शुक्रबार – म नेपालि सिक्दै छु ।

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up – My interpretation of this weeks challenge is a bit off and a bit different (अलि अलि फरक) and I would like you to first excuse my very terribly limited Nepali..I have only 7.5 weeks (७.५ हप्ता) of language (भाषा) under my belt and as you can see (हर्नुहुन्छ) I do not quite have the vocabulary to say (मेरो शब्दहरु छैन) everything I want to say in the tense I want to say it.

Well, as says the title of this blog, it is Friday and I am learning Nepali (म नेपाली ससदै छु).  I am learning to speak (बोल्नुस), read (पढ्नुस) and write (देख्नुस्) Nepali.  I’m enjoying it (म नेपाली मनपर्छ), but it’s exhausting.  Class starts at 7:45 (कलसमा पाैने ८ सुरु छ) and in order for me to get in my Yoga (योग गर्छ), eat my breakfast ( मेरो खाना खाुछु), drink my coffee (मेरो काफ्ी पिउँन्छु) and bus or bike ride to the school, I must get up between 4:30 and 5:00 every day (प्रतिदिन म साढे ४ की ५ बजे उठ्छु).

Needless to say, I am very tired these days. (अाजभोलि , मलाई धेरै थकाइ लाग्यो।) So the best thing for me on a Friday afternoon (शुक्रबार दिउँसो), after 5 hours (पछ घण्टा) straight of class, is to catch a glimpse of something that is inspiring or funny (रमाइलो).

Here goes. We get a 10 minute break every hour.  We were on our last break of the day (हम्रो अन्तिम ब्रेक लिनछाै).  I went to get water and use the bathroom.  As I began to wash my hands I noticed that the soap dispensers were empty. However, someone brought in a soap container until the dispensers could be re-filled.  As you look at this picture, please remember that I am attending language training at an institution that teaches numerous languages…French, Russian, Chinese, Nepali, Romanian, Greek, etc.. The expectation is we will go to our respective countries and speak as fluently as possible in these countries while doing our respective jobs.  My 2 emotions upon reading this bottle were delight and concern.  Delight that this bottle was in the bathroom of a fairly prestigious language training facility which made me laugh and concern that maybe we should be focusing on brining our own English language training UP (माथि) a notch.  Enjoy.

At least it was made in the USA.

At least it was made in the USA.

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So Close to the End

I’m such an idiot.. I know I should NOT say such things but seriously Sam?  Seriously? I have been so busy preparing for the end of my time in Venezuela that I completely missed the news that the end of my time in Venezuela was the LEAST of my worries when right in front of me.. less than 16 days away is the end of the WORLD!!

Please do NOT watch the following film if you are even slightly offended at crude language.

I did warn you.  Why does no one ever listen to me?

Do not think I am making light of this alleged fact..

The Last Man on Earth, 1964

I know there are many naysayers out there. Many who think.. “Dude this entire story has been played out so many times in the past.. how can you possibly even begin to believe that this time it is for real?  Predictions of the end have been in place since man has been in place. So did these past predictions simply come from wishful thinkers, Debbie Downers or people of true ability who just calculated certain things incorrectly?


 “Predicting the end of the world is a bit like alcoholism,” David Richardson told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Once you get started, it’s hard to stop.”

EverettJust a few examples:

1523 AD End of World by Martin Stlfelius – Preacher predicted during a terrible storm to a frightened congregation who after the storm dissipated took the kind preacher out and nearly beat him to death.   1533 – same man.. same prediction.. same result.. no more predictions after this.  There were more than 40 more predictions of the end from this moment until nearly the 1800s.


In all of the 1800s there were less than 20 such predictions.. some of which were not so much predictions of the end of the world but merely of the beginning of the new world.  I really do not understand the significance of what the new world entailed but at least it was a bit more positive than stating simply that the world was going to end.

From the start of the 1900s to the present there have been no less than 50 specific dates that have been researched stated and clearly defined as the end.

