Friday, March 31, 2017

No Birth Certificate for Allah


As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've been meaning to write about the Atlanta family battling state over right to name daughter Allah for a few days. I'm finally getting around to it.

It was a headline on the Drudge Report which first alerted me to the story of Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk, who would not be issued a birth certificate for their daughter. As it turns out, the details of the story are different from what I imagined they would be. I assumed from the headline that the Georgia Department of Public Health had refused to issue the infant a birth certificate with that name from some sort of "political correctness". We can't be insulting Muslims by giving girls the first name Allah, after all.

As it turns out, the Georgia Department of Public Health had an actual, legitimate reason for the refusal. Allah was not to be the child's first name, but rather her surname.

"State officials, however, said the child's name — ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah — does not fit the naming conventions set up by state law. They say that ZalyKha's last name should either be Handy, Walk or a combination of the two."

The State's explanation seemed logical to me, until I read that Handy and Walk have a three-year-old son who was given a birth certificate for his name, Masterful Allah, with no problem. But, even there, a simple explanation is likely. I'm sure that when the older son was issued his name, the particular Georgia Department of Public Health worker who OKed the name was probaly unaware of the state law regarding surname conventions. When the girl was to be named, the Georgia Department of Public Health worker in charge of issuing her birth certificate was more knowledgable of State regulations.

Handy and Walk have been dealing with the state on this issue for at least two years. General counsel Sidney Barrett wrote that, once the birth record is created, ZalyKha's surname can be changed through a petition to superior court; this obvious solution would be not unlike the solution found by Frank and Gale Zappa when the hospital in California would not register the name "Dweezil" on the birth certificate of their first son.

This whole story is not at all news worthy. Had the parents chosen another surname - like, Smith, for example - there wouldn't have been any reason for Drudge to link to the story in the first place. Not exactly fake news, but useless news.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Happy (Belated) Bloggannibirthaversary, AoftheA

I meant to write a post about this a few days ago, you know on the actual day the blog Acts of the Apostasy celebrated its 9th Bloggannibirthaversary. On the day of the Bloggannibirthaversary, I was also considering writing a post on the Atlanta family battling state over right to name daughter Allah and the result of my indecision was that no blog post was written that day. Sorry Larry.

According to bloggester, LarryD, the blog's first post was March 27, 2008. I'm not exactly sure when I first discovered AoftheA, but I seem to recall that it was at some point during the 2008 Presidential election. I've been a fan ever since.

Ms Ann's Piaya


On E.Rovira Dr. in Dumaguete, not far from the 3rd gate of St. Paul's University, we find Ms Ann's Foodtown. In many ways, the shop isn't much different than any other bakeshop in the city. In one way, however, Ms Ann's is different. The shop makes their own piaya.

According to the wikipedia article linked to above, piaya typically comes with a dark, brown sugar based filling in addition to a number of variations - such as ube or mango. Ms. Ann's isn't the only place in Dumaguete where one can purchase piaya, but in all the shops that sell piaya, I've only found the brown sugar filled and ube filled varieties available. I wish I could find the mango.

This particular package of piaya holds eight and sells for 40 pesos - roughly 80 cents US at the current rate of exchange. Of course, it's difficult getting an idea of the size of the piaya when photographed - particularly in the package, so I've also photographed two of the piaya next to a cup of coffee.

I'm also including a photo of the building and a screenshot of the shop's location from Google Maps for anyone in Dumaguete that might want to stop by.



Update on Peppa and Olivia


Sadly, I haven't been issuing regular status reports on my two pigs. I've let the adventures of Peppa and Olivia take a back seat to other issues - such as my occasional sightings of Volkswagen Beetles in the Dumaguete area, or my thoughts on the books I'm currently reading.

At any rate, it seems that both pigs are now pregnant. Not having an exact date as to the time the pigs were bred, I can only guess as to the date of when each one will farrow. I wrote of a 2nd attempt to breed Peppa around Feb. 21. According to a gestation table found on the nationalswine.com website, I might expect Peppa to farrow about June 15. Again, I have no date as to when Olivia was bred, but I'm estimating she will farrow about 2 weeks after Peppa.

