Sunday, July 29, 2012
I haven't even done a Blog in over 2 Weeks and I've already had 11 hits today and it's only 2:20 P.M. I don't know why I placate you Little Nerds, Noblesse Oblige I suppose. I don't see why Penn State has to forfeit all those Victories as I can't understand how Sandusky having Anal Intercourse with those Boys would give them a Competitive Advantage. I was in L.A. and saw Jerry Brown at Union Station where he signed a Bill alloting 8 bil for a railway system as though this money will ever exist If Wishes Were Horses Beggars Would Ride. I saw the Dodgers play the Phillies at that old dump Dodgers Stadium the 3rd time I've seen the Phillies this year in the 7 games I've seen in as many cities as though I were a Great Fan seeing them in Pittsburgh, Atlanta and L.A. A Pitchers' Duel between 2 bigtimers Clayton Kershaw and Cliff Lee each went 8 innings allowing l run apiece. I finally saw Ryan Howard play he pinch-hitting for a Single, good. I went to the Getty no way of telling how much culture I soaked up, I saw a photo of Marilyn Monroe made up like Chairman Mao. Nick Canepa has written a very good Column for the San Diego Union-Tribune for many years Nick often has illuminating and different insights he wrote that the Old Timers though addicted to nicotine would go out and play day after day whereas today the Players are often injure he thinks due to weightlifting (also PEDS maybe) he says Baseball is a Limber Game. Nick says that Charles Barkley might be the best Basketball Player of all time under International Rules, yeah? We're all Sorry about the Passing of Sherman Hemsley I saw him in a Play on the Strip his Wife leaves him at the same time that his Son reveals that he's Gay.....Suicide at My Age makes no sense How Many Years would I Save.....
St. Lucia is an upscale island of 170 thou of whom 85% are Catholic. It was settled by the Arawaks who were conquered by the warlike Caribs who fended off the Europeans until the French settled Soufriere in 1746. Changing hands 14 times due to lucrative sugar between the French and English it was called the Helen of the West. Finally gained by the English by the Treaty of Paris in 1814 St. Lucia gained Independence in 1979. The Capitol Castries is real nice I stayed at the hotel at the end of the airport's runway. Derek Walcott Square is named for him who won the Noble Prize in Literature in 1992 I was in their Cathedral. I enjoyed the Market and bought nice bags which were made from what had once held sugar. I was in their Parliament House and went 3 miles outside Castries to Morne Fortune which has another Fort Charlotte, the Queen of George 111. I was in Dennerey on the East Coast. I swam at very nice Sandy Beach in the South at Vieux Fort and also at the good beaches on Pigeon Island which was the stronghold for Jambe de Bois (Pegleg) a Pirate who settled in the 1550's raiding passing Spanish Treasure Ships. The St. Lucia Jazz Festival wh ich draws Big Names is held on Pigeon Island. I always traveled by minibus as it was cheap and the way the Locals traveled. I went to Soufriere whose Square was once the site of many beheadings. The Main Attraction of St. Lucia are the Pitons at Soufriere which are 2 Volcanic Rocks shaped like Spears rising a half mile, I rented a boat and operator and saw them the way Oprah did a year before when she proclaimed them one of the 5 things to see before one dies, I don't see the Big Excitement their good but.... Oprah is all right but I've seen a lot more of the World than this Dame.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
St. Vincent and the Grenadines consists of St. V and 17 of the Grenadines which are small islands stretching to Grenada which has the other 14 all told the population is 120 thou. The Capitol and main port is Kingstown it rains only 6 days in April but 26 in July. The Caribs and Black Caribs so called as they were an breeding of the Caribs with runaway Black Slaves prevented European Settlement until 1719 when the French gained full control and set up Plantations growing Sugar, Coffee, Tobacco, etc. The British gained St. V in 1783 by the Treaty of Paris and crushed a Revolt of the Black Caribs in 1797. In 1979 St. V and the Grenadines received their Independence from England. St. V is Poor as there are no Good Beaches and for most it's a hardscrabble life. St. V like the other 3 Islands is very hilly and I went up roads with a 70 degree Grade. I took the Minibus all the way up to Owia on the Leeward (East) Side after being in Georgetown and Sandy Bay. You can look over and see La Souffriere a volcano that erupted in 1902 killing 2000 People. On the Windward (West) Side I went to the end of the Road at Richmond Beach which is at Chateaubelair Bay, Very Pictureque. In Kingstown I was in their Parliament House. I saw a Cricket Match in their National Stadium and believe that Baseball could acquire Prospects as the Players are Quick, Agile, can field without a glove and have Good Arms. I went to Bequia which is the largest of the Grenadines at only 7 Sg. Mi., it's much more prosperous and Port Elizabeth is Good I swam at Friendship Bay and enjoyed it plenty Eventually I'll go to more of the Grenadines. I bought some Mangoes, not cheap, the Fruit is good but the Skin is tough and the Pit is huge. St. V and Bequia were a lot of Fun.