A few of the most notable:

July 15, 1967 – End of the World by: Jim Jones –

Reverend Jim Jones, founder and leader of the People’s Temple, moved his burgeoning flock to Ukiah, California, around 1964 because he had read in a magazine that it was one of a few places that would be safe from nuclear fallout in the event of a nuclear war… he had predicted such a war was coming on July 15, 1967, so he wanted to be somewhere safe. When the nuclear war didn’t arrive, Jones managed to hang on to a sizable amount of his followers; and in 1978, he and the People’s Temple became famous for their demise in a massive suicide/slaughter ordered by Jones.

1982 – Astrological Alignment – by John Gribbin & Stephen Plagemann

In 1974, John Gribbin and Stephen Plagemann co-authored a book entitled “The Jupiter Effect,” in which they predicted that the Earth would be assaulted by a plague of earthquakes and magnetic storms in 1982 when an alignment of all nine planets on one side of the sun would cause a gravitational stress that would trigger major faults worldwide.

January 1, 2000 Date Error in Computers by:  American Mass Media

The idea was that since computers represented years in two digits – i.e. ’99’ for ‘1999’ – that when the year 2000 rolled around, computers worldwide would mistake the ’00’ date for the year ‘1900’, and services handled by computers worldwide would be disrupted as computers became convinced they were one-hundred years off the correct date.

Until now none of these things have actually happened…. HOWEVER..  I believe it’s possible that the last predictions were mostly brought on by religious firver… ferver.. farvor..fanaticism … this next prediction came from the Mayans.. right?  They were excellent builders and architects.. I’ve seen some of their work in South American and it’s a little difficult for me to believe that if they could build stone buildings and fields that have withstood thousands of years that they could not construct at minimum a perfect calendar that was simply made of paper and/or IT gadgets that have been placed in watches and computers world-wide.  That these perfectly made gadgets might be falable .. flallable.. failable.. IMPERFECT.. who’s with me on this?   So here it is..

December 21, 2012 – End of the world.. by Mayan Calendars.

(Please disregard the 2100 AD Environmental Crash prediction and the 3797 AD End of the World Predictions by Nostradamus)

So here it is.. We are sooo close to the end.. so close we can almost taste it.. and so on my checklist of things to do before I leave Venezuela.. I have added a few more simple things to do before I “leave” planet earth.. or this life.. or whatever December 21, 2012 brings us.

If you would please disregard the date on this one and change it to December 21, 2012. The logo was awesome.. Thank you in advance.

Now I understand December 21, 2012 is a Friday which is a little inconvenient for those 9 to 5 ers.. but there is nothing that can be done about this.  You need to plan your time accordingly.  I have rounded up a few of my most pressing things I would like to do before the world ends and just try to check them off the list as quickly as possible.  16 days people.. let’s do this..

Top Favorite list of Things to Do Before the End of the World taken from other lists of things other people wanted to do before the end of the world.

Go to Africa and see wild chimpanzees.

Take a class on surviving the zombie apocalypse.

I’d have my girlfriend come over and just lay in bed with me wearing our finest formalwear like the elderly couple in Titanic

Burn my underwear in protest of the unfair treatment of humanity – heck it’s simply poor form to end the world before we’ve colonized another planet and I for one will let those who are doing the destroying that I’m not particularly happy about it.

Sort friends according to “will save” & “will use as a decoy” so you won’t waste time deliberating later.

Tell everyone exactly what I think about them – and I mean EXACTLY! It doesn’t matter if it’s my wife, my children or my boss – what’s he going to do? Fire me? With the freedom of knowing that there will be no consequences of my actions, I’ll simply let lose. Actually I’d only say nice things about my boss…don’t want to get fired before December 20, 2012…who knows who’s going to read this!

Watch favorite cinematic visions of the Apocalypse as listed on entertainment.time.com.  Personal must sees:  The Hunger Games, Zombieland, I am Legend, 28 Days Later, Independence Day, 12 Monkeys and Escape from New York.