I've read that it should take about 8 - 10 weeks for a piglet to reach lechon size, that would put reaching the ideal size about the middle of August.

For anyone interested, the top photo is of Olivia, the lower photo is of Peppa. I wouldn't want anyone to lose sleep over this.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Krauthammer, Putin, and Defenestration by Hot Tub

While discussing Putin's involvement in the death of one of his opponents, Charles Krauthammer introduced me to a word previously unknown to me -

"Two days earlier, a week ago on Tuesday, another critic of the regime who represents the Magnitsky family, the one of another guy who died on orders of the Kremlin, he falls out of a four-story window, according to the regime, while installing a hot tub in the fourth-floor apartment. Now I don’t know about Russia, but in the United States, installing hot tubs is not a known cause of defenestration, so this is a little bit suspicious."

Defenestration is defined as the act of throwing someone or something out of a window. The word originates from two incidents in history, both occurring in Prague. In 1419, seven town officials were thrown from the Town Hall leading to the Hussite war.

Thank you, Mr Krauthammer for introducing me to my new favorite word.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Beetle With Flat Tire


Leaving Robinson's Mall after having lunch at KFC, we headed down Perdices St. toward Rizal Boulevard. Just before reaching the bridge that crosses the Banica River, we spotted this VW Beetle with a flat rear tire.

I've checked my collection of photos and I don't believe I've seen this particular car before.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Frédéric isn't on my Chopin List

As I've mentioned more than a few times, of the top ten best selling novels of 1917, In the Wilderness by Robert S. Hichens is my current favorite. However, there is one scene in the novel which I thought to be out of place.

Near the end of the novel, we're told that one of the main characters of the novel, Mrs.Cynthia Clarke is an accomplished pianist - at this point playing one of Frédéric Chopin's Études. I would have thought that her being an accomplished pianist would have been a talent that would have been presented to us earlier in the novel. I suppose Hichens wished to present a particular mood by having the character play Étude Op. 10, No. 6, in E-flat minor, but having Mrs. Clarke suddenly playing the piano didn't seem to fit.

I'm not a complete moron regarding Western Classical Music but I will admit that I am certainly no expert of Chopin. I went to Spotify to locate and listen to the Études. I'm sorry to say that Chopin isn't my cup of tea (or coffee or vodka either, for that matter).

Number Eight

Having finished book 7 on the list of the top ten best selling novels of 1917, I've begun reading number 8, His Family by Ernest Poole. Poole was awarded the first Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1918 for this novel - although critic Dennis Drabelle maintains that His Family is inferior to Poole's earlier novel, The Harbor and is less deserving of the Pulitzer.

For those too lazy to click the earlier links, the list of the top ten best selling novels of 1917 follows:



1) Mr. Britling Sees It Through by H. G. Wells
2) The Light in the Clearing by Irving Bacheller
3) The Red Planet by William J. Locke
4) The Road to Understanding by Eleanor H. Porter
5) Wildfire by Zane Grey
6) Christine by Alice Cholmondeley
7) In the Wilderness by Robert S. Hichens
8) His Family by Ernest Poole
9) The Definite Object by Jeffery Farnol
10) The Hundredth Chance by Ethel M. Dell

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Hichens' In the Wilderness is my favorite of the seven I've read so far. Tied for 2nd place would be Mr. Britling Sees It Through and Christine. The Red Planet and The Road to Understanding are tied for 3rd, with The Light in the Clearing and Wildfire dead last.

Poole's novel is interesting, and it's too early to know how it will compare with others on the list - I don't foresee it surpassing Hichens' novel in my view, however.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Neil Gorsuch Isn't Pro-Life

In the following Youtube video, we see Trump's SCOTUS nominee, Neil Gorsuch state that the fetus is not a person.

Gorsuch also maintains that Roe vs Wade is settled law.

I do not support Gorsuch's nomination. If this is the best Trump has to offer the pro life community, then we are in bad shape.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Inappropriate Appropriation

I first became aware of inappropriate appropriation about a year ago when I came upon the story of a San Francisco State University environmental science student named Cory Goldstein who was attacked by a black student for sporting dreadlocks on campus. I felt at the time that, as more black men choose to shave their heads rather than sport dreadlocks, it was more likely that I would be guilty of cultural appropriation by shaving my head. Other than a very few Rastafarians, black men - as a general rule - don't wear dreadlocks.

