Monday, 28 May 2012

More Textures of Ecuador & Some Random Quotes

Scarves on sale at Outdoor Venue

Squash vines squashed
Brick Path Near River
They sicken of the calm who know the storm. ~ Dorothy Parker #quote

Maybe this world is another planet's hell. ~ Aldous Huxley #quote

All the darkness in the world could not put out the light of one small candle. ~ Found on a Jewish Holocaust victims headstone #quote

The quickest way to end a war is to lose it. ~ George Orwell #quote

You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long. ~ Boris Yeltsin #quote

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams. ~ M.E. Kelly #quote

Better to die on your feet than live on your knees ~ Battle cry from Spanish civil war #quote

If a man has no enemies, he has no character. ~ Frank Sinatra #quote

You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. ~ Bob Dylan #quote

If there is no enemy within, the enemy without can do you no harm. ~ African #Proverb

"It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head." ~ Sally Kempton #quote

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. #quote

A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence. ~ Bruce Lee #quote

If the world is cold make it your business to build fires. ~ Horace Traubel #quote

Dampened & dried paper in store window

Wood Stacked at Parque Paraiso

The road to success has many tempting parking places. ~ Steve Potter #quote

Only when the last tree has been felled,the last river poisoned & the last fish caught, man will know, that he cannot eat money ~ Indian chief Unknown #quote

All that we see or seen; Is but a dream within a dream. ~ Edgar Allan Poe #quote

When we have to change our minds about a person, we hold the inconvenience he causes us very much against him. ~ Freidrich Nietzsche #quote

Liquor in "Chinese" grocery store

Corpus Christi Goodies

Brick Landing at Artisan Mal
A true anarchist would never claim to be one. ~ Morten Bachowsky Moltov #quote

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone. ~ Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel #quote

Sanity is only the madness preferred by the majority. ~ Kevin Blonske #quote

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. ~ Leonardo da Vinci #quote

Growing on a concrete wall
Sunshine growing in the Earth
Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind. ~ W. Somerset Maugham #quote

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, "It might have been." ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

If you cannot fly, run; if you cannot run, walk;  if you cannot walk, crawl. But keep moving. Keep moving. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. #quote

It's weird. Day by day nothing seems to change, but pretty soon, everything is different. ~ Calvin and Hobbes #quote

For three days after death, hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off. ~ Johnny Carson #linesfromTV

Don't cry over anyone who won't cry over you. ~ C. Lacey #quote

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is:  infinite. ~ William Blake #quote

Culture is roughly anything we do and the monkeys don’t. ~ Lord Raglan #quote

Without this great land of ours, we would all drown. ~ Professor Irwin Corey (comedian) #quote

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. ~ Abraham Lincoln #quote

This planet is obviously being used as an insane asylum by other planets. ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps. ~ Emo Phillips #quote

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Even More Faces

Monday, 21 May 2012

Science Has Not Yet Taught Us

Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe, January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.  He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead. ~ Hans Christian Andersen #quote


Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. ~ Winston Groom (Forrest Gump) #quote

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. ~ Mark Twain #quote

A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark. ~ Chinese #Proverb

Why torture yourself when life'll do it for you?  ~ Author Unknown #quote

So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. ~  Gordon W. Allport #quote

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? ~ Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi #quote

The only real proof that there is intelligent life in outer space is that they have never tried to contact us. ~ Bill Watterson #quote

Life is a grindstone. But whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us. ~ Thomas L. Holdcroft #quote

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. ~ Helen Keller #quote

Life is too important to take seriously. ~ Corky Siegel #quote

Most of the shadows of life come from your own self blocking the sun. ~ James Pickett #quote

Life is simple, its just not easy.  ~ Author Unknown #quote

I've learned ... that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. ~ Andy Rooney #quote

Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep. ~ Fran Lebowitz #quote

What is the purpose of life? "To be the eyes and ears and conscience of the Creator of the Universe, you fool". ~ Kilgore Trout #quote

It is not length of life, but depth of life. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote

Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows. ~ Henry David Thoreau #quote

Viewed from the summit of reason, all life looks like a malignant disease and the world like a madhouse. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe #quote

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. ~ Ferris Bueller, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

What is flirtatiousness but an argument that life must go on and on and on? ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird #quote

Some of its magic and some of its tragic but I had a good life all the way.~ Jimmy Buffett #quote

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Sometimes We Still Miss Our Boat

Shot with a Nokia N8:  'Gulp' is a short film created by Sumo Science at Aardman, depicting a fisherman going about his daily catch. Shot on location at Pendine Beach in South Wales, every frame of this stop-motion animation was shot using a Nokia N8, with its 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics. The film has broken a world record for the 'largest stop-motion animation set', with the largest scene stretching over 11,000 square feet.

The animators: Aardman
The sand artists: Sand In Your Eye

Saturday, 5 May 2012

The Building of a Park

Just about every day, Fred & Princess go to our neighbourhood park for a romp.  Fred sits on a bench and benignly watches while Princess makes friends with toddlers & other dogs & families and generally roars around.  This almost daily outing has resulting in Fred & Princess making several friends in the neighbourhood and this of course, makes us feel more a part of our new country Ecuador.

Wanting to give something back and noticing that the benches in the park were pretty disreputable, Fred arranged with a local man to repair and repaint the benches.  The man was happy to do this as he made a bit of extra money and Fred was happy to do this because the Park had provided so much to him & Princess.  The project took several months and Fred paid for it in bits in pieces so there was nothing too onerous for us or the man doing the repairs.

Word got out and several of the neighbours made a point of coming out and shaking Fred's hand.  This of course too made him feel good, and in the end the park had 5 brightly-coloured, newly repaired benches. 

Scroll ahead about 6 or 7 months and Fred & Princess are out for their usual romp to the park.  There, in the back of truck bed, are 2 of the benches.  They're being hauled away!  Of course, Fred stopped the worker and asked what was going on.  The worker advised the park was being extensively revamped and would now have rock walls, flowering plants growing in planters, new benches and a brick path meandering through it.  Previously, it had been simply a patch of grass with a few broken down benches & a climbing toy for small children. 

It was hard for Fred not to be a tad disappointed.  Of course he was thrilled for the neighbourhood but felt like what he'd done was a waste of time.

"You shamed them into it!" Sigred consoled Fred.  "Some Gringo fixing up their park!"

Now, it's likely the park was due to be revamped and Fred's timing just a bit early, but it made him feel a bit better and got him interested in the ongoing project. Over the course of several months, while still attending the park everyday with Princess, Fred took pictures to chronicle "The Building of a Park".    These days, when Sigred accompanies Fred on their romp to the Park he'll point out improvements that he had suggested to the workers.  "I told them it'd be nice to have a couple of benches in the shade over there.  I don't know if they did that because I suggested or not" he'll tell her rather modestly "But isn't it nice!"

And it is.

Thursday, 3 May 2012


Sick Children, Shadow Men and the Desperately Weary 
to the Back of the Bus
Warning:  The above spoken "Mostly Sad Stories"
contains adult language and is not
suitable for children.  

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