Watch the movie Take Shelter
Get your notepad out and take notes. I guess go ahead and watch Deep Impact and The Day After Tomorrow just in case

Email all my Nigerian cousinsand ask them why all my Uncles are dying and leaving me millions of dollars!

Leave Some Evidence – Even if the world ends tomorrow, some people could survive. Also some non-people will definitely survive. Other human-like animals. Microorganisms. Maybe a walrus. And over the next few million years, one of those things could mutate and adapt and pretty much come to take the place of humans as the most intelligent form of life on Earth. If that’s the case, wouldn’t you want those things to know who you were and what you were all about? Grab a pen and some paper and write down your life story. Not ever detail, Thoreau, nobody in the future is going to give a shit about the touchdown you scored in a lunch-break pick-up game in 4th grade. But just in case you die tomorrow, it might not be such a bad idea to tell future generations that you lived, you were here, maybe you did something cool, and they can choose whether or not to care about it. Can paper survive a few million years? Maybe grab a stone and a sharp object. That might work better. Or better yet, create a blog.

Buy a video camera so I can record the end of the world and post it on youtube.hvn or youtube.hll

Change my Facebook Status to “So long and thanks for all the fish” – and then wonder how many of my FB friend will get my Douglas Adams reference!

Horde – Listen, if some of us are going to survive the rapture, there’s going to be great demand for certain items. Food, water, vibrating cock rings, Bentleys…pick one thing as your focus and buy it all up. Every Chipotle franchise. Every Twinkie. That way when the shit goes down and everyone’s freaking out like in Stephen King’s “The Stand,” you can be the guy who says, “Oh…you need Top Ramen? Well what if I told you I have ten lifetime supplies?”

Go fill my gas tank without worrying about being able to pay the rest of my monthly bills.

Commit A Crime – Okay, wait. I don’t mean “go out and commit a crime,” because I think inciting people to break the law is in and of itself against the law. So let’s not mince words here. I’m NOT telling you to break the law. What I am saying is that should you possess that weird psycho gene that compels you to think about doing bad things sometimes, now’s not a bad time to act on it. What’s the worst that could happen? You’re not going to be booked, tried, sentenced to death and executed all within the next 24 hours. It’s pretty feasible that you could commit a crime and get away with it on a technicality (the apocalypse).

Call the President and ask if there are any seats left on Spaceship 1 – you know there must be an escape plan ready for the elite!

Think of some great last lines
Hey you are going to die in about a month. So you should go out on top. What better way then having a great last line to your life. You don’t want to go out like some bitch and die by crying “I don’t wanna die!” If you can’t think of a good last line go ahead and steal one. It is not like someone is going to call you out on it. So when you see your fiery grave approaching yell out “I think we need a bigger boat!”

Answer all the unanswered questions that have intrigued the masses over the last few years. What is the meaning of life? Is Michael Jackson alive? Are there aliens? Who will win American Idol after the world is destroyed? These profound questions have perplexed the generations, and I can conclusively give answers to all of these and more – and guess what? No one can prove me wrong!

Find the nearest Mayan person
Who better to help you get ready for 12-21-12 then a Mayan person. I mean they are the idiots who made that dumb calendar. First ask them why in the hell are they such d-bags. Why can’t we have one more Christmas? You should ask nicely for them to talk to their god or cow or whatever they believe to push doomsday back a few weeks. It would be sweet to have one more New Years in and I really would like to see how Breaking Bad ends. Lets aim for 12-21-36

And finally, just before I do any of the above, I will really make sure that the world is going to end on December 21, 2012 – I’m going to look pretty darned silly if it doesn’t; I’m also going to be in a lot of financial trouble!