Not long after that post, I had pretty much forgotten about inappropriate appropriation until I came upon a story of Hispanic students at Pitzer College in Claremont, California protesting the wearing of hoop earrings by white girls. They accused the white girls of "appropriating styles … that belong to the black and brown folks" and "exploiting the culture."

Not long after reading the Pitzer College story, I came upon a news item about a Canadian New Democratic party candidate pleading guilty to - and apologizing for - her inappropriate appropriation by quoting Beyoncé in a Tweet.

With these examples of inappropriate appropriation, I was certain that I had seen the pinnacle of Progressive racial craziness. I was wrong, however.

No, the ultimate expression of Liberal lunacy came when I came upon an editorial piece by daily49er Staff Writer, Samantha Diaz who believes milk has become a new sign of racism in America.

Diaz writes,
Milk has now become a symbol of racial superiority for white nationalists and neo-Nazis, claiming that their ability to process milk makes them racially superior.

Like many commenting on the article, I believed that Diaz was either insane or a clever satirist. I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, until I took a look at other samples of editorial writing by Diaz. Sadly, she shows no sign in any of her other articles of having any talent for satirical writing. It looks as if she was entirely serious when she told us that milk is the new symbol of hate.

No word on the status of chocolate milk and whether it is another example of inappropriate appropriation.

Rugby?


One of the sports networks available on cable in Philippines - and not available in the U.S. - and quickly becoming one of my favorites is Setanta Sports. The network broadcasts Rugby football matches - both Rugby league and Rugby union. Until coming across this network, I had no understanding of Rugby. Not only did I not know the rules of the game, but I had no idea that there were two versions of the game. Not being able to watch College Football from the U.S., Rugby has become my favorite form of football - it's far and away better than soccer.

Now that I'm beginning to appreciate the game, I find that I prefer Rugby union over Rugby league. Although the rules of the game as followed by the two codes are very similar, I have noticed differences concerning tackling and the Scrum. The Scrum in Rugby union is a bit more rough and tumble than Rugby league Scrum. These additional rough and tumble aspects lead me to choose union over league matches, if given an option.

Saturday on the Setanta network is the day for Super Rugby - the largest rugby union competition in the southern hemisphere, consisting of teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

In addition to the Setanta network, Rugby matches are also shown on other European based cable channels in Philippines. I've been able to watch northern hemisphere matches between French teams as well as teams from Great Britain and Ireland.  My friends in the U.S. don't know what they're missing.

Still In The Wilderness

I usually get out the Kindle while I'm in bed waiting for sleep. I'll read until I get too sleepy to continue. This nightly habit explains why I haven't gotten further along with my reading list.
I've mentioned the current novel, In the Wilderness quite a few times. In 2014, I had read this particular novel, along with three other works by Robert Smythe Hichens, but I had failed to make a note of having read it. I put the neglect down to the accidental destruction of my Kindle that year while we were traveling to Dumaguete.

I had completely forgotten the very beginning of the novel when the two main characters first meet. It was when the characters had begun their honeymoon in Greece that I noticed that the book was becoming very familiar to me. As I got further along, the upcoming sections of the novel were returning to memory. I'm 3/4 of the way through this re-reading and details are becoming less clear. I remember certain situations that are about to occur in the novel, although I can't recall exactly how the novel ends.

Be that as it may, In the Wilderness is currently my favorite of the seven books I've read in the list of the top ten best sellers of 1917.

In the novel, The Kasîdah of Hâjî Abdû El-Yezdî by Sir Richard Francis Burton plays a prominent role. The Kasîdah was written by Burton, but at the time of it's publication, Burton claimed that the work was a translation of a Persian text. It was not known at the time that The Kasîdah was not simply a translation, but an original work by Burton. It's unclear to me if that information was known to Hichens at the time. The characters in In the Wilderness certainly believe it to be an ancient text.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Last Night's Brown-out

Early yesterday evening, not long after sunset - maybe around 6:00 or 6:30, while I was engaged in a quixotesque search to find an entertaining television program, the electrical power went out. Another brown-out.

