen Cowboy but Red Rock didn't do This and was Admired by All on the Rodeo Circuit for his Ability and Kindness with his only Vanity Being to take a Triumphant Lap around the Arena after having Vanquished yet another Cowboy. Red Rock would give Little Children Gentle Rides on his Back on his Ranch in California but Felt Differently about a Cowboy going for the 8-Count. At the 1986 National Rodeo Finals Red Rock was the only Bull that Lane Frost couldn't Ride Preventing him from Being the only Bullrider to Ride all 10 Bulls at the Finals and Worse Yet Cost him the 1986 World Championship. In 1987 I was at a Fair in Las Vegas and Red Rock was Appearing There, I asked the Girl Attending Him if I Could Pet Him and She Said If He Let's You, He Didn't Say No. One Couldn't See this Guy who was Standing There Contentedly Munching Hay doing Anything Vigorous. A Small Bull, Probably any Bull has the Strength to Buck Off a Cowboy but the added Agility of a Small Bull would be More Important. Red Rock Retired to his Ranch in California and Lived a Wonderful Life dying from a Stroke at the Ripe Old Age of "18" on June 6, 1994.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
You're Dragging Me Down With You. On February 26, 1993 Moslem Terrorists Set Off a big bomb in the Basement of the World Trade Center Killing 6 and Injuring Over A Thousand. Shortly After I Was Watching "Entertainment Tonight" and Saw an Old Friend of Mine, Curt, Being Interviewed Lengthily by John Tesh with Curt's Profile Covering a Wall. Apparently Curt had been in the World Trade Center Seeing Customers when the bomb went off and he Led People to Safety Down the Stairs with the Light from his Watch Illuminating their Escape of all things. I had gone to a Lavish Pigroast at Curt's Place in Scottsdale and a while afterwards he was Mad at Me and Shaking his Head Saying I'm Sorry I Invited You to My Party, I said I Brought a Case of Beer. I Can Go Anywhere If I Have a Case of Beer, No Doors Are Closed to Me. The People who Died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 had been Very Foolish to Work There after this Good Attempt to Destroy It. I Never Would have thought Well, That's that, the Government Has Everything Under control, the Government has Nothing Under Control then or now. To a Large Extent those Unfortunates Threw Their Lives Away. 14 Years ago there was Little to See in Nicaragua or El Salvador but Good to go there Anyway. You can go See Lake Managua outside the Capitol, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, Swim in It and Grow another Arm. Oscar Romero (1917 to 1980) showed Great Aptitude as a Carpenter and his Father Wanted Him to Pursue this Occupation but Oscar Felt a Calling to the Priesthood and was Ordained in Rome on April 24, 1942. Considered a Conservative Oscar Romero was Appointed Archbishop of El Salvador on February 23, 1977. On March 12, 1977 Romero's friend the Jesuit Priest Rutilio Grande was assassinated for Organizing the Poor, the Campesinos and Speaking out against the Government. Archbishop Romero said ".....When I Looked at Rutilio lying there dead... I Thought I too Have to Walk the Same Path." There was no Government Investigation and the Censored Press Remained Silent (like today in this country). Romero spoke out against the Government's Oppression of the Poor, he Criticized the U.S. for giving Military Aid to El Salvador and Spoke against Persecution of the Church. On March 24, 1980 While Celebrating Mass in a Hospital Chapel and Having Spoken to the El Salvadoran Soldiers in a Sermon the Previous Day Entreating them as Christians to Cease Repression of the People, Oscar Romero was Shot to Death by a Junta Death Squad as he Elevated the Chalice at the End of the Eucharistic Rite his Blood Spilling over the Altar. On March 30, 1980 250 Thousand People Attended Archbishop Romero's Funeral with Government Soldiers Shooting to Death 30 to 50 of Them, his Body was Interred in the Cathedral with Gunfire Crackling in the Background, Oscar Romero could well be Canonized Some Day.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
11 Years Ago I Was in Manhattan and I Went to the New York Stock Exchange and Stood in the Gallery. While There I Met a Young Fellow Named Rick Muniz who said that he was from Brazil, was half Italian and half Spanish, and that he now Lived in New York which he Loved and Worked as a Tour Guide. Rick Offered to Walk with me to the Twin Towers as He had some Time on his Hands and I Agreed Never Having Been There. Rick was a Heck of a Nice Guy, he didn't want any Money, he wasn't...., Just a Friendly guy. After He Showed Me the Twin Towers I Bought Us Lunch at McDonalds and he thought that was Great. He Said What the Foreign Tourists Like to do is Go to Harlem on Sunday Mornings to the Black Churches and See the Choirs in their Colorful Garb Swaying Back and Forth Singing. Good thing to do, They hear the Word and Drop a Ten in the Plate, Everybody Benefits. I Always Remember People who do Something for Me, If you See Rick Tell Him that I Thought of Him. A Friend of Mine Asked me about going to Belize with her Boyfriend, now a Mercenary in Afghanistan, for 5 Days. That Was a Perfect Destination When I Was There 14 years Ago but I Wouldn't Know About Know about Now. I Went Through Mexico, Guatamala, Honduras and Nicaraugua on the Bus Just as Central America was Coming Out of Civil War and it was Relatively Safe but Now with all these Gang Members from the U.S. being Repatriated It would be Very Dangerous. Panama where I'd been has always been Extremely Dangerous, I've been in Costa Rica and that was Very Safe 20 Years, I don't Know about now. Belize City was Regarded as Dangerous 14 Years Ago but I never had any Problem and was there only Briefly. From There to Caye Caulker was 21 Miles by Boat and There I Caught 6 Barracudas, 5 Yellow-Tailed Snappers and 1 Spanish Mackerel in three and a half hours, One of the Greatest Displays of Sustained Fishing Ever Witnessed. But What I Sought Eluded Me, the King Fish, the King Mackerel. That Night I Went to the House of My Pilot-Guide with a Bottle of Rum, Somebody had Cooked one of the barracudas and one of the Snappers to Perfection and Everyone had a Real Good Time. Then 11 Miles to Caye Ambergris (pronounced Key, an island) where I Snorkled the Barrier Reef, the 2nd largest Reef in the World next to the Great Barrier Reef. I Had a Great Time in Belize and Hopefully it's as Good today. From Belize City I took the Bus to Tikal in Guatalmala, a Great Mayan City. In my tourist guide it Says ".....When You See the Temple of the Jaguar Rising Out of the Jungle it Goes All the Way to Your Gut," yeah it does. On this Trip I was also in Chichen Itza in the Mexican Yucatan and Copan in Honduras also Great Mayan Cities. All of the Kings in Copan had Cool Names, the Greatest of Them being "Smoke Jaguar." From Tikal I took the bus and Stayed in a border town for the Night, I Stayed in their Best Hotel which was Greatly Overpriced at $6 a Night. They Gave me a big lock to put on my Door, I went Downstairs to the adjoining Cantina to get some ice. The Cantina had a Shower Curtain which served as a Door and Once Inside Everybody Crowded around Me in Curiosity. They Weren't Threatening at all but I Could Tell that These were Very Rough Men. I Spoke with them Briefly and Left. The Next Morning when I Took a taxi to the Border to recross into Belize the Driver Told Me that Somebody had been found that Morning Stabbed Many Times and Laying about a Block away from the Cantina. The Driver had known him and Said that The Night Before he had Seen Him Standing outside that Cantina and that he was Drunk. He Said that this Guy didn't want to Work and just wanted to be a Bandido and that he was "20" and that was all the Longer one Lived in Guatamala if he Went that Way. A couple of Times I Remarked that he didn't Seem Very Upset about this Guy's Passing. Honesty is the Best Policy.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
You're Dragging Me Down with You and I'm Increasingly Happy About It. Alex Groza (1926-1995) was of Romanian-Hungarian Descent from Martins Ferry, Ohio in the Ohio Valley across from Wheeling, West Virginia. A 3-time All-American in Basketball at the University of Kentucky Alex led the Wildcats to two National Championships in 1948 and 1949. The 6'7" Groza was the Leading Scorer for the U.S. in the 1948 Olympics leading Them to the Gold Medal. Entering the NBA for the Indianapolis Olympians Groza Averaged 22.5 Points per Game for His 2 Years in the League. It was in his 2nd Year in 1951 that it was Found that Alex Groza along with 2 Teammates had Shaved Points in their Senior Year at Kentucky so that Gamblers Could Win Their Bets, Nothing Is Worse, and this Despite Adolph Rupp's Boast that Gamblers "...Couldn't Get to Our Boys With a 10-Foot Pole..." Alex Groza was Banned for Life from the NBA. Alex Salvaged His Life by Becoming a Succesful long-time College Coach and Even Coached in the Professional ABA. Alex Groza died in 1995 at "68" from Lung Cancer. Lou Groza (1924-2000) was the Brother of Alex Groza. After a Year at Ohio State Lou Went into the Army in WWII Serving in the Pacific and after Getting Out Joined the Newly Former Cleveland Browns under his Old College Coach Paul Brown. An Outstanding Offensive Tackle Lou Also was a Great Kicker earning Him the Sobriquet of "Lou the Toe." An All-NFL Tackle 6 Times Lou also Led the NFL in Field Goals in 1950, 1952-1954, 1957 and in 1957 Co-Led the NFL in Scoring. In 1950 Lou Groza led the NFL in Field Goal Percentage While Alex Groza Led the NBA in Field Goal Percentage. Lou Groza Played for the Browns from 1946-1959 and 1961-1967 although His 2nd Time with the Browns He was Exclusively a Kicker. In 1974 Lou Groza was Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During the Korean War My Father Ran the Brook Park Tank Plant also Known as the Cadillac Tank Plant for the Army and Lou Groza was One of Those Employed There. Korea Wasn't Nearly as Big as WWII so Those Called Back in the Army Could Often Serve Stateside Whereas in WWII My Father was in North Africa and Italy and Lou in the Pacific. I Asked my Father How Well Lou Did at the Tank Plant and He Said that Lou was Very Good and Noted that He would Use His Own Car for Army Business. Lou Groza died in November, 2000 at "76" Dropping Dead from a Heart Attack after He and His Wife Left Their Country Club after Having Dinner. When Asked What One Should Do After Missing a Field Goal Lou Said Blame It On the Holder and Keep on Going.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