The U.S. Military tried mightily to wipe out Mental Illness on Grenada. Ernest Borgnine played Sadistic Sergeant of the Stockade Fatso Judson in From Here to Eternity. In the book the Montgomery Clift Character waits outside a bar at night of which Fatso was a habitue....Fatso comes out laughing with 2 sailors the MC Character had never heard him laugh before.....Hey Fatso.....I Don't Like that Nickname.....I'll See You Guys Later.....(stepping into the alley) I Don't Need Any Sailors.... These People entered this country illegally reside in it illegally so why aren't they forced to leave as this isn't their Country. What's with all these Foreigners from anywhere it's hard to get around anymore as the U.S. is way overpopulated. I saw the Padres play the Reds losing 4-2 with WP Johnny Cueto now 10-5. A tremendous baserunner getting on by Fielder's Choice Cueto torqued to 3rd just getting in under the Tag with a really long headfirst slide. I went to Fort Charlotte which has a really good view of Bequia it once had 600 British Troops and 34 Cannon and is well-preserved. It also houses a Lighthouse and the Keeper asked me inside which was quite nice he explained the Workings had never been in a Lighthouse. Fort Charlotte also houses the Women's Prison, I heard the Squeals of Fun by some of the Girls who were Playing Tetherball under a Lady Guard's Eye when I came into view they became Sullen made me feel bad to be a temporary Damper, I'm sure these Ladies will become Good Citizens. I stayed at the Hotel a Stone's Throw behind the Airport and had a nice room for 30 U.S. and I liked the Women who worked there.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
I went to SeaWorld again and while the Product is good their Attendance has been down the past few years. The Employees are unenthused and unfriendly None ever smile. Grenada consists of Grenada, Carriacou which I didn't get to but will, and Petit Martinique. Rained some in April, June to November there's 22 days of rain a mo. Population of 110 thou, the 2 mile Beach of Grand Anse is the best in the Caribbean it's really great and I was told never any Shark Attacks, all right. Grenada is great stayed at Mitchell's Guesthouse where the refined Phillip who used to deal in Rare Books in New York is the Manager. The Currency of Grenada, St. Vincent and St. Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. I took LIAT throughout these Islands and they're known for Rough Handling they tore a l foot rip in my Fine Bag leaving me happy Che Bowens on Market Hill experty Sewed the Repair. I went to their National Museum in the capitol St. George. The People are mostly Catholic and the Cathedral was devastated along with most of the Island by Huricane Ivan on Sept. 7, 2004. I went to Fort George and had a cute picture taken of myself at the Wall where Bishop and the 7 were shot. The Invasion that ensued was under the Pretext of protecting Medical Students at St. George's University. After defeating Grenada and their leader Bernard Coard the U.S. made Coard do 26 Years in Prison for the Executions only being released in 2009. Was in Grenville and Gouyave. Sauteurs (Leapers) is in the Northernmost of the Island and is where in 1651 Caribs with their Island lost to the French and with them Closing In chose to Leap from the Cliffs rather than Submit. I had a cute picture of myself taken there also. Today the St. George's University consists of mostly American Medical and Veterinary Students and I walked their very nice Campus which is in the True Blue Disrict. When Charlie O. Finley was Owner of the Athletics he offered Star Pitcher Vida Blue money to change his name to....... The U.S. Invasion of Grenada was condemned by the UN General Assembly 108-9. This Country is Full of Trash.