Immediately, all the Americans living in this small apartment complex were outdoors, complaining about the unreliable status of the Philippine power grid. We were particularly frustrated because our island's electrical power comes from a nearby geo-thermal plant, and considering the size of the island, we shouldn't be experiencing the number of power outages that we do.

Rather than sit in the dark apartment, without AC or electric fans, my son and I hopped in the car and drove toward the Poblacion Barangay. Doing this, we discovered that the brown-out wasn't a large scale one. Not only did the brown-out not affect much of Sibulan, the electricity was out in only one very small area along the road - spanning maybe, 300 yards. Unfortunately for us, our apartment complex fell within that minuscule area.

The problem was coming from the same location that had brought on the brown-out ten days ago. As we drove toward Poblacion, we could see a repair truck parked beside the pole and two workers at the top end of a ladder. We weren't out very long, and when we returned to the area, the truck had gone, giving us hope that the electricity had been restored. No such luck.

We could only hope that the workers had left to fetch an electrical part - a fuse or transformer - that could be easily connected.

It was still relatively early, but with no electricity, there was nothing to do but head on to bed and sleep through the brown-out. Even when one is sleepy, it is difficult to fall asleep when the temperature is high and no fans to help cool off. I was still awake when the power returned - actually it was only 9:30. I turned on the bedroom fans and had no further trouble going to sleep.

The photo used here is of the guilty power pole as it looked this morning when I went for my daily walk. There's not much to see, but blog posts must have an accompanying photo - no matter how innocuous the photo.

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Dog's Life - Part Two


Here we have photos of two dogs that could have been included in yesterday's post, A Dog's Life. Better late than never.

The Book List and Two Wars


Of the first six books in the top ten best sellers of 1917, three of those make reference to the First World War (AKA The Great War). The war, after all, was going on at the time so it's only natural that popular books would make some mention of it.

Of those three, two also reference the 2nd Boer War, which is why I've also made a detour to learn more of that conflict by reading The Great Boer War by Arthur Conan Doyle.

As I've mentioned in an earlier post, I've finished the first six in the list and have started on number seven, In the Wilderness by Robert S. Hichens. At this point, there is absolutely no question that I read this book in 2014, when I had read three other novels by Hichens as well. 2014 was the year my first Kindle was damaged beyond repair while flying to Dumaguete from the U.S. and I may simply have forgotten to take note of In the Wilderness at the time. That would explain why I don't have an earlier copy of the e-book.

Most of the book is coming back to me as I reread it. I had forgotten that this book also references the 2nd Boer War. At this point in the novel, the fighting at Ladysmith, Mafeking and Magersfontein had been fought and had led to a call for British men to volunteer to serve in the army. Dion, the protagonist of In the Wilderness has volunteered and is on a ship bound for South Africa.

At this point in Conan Doyle's book, I am just learning of Ladysmith, Mafeking and Magersfontein.

As it's been more than three years and probably 100 books since my reading of In the Wilderness, and I don't recall if Hichens mentioned the First World War in addition to the Great Boer War. I'll find out soon enough.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Dog's Life


As a general rule, I rarely write or say anything critical of this country where I have chosen to live. Like the United States - or any other country, for that matter - Philippines is not perfect. However, I've found that being critical of this country - with even constructive criticism - gets you nowhere. Like the response given by many Americans when foreigners are critical of the U.S., many Filipinos will say, "If they (the foreigners) don't like it, they can leave".

But, with the situation found here concerning dogs, it's difficult for me to remain quiet.

To say that some areas of Philippines has a problem with stray dogs would be an under statement. I can't speak for other cities in the country, but our area, obviously has no agency for controlling stray animals. There is no animal control agency (that I'm aware of) no dog-pound, and no money to change the status quo.

Of course, it's been discussed on Facebook; everyone is unhappy about it. Usually, the health issue is brought up, with the threat of rabies being top on the list. In all honesty, however, I've yet to hear of a verifiable case of rabies here. The biggest health threat brought on by these stray dogs is the number of traffic accidents involving motorcycles and a dog in the road.