For the past Decade the American Media has Known of my Existence and has Kept my Prowess a Secret from the American Public, What Kind of People are These who Pose as TruthSeekers. This Diversity Thing isn't Working, for example the Twin Towers in Manhattan Aren't There any more. Before the Past 40 Years you'd have a Methodist, a Catholic, a Presbyterian and a Jew and they'd Have Quite a Bit in Common, it's Not Like that with the Current Mix. So Far as Illegal Immigration and It's Debate the Issue has Already Been Decided, They're Here Now in Vast Numbers and Breeding. Why Anybody Would Be Talking About it at This Late Date is Beyond Me. Instead of the Minutemen Lurking around the Border They Could Just Go to any Mall to Find Illegal Aliens. This Country is Washed-Up I Give it Maybe another 10-12 Years. I Think It's All this Meth That's Been Going Around the Past 30 Years, if Americans Didn't Use it Themselves their Parents Did. In "King Rat" by the late James Clavell (the Japanese Tore the Soul from my Body) there's a Substory About a Giant Rat who Consumed all the Other Rats and Prospered but Then He Lost his Will to Dominate and he Himself was Consumed. Go into any Supermarket and You See this Land of Plenty, Better Belly Up to the Buffet Table While You Can, It's Not Going to be That Way after awhile. About 25 Years Ago I Saw an Interview on TV with the Executioner in Louisiana who Went by the Generic Name of "Sam Jones." In those Days they Used the Electric Chair in Louisiana and the Executioner, the guy who Threw the Switch by Law had to be a Licensed Electrician. Sam Jones used to be a Cop, He Said in Reference to the Stipend he was Paid for Each Execution----I Don't Care About That, Somebody Has to Do It---Things are Black or White with Me. He Said that After each Execution He Went Home and Painted a Picture and Then Destroyed the Painting and the Trauma of the Execution was Then Gone from Him. It Was an Interesting Interview.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Recently Paris Hilton and her Friend Were Threatened by a Hispanic with big Knives who was trying to Enter her House, Instead of holding this Guy at Gunpoint her Friend Should have Gunned Him Down. Their Ability to Change Somebody like That is None and He Could Eventually try to Do It Again, Better Judged by 12 than Carried by 6. I've Been to India twice and have Been all over it from Kashmir to Thiruvananthapuram that is North to South and all Points in Between. India is very dirty and for Delicacy I Won't Explain Why, I barfed at the Railway Station in Amritsar Where I had gone to See the Golden Temple of the Sikhs, not on the Platform making a Spectacle of Myself but in the Men's Room. In 1984 Indira Gandhi had the Golden Temple Stormed as She Thought Weapons were being Stored in There, it's not that big though, her Sikh Bodyguards then Killed Her and they were Hung, Lots of happiness. From Amritsar I Then Proceeded to Lahore, Pakistan. And I've Been to Agra and the Taj Mahal twice, on the Yamuna River. Shah Jahan (1592 to 1666) was the Emperor of the Mughal Empire from 1628-1658 and his Reign was Called the Golden Age of the Mughals and he was the Most Powerful Man in the World. He had 3 Wives with 2 of Those being for Political Reasons and he had Little to do with Them. Shah Jahan's 3rd Wife was Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace), Well Known to be a Kind Person, and She and her Husband were Very Much in Love. Mumtaz Mahal married Pince Khurram in 1612 at "19," later to be Shah Jahan. In 1631 Mumtaz Mahal died in Childbirth giving Birth to Their 14th Child and She was Dying She Asked her Husband to "Show the World How Much We Loved Each Other." Shah Jahan went into Mourning and Emerged with his Hair Turned White and he began Building the Taj Mahal. He Used 20 thousand People bringing Artisans from as far Away as Europe and It took 20 years to Complete. Built of White Marble with 4 Minarets tilting away at an 85degree angle in Case of Earthquakes it was Compl;eted in 1652. The 2 Times I've been There I Went all over it from the Outside to the Inside, I was there in the Early Afternoon and at Dusk with Dawn being the other Preferred Time, Both times it Looked Great, the first time I Sent a Postcard Saying that now I Can Die Happy I've Seen the Taj. Despite it's Great Wealth the Expense of the Taj Mahal was One that the Mughal Empire Could Ill Afford, in 1658 Aurangzeb the Son of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal and Less Sentimental than his Folks Deposed his Father and Kept Him in the Red Fort a Mile Away where Shah Jahan Could Look Out Over the Taj Mahal. On the Bottom Floor is Where the Side by Side Sarcophigi of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal Are and You can Buy Rose Petals as Did I to Scatter Over Them Together for the Past Four Centuries.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Hi Ho Everyone. I Was Just Watching the Movie "Rudy" on TV, Now that was a Really Feel-Good Movie with no sex and hardly any bad language. I Heard Rudy Ruettiger's Talk "Follow Your Dreams" and Thought it to be pretty good, I'm Sure that He'd Be Able to be Available to Speak to Your Group. LeBron often gushed about his love for Akron and now Chris Wells is Doing the Same. When Wells was at Akron Garfield he was considered to be the Best Player in the Country. After a Stellar Career at Ohio State he was the lst Draft Choice of the Arizona Cardinals. At Midseason in his lst Year this past Year He went to his Head Coach Whisenhunt and Told Him that he was Homesick and Whisenhunt Let Him Go Home for a Few Days and "...That Helped a Whole Lot." Oh gee. WWII Had the Elements of a Civil War with the 2 Highest Guys in the Army being Eisenhower, iron worker, and George Marshall, with the Highest Guy in the Navy being Chester Nimitz. When the Americans Liberated the Concentration Camps Eisenhower was shown in Photos Standing in Dumbfoundment. As the Germans Parlayed for Peace the Head of the American Delegation was Bedell Smith, himself a 3-Star General with Eisenhower Waiting down the Hall as he Said, I Don't Want to Talk to Any Nazi Generals.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
It Used to be that a Paltry 2% of the Adults in Las Vegas Gave Blood, Now It's a Lot Less than That and They Have to Get Most of the Blood Used Locally from Elsewhere, the Concern for Others Isn't So Pronounced in Sin City. What I Give Them They Don't Give Away, They Sell It for a Lot of Money. I Was Just Watching a Chris Farley Movie on TV, Guy Could Move Well for a Man of his Girth. Chris Liked to Go to Mass Twice a Week. It's a Rite of Passage to go to the Grave of Robert Louis Stevenson on Mount Vaia just Outside of Apia, Western Samoa, I've Been There, It Was Rough as It Had Rained Recently, Took Me an Hour and a Half. A Couple of Old, English People Whizzed Past Me Like I Was Standing Still, They Did It In an Hour. RL Stevenson Said That in Relation to People's Personalities It's More Like Two. Pope Pius IX Had the Longest Pontificate, 1846 to 1878, 32 Years. If A Cardinal Displeased Him He'd Make Him Kiss His Shoe, That'd Put You in Your Place. You Have to Wonder if Bobby Fischer Would Have Gone to Iceland Had He Known They'd Let Him Be Dug Up, Doing That to a Man of His Stature. An Off-the-Wall Type Guy Who Ranted Against Jews Even Though He Was Half, Genius is Often Flawed. This Country Gave One of Their Most Esteemed Persons a Bum Deal By Harassing Him About Breaking the Trade Embargo With the Former Yugoslavia by Playing in a Chess Tournament There in 1992, Who Wouldn't Do That for 2 Million Dollars. Made This Poor Man an Outcast from the Country He Had Represented So Well. The Common Goal in This Country is to be Bland, to be Like Everybody Else. Steve Kerr Played in the NBA from 1988 to 2002 and is the All-Time Leader in 3-Point Percentage. Usually a Substitute He'd Bring in Instant Points, It's Said That Anyone Can Take a Jump Shot but Not That Well. Steve Played on 5 NBA Championship Teams in His 13 Year Career, 3 with the Bulls and 2 with the Spurs, After Retiring He Became a TV Analyst and Most Recently General Manager of the Phoenix Suns. Steve Kerr was Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1965, His Parents Being Malcolm and Ann Kerr. They Both Were the Children of Academics at American University in Beirut and They Were Also This with Malcolm Kerr Becoming the President of American University. In 1982 Malcom Kerr Was Assassinated by a Member of Hezbollah near his Office on Campus Despite Him and His Family's Love of the Middle East. I Was in Beirut in 2004 and Was on the Campus of American University and Mentioned Steve Kerr's NBA Career to a Professor, a Christian Arab. He Said Ann Was Telling Me About That, Were You Just Talking With Her? I Said I Don't Know Mrs. Kerr.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
All of the TV Media Would Warble Like Birds Should It Mean Their Jobs, Not Very High-Principled People. Went to the Classic Car Collection at the Imperial Palace, Best in the World, There's a '37 Mercedes That Yours Should You Have a Spare 7 mil 5. My Friend Al is Spanish and Has a Number of Properties Locally. Recently He Evicted a Guy From A House Who Was a Month in Arrears, He Took This Guy's Deposit and Changed all the Locks, He then Gave All this Guy's Possessions to the Goodwill, his Furniture, his TV, his Sound System, He Gave Away All This Guy's Clothes. Should You Be in Vegas for Awhile and Need a Place Let Me Know. This National Passion for Gambling is Very Bad, Soon There'll Be a Casino on Every Corner. A Lot of People Have that Weakness and Can't Gamble. Years Ago a Black Police Detective at one of the Detroit Casinos Blew His Brains Out at One of the Blackjack Tables After Losing 15 Thousand. The Luxor in LV is a Pyramid and all the Rooms Open to the Inside, 2 People have Leapt to their Deaths one of Them Landing Near the Buffet Line, bon appetit. Multitudes Have Killed Themselves Over Gambling although not too Many In the Casino Itself. Art Schlichter was an All-American Quarterback at Ohio State and the 4th Player Taken in the 1982 NFL Draft by the Colts. A Country Bumpkin, he Began Gambling in High School Visiting Scioto Downs, Harness Racing Near Columbus. By the End of His First Year With the Colts He had Gambled Away his Bonus and Was 700 thousand in Debt. Schlichter's Career Was Over by 1985, In a 2007 Interview Art Said that he Had Stolen at least 1.5 Million by Conning Friends and Whomever Else he Could, He Served 10 Years in Jail and Prison from 1995 to 2006. Now "50" Art Schlichter Lives on His Family's 450 Acre Grain Farm in Washington Court House, Ohio. The Pressure of Living Up to Everybody's Opinion and Expectations of Him Led Him to Give Vent to This Disease. While Still at Ohio State Art Schlichter Had A Biography in Tribute to Him, "Straight Arrow."
