Three Men and a Vest
Bush: "You look like you own a drug cartel. Let's hope the DEA doesn't find you."
The search is on for ex-Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. He disappeared today from his home in Nigeria (48 hours after the Nigerian President said that Liberia could take custody of its former leader). So, how exactly do you just lose someone with a record such as this guy’s? Another puzzling fact: why was this guy allowed to live in a luxury villa while under exile?
Just got an email from my friend, Michaela…she describes a little bit about life in Botswana:
Check out Ben Stein’s take on cell phones in airplanes. I’m inclined to agree with what he says – the last thing I want on the plane is some yahoo “telling his mother what he just bought that day at Costco.”
When in search of great ethnic food, there is no better place to look than local cultural clubs. Case in point, the Danish Canadian Club of Calgary and its monthly Brunch and Dinner buffet.
Here’s a list of what you get:
Cheese fruit dessert
From my point of view, “clubbing” has taken a whole new meaning.
If anyone is looking for a way to cook asparagus on the BBQ, I have the recipe that will lead you to the promised land (mind the bible reference):
I’m amazed at how much different two events can be. You may remember my pal, Fred, who was completely disinterested in people going overseas - that event was aimed at rich oil companies. Tonight’s event was completely different – it was all about water preservation in parts of the world where people are without clean water.
Just had an abbreviated MSN conversation with Michaela – my friend doing and AIESEC traineeship in Botswana. It sounds like she’s getting settled in and really enjoying the people. Most of the work she is doing (at a bank) is done on paper and not on a computer…a thought so foreign to most of us. She does promise to send out a massive email soon, which I promise to post right here. For the time being, here’s a little info about Botswana compliments of the CIA Factbook:
“Only in Canada will you find a crazy dude willing to BBQ in -10 degree weather.” –Some Foreigner
Shani Davis' World Record
Well, another world record fell today. This time it was Shani Davis in the 1500m. A couple things I forgot to point out yesterday:
I finally saw Steve Armitage up close. This guy can make watching paint dry exciting.
I also saw Catriona Lemay-Doan pretty close as well.
Mr. Cinquatta's socks were a blue-grey type of mix...matched his suit. Honestly, though, he probably could've afforded better shoes - they seemed a bit old and worn.
Note the orange eyelashes on this Dutch fan
The Dutch fans are prepared with the mid-event cheese and meat
Sven Kramer and Enrico Fabris rounding the corner
Cindy Klassen warming up
Went and watched the World All-around Speed Skating Championships today. Among the highlights were:
Did anyone notice the Commonwealth Games kicking off in Melbourne today? Or how about the Paralympic Games in Turin? The World Baseball Classic?
In an obvious case of learning from past successes, the house on the corner that donated such artifacts as a fully-working BBQ and green shelving unit has taken another step in the charitable hierarchy.
One has to respect a man that puts one of his kidneys up as collateral in order to finance the production of a play. According to the Reuters report, North Korean refugee Jung Sung-san did this in order to continue creating a play depicting real life in North Korean prisons. He had been an inmate at one of the “notorious political prisons of the North,” but was lucky to escape after serving only 3 months there. He was sent to prison after listening to a South Korean radio broadcast.
Most of you have probably met a Canadian (a polite, non-confrontational one, no doubt) or two in your day. Some of you have probably made fun of how Canadians say, “eh?” after pretty much ever sentence. A typical conversation between a Canadian and foreigner goes something like this:
The first kidney transplant in Mongolian history was performed on March 7th in Ulaanbaatar. It took 10 hours to complete and the woman seems to be doing fine. The best part of it all is that the operation was done for free after citizens were able to raise enough money. -UB Post
The Canadian troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan have just received a huge morale boost from the company that brought you such horrible commercials depicting Canadians going overseas and then writing/calling their parents saying, “I really miss my Tim Hortons coffee, please send me some.” Truth be told, Canada has the most donut shops per capita so if there is a concentration of Canadians somewhere else in the world, why not setup shop there? There’s also the fact that a majority of Canadians do like Tim’s. It’s just me that is against it, apparently. I bet the Army guys are happy.
"So what did you do today?"
Just read that there were bombings at two separate locations in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. One of them was at a Hindu temple and the other was at the train station. According to reports, one bomb went off in a train car and the other just outside a ticket counter. 12 people are reported dead and many more wounded. –CTV.ca
I am waiting on a whole new design from Johanna in Germany, but I’m told that she is in the process of moving. In the meantime, I figured I’d throw up a new banner containing four pictures from my recent adventures. Can’t wait for the new design, though (hint hint, nudge nudge, Johanna).
“MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the country's Olympic medallists Monday, and then told them that they will each be given a new car.” –TSN.ca
A good friend of mine is off to Botswana on an AIESEC traineeship tomorrow. I won’t lie…I’m jealous. I’ve been trying to convince her to set up a blog, but the goings been a bit tough so far. I wish her the best of luck and I will post information about what she’s doing if she sends it to me (provided she doesn’t in fact create a blog).
I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been craving spicy food. So much so that I went to Safeway and bought 43 cents worth (got me about 10) of Serrano peppers. Apparently I didn’t get enough spicy food in India. Didn’t I write a post to do with how much I hated eating spicy food at every meal of the day? Now I put the peppers in everything…things they have no right being put in. For example, alfredo sauce is not suppose to be spicy.
Three interesting, yet unrelated stories caught my attention today:
If you focus your attention to the link list in the right-hand column, you’ll notice a new link: Benjamin in Germany. Ben was a co-worker of mine in Chandigarh and he has titled his blog “Bloggin Benjamin.” Apparently there is no relation between that name and mine.