We should celebrate the earth more than we do. We are lucky to be here. Take a look around man, it’s awesome on this planet!
Cell phones, computers, tv’s, lights, ovens, microwaves, blenders, power tools, vibrating chairs, massage-a-lators, escalators, electric razors, shoe warmers, george foreman grills, food processors, hand blenders, toasters, toaster ovens, heating pads, ice machines, fridges, freezers, cybex machines, treadmills, boom boxes, gettho blasters, whipping cream whippers, popcorn makers, ice cream makers, hay makers, paint can shakers, curling irons, electric razors, head clippers, alarm clocks, slow cookers, coffee makers, esspresso makers, electric salt shakers, electric organs, electric guitars, video cameras, digital cameras……un plug them man, shut them off enjoy the quiet, go outside and look at the stars, love this place.
Federer plays in 3.5 hours, we have a DVR, Federer is the new Brett Favre
When a company sends you a bill….let’s say Teresan Gas….and it says CR beside the amount you owe, this does not mean that you owe that amount, it means your account is that much overpaid as in you have a credit. Of course if you pay that amount, the next bill will show twice the previous amount as CR as well and if you pay that amount…..and so on…….I’m such a dumbass….we now have a $407.00 credit balance with Teresan Gas. Every time the bill has been coming over the past few months i get more and more perplexed as to why we are using so much gas and how every month we seem to be using more and more and more.
A few nights ago I had one of the most unforgetable experiences of my life. I was invited by my host, Loay Nazer, to the downtown center of Jeddah to observe the daily “call to prayer”. The call to prayer happens numerous times throughout the day and is broadcast over loud speakers from all the Mosque’s.
The downtown center of Jeddah contains a great deal of history including the house of the first King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prior to 1932 Saudi was not a united country but a group of tribes. It went kind of like this (courtesy of Wikipedia so no I am not that smart)
The Third Saudi state was founded by the late King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia. In 1902 Ibn Saud captured Riyadh, the Al-Saud dynasty’s ancestral capital, from the rival Al-Rashid family. Continuing his conquests, Abdul Aziz subdued Al-Hasa, the rest of Nejd, and the Hejaz between 1913 and 1926.
Boundaries with Jordan, Iraq, and Kuwait were established by a series of treaties negotiated in the 1920s, with two “neutral zones” created, one with Iraq and the other with Kuwait. On January 8, 1926 Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud became the King of Hejaz. On January 29, 1927 he took the title King of Nejd (his previous Nejdi title was Sultan). By the Treaty of Jeddah, signed on May 20, 1927, the United Kingdom recognized the independence of Abdul Aziz’s realm (then known as the Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd). In 1932, these regions were unified as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The discovery of oil on March 3, 1938 transformed the country. The country’s southern boundary with Yemen was partially defined by the 1934 Treaty of Taif, which ended a brief border war between the two states.
So anyway, we went to the house of the first official King of the Kingdom. It’s a large 5 story dwelling smack in the middle of modern Jeddah. It is made largely of coral which I found interesting. The coolest part were the hallways and heights of the ceilings. The hallways and stairwells are very wide and very high and were built to allow camels to carry water and supplies up to the top levels.
At the very top level is an open air prayer room that looks over Jeddah and is surrounded by 36 Mosque’s….all within one kilometer of each other. We were joined by the Vice Chancellor of UCLA and two of his colleagues who were visiting Universities in Saudi Arabia. Life is hilarious sometimes.
As the sun sets the call to prayer starts and it was without question one of the most surreal,haunting, moving experiences of my life. Partly because of the surroundings, partly because of the company but mostly because of the incredible simultaneous broadcast over loudspeakers from 36 Mosque’s as the sun sets.
Following the call to prayer we had tea and traditional bread with honey. It was so cool I went down to the beach the following night to listen to the call to prayer again while the sun was setting.
The video is footage of where we were and interview with a British Journalist that does it more justice. This same guy was our guide. He is a Civil Engineer educated at University in California who is now a tour guide and historian.
Just arrived. Love it here….warm, warm and warm. Tropical storm blowing through, warm wind, fresh fruit, big ocean.
Long flight with Finn. Poor little man, up at 4 and was in hyper crazy mode half way into the flight, past the threshold of normal tired and on fire, never seen a human wiggle and squirm that much…..but oh man when the crash came it came hard….could’ve set him out on the wing of the plane and he wouldn’t have woken up.
Short run when i got here, felt like dirt, heavy legs…..better after. watching snl, funny as……
Yesterday I witnessed Bill Fry (co-owner of the Victoria Trek Pro City Store) ride his trainer on the sidewalk for 12 straight hours. He got off once to change his cycling gear at hour 6. I’ve done a few nutty workouts in my life but nothing compares to this. The good thing is that he was doing it to raise money for the Cops for Cancer initiative and to promote the upcoming “Tour De Rock” www.tourderock.ca
The Tour De Rock team cycles the entire length of Vancouver island covering 1,000 km’s in 15 days. Last year they raised 1.8 million dollars which is pretty darn fantastic.
Lance was pretty dam impressive this tour. In fact I think more impressive than other tours. To take 3 years off at that age and in that sport and come back to a podium finish is incredible. Adding to it he played the team guy role to perfection despite the fact that he must have been busting to be back in the leadership role. I’m not an over the top Lance fan by any means. In fact I’m rather indifferent. Perhaps due to all the crap about doping in cycling. Fact remains though that he has never tested positive and probably gets tested more than anyone on the planet. I want to believe that his story is that good and i think everyone does so until otherwise i have decided to chuck away any cynicism about the sport and simply enjoy the ride.
I think what he has done is truly incredible and he has redefined a sport by winning 7 straight tours. Ironically however it is this tour that has elevated my respect. I think he showed more by coming 3rd after a 3 year lay off than by winning 7. The other irony is that I think by not winning he will do more for his admiration amongst the French population than by winning. He showed that he was human this time around and he showed that he has a massive respect for the sport and the underlying culture that exists in it. AC defined himself as team leader and the best rider and Lance did the right thing by supporting it, at least during the stages…..it would be fun to be a fly on the wall in the back room!
So I say Livestrong Mr Armstrong. I will look forward to watching things unfold next year. I had a renewed interest in the tour this year and as much as I’m embarrassed to admit it, I have to say it is because of Lance.