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I Came out of Wal-Mart Yesterday and found a note on my windshield--Very Interested Buyer, a Woman's Name and Handwriting and a Phone Number. I had no For Sale Signe on my car, Everybody Wants My Car, Reminds Them of the Good Old Days, an Easier Time. The Chinese Recently Forfeited the Bronze Medal in Women's Gymnastics for the 2002 Olympics as They Had Been Found to have had an Underaged Gir. The Chinese Won the Gold Medal in This in the 2008 Olympics with Obviously Underaged Girls, The Chinese Cheat and Don't Care Who Knows It. Miami to Mexico City for the Last 4 Days of My Trip. 5 Hours by Bus to Acapulco, 277 Miles South of Mexico City. Acapulco is like Puerto Vallarta, all the Beaches are Oily, even Diamante the Best Beach. Went to La Quebrada to see the Famous Cliff-Divers, the Clavadistas. Really Something to See These 6 Daring Young Men Climb Dangerously from the Water Up to the Top of the Sheer Cliffs, Wisely Pray on their Knees at the Shrine There and Then Dive 131 Feet into a Narrow Gorge and 13 Feet of Water. Afterwards We Tourists All Tipped Well These Shy, Appealing Young Fellows (You Wanna See This). I Took the Glass-Bottom Boat out to La Roqueta Island and that was Good. Went to the Fort, Fuerte de San Diego built in 1616 to Protect the Port From Pirates which is Now a Quite Good Museum. And of course I Went Marlin Fishing, I Rented a 45 Foot Boat with a Crew of 2 for the Day, a day Consisting of 7 to 2 P.M. I Didn't Even Get a Strike Which Pleased Me to No End. But It Was a Lot of Fun to Be Out There Away from Acapulco, Saw a Lot of SeaLife, Green Turtles, Dolphins, it was a Lot of Fun Despite the Lack of a 300 Pound Marlin on My Line. I Was Out There Where Francis Drake Would Lay in Wait for Spanish Treasure Ships, the Spanish Called Him El Drage(o), the Dragon. It Was on April 22, When I Arrived at the Mexico City Airport from Miami that I Used the ATM which led to my Being Ripped-Off. I Refer My Readers to My Blog of May 27, 2010 and to my 2 Blogs of June 16, 2010. I've Graciously Recounted My Latest Wonderful Trip for the Enjoyment of My Little Readers and Now I Expect You to Get Off Your Fat Butts and Get Me My Money From Those Thieving Scum at Wells Fargo.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Went to a Vons yesterday, a Security Guard was Chasing a Hispanic Kid who had Taken Something, Pathos in the Parking Lot. This Week I Donated Blood for the 22nd Time here in Las Vegas, Once in San Diego. They Consider Me to Have "Rare Blood," It's ABpositive, CMV negative, They Cut My Pint 6 Ways and Give It to Preemies. Most People have the CMV Virus and that'll Kill a Preemie, I Don't Have It. The Preemies have Never Done Anything for Me and Never Will, If You Can Do Something for Somebody You Should Just Pitch In and Do It. You Might Not Know What I'm Talking About. After Arriving in Miami I Went to North Beach Where I Stayed a Couple Days, I Actually Prefer North Beach to SoBe. Went to the Bass Museum of Art, in SoBe, Went to the Fountainbleau which Recently had a Billion Dollar Renovation. Once Went in There Years Ago and Asked a Question of the Desk Clerk who Seemed Quite Amused in a Nice Way to See Me There. Best Hotel I've Ever Seen was the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Now that Hugo Chavez has Dug Up the Skeleton of Simon Bolivar, a Huge Hero Not Just in Venezuela Where he Was From but Throughout South America, You Have to Wonder if He's Losing It. A Lot of Times When I've Aired Up My Tires I've Helped Women There to Do This. Few Things are Easier but Many of the Female Gender Have a Hard Time Doing This. Many Just See that a Tire's Seems Low so They Put Air in It Until It Looks Better to Them Doing This Without Using a Tire Gauge. As They Could Have Well Put in 55 pounds When It Should be 35 and the Tire Could Blow Up as They're Going Down the Road Endangering Themselves and Others I Help Them Put in the Right Amount. One Lady Insisted on Giving Me $2 for My Assistance, I Used It to Buy a Big Chocalate Bar.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I Wouldn't have thought that Obama would have turned down Jack Johnson for a Pardon, Seemed like he had a Raw Deal, Bill Clinton Pardoned a Hispanic who had Moved 800 pounds of Cocaine, thought this poor, Oppressed man should be returned to the Community. In New Mexico they're talking about Pardoning Billy the Kid of whom it's Undisputed that he Killed a Sheriff and 2 Deputies. Took the Greyhound to Gainesville, only place in Florida I hadn't been. Went to the Campus of the U of Florida and was in their Football Stadium (the Swamp, 96,000) and their Basketball Arena (only 12,000). Was in all their Other Athletic Facilities, quite good. They were setting up for the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships, Florida finished 5th. Saw their 3 Football National Championship Trophies and their 2 Basketball National Championship Trophies, all pretty Recent. Saw their 3 Replica Heisman Trophies. Nice Place, was in their Chemistry Building and was Wondering if this Professor and his Lecture had been Using Laughing Gas, they Were in a Good Mood. The Professor was Setting Up when I Wandered in and asked him if this was Where Gatorade was invented in 1965. He said it was at the Medical School. I was in a Winn-Dixie away from the Campus and the Southern Accent in North Florida is so Strong that When I said "Hair" to the Lady she thought I'd said "Ear." Took the Greyhound to Miami, also $71. 3 Weeks ago I was in L.A. to see the Art Museums yet again. I went to the Getty, the L.A. County Art Museum, the Armand Hammer and the Huntington in San Marino next to Pasadena. While going to the Getty I was at a Bus Stop in Brentwood and I was talking to an Older Guy and I mentioned O.J. He said that's 3 Blocks up the Street (Bundy). I said Please Point it out as we're going Past and he did and I saw it Perfectly. 2 Rows of Claprattle Condos with their Front Doors facing each other Across a Narrow Courtyard. The Courtyard is Where O.J. killed those 2. As it was at Night I'd think Somebody would have Heard Something (Ouch). Not only is Art Pleasurable in its Own Way it also Liberates the Mind, your Mind thinking at its Optimum. Friday night I ate at the Hilton and they were having a Trekkies Convention, Saturday Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock would be there.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Took Local Buses up to Ft. Lauderdale, 3 Hours, Always Liked the Place. Elbo Room is Still There after All These Years, the Button Across the Street is now a Parking Lot. 23 Years ago I was in England at a Railway Station and an English Guy remarked 'Eve You Ever Been in the Boo-ton in Ft. Lauderdale? Said he had been there When he was in the Royal Navy and how Well he had been Treated in South Florida, good. Guess half the people in the Western Hemisphere had been in There. Always Wanted to go to Freeport, Bahamas as I was in Nassau 20 Years Ago. 6 Hour Boat Ride included a Good Breakfast Buffet and an Open Bar, little early for that. Asked Around and got a Good Hotel for $90 a Night, Lucayan Beach is Really Great, Beautiful. You're always Hearing about White-Sand Beaches and I've Never Seen One Yet although I've Seen Black and Red. Downtown Freeport is full of Crackheads but that's Ok. After a Couple Days back to Ft. Lauderdale less than a hundred miles away. Good Dinner Buffet included and I had a Stiff Whiskey and Water at the Open Bar. The Bartender who Poured It later was Doing a Great Juggling Act out on the Dancefloor, some Asian Guy, he could go on TV. There was a Band and a lot of people Danced and some were Good Dancers. Not me, I haven't been keeping up on it and didn't want to go out there and just shake about. The Boat Rides were Quite Good but both Coming and Going it took a Long Time to Disembark from the Boat, they make a big production out of it, in Europe they just Get off the Boat. In Lauderdale it was about 10 P.M. and Raining and all the Taxis that were supposed to be there Weren't and I asked Can I just Walk out of Here and was told I Could, I Walked a Quarter-Mile just to get out of the Pier Confines, fortunately there was a nearby Walgreen's that was open 24 Hours and I asked them to Call me a Cab, they were Quite Nice and I Rode to the Greyhound Station to go up to Gainesville, Stephanie's old haunts. Bought my Ticket, $71, just before the Bus left. Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala was a Black South African Boxer whose Career was from 1979 to 1999. On July 19, 1997 he fought Michael Carbajal and the 4'10" Matlala sliced-up the much taller at 5'5" Carbajal to take the IBO Flyweight Crown (112 pounds). This was a Tremendous Upset. Should I Ever Borrow Money from the now "48" "Baby Jake" Matlala I'll be Sure to Repay it Quickly in Case he Has Something Left.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
