Monday, August 11, 2008
Cyclists pause in journey across U.S.
My first thought was: How do people find the time to cycle across the country?
Which brought thoughts of yesterday morning when I was standing at the gas pump and the machine wouldn't accept my credit card, (the pump wouldn't accept my credit card!!!) forcing me to walk inside the Kangaroo station and have the cashier process my card by hand. Which meant I was going to be required - since I always fill the tank to capacity - to walk inside before pumping and after, to close the deal.
As I was walking toward the station, I muttered under my breath, in a bit of frustration, "Well, here's four minutes out of my life."
But then the thought came to me: You've managed to bring your life to this point? You don't have four minutes to deal with something as mundane as handling a cash register transaction?
That journey across the country on a bicycle seems so inviting ...
Public art is in the eye of the beholderBy Gary B. Gray, Media General News Service
Bristol -- What is it?
Ask the artists who created the 10 new works placed around both sides of downtown Bristol and you'll likely get a philosophic slant.
But ask passers-by -- those who are getting their first glimpse -- and you're apt to watch heads tilt from side to side, see a little shoulder scrunching and then get an unpredictable verbal response.
"Cinnamon -- yeah, it does look like cinnamon," remarked Gary Biggs of Piney Flats, Tenn., as he watched while "Feminine Entwinement" was installed at the Farmer's Market. "Oh -- feminine. But what the [heck] is it?"
Val Lyle of Bristol, Tenn., created the sculpture from large brown, twisting strands of baling twine, heavily covered in clear acrylic.
The artist said she doesn't mind what people say about her work, as long as it makes people think.Lyle, whose works have been shown nationwide, said the idea for her caramel-colored figure started with simple bailing twine from her grandparents' farm.
"It is a figurative sculpture in a contemporary format," she said. "I'm trying to cue the viewer into, 'Hey, we're working with something different here.' I'm having a dialogue with the viewer." (link)
We're working with something different here, all right.
Bailing twine, for the love of God.
"With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he's been a governor for three years. He's been able, but undistinguished. I don't think people can really name a big important thing he has done." (source)
In truth, folks here in the commonwealth would be hard-pressed to name even a single unimportant little thing the man's done in his last three long years in office.
Waiting for the other shoe to drop ...
John Tabin makes a good point about Rielle Hunter's refusal to allow a paternity test:
[Hunter's] response -- invoking her and her daughter's privacy -- is a little odd if she expects the test to come up negative. How much of an invasion of privacy is it to prove that someone isn't your child's father -- especially when you've already made public assertions about the child's paternity on the record?Come to think of it, the statement put out by Hunter's lawyer, for all it's talking-point thoroughness, must have accidentally left out this sentence: "A paternity test is clearly unnecessary because I already know that the father of my child is Andrew Young."
Obama Tax Plan Would Balloon Deficit, Analysis Finds
Democrat's Promise to Cut Taxes Without Adding to Debt Relies on Bush Fiscal Policy
"Vote for Obama. Continue the failed Bush policies of the last eight years."
I can hear it now.
Forklift helps 700-lb Mexican man take rare outingCall me heartless but it seems that this fat bastard's enablers would do him a much greater favor if they withheld a few pork chops each day and made him jog (or crawl) to the beach, rather than hoist him on a forklift and tow him there. How pathetic.
The Associated Press
Monterrey, Mexico (AP) -- A 700-pound (310-kilogram) man once considered the world's most obese person left his home for the first time in five months Sunday with the aid of a forklift and a platform truck.
Manuel Uribe traveled to the shore of a lake in northern Mexico without ever leaving his specially designed bed. A forklift hoisted the bed onto the truck, which then hauled him to the lake, where he snacked on fish and vegetables and joked with a local boat operator.While somewhat bothered by the summer heat, Uribe appeared to enjoy Sunday's outing. He is still unable to walk, and his last planned outing in March was aborted after the platform carrying his bed got stuck under an overpass. (link)