The British gained control of Grenada from the French in1762 and Grenada gained its Independence from Britain in 1974. In 1979 Maurice Bishop staged a Coup setting up a semi-Communist government with himself as Prime Minister. In 1983 Bishop was overthrown and imprisoned by hardline Communist Bernard Coard his boyhood friend even though he still had the support of the majority of the People. On October 19, 1983 Bishop was freed by his supporters and they marched to Fort George to entreat Coard and the Army to restore Bishop. Unmoved Coard had Bishop and 7 others including the Education Minister pregnant by Bishop lined up and shot. Unhappy at the prospect of a hardline Communist country so close to the U.S. on October 25 the U.S. invaded Grenada. Our Military unprepared as always relied on Tourist Maps and U.S. Bombers bombed Fort Frederick long a Mental Hospital thinking it was a Military Installation. Of the 254 Patients 42 were killed Many maimed and the rest severely traumitized. These Military Swine are so dumb we're lucky they didn't get lost head North and bomb us. Badly outnumbered and Technologically no match for the Imperialists Naval Bombardment Bomber Planes and Helicopter Gunships the 1500 Grenadians aided by 600 Cuban Construction Workers who had been building the Airport fought like Hell for a week before being forced to Succumb.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
To be successful at Telepathy you have to suffer, you People are Mean and No Good. I was in a Trader Joe's and I commented to the cashier on the reusable bags that they sell that probably they're only cleaned once a year and he said yeah and they smell bad too, I don't want to use a counter where these were. From JFK I flew to the big, modern airport in Barbados the first of the 4 Island Countries that I visited in the Lesser Antilles. Barbados became a country in 1966 after gaining its Independence from Britain and has a population of 280 thou. Their currency is the Barbadian Dollar and they have more world-class Cricket players per capita of any country on their 5 dollar bill is the picture of Cricket Great Sir Frank Worrell. I went to their capitol Bridgetown which has their only harbor and was in St. Michael's Cathedral once twice that size before being flattened by a hurricane. I was in their Parliamentary Museum and was given a free personal tour of their Parliament which was very nice, Barbados is considered to be one of the least corrupt countries. Rains a lot in this part of the world not in April when I was there but in July it rains 18 days. The people of these Islands are Negroes, there's high unemployment and the people are often gruff but there are no bars on the windows of the houses as they don't prey on each other as they are for the most part good people if you exercise normal precautions you should get by without any difficulty it's Live and Let Live.
Barbados Museum is housed in an old prison and is very good and extensive. The only foreign country that George Washington visited I was in the house that where he stayed for 7 weeks in 1751 when he was 19. While there he learned advanced farming methods. Michelle Bachman was ridiculed for saying that the Founding Fathers tried to stamp out Slavery but the Little Fool was basically right as Washington who was by far the most important wrote against Slavery and freed his Slaves upon his death after having taught them marketable skills but none of the others joined him in this. These 2 are located in the Savannah Garrison District which was home to the British Command and has the largest collection of 17th century cannons in the world. All I spent for a room during my 20 days in the Caribbean was 30-36 U.S. and some were pretty good. I traveled about mostly in their packed minibuses and the music was often very loud and bad for your ears. I swam at all 5 of their best beaches and didn't like any as they all had stones that hurt my feets but the warm saltwater was very delightful and the climate always balmy. To all of you many who are good in the water I'm very envious as I always felt my first attempt at surfing might be my last, I went to Bathsheba to see Soup Bowl rated a 9 plus by Kelly Slater. I went to Holetown where the British first landed in 1627. I was in Speightstown which was prominent during the Sugar Boom from the 1640's until even after the abolition of Slavery in 1834. At one time the Caribbean Sugar Islands were much more valuable to the European Powers than all of North America.