90% of the People who come to Las Vegas to Gamble Leave Saying that They Won Money, in Reality 90% of Them Lost Money, They've Daydreamed About It for so Long They Think It's True. Geronimo Killed Mexicans every Chance he Got as They Had killed His Family in His Youth, He had had a Vision that No Bullet Could Kill Him and It's Thought that His Name which was actually a Nickname Came from Mexican Soldiers that he was Attacking Calling Out to St. Jerome for Protection. Other Chiricahua Apaches were Attracted to Him as They Thought Him to Have "Strong Medicine" and He Became a Great Leader. Geronimo died in 1909 from Natural Causes as Old as "85." Every Place is Hot During the Summer, Some more than Others. General Phil Sheridan was Sent Out West after the Civil War on Army Business and Came Back Saying, If All I Owned Was Texas and Hell I'd Rent Out Texas and Live in Hell. I Don't Know why the Clintons are So Estatic About Chelsea Marrying Into a Family Where the Groom's Father Just Got Out of the Joint a Couple Years Ago after Doing 5 Years for Fraud. I See Where Mrs. Clinton and Chelsea are Practicing Methodists, My Mother was a Methodist and Both her Grandfathers were Methodist Ministers, She was a Convert to Catholicism. Her Father, my Grandfather was a 32nd Degree Mason, a Secret Society I've Seen Them Set Up for Their Meetings, They Put Blankets Over the Windows. I Suspect No Nefarious Doings, Think They Do Good. I Flew to Miami from Mexico City and Stayed in South Beach for 3 Days, SoBe, It's Only Become a Really in Place over the Past Maybe 15 Years before that was Cheap. Miami is my Favorite Beach in the World. Went on the Everglades Tour and that was Dynamite and Just $49. A Lady Said She had done it from Ft. Lauderdale and Liked that Better as You Don't Have to Go as Far to the 'Glades, Pretty Long Ride. It's Really Neat, go on the AirBoat and See all These Things you've Seen on TV, Have a Picture of Me Holding a 3 Foot Long Alligator, not at all Slimy Like You'd Think but Really Dry and Sort of Like Holding a Big Leather Bag. Bought a RT Ticket to Freeport, Bahamas for $150 on the 6 Hour Boat, this was Out of Ft. Lauderdale 3 Days from Then.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Once that Book is Published It'll Fly Off the Shelves, the biggest Expose in the History of this Country, a Big Fortune. For the American Media to Avoid a Probable Dire Fate all they had to do was Tell the Truth for Once in Their Lives. I Like 'Em Anyway Despite Their Faults. Glad this Roman Polansky Thing Seems to be Over, Me, I'm Tired of Hearing About It (She Was a Woo-Mon). Saw Team USA Play Saturday Night. Went to the Dentist Monday, no Cavities for the Past 11 Years, Not Always This Way. In a Couple Months I Go In To Get All That Guck Scraped Off My Teeth, a Scrapejob, Feel a Lot Better Afterwards. My Dentist Heads a Large Office, We're Also Friends, a Big, Strong Guy who Reminds Me of a Teddy Bear, He Was Showing Me Pictures of Where He Was Recently Hiking. His Daughter, "21," Fell 400 Feet Out at Redrock 12 Years Ago, Life Often Has a Sad Overtone. I Went to the Basilica De Guadalupe Where in December, 1531, Juan Diego Had the Virgin's Image Impressed on his Cloak, you can See This, Some Pilgrims Approach on Their Knees. To the Plaza of the Three Cultures and Saw the Ruins at Tlatelolco Where in 1521 The Aztecs Fought Their Last Battle Against the Spanish, Bodies too Numerous to Count. Also Here is the Templo de Santiago. On October 2, 1968 in the Plaza the Government Soldiers Massacred up to 400 Protesters Against the Regime of President Gustavo Ordaz just Prior to the Mexico City Olympics, the World Didn't Care as They Were Hungry for the Olympics. Went to the Museo Leon Trotsky, a Walled and Very Fortified House Where Trotsky and His Wife Had Lived. Kept as it Was I Was a Few Feet From Where in 1940 an Assassin of Stalin's who had Posed as a Friend Put a Mountain Climber's Axe into Trotsky head. Had My Picture taken in the BackYard Where Trotsky and Wife's Ashes are Entombed. Trotsky was Having an Affair with Frida Kahlo and for a While Diego Rivera was a Suspect. I Was at Bowling Green When I Was a Freshman, Went There Because I Thought It a Pretty Name, and Did okay in 1st Semester English. I had Full Professors for Biology, Geology, History, as they Enjoyed Elucidating Young Minds but for English I had Instructors, guys on their PhD's. For 2nd Semester English Half the Final Grade was a Term Paper whose Subject was Anything you Wanted, I Chose the Battle for Power Between Stalin and Trotsky, I got a "D plus." I thought My Paper was Real Good, It was 30 Pages Double-Spaced Typed, Well footnoted, I Didn't Plagiarize, it Made Good Sense or so I Thought, I Thought I'm Ruined. The Instructor Caught Me at the Water Fountain before Class and Started Talking to Me about my Paper. He said, "It Was Very Boring." He Said that he Didn't Think that I Was a "C" Student (he Could have Said he didn't think that I was a "D" Student) and told me that if I Got an "A" on the Final Which was an In-Class Theme that he'd Give Me a "B" for the Class. I Said Sounds Good. I Did Get a "B" (College was Hard When I Started) so that Turned Out a Lot Better than I Would Have Thought, Guess You Gotta Play to Your Audience.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
It's Good that LeBron is Leaving the Cavs after 7 Years, an Athletic Life is Short, Move On. Who LeBron's Father is has Arisen Recently, 4 out of 10 Births in This Country are Illegitimate. This Country is Full of Trash. LeBron was Probably Born at Akron City Hospital, Guys there Knew How to Deliver Babies. Wish Him Well. Went to the Palacio De Bellas Artes, 2 Murals by Rufino Tamayo, also Diego Rivera's "Man at the Crossroads," destroyed when done at Rockefeller Center and Recreated Here. Museo Diego Rivera was also Quite Good of course. Went to Chapultepec Park, one of the Largest in the World. To the Castillo De Chapultepec, home of Mexico's President until 1939 now a Museum, also Residence of Maximilian and Carlota. The Monumento a los Ninos Heroes is Very Impressive, dedicated to the 6 Boy Cadets who died Fighting the American Invasion in 1947 (had my picture taken in front of it, neglected to say that I'm indirectly descended from Polk), in Grant's Memoir he says that Mexicans although poorly equipped and their officers didn't care about them put up some of the Best Stands that he was ever to see. 1847. The Museo de Arte Moderno was Nice, also in the Park. Near the Park is the Museo Nacional De Antropologia, one of the Finest Museums of its type in the World, Huge, in there 6 Hours, saw the famous "Sun Stone." To the Museo Frida Kahlo which Featured the Art of Her and her husband Diego Rivera, they Lived in this House. San Diego has just Terrible Roads and they Used to be Much Worse. 16 Years ago I Saw that there were Huge, Deep, Gaping Chuckholes throughout SD including La Jolla which the last I Noticed Had the Most Expensive Houses in the Country. I Couldn't figure it out as a Third of the American Navy was in SD, a Lot of Clean Industry and Many Well-Off Retirees. The Answer We Now Know is that Evil and Greedy Public Employees were Allowed by Weak-Minded Taxpayers to Siphon off Their Money to Fund Exorbitant Undeserved Salaries and Pensions. After about 12 Years of the Gaping Chuckholes (a long time) the Weak-Minded Said Fix Them and the Situation was Ameliorated to Some Extent although The Roads are Still Really Bad..........Take Me Home, Crumby Roads, to the Place I Belong, San Die-go Calif-orn-ia, Take Me Home, Crumby Roads.............
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I Took the 8 Hour Bus to Mexico City, 2nd Largest City in the World with 25 Million, Only Tokyo is Bigger. Got into the Terminal Norte Around 5 A.M., Ate, Read, at 9 A.M. Took the Subway to the Zocalo, City Center. The Subway Has the Reputation of Being a Very Dangerous Place and for No Good Reason, the Cops are in There Pretty Heavy. During the 5 Days That I Took the Subway I Only Saw Maybe 7 Other White People Using It, All in Their Early 20's and Probably Europeans. What a Bunch of Pansies I'm So Ashamed, What Are They Going to Do, Gnaw Your Elbows. The Subway is the Fastest Way to Get Around, One Can Go From 2 Furthest Points in This Giant Area in 1 Hour, If It's Congested Up Above Down Below It's Running Smooth. It Costs 3 Pesos, that is a Quarter. What Takes Up Any Time is Going From One Line to Another, a Lot of Walking. Supposedly You Can't Take a Big Bag on the Subway, I Did and the Police Saw Me Doing This. At Rush Hours There's Special Cars That Only Women and Children Can Use, This Isn't Like What You Think So That They Aren't Crushed, It's So That the Men Don't Molest Them, Says a Lot for the Men. There Were Times When I Arrived at My Stop and I Would Have Moved Out Onto the Platform Had I Been Dead. Keep Your Wits About You and You'll Be Fine. I Arrived at the Zocalo, the Historic Center, and Found a Nice Hotel 3 Blocks Away for 42 U.S. The Air in Mexico City is Notoriously Bad, I Thought It Was OK, Nothing Like Cuba. The Spanish Arrived in Tenochtitlan in 1519 and Were Amazed at the Beautiful Buildings, the Canals, the Subways, Unfortunately They Hadn't Come to Send Pretty Postcards. The Beautiful Cathedral is a Mesh of 3 Styles, Next to It is the Templo Mayor, an Excavated Area of the 7 Cities Beneath the One that Cortez Razed. In the Ruins You Can See a Sacrificial Stone That Was Used With the Victim Bent Over for the Cruel Cut from the Obsidian Knife. The Museum Next to It is Chock Full of Artifacts--In Its Totality It's Overwhelming. The Palacio National Has Murals Outlining the History of Mexico by the Fervent Communist Diego Rivera. I Notice That You People Haven't Done Anything to Restore the Money Stolen by those Thieving Swine at Wells Fargo, Now Get Off Your Fat Butts and Get Me My Money. I Don't Really Approve of All These Foreigners Coming to Live in the U.S. but I Do Have a Couple as Friends. One is Ilia, Originally from Bulgaria. Ilia Has Scuba Dived All Over the World, He Was in the Dominican Recently and Chose Not to Dive, He Said Bad Boat, Bad Equipment, I Just Swam. It's Like that a Lot of Places. Last Year Ilia Returned to Bulgaria for the Graduation of His Granddaughter Who He Said Was Very Nice Looking and Very Bright and He Had Promised to Buy Her a New Car to Honor the Event. Afterward the High School Graduation Ceremony Ilia Wanted the Entire Family to Stand Together for a Picture and His Granddaughter Opted Instead to Run off With Her Friends to Celebrate instead of Doing Her Grandfather's Easy Request Which Would Have Taken 5 Minutes, Her Grandfather Having Come So Far and Who She Saw So Seldom. Ilia Told Her That He Wasn't Going to Buy Her a Car New or Otherwise. She's Now Doing Very Well at University Although Walking a Lot, She Sends Ilia All These Lovey e-Mails Which Go Unanswered. Ilia Said There's a Saying in His Country, If You Don't Kiss the Hand (Be Gracious) You Kiss..........