My Favorite – – – –

 Embrace And Enjoy It – We’re all going to die. Eventually. One of you reading this might actually die tomorrow for reasons completely unrelated to this end of the world bullshit. And although none of us really know what’s going to happen tomorrow (that’s a lie, we all know nothing is going to happen), it shouldn’t prevent any of us from going out and having fun tonight. I know it’s totally cliche, but the expression “live each day as if its your last” is the recipe for leading a joyous and rewarding life. If you’re happiest sitting in front of a TV watching “The Event,” by all means do that. If you’re happiest blacking out and throwing up in an alleyway, do that. But don’t sit around and do nothing because you fear death. And don’t go crazy just because you think the world might end tomorrow. Do the things you love whenever you want to. Whenever you can. Every day, if possible. You’ll live happily. You’ll live stress-free. Your friends will feed off your energy and feel just as great by being in your presence. No one knows how long we’re here for, so enjoy it. Embrace it. Love it.

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Awkward Family Photos- Some Holiday Card Advice

O.K. busy week packing out and nothing new to add.. was laughing very hard at awkward family photos blogs and ran across this one.. they still make me laugh.. My family could very well fit into a few of these categories…I hope you enjoy as much as I did..

Things I See

This time of year we always get a lot of Holiday Cards with family photos on them. I started to think of things that should NOT be on Holiday cards and came across the book, Awkward Family Photos. Here are some of the photos from the book with my advice to those of you who are thinking of taking family photos this year.

1. If you have teenagers- try to make them happy.

awkward family photos

2. Even if your child is weird looking, try to accept them.

awkward family photos

3. Don’t make your family dress up like this.

awkward family photos

4. Matching outfits are not good either.

awkward family photos

5. An evolution of a punk family. Remember to accept a family’s differences.

awkward family photos

6. Try to look like you actually know each other.

awkward family photos

Or like each other.

7. Choosing the right props are very important. Weapons or dustbusters can be misunderstood.

awkward family photos

awkward family photos

8. Squished heads are never a good…

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31 days of randomness – Personal Inspiration 25 – Slacker

In continuation of my 31 days of randomness  – Day 25 – Short-timer’s syndrome and how you can Increase attention span and relieve some of your boredom.

I have just over a month left at my current job in Venezuela and I swore it would not happen to me but it has.. I have short-timer’s fever.  This is a disease (if you don’t know) that usually affects military members, government or humanitarian workers and virtually ANYONE who knows that they have very little time left in the position and place they are in.

Symptoms may include: lack of focus on tasks that still must be done, daydreaming about what you have planned, slackened punctuality or blatant tardiness, disinterest in office politics, a happier-than-should-be-allowed disposition, and any other traits that signify that someone’s time is short at a place or activity.

Now, right up with sense of humor and honesty I value work ethics. For this I am a little disturbed with myself.  Though I have only been experiencing a few of the more minor  symptoms I can certainly feel myself sliding towards all of them.  Sliding fast and sliding hard.  So my new inspiration is to avoid slacking and find a few things to amuse myself for short periods of time.  Times when I am in meetings and need to at least appear engaged.  Times when I am being forced to attend some random social event when I would rather be vegging on the couch or watching TV or anything but being at this event.  Times when I know I have something else that needs to be done but can’t focus long enough to get it done.

I actually found a great site which gives you great little 1-3 minute activities meant to relieve boredom and occupy your mind enough to re-engage yourself with the things you are supposed to be doing.  I’m including some of my favorite ideas with a link to all of the others.  Some of these ideas really do work.  We’ll have to see what happens when I am down to my last couple of weeks.  Wish me luck.

1. THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH ABSOLUTELY NOTHING                                        (Click here, I mean up there- those orange words)

Blink wildly and then close your eyes really tight for an interesting light show
(Amusement Potential: 1-5 minutes)
See a variety of blobs, stars and flashes. Try to make out shapes and see if your subconscious is trying to send you a message

See how long you can hold a note
(Amusement Potential: 4-20 minutes)
Not that much fun, but it sure passes the time. Play with a friend, or try to beat your own personal best. Inhale deeply and then try and make a noise for as long as you can. Earn extra points for making your partner laugh or ending on an amusing note.

Make prank phone calls
(Amusement Potential: 20-60 minutes)
Very entertaining, but requires discipline. Remember – vulgarities don’t make a call funny, but getting the other person to believe a ridiculous story will. Try seeing if you can get them to make noises to ‘test’ the line. One to get you started off: Call McDonalds with weird complaints about their food.

