Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

That's A Really Beautiful Bus Steve But I'm Sorry You Can't Stop Here For The Night...

I'd spent many many months since first seeing and then buying the bus back in 2000, working so hard to build our dream, sometimes working for money during the day and then working on the bus project during the night, collecting materials, meeting and working wonderfully supportive folk there in Sisters, and then in Selma, Oregon and we finally moved in and moved off to see The Pacific North West.
Everywhere we went, people smiled,  took pictures and gave us the peace sign. 
Stopping to buy food sometime took hours because people wanted to see the inside or just tell us what a joy it was to see something so beautiful. But, all was not well.  

We found that we were stopped often by the Police. We couldn't stop along the roads or beaches at night. Many times I had to drive the whole night and sleep during the day.  
Most Parks were closed to us and when I drove up to a Trailer or Motor Home Park the owners would come out and rave about the bus but when we asked to spend the night we were told time and time again that Buses were not allowed 'because of the people that lived in them'.   
I felt like a black man in Mississippi.  
After a month of this we took the bus to a Car Show  and within minutes had a long line of people waiting to see the inside. 

The second person to enter the bus that day bought it the next and a week later we were on our way to Belize.  
Steve Selby, his wife Ana and their daughter then moved aboard Drumbeat a Bruce Roberts designed Spray yacht that had been sitting in the tropical sun for fifteen years. It took them five years to restore it, eventually sailing around the North West Caribbean for a few years.
The family then moved back to Guatemala where Steve worked on a bamboo construction built on the third storey of a stone temple. 
The beautiful structure at San Marcos De La Laguna is used for tai chi and meditation. 
It overlooks Lake Atitlán with its numerous volcanos and ever changing cloud formations.
This man of many talents is now doing a lot
of marvelous wood carving.
There's more about him here and here...




















Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Some Of The World's Richest People Have Everything Except What They Desperately Need. Water...

Surprisingly to some, the mega rich like the rest of us, also have to take their hats off to have their hair cut, and the billionaires of California's Montecito where a few of the world's wealthiest reside in some of the most opulent homes on the planet, are, much to their dismay, finding they're having to face some of the same problems as the world's poorest and homeless.
They're fast discovering that their immense wealth doesn't guarantee them the essentials of life, like water. In fact strangely enough, their vast fortunes could be hindering their ability to cope as they find a simple order given to a servant is not sufficient to get them what isn't available and their extravagant lifestyles make them personally ill-equipped to deal with this sort of problem solving.
And water storage facilities like Lake Cachuma are drying up in dramatic fashion, the rich state of California is in crisis, facing the worst drought in history as every day without rain transforms it into what it once was.
A desert...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pegleg Pants. The Latest Fashion Statement For Men...

Pegleg Pants is one name for them.
Call them what you will.
Not the sort of thing you might see featured on The Sartorialist perhaps but here they are.
As worn by some of the fashionistas on the playa at this year's Burning Man.
Men. Wear them if you dare...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Why Would American Dave Rahimi Fly From California To Sydney Australia To Buy The Very First Apple iPhone6...

Why would American Dave Rahimi fly all the way from California to Sydney Australia to buy the very first iPhone6 other than Apple's Sydney store was, because of the time difference, the first store in the world to open it's doors?
And why would Moon Ray and her husband from Jackson Mississippi wait in line complete with solar chargers, thermal mats, inflatable chairs and mattresses and a membership of the local YMCA so they could have showers, for nineteen days to purchase the first iPhone6 from New York's Fifth Avenue Apple Store?
Five minutes of fame? Something to tell their grandchildren? To impress?
To define who they are as a person?
Who would know, but Apple sold ten million phones to their faithful worshipers in the first three days of the product launch...

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sorry Darling, Can't Talk Now. I'm On A No Cellphone Walking Lane. Will Call You Back...

Sorry darling, couldn't talk, damned inconvenient, was in a no walkie talkie lane and got behind some slow walkers. Talk about sidewalk rage! I couldn't pull out and pass because of talkers walking the other way.
No, nobody looks where they're going, they're all totally addicted to their phones, woops, just bumped into someone. Sorry madam, are you alright, I didn't see you, here let me help you up. Are you still there darling, yes they were having too many accidents and injuries due to distracted walkers talking and texting.
No I won't be home for dinner, I'm in Chongqing, yes in China, yes the one in Asia and they had this innovative idea to make sidewalks safer for the elderly and children...






Friday, September 26, 2014

Krystina Butel Fell In Love With Herself As A Caricature And Has Spent A Fortune On Cosmetic Surgery To Look The Same...

When Krystina was fifteen and on holiday in Ibeza, an old man drew a caricature of her as a souvenir. She fell instantly in love with herself as the artist had drawn her and over the last fifteen years has obsessively altered her looks to resemble the drawing. She's spent over $200,000 on five boob jobs, she's now a 36K, lip injections, botox, teeth whitening, eyelash and hair extensions and the beauty salon owner from West Yorkshire says she's a work in progress. She's planning eyebrow lifts, butt implants, fuller breast augmentation, more botox and even fuller and bigger lip implants. 
I like being different says Krystina, I don't think I'll ever stop having surgery, I'm addicted to it and I don't need anyone's approval. I love how I am.
Her boyfriend loves her too...