Friday, July 2, 2010
There's Been an Alarming Rise in South Africa from Deaths from Circumcisions gone Awry, They're Done on Guys "18" by an Elder Using a Spear. It Used to be That a Lot of Young Guys Who Had Gone in the Army Would Get Themselves Circumcised, They Gave Them a Liquid to Spray on It So They Didn't Tear Out the Stitches. Took the 8 Hour Bus to Guadalajara, 4 Million, Lots of Things to See. Cathedral from 1618 is Very Impressive, the Instituto Cultural Cabanas has 57 Murals by Jose Orozco, the Palacio de Gobierno has 2 Murals by Orozco, One of Them Immense of Father Miguel Hidalgo who was from Guadalajara and Who Began the Independence Movement in 1810. I Was in the Plaza de Armas 13 Years Ago With About a Thousand People Watching a Mime Perform. I Didn't Look Like Anybody Else and the Mime Made a Beeline Way Over to Me, the Crowd Gave a Nervous Laugh Afraid He'd Embarrass Me, I Laughed My Head Off at the Mime's Antics, the World Needs More Mimes. I Was in Their Teatro Degollado Modelled on Milan's La Scala Which I've Also Been In. There's the Largest Covered Shopping Flea Market in Latin America and 2 Acres Alone for the Food Area, There's Any Type of Food You'd Want, I Had Chines, There's Good Eats There. I Had the Yen to Go to Florida Where I Hadn't Been in 7 Years so I Bought a Ticket RT From Mexico City to Miami to Stay 11 Days, Just $509, Pretty Good for a Ticket to Be Used in 6 Days. I Feel Sorry for Jeremy Wariner Who Was Smoked in the Beijing 400 Meters by LaShawn Merritt Who's Now Serving a 2 Year Drug Suspension, Explains His Abrupt Improvement Before the Olympics. Wariner (White Lightning) Should Have Won His Successive Gold Medal in an Event in Which It's Very Hard to Repeat. The Headline in Today's San Diego Paper Was That Don Coryell Had Died at "85," the Only Coach to Win Both a Hundred Games in College and the NFL and Both Done in San Diego. That Intense Look. Saw the Padres Play the Rockies Wednesday Afternoon, Like Day Games, Tony Gwynn's Kid Doesn't Hit Like His Dad But Earns his Keep in Center Field, Petco is the Most Cavernous of Ballparks, the Padres are Hoping to Lure Great Pitchers to Petco Who Will Take Less Money to Play There, Dream On. I Was Born into a Great Nation Which Now Has the Aura of a Banana Republic, Illegal Means Against the Law, I'm an American Why Would I Want to Live Around a Bunch of Mexicans. All They Ever Had to Do Was Jail or Fine Employers who Hired Illegals, the Will to Enforce a Major Federal Law Was so Weak They Didn't Do This. I Wish that Anna Chapman Would Have Tried to Get Information out of Me, It Sounds Like a Big Waste of Good Money at Best for the Russians, These People Weren't Going to Accomplish Much, Us Men Are Hoping They Exchange Anna for an American Spy or Something.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Kelly Ripa Seems to be Coming Out, She Wouldn't Be Doing This Unless She Knew that Somebody Was About to Publish an Article or Book About Her Activities. The ABC People are Wetting Their Pants About This as the Public Will Learn That They Covered This Up. The Public Will Learn that the Other Networks Were Bought Off. Why You People, the American Media, are The Way You Are is Beyond Me. And You've All Concealed My Talents From the American Public, I'd Like to Make Some Money From This So Talk Me Up. I Took the 12 Hour Bus from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta Where I Hadn't Been for 13 Years. Sand Was Quite Dirty Unlike Before, Found a Good, Cheap Flop With the Help of A Very Nice Taxi-Driver Who Had Lived Legally in the States. If You Want A Good Flop Ask the Cabbies. P V was Basically Unknown (now 350,000) Until "Night of the Iguana" Thrust it into the Public Eye and the House of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton is One of the Sights (can't go in). Was There on Good Friday, the Mexicans Seemed to Take It as a Holiday, I Didn't Think They Were Full of the Spirit. Went to the Beach Where Huge Crowds Were Descending With Much Tecate in Tow, the Soldier Said to Me "Chicas," Indicating There Were Girls to be Had, Nice Thing to Say. 7 Hour Bus to Mazatlan Where I Hadn't Been for 28 Years, Went to the "Holiday Inn" Where I Had Stayed, the Only Time I've Stayed at an American Brand Hotel in a Foreign Country, Same Jive Place. Sand was Better than PV, It Was Easter Sunday I Went to Their Cathedral, Good, Once Again I Didn't Think the Mexicans Were All Jacked-Up on Religion, Most Seemed to Relish the Day as a Holiday. I Was Walking Down the Malecon and Saw This Beautiful, Elaborate Sculpture that This Guy Had Built in the Sand of the Crucification Scene (the "Bad Thief" Picked a Strange Time to be Sceptical about Salvation). I Gave the Guy Some Money and Posed With Him Next to his Artwork for a Picture. In My Youth I Took a Job Working the Desk at a Holiday Inn in Akron, They Had Me Work 10 Days in a Row and Finally Gave Me a Day Off, Then They Called That Morning to Say That I Should Also Come into Work that Day as Well, I Said, Why, I Was Just Getting Ready to Call You to Tell You That I Quit, They Got Mad and Hung Up on Me.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Went to the Del Mar Fair on Wednesday, I Asked You People to Come Along and You Said No,No. I Was There 11 Hours and I Needed That to See It All, It's Good to See All the Other Animals and All the Booths, Pigs and Horses are my Favorites although I Like Them All. I Saw Show Horses Being Put Through Their Paces, I Like Everything About the Fair. And I Saw Kenny Loggins There, I'm "63" Today (Happy Birthday to Me) and He's Only Half a Year Younger. Kenny Was Backed Up by a 5-Man Band and They Were Really Great, Such a Good Time. Kenny Sang His Big Hits Like "This is It," 2 of His Hits Were Movie Themes to "Top Gun" and "FootLoose," and Many More During an Enthused Hour and 50 Minutes. Kenny Said That Once a Burly Biker-Type Guy Was Sitting in the Front Row at One of His Concerts and After a While Was Giving Him the Bad Eye Finally Saying, Sing the Song About the Bear. He Sang "House on Pooh Corner" Along With the Others in a Voice Still Beautiful and Distinctive. From Havana I Flew to Cancun and I Stayed at a Nice Hotel Downtown for 30 U.S., Simply Taking the Bus Up to the Playa Where I Swam in Front of the Sheraton. All of the Beaches in Mexico are Public and You Can Lay on the Beach Chairs that They Have Layed Out for Their Guests Even if You're Not, I Did This. Cancun is Worth Going to Just to Look at the Beautiful Turquoise Water, It's a Great Beach. I Had Wanted to Go to Brazil on This Trip and Went to What Was Supposed to Be Their Consulate in Cancun to Get a Visa but it turned out to be an Abandoned Building. I've Wanted to Go to Brazil on 3 of My Last 4 Trips and Haven't, Not Been There for 20 Years When I was All Over It, Guess I'll Have to Plan It Better the Next Time. So I Decide Travel Around in Mexico Where I Hadn't Been for 13 Years. I Took a Bus for an Hour South toTulum to See the Mayan Ruins. Tulum Was One of the Few Inhabited Mayan Cities When the Spanish Arrived in 1518. I Rode a Bicycle 4 Miles Out to the Extensive and Impressive Ruins, There's a Beach You Can Climb Down to That Looked as Good as Cancun but I Guess Everybody Had Come Just to See the Ruins. After Tulum I Took the Bus Back to Cancun and Flew Out to Mexico City Where I Got a Bus to Puerto Vallarta. "....Please, Celebrate Me Home, Give Me a Number....That I'll Always Remember....."
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I See Where Obama Ran Over to See Stephen Strasburg Pitch, Who Wouldn't Want to See That. I Saw Nolan Ryan Pitch a Complete Game Shutout of the White Sox When He Pitched for the Texas Rangers, This Was the 2nd to Last Year of his Career and He Was "45." He Seemed More Supple Than Others, On His Windup His Knee Was in Front of His Mouth. When Ryan Pitched for the Angels His Catcher had a Sponge in His Glove. Our Parakeet, Pretty Boy, Was a Very Wise Bird. And Very Bright, When He Was "3" and Middle-Aged I Taught Him How to Speak, I'd Say a Phrase a Few Times a Day for 2 Weeks and He'd Be Able to Say It As Well as I Could, Had Mighty Good Ears Too Wherever They Were. And Pretty Boy Loved People, He Thought Them Wonderful and Exciting, Whoever Was Around He'd Land on Their Shoulder and Visit for Awhile. He Could Say About 20 Phrases Such as...Pretty Boy is a Blue Bird....He's a Pretty Boy...Big, Bad, Bird. When Our Parents Retired to San Antonio Pretty Boy Stayed With Me for 2 or 3 Weeks Until My Brother Bob Could Move Him from Akron Up to Cleveland to Live With Him. One Day I Bought an Apple Specificall so that I Could Give Him a Slice and When He Saw Me Approach His Cage He Gave a Chirp of Excitement. I Put the Slice Up High For Him and He Didn't Notice When it Fell to the Bottom of His Cage. I Raised My Voice Saying, Yes, That's Where the Apple is Stupid. I Thought What Are You Doing Yelling at a Bird. Hardly the Type of Bird to Allow Himself to be Treated That Way, Later that Evening I Fell Asleep in Front of the TV and He Was Outraged by the Sight, Not Only Had I Yelled At Him that Afternoon But I Was Doing What He Wanted to Do But Couldn't Because His Cage Door was Open, There Was No Cover Over his Cage and the Lights Were On. I Woke Up to Find Pretty Boy Walking Angrily Across My Bare Chest Left to Right, His Feathers Were Slicked Down and He Was Making Angry Sounds. He Stopped When he was Almost to the End of My Chest and Stood Up and Looked Me in the Eye. I Started Moving to "Put Him in Bed" and He Flew to His Cage Door and Entered Knowing This. A Little While Later He Moved Up to My Brother Bob's in Cleveland, Well, He Had Rebelled Against My Regime Setting Himself Up as the Boss in Our Domicile, Up in Cleveland There Was a More Natural Flow to Things of Two Happy Bachelors.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
On April 22, 2010 I Arrived at a Bancomer ATM Machine in the Mexico City Airport, There Was Nobody Else There. I Put in My ATM Card from Wells Fargo and Received 2600 Mexican Pesos, I Stepped Away From the ATM Machine While Holding in My Hands My ATM Card, My Receipt and My Pesos. Wells Fargo Refused to Look at the Videotape of This Which Would Show Immediately After I Stepped Away From the Machine Somebody Who Had Been Behind Me Stepping Up and Using the Machine in That Time Frame in Which the 2nd Withdrawal From My Account Was Made.