Try to not think about penguins
(Amusement Potential: 1-5 minutes)
This is especially hard, because by trying too much, you remember what you were trying to avoid thinking of. If you try too little, you end up thinking about penguins anyway.

Use your secret mind power
(Amusement Potential: 5-10 minutes)
Pick a passing by and try to use your mind power to command them do something, like drop their bag or knock into someone. The law of averages dictates that sooner or later one of your mind commands will come true, so you can convince yourself that you really have super human powers and waste even more time trying them out.

Scratch yourself
(Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes)
Go ahead, scratch yourself now. Even if nothing itches, go ahead. Doesn’t that feel pretty good?

Pinch yourself
(Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes)
What is pain? Why is it unpleasant? There’s nothing physical about it – it’s all in your mind. Plus, after pinching yourself for awhile, boredom will seem nice next to being in pain.

Try to swallow your tongue
(Amusement Potential: 1-2 minutes)
There’s not much to say about this one. It is possible, but really stupid.

Look at something for awhile, shut eyes, study after image
(Amusement Potential: 2-5 minutes)
Another great time waster. It takes about 30 seconds of staring to create an after image, and the image is then viewable for about the same length of time. Fun to combine this one with pushing on your eyes.

Get yourself as nauseated as possible
(Amusement Potential: 5-10 minutes)
Best achieved by looking straight up and spinning around. Try to be so dizzy you can’t even stand up. This is also entertaining due to the “makes boredom seem a lot better” effect (see “Hurt Yourself”).

Send spooky emails
(Amusement Potential: 15-60 minutes)
Look up someone’s CV on the web, do some research on them via Google and then send them an email full of personal references claiming to be an ex-work colleague who fell in love with their shoes. Or something.

See what’s in your neighbour’s rubbish/trash
(Amusement Potential: 20-30 minutes)
You can learn a lot about people by what they throw out. You might uncover some dark secret about them. Plus, they might be throwing out something with value that still works, like a VCR or some porn mags.

Now if none of these ideas appeal to you this website has more of these awesome ideas.  Now if none of the ideas appeal to you then look below and click on some of the related articles.. or lastly just leave this page quietly, shut the door quietly behind you and don’t look back.

This all started from a random site I found called thenester.com.  Apparently there is a group of people who have committed to posting a topical theme a day for 31 days.  31 Dayers 2012

31 days of randomness – Personal Inspiration day 19 – Flash Back

In continuation of my 31 days of randomness – Day 19 will be a focus on stepping back and remembering or focusing on a time from the past.

There is a saying:

‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’–                      –George Santayana

I agree with this saying but it in no ways indicates this will be a heavy post about historical mistakes made or interventions or recovery.  I only started with that quote to mislead and well, I really like that quote. No this inspirational day is about remembering the best and forgetting the rest.

I know that we are all supposed to be living in the present and embracing it as well as looking toward the future.. BUT.. sometimes there are just things from the past that were too good to ignore.   Now I wasn’t old enough to really have had a physical appreciation of the 70’s (and yes I know they weren’t all good.. that’s why my theme focus is on remembering only the best) but I love the music and the style from that generation.

If you say you don’t I won’t believe you.  How could you not?  Really if it wasn’t so great why does it keep coming back?

It’s not just the clothes and the hair and the music that I love, it might really be everything.  Think of the emotions and the passion that emanated from that generation.

The music was what all future music bounced off of.  So the 70’s brought us music, style, passion, dreams, weird predictions of the future.  You can love it or you can hate it but I’m inspired to step back for a day and just enjoy it.

Friday line-up and Children’s Saturdays


There was two shows at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival.
One was on stage.  One was the people off stage

Of course there are a million more memories but I’ll stop for now.  I wonder if tomorrow I might flash back to the 80s?

This all started from a random site I found called thenester.com.  Apparently there is a group of people who have committed to posting a topical theme a day for 31 days.  31 Dayers 2012