I Refer my Readers to my Blog of May 27, 2010. Wells Fargo has the Obligation to Reimburse Me in the Event of Fraud When I'm Using Their ATM Card. What Happened to Me Could Happen to Any American, There's Nothing Different About Me in This Regard, This Could Easily Happen to You. You People Haven't Exerted the Pressure Needed on Those Thieves at Wells Fargo for Them to Admit their Liability and Give Me My Money That Was Criminally Taken from that Bancomer ATM Machine in the Mexico City Airport Using Their Card. Wells Fargo is so Blatant in Robbing Me that They Make Preposterous Statements Such as It Being "Physically Impossible" for Someone Else Other Than Myself to Have Made that 2nd Withdrawal. I'm Expecting You Readers to Get On This and Tell Wells Fargo that They're a Bunch of Crooks and to Give Me My Money Back. Edward Stephen Preusse Claim # 30510100101. The Mexicans Can't Even Police Their Own Airport. I'm Actually Rather Fond of my Little Noodniks Despite Your Failings. I Want to Warn My Readers About the Danger of a Latin Bathroom. Throughout Latin America There Are Usually Slick Tile Bathrooms, About All the Many I've Been in Are This Way. By Far the Worst Are in Cuba. The Bathroom Tile is so Slick That I Almost Fell a Number of Times and I Did Fall in Baracoa. I Had a Beautiful Room in the Casa Particulare That I Stayed At, But the 2nd Night I Took a Shower and Didn't Put Down a Towel as I Stepped Out into the Equally Slick Curved Floor and I Went Down Instantly on my Back on This Hard as Rock Floor With my Head Bouncing Off With a Loud "Crack." My Glasses Were 10 Feet Behind Me. There Was Blood Pouring Down My Head and Face. I Felt Fine, I Didn't Even Have a Headache, a Few Years Ago a Chiropractor Told Me That I Have Good Bones, I Believe It, Many Would Have Fractured Their Skull. I Waited Until I Stopped Bleeding, Cleaned Up the Blood and Went to Bed 2 Hours Later. When I Lay on my Left Side the Room was Spinning Around but When I Lay on my Right Side it was Normal. And I Was Totally Fine in the Morning. Don't Be Afraid to Throw Down that Beautiful, Fluffy White Towel(s), I Don't Want to Hear of My Readers Being in Cuba and Having to be Brought Home in Body Bags Because They Were Trying to Get Clean.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
The Evening of March 23, 2010 I Went to the Estadio Sandino, Seating only 20 thousand, in Santa Clara to see the 1st Game of the Best of 7 Cuban Championship Series between the Villa Clara Orangemen and the Industriales Blue Lions, Villa Clara having Won in the Playoffs Iwith the Ciego de Avila Wasps and Industriales Having Beaten the Havana Bulls. My Pass Looked a Lot Better than Everybody Else's and I thought it Gave Me Juice for a Real Good Seat and I Was Right (cost me 3.60), I Showed My Pass to the Soldier to Sit Yet Again Behind 1st Base and He Nodded. To Say the Place was Packed is Putting it Mildly, People Were Sitting in Each Other's Laps Although Men Didn't Do This. With a 3-2 Lead in the 8th Inning the Villa Clara Catcher Came Out and Reassured his Pitcher Who Was In a Tight Spot and at the End he Slapped the Pitcher's Rear With His Glove. Men in Sports are Always Doing This and Never at Any Other Time. The Game Ended with This Score as in Cuba it's a Game of Skill without Beating the Ball to Death, no Homers in the 2 Cuban Games I Saw and few Long Drives. When the Game was Over I Wanted to Leave but Couldn't as the Villa Fans Sang and Danced for Half an Hour After, the Place was so Packed I Had to Leave When Everybody Else Did. I Felt Bad that Industriales Eventually won the Championship Series in 7 Games Winning the 7th 7-5. Poor Little Villa Clara. To Havana, Population 2.2 Million, yet Again. I Went to the Museo de San Salvador at the Castle Guarding the Harbor and it was Full of Spanish Treasures. I Was in the House that Jose Marti was Born in. I Was at the Monumento de Estadiantes de Medicine which Still has the Wall Where 8 Cuban Medical Students were Executed by Firing Squad on July 27, 1871 after Being Falsely Accused of Desecrating the Tomb of a Spanish Loyalist. The Art Museum is Impressive. The Partagas Cigar Factory Tour was Out of Sight, cost $10 but Worth it. Our Guide Luis, a Well-Spoken Young Man Took Us All Over the Factory Which Has 400 Workers, We Saw Where the Various Tobacco Leaves Were Bundled by Experts for the Various Types of Cigars. Everyone Works Slowly and Methodically, a Plum Job it Pays $40 a Month and Every Worker Gets to Choose 3 Cigars a Day to Take Home with Him including the Most Expensive which even in Cuba Cost 20 U.S. apiece. Many Workers Wash Out in their Selection Process. Looked like a Fun Place to Work. Went to the Museo de la Revolucion which has Items from the War for Independence and Fidel's War, Pretty Good. One Section is Titled "Rincon de los Cretinos" which Features Cartoons Ridiculing Batista, Reagan and Bush the Younger (the Corner of Idiots). Across the Way is are Martial Vehicles including a Tank that Fidel Supposedly Operated Himself at the Bay of Pigs, there's also the Boat "Granma" encased in Glass in which Fidel and His Boys Landed Back in Cuba in 1956. Havana is a Great Place for Tourists in Fact All of Cuba is. I Almost Missed my Flight Back to Cancun as the Plane Left Early of all things, I Had to be Summoned Over the Intercom.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
From Camaguey I Traveled by Private Car to Ciego de Avila, a Nice Town of 85,000, 300 Miles SE of Havana. Ciego had a Couple of Nice Museums, a Nice Square, Pretty Little City. From There to Santa Clara which is in the Middle of Cuba in the Province of Villa Clara. There is the Impressive Mausoleum and Monument to their Hero, Ernesto "Che" Guevara. In October, 1997 Che's Remains were brought Here from Bolivia and Layed to Rest Beneath a Massive Bronze Statue of Che with Rifle. In 1965 the Restless Che went to the Congo to foment Revolution then to Bolivia in 1966 Saying there should be Hundreds of Vietnams. Che's Ambition Meant his Doom as it was Determined that Che was too Dangerous to the U.S. to Live and Was Betrayed to a CIA Led Operation by the Peasants he Was Trying to Help. To Che's and Fidel's Thinking Liberty and Individualism was Corruptive as the Goal was Collective Social Welfare. Fidel turned Che (an Argentinian Affectionate Nickname meaning "Buddy") into a Cult Figure. The Cuban Youth Organization the "Young Pioneers" Motto is "Seremos Como Che," I Want to be Like Che. Che Wrote 2 Books on Guerilla Warfare Which are Standard Textbooks for Revolutionaries Today. The Museo Abel Santamaria was Real Good, Full of Info and Pieces from the War of Independence, Fidel's War and Natural History. A Former Barracks of Batista, Fidel Said that all of Batista's Barracks Should be Turned into Centers of Learning. In Santa Clara there is the Tren Blindado, a Museum of Train Cars Commemorating Che's Attack on a Troop Train of Batista's at the Site on December 12, 1958, it was Pretty Neat. Santa Clara is a Real Nice Town, I Walked (far) to Everything. And the Casa Particulare Interceded for me and I Received a Preferred Seating Pass to the First Game of the Cuban Championship Baseball Series for 2010.
Friday, June 4, 2010
From Holguin I Traveled to Camaguey by Private Car With 3 Strangers. The 3rd Largest Next to Havana and Santiago with a Population of 270,000 and 385 Miles SE of Havana. Founded in 1515 I Was in the Most Recent of the 2 Versions of the Catedral Nuestra Santa Iglesia, It Looked Pretty Good. In Its Previous Incarnation in 1688 Henry Morgan Locked the City Fathers Inside and Starved Them Until They Revealed the Location of Their Treasures, an Enterprising Guy. I Was in the House now a Museum of Carlos Finley Who Helped Discover the Vaccination for Yellow Fever. You See Che's Countenance All Over Cuba. Camaguey Was OK, Holguin is Much Better. The Only Reason There's Still a Trade Embargo of Cuba After a Half Century When It Should Have Been Lifted 30 Years Ago is Because a Lot of Silly Old Cubans in South Florida Want It Until the Castros and Their Ilk are Out of Power. We, the People of the U.S. Were Gracious to Allow these Cubans Into This Country Who Cares What They Say About That or Anything Else. There Shouldn't Be Any Dual U.S. and Some Other Country Citizenship, Countries Are Often in Conflict and You Can't Serve 2 Masters. See the Season that Bryce Harper Had but CCSN Usually Plays Him at Catcher, a Dangerous Position, He Can Play Any Position and When I Saw Him Play He Was in Center Field. Several Years Ago I Was Making One of My Greyhound Trips and I Was in Albany and Saw the Biggest and Best of the State Capitol Buildings. But at That Time You Couldn't Leave Your Bag at the Greyhound Station and I Had to Lug It Up and Down All Those Stairs at the Capitol Building and All Over Downtown Albany. No Self-Respecting Terrorist is Going to Hijack a Greyhound Bus or Blow Up a Greyhound Station, the Loss of Prestige to His Movement Would Be Such That It Would Fall Apart Instantly. Boy Was I Tired, hadn't been to Bed the Night Before. I Journeyed to a Town Maybe 60 Miles from Albany, it was Memorial Day Weekend, I Asked a Little Girl Cop, She was Real Cute and Petite, Officer, What Motels Might You Recommend. She Said Maybe I Could Stay at One for Free, My Ears Lit up. She Called It In, I Didn't Look Like a Transient and Was Curious Where This Was Going to Lead. She Walked With Me 5 Blocks to the Police Station and the Chief, a Kind-Looking Guy, Asked Me a Few Questions None of Which Was Did I Have $3000 in T X's on Me. I Was Told That I Could Stay at This Local Motel for Free that NBight Provided I Agreed not to Bring Alcohol into My Room, Be Out by 9 the Next Morning and to Get Out of Town the Next Day. And it was a Real Nice Motel, this Saved Me a Hundred Bucks. I Was Going to Leave Early the Next Day Anyway and Go to Coopertown to See the Baseball Hall of Fame, I Was Really Moved That They'd Do That for Me, Not the Town Without Pity.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Recently the Las Vegas Police Arrested Members of the Israeli Mob for Various Felonious Activities One of Whom had Previously Blown Off his Right Arm While Trying to Attach a Bomb to the Underside of a Rival's Car Persevering Despite this Indication that Crime Might Not Be his True Calling. From Baracoa I had to Have Somebody Drive Me to Holguin in a Private Car Costing Me 115 U.S., better that than Wasting my Time in Baracoa. Holguin is 500 Miles South of Havana and 140 Miles North of Santiago, in 1492 Columbus Sent a Party inland supposedly Thinking They'd be Arriving at the Court of the Emperor of Japan if You Can Believe That. 30 Years Later Holguin Established a Town There and the Province Was Also Named for Him. Since 1934 the Rulers of Cuba Have Come from Holguin, Fulgencio Batista was Born in Poverty and Out of Wedlock, Part Black, Part Taino Indian and Part Chinese. Conversely Fidel and Raul Castro Came from One of the Wealthiest Families in Cuba, as Part of their Rebel Activities They Burned Their Family's Fields. Batista Died in Spain in 1973 as One of the Richest Men in the World. A City of 200 Thousand and Real Spread Out I Liked Holguin a Lot. I Climbed the Loma de la Cruz, 450 Steps and That's a Few, a Cross was Set Up Here in 1790 and You Can See Forever from There. The Plaza Calixto Garcia had a Neat History Museum and I Went to the Plaza de la Revolucion to the Mausoleum of Calixto Garcia. We Got Our Flag from My Uncle's Casket. The American Women who Served in Vietnam have a Memorial on the Mall in D.C. even though only 8 Died and None in Combat (traffic accidents, etc.) and the Americans from WW I Certainly Deserve at Least Equal Treatment.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Before I Left on my Trip I Loaded-Up a "Wells Fargo" ATM Card as I've Done All Over the World on this Same Account. The Last Withdrawal I Made was at a "BBVA Bancomer, S.A." ATM Machine in the Mexico City Airport. After I Returned to this Country I Received my Bank Statement from Wells Fargo Showing not only the Charge of $204.96 for the 2600 Mexican Pesos that I Withdrew but also a Charge for $213.15 on the Same Machine Used Immediately Afterwards. I Went into a Wells Fargo Branch Office and Filed a Claim on May 10, 2010 for the Withdrawal that I didn't Make at the Mexico City Airport on April 22, 2010. Yesterday I Got My Mail and Saw that my Claim had been Denied in Part because they didn't receive the "Additional Information that We Requested of You." What That Meant was That they had Twice Tried to Contact Me at the Telephone Number that I Gave Them and Nobody Answered. This Letter Was Signed by Paul V. Tapia Vice President/Manager. I Went Into a Branch Office and Got on the Phone at the Number listed in the Letter and Spoke to "Kit," he Wouldn't Give his Last Name. Kit Said That it was "Physically Impossible" for Anyone Other Than Myself to Make a Withdrawal on the Same Machine for My Account Only 30 Seconds After I Had Made My Withdrawal, I Said It Happens All the Time. I Said If You Look at the Videotape at the ATM Machine You'll See Someone Other Than Myself Making the 2nd Withdrawal in that Time Frame---He Said that They Had Not Looked at the Videotape. This "Kit" Also Denied My Claim. My Letter States that One May Call 1-800-548-9554 and Speak to Any of the Claims Specialists, I'm Authorizing Any and All of My Readers to Act as My Agent in this Matter, Edward Stephen Preusse, Claim Number 30510100101. It Sure Looks Like Wells Fargo, Who Is Liable In the Event of Fraud, Is Being Dishonest.
Monday, May 24, 2010
The Past Few Years I've Noticed a Lot of Dirty Language in our Magazines and Newspapers and of course I Don't Like This Trend. What's with this Hate Crime Thing, There's Love Crimes? I Went to the Bacardi Rum Factory in Santiago, there's no Tour, the Family Set Up in Puerto Rico after Castro Nationalized It, Commy Rum. San Juan Hill is just outside of Santiago. There's a Huge Statue of Antonio Maceo, one of their Heroes of the War for Independence which the U.S. Won for Them in 1898. A Mulatto General Known for his Bravery and from Santiago, he Died in Battle. The Casa de Don Diego Velazquez, the Oldest House in Cuba, is a Very Good Museum. And I Saw the Oldest Painting in Cuba in the Extensive Collection at the Cathedral "Basilica Santa Ifigenia." The Bacardi Museum comprises Paintings and Artifacts and I went there. That Night at my Casa Particulare I Had a 7-Course Lobster Dinner for 10 C.U.C., 11.50 U.S., that was really Delicious, I Couldn't Even Eat It All. All Over Cuba you see People Playing Stickball, a Very Good Game Which Can Be Played in a Limited Space. I Saw 6-Year Old's Fielding Baseball's with a Man's Glove, it's no Wonder Cubans are Good. From Santiago I Took a Van to Guantanamo, Nothing to See There (he's a Guantanamera) and you can't go up to an Elevation and Look into the U.S. Base as You Used to be Able to. I Took 2 Trucks to get me to Baracoa, there I Saw the Oldest Cross in the Americas, Columbus planted it near here in 1492 and It's made of Native Woods, fairly Large, the "Cruz de la Parra." Hatuey, a Taino Indian Chief, Rebelled Against the Spanish and was Burned at the Stake near Baracoa in 1519, he's Remembered Fondly. I Went to the Playa Baraqua 14 Miles outside of Baracoa, it took 45 Minutes to get There, Roads are Real Bad. Beautiful Beach, Clean, Warm Salt Water. Not Many Real Down and Outers in Cuba but one Guy was Trying to Sell Things so that he Could Buy Shoes. He was About "30," really frail, half his teeth missing, no shoes of course, He Was Really Cute, I Got Him a Pair. There were a Few Chickens and Pigs roaming around, I Bought a Few Bananas from Somebody and Got Up for a Few Minutes and When I Came Back a Greedy Pig Had Come Along and Was Eating My Bananas.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Last Saturday in Las Vegas a "77" Year Old Man was Shot to Death at the Convenience Store Where He Worked by a Young Mexican Attempting to Rob the Store. A Former Marine Corps Officer Working There Part-Time, Although Mortally Wounded He Still Got Off 3 Shots Killing His Attacker. A Couple Years Ago 2 Young Black Guys Tried to Kidnap an "84" Year Old Man at a Car Wash and Make Him Take Them to His Residence. Liking His Chances Better at the Car Wash the Old Man Pulled Out a Gun and Shot it Out With Them Killing One and Forcing his Accomplice to Flee. A Few Days Later the "22" Year Old Slain Guy's Picture and Obituary Were in the Newspaper in Which He Was Described as Being a Prince of a Fellow. Currently Tony Curtis has an Exhibition of Pictures He Painted at the Flamingo Library in Las Vegas Where I Often Go, Pretty Good. Tony Has Established a Foundation Which has Saved About 500 Wild Horses from the Slaughterhouse, Sparing our Mustangs from These Foreigners' Dinner Plates. Tony Never Even Went to High School and Made a Big Success of Himself. I Left Havana to go to Trinidad Described by Batista as " a Jewel of Colonial Architecture." Going to Trinidad I Was Able to Take the Bus and also Leaving it to Go to Santiago de Cuba, the Only 2 Times I Was Able to Hop a Bus. Trinidad, on the East Coast, was Pretty Good, Interesting Museums both Colonial and the One Devoted to Fidel's Revolution, What I Didn't Like Were the Uneven and Often Sharp Cobblestones in the Streets. Cuba's Sidewalks are Usually Narrow and I Often Walked in the Street and It Was Slow and Painful in Trinidad (it's on the West Coast). Overnight Bus All the Way Down to Santiago where the Air is the Worst in Cuba. But Neat Things to See Nonetheless, I Went to the Moncado Barracks where on July 26, 1953 Fidel and Raul Launched Their Attack Which was the Beginning of the Uprising Against Batista. The Attack was an Egregious Failure, Some of the Cars Got Lost and Didn't Get There, Young Recruits Told for the First Time They'd be Taking On Batista's Heavily Armed Professional Soldiers Quaked at the Thought. Soon after Entering the #3 Gate (Where They Have a Museum Commemorating the Event) Fidel and his Men were Recognized, Although Dressed as Soldiers, As Enemies and Fire Was Directed at Them. Only 8 Were Killed but Almost Half of the Original 122 were Tortured and Killed. Strangely, Fidel and Raul Were Spared as Fidel had Spared the Life of one of the Officers at Moncado Barracks up in the Mountains. The Gruesome Fate of the Captured Fidelistas Turned the Cuban People Against Batista----at his Trial Castro Gave a 5-Hour Speech in Which he Said, "History Will Absolve Me."
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I Went to the Vedado District to the Hotel Nacional. In 1933 300 Officers of the Machado and Cespedes Regimes Sought the Protection of U.S. Ambassador Sumner Wells Here After the Sergeants' Coup of Fulgencio Batista and Others, Wells Simply Left Leaving the Officers to a Dire Fate. In 1946 the Largest Gangster Conference Ever was staged Here by Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano, Cuba was Basically Ruled by Lansky from 1946 to 1959 When the Good Times Rolled. I Talked to 2 Old-Timers Who Had Seen "Superman," Flyers Were Passed Out at the Airport (Featured in Godfather 11, Oh My God). Died a Young Man, Sexed Himself to Death. Went to the Neocropolis Cristobal Colon Where Many of Cuba's Past Bigs Are, Maximo Gomez, Hero of Cuba's War for Independence, Eduardo Chibas Who in 1951 Blew his Brains Out While Making a Broadcast in Protest of Cuba's Corrupt Government (Maybe Some of Our Broadcasters Want to Protest Something). At His Funeral Castro Leapt on Chibas' Grave Vowing Retribution. Went to the Plaza de la Revolucion Where in 1980 a Million Cubans Gathered to See Pope John Paul 11. Went to the University of Havana, a Nice Campus but They Needed New Desks for Sure. Cuba is 750 Miles Long with a Horrible Broken-Down Highway the Length, it's Been a Long Time Since the Russians Left. I Decided, Correctly as Usual, that I Should Go to Cuba Before the Trade Embargo was Lifted and Everybody Headed Down, Cuba Doesn't Have the Infrastructure to Support Tourism Very Well Now Much Less Then. It's Often Hard to Get a Vehicle from One City to Another, Thrice I Went to Get a Bus and Couldn't Get On, I Traveled by Trucks Where People Might Get on With Chickens and Pigs and by Private Car With Maybe 3 Others or Just Myself. All the While I Was in Cuba I Had a Real Bad Cough and Had It 10 Days After, if Somebody Has Bad Respiratory Problems They Might Think Again About Going to Cuba. As You're Walking Along Trucks and Other Large Vehicles Pass Spewing Out Volumes of Black Exhaust. The Pope, Joe Ratzinger, had a Cousin his Same Age and When he was "14" his Cousin, a Down's Syndrome, was Taken Away by the Nazis. A Little While Later the Family was Told that he Had Died. 24 Years Ago Gene Stallings, Who was the Head Coach of the Arizona Cardinals and Later Won a National Championship at Alabama, did a Moving Commercial with his Son, John, a Down's Syndrome, not Ashamed of Him.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
As a Foreigner I had to pay 3 C.U.C. to get into the Playoff Game between the Industriales and Havana at Estadio LatinoAmericano, that is 3.60 U.S. I got there early and got a Good Seat Behind 1st Base (Cubans Pay 1 C.U.C.). By Game Time the Place Was Packed with People Cramming the Aisles. Throughout the Game there's a Pleasing Heavy Calypso Beat and Being There is a Lot of Fun. The Players are Good-Sized in Many Instances but not Huge as in the American Major Leagues as They're on Frijoles Negros y Arroyo Whereas in the U.S. They're on Human Growth Hormone and Other Niceties. There's Been More Defections of Cuban Players in Recent Years but for the Most Part the Players are Happy to Play for 20 U.S. a Month and the Admiration of Their Countrymen. Aroldis Chapman Signed With the Reds for 30 Mil and Others for Lesser Amounts but These are the Exceptions, It's a Different Way of Looking at Things, One Can Play in the U.S. for All This Money and be Unhappy or Do It the Cuban Way. There Were No Home Runs and Few Long Drives as It's a Game of Getting a Runner On and Moving Him Rather Than Beating the Ball to Death, It's the Way Baseball is Meant to be Played, a Game of Skill. These Guys Have Tremendous Arms, the Left Fielder Can Throw It in a Glass of Water From 240 Feet. Havana Prevailed 4-0 but Would Lose the Series to the Ever-Powerful Industriales. It's Very Rare for the Executive Branch to Weigh In and Condemn a State Law, That's What This Country Has Come To. I Sort of Like Barry, He's a Lot Better Than Bush, Somebody Has to be President and He Was the Better Candidate Over That Old, Tortured Guy (and then the Gooks came in and beat the Hell out of me).
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I'm Gonna Start Endorsing Grills. My First Night in Havana Didn't Amount to Much. No Buses, You Have to Take an Expensive Taxi Ride Into Town From the Airport and It Was About 6 P.M. When I Got to my Casa Particulares. The People Were Quite Nice and As Always I Had a Nice Room and Private Bathroom. The Husband Was an M.D. and his Wife Taught School. Cuba Only has a Population of 11.2 Million but has 70,000 M.D.'s. Nobody, even Doctors, Makes Much in Cuba, He Said That He Made 40 U.S. a Month, So You Can See Why They Were Happy to See Me, ha, ha. The First Night I Just Walked Around in the Neighborhood, It's Dark Because They Don't Want to Waste Electricity on Lighting Up the Streets But You're Extremely Safe. Obviously I Stood Out but People Just Passed Me Without Any Curiosity, the People at the Casas Particularles are Quite Friendly but These Have to be Licensed, They Don't Let Just Anybody Operate One and of course They're Glad for the Extra Money. In General Cubans Aren't Friendly but on the Other Hand They're Not Obnoxious or at all Threatening, It's Very Mellow, Live and Let Live. Cuba is a 5th World Country Economically, Many of the Buildings are Ancient, If You Go Into a Supermarket There's Close to Nothing in There. While in Cuba I Spoke to Many Obviously Intelligent, Well-Educated and Urbane People Who Were Maybe 50 Years Old Who Had Never Been Outside of Cuba. Due to the Trade Embargo Many of the Cars are Very Old, a Lot of These are Taxis, You Can Take a Ride in a Mint '55 Chevy Bel-Air as Did I. You Travel to Feel the Difference and Boy Did I. Many of My Readers Travel by Being Met at the Sterile Airport by Hirelings, Whisked Off to the Sterile 5-Star Hotel Where They Stay in the Sterile Room or Suite, They're Taken Here and There in a Choreographed Routine and It's Not Even Worth Doing. To Go Places Properly One Has to Live as the Common People Do, My Experience Would Be Akin to Somebody of That Country Going to a Different City Within That Country. But All the While I Was in Cuba I Only Met 2 Other Americans, That's How Pansied Out Americans Are These Days. I Stayed in Old Havana and my 2nd Day I Walked Around and Toured, by Myself, Their Capitol Building Which is Modelled on Our Own and is a Little Bit Bigger, Built in the 20's When Cuba Was Bloated Rich with Sugar Money. I Liked It a Lot. I Pretty Much Just Walked and Walked That Day Without Much Direction. I Did the Havana Club Rum Tour, I Didn't Even Pay For It, I Just Walked in With a Tour Group, Glad I Didn't Pay, It Was a Bad Tour. The Next Day I Went to the Estadio LatinoAmerican (58,000) and Saw the Industriales Lions, the Most Legendary of Cuban Teams, Play the Havana Bulls in a Playoff Game. Baseball is Cuba.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
While I was in Acapulco 5 People Were Gunned Down in Mistaken Identity on the Main Drag in Front of the Nice Hotel Where They Stayed, it was a Big Deal to the People Gunned Down but to Everybody Else it was Old Hat. I Just Read in "Boxing Digest" that George Foreman made 150 Million endorsing that Grill, Suprisingly George Looked Slim in the Pictures. Nigel Collins, the Editor of "Ring," Suggests in the Latest Issue that Edwin Valero (27 Fights, 27 Knockouts, the Average Length of his Fights Being a Little Over 2 Rounds) Fight Manny Pacquiao. But More Recently Valero Killed his Wife and then Hung Himself in Jail, the People Who Become Boxers are Different than the People Who Become Archbishops. In Both "Ring" and "Boxing Digest" PETA Has a Full Page Ad with Shane Mosley Saying "I Choose to Fight, Dogs Don't. Dogfighting Is For Cowards..." Many of the Black NFL Players Said That There Was Nothing Wrong With What Michael Vick Did. Vitali Klitschko Says that Watching 2 Women Box Each Other Makes Him Nauseous. I Don't Like it Myself, Years Ago I saw a short Mexican Girl, Terry Trevino, fight a Much Taller Norwegian Girl and Terry Suffered the Worst Bloody Nose I've Seen and the Fight was Stopped in the 2nd Round, I Didn't Like Looking at That, but If These Women Want to Box Each Other That's Their Right. I Saw Julie Hyman on TV Recently for the First Time in a Long While, I Always Thought Julie was a Real Sweet Girl. From Reading her Blurb on the Internet I See Where She's Gone to Wife, Wish Her Happiness. She Said.... Howie Was a Gentleman....., Doesn't Sound Like Any of the Guys I've Known Especially the One named Howie, Must Not Be Him. See the Schools She Went to and She Often Rides Horses in Central Park, Such a Background. I Got into Cancun at ll P.M. and Figured It'd be Easy to Fly Out Quickly, Flew Out at 2:30 P.M. the Next Day to Havana. You Never Have needed a Visa to Go to Cuba if You're an American, They Don't Stamp Your Passport, Mine Shows Me Leaving Cancun and Coming Back 16 Days Later Apparently from Nowhere. Had They Asked Me Where I Was I Would Have Told Them Nowhere, I'm Under No Obligation to the State Department to Account for My Time, None of Their Business. At the Airport They Recommended a Particular One of Their "Casas Particulares," That is Somebody's Domicile, You Stay in Their Home. I Was Dubious but Went to One in Havana Where I Stayed 3 Nights and These Were the Only Places I Stayed Throughout Cuba. Just 20-30 C.U.C. a Night (a C.U.C. is 1.15 U.S.) and They'd Give You a Fine Breakfast for 3 or 4 C.U.C. and 7-10 for a Very Good Dinner. You Treated You Like a Guest or Even a Friend. In Cuba They Don't Take American Plastic or American Travelers Checks and You Get Beaten Up for a 20% Fee for Exchanging American Dollars But only 10% for Canadian Dollars or Euros, I Took Canadian Dollars As I Preferred the Lesser Beating.
Monday, May 3, 2010
This Green Thing is a Bunch of Hooey, the Only Successful Way of Saving the Planet for Human Habitation is a Reduction of Population, Instead It's Increasing Rapidly. The U.S. Could Handle Maybe 200 Million and Instead There's Well Over 300 Million. Arizona Did What It Had To Do and as George Will Pointed Out Had Every Legal Right to Establish "Concurrent Jurisdiction" With the Federal Government. The Majority Voted as Otherwise Instead of the State of Arizona There'd Be the State of Anarchy. The Federal Government Has Refused for the Past 30 Years to Enforce It's Own Law, the Minds of the American People Have Become Increasingly Weak, Maybe It's All This Meth. I Was Recently in Cuba for 16 Days, I Know That I Broke the Trade Embargo but Laughed About It All The Time I Was Doing It. You Are My Friends and Will Not Turn Me In, I Feel Safe. 50 Years Ago Castro Stole Everything that Americans Had in Cuba and Allowed the Russians to Point Missiles at the Nearby United States but Things Change a Lot in Geopolitics in just 10 Years Much Less a Half Century, How Well Do We Get Along With Hugo Chavez and There is No Trade Embargo. About the Last Thing I Did on My Vacation Was to Rent a 45 Foot Boat and Crew of 2 for a Day of Fishing for Marlin Off Alcapulco, I Didn't Even Get a Strike, I Was Very Happy.