Obviously, an accident between a dog and a larger vehicle - a car, truck, easy-ride, or even a pedicab - will end in the death of the dog with little harm to the driver or passengers of the larger vehicle. An accident involving a motorcycle is a different story. I am aware of quite a few people who've been in such accidents and it's the lucky rider who doesn't spend time in the hospital as a result of the wreck.

The solution?

Many people reading this won't like my solution to the problem, but I see no other way other than killing the dogs. I've been called barbaric for this, but, really- what other choice is there?






Wednesday, March 15, 2017

1 in 5 Kids Can't read Analog Watch

A report from kfor.com says that a study shows that 80% of Oklahoma City students can't read an analog watch. Of course, some are upset by this.

Contrarian that I am, this bothers me not one little bit. Why should this bother anyone?

The analog system of telling time is obsolete. The old school watch face evolved from the sun dial and it was once a logical step in knowing the time of day.
But, in the 21st century, with cell phones, and watches using digital displays, what's the point?

Being able to read an analog clock is about as useless as being able to change horseshoes - something cool to talk about, but of no real value in the real world.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Man in Pikachu Onesie Tazed and Arrested


According to sputniknews.com, one Steven Goodwine, Jr. age 27, was tazed and arrested after he began fighting with bouncers who had kicked him out of a bar in Arlington, Virginia. The peculiar aspect of this incident was that Mr. Goodwine was dressed in an outfit referred to as a "Pikachu onesie".

Being ignorant as to just what that is, I Googled the term Pikachu “onesie” to find a photo. The photos here come from the website for Target. To my understanding, the man in these photos is not Mr. Goodwine, but a model.

Something Good to Say About DST.

When living in the U.S., I made no secret of my dislike for Daylight Saving Time. I never bought into the lie that, somehow the scheme increased daylight hours. The whole thing was simply manipulation of the clock and it really made no difference if you called sundown 8 or 9 o'clock.

Being so close to the equator, it would make absolutely no sense for Philippines to buy into Daylight Saving Time. The sun comes up and goes down at pretty much the same time all throughout the year and sanity concerning DST is one of the things I like about living here. No more Spring Forward - Fall Back for me.

But, after all these years, I have something nice to say about DST. During the winter months, when the U.S. is on Standard Time, Philippines is 13 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone. When it's 5 PM in New York, it's 6 AM the following day here. When the U.S. goes over to DST, we are 12 hours ahead of New York. So now, with DST being in effect, one of my favorite TV shows, The Five, airs at 5 AM local time instead of 6 AM. Now, I'm able to watch the entire program without interruption. When it airs at 6 AM Philippine time, I have to leave half way through to take my son to school.

I can now watch the entire hour.......at least until Fall when the U.S. changes over once again.

Puncak Tanawan


Thanks, in part to two different  Facebook pages, a hiking trail in Sibulan, which ends in an area called Puncak Tanawan, is becoming very popular. About a week ago, my wife first mentioned the hiking area to me, and a day later an employee at the bank I use, told me the area was "trending on Facebook".

The result of this talk was a Sunday afternoon hike after church this past weekend involving my wife and myself, along wife a brother-in-law and my wife's three sisters.

According to a sign at the beginning of the hiking area, the trail is 3.3 kilometers long. I would dispute that number, although I have no way of measuring the distance. Be that as it may, the hike is all uphill and not for the faint of heart. The first 300 meters or so can only be done by foot, but at one point along the way, habal habal are available. Believing I couldn't make it, my wife insisted that I take a habal habal, but when the driver fell over twice before we had gone 250 meters, I insisted that I walk.

Local residents have set up small concession stands along the hike, so getting fruit or water isn't a problem. At one such concession I saw cigarettes by the stick for sale, although I can't imagine anyone wanting a cigarette after hiking this mountain.

The view of Dumaguete, Sibulan, and the islands of Cebu, Siquijor and Apo Apo is impressive. When we first arrived at the mountain plateau, however, Pancuk Tanawan was covered with clouds and, for a time the view was disappointing. The clouds did burn away, and I was able to get a few nice photos.

I made a point of taking my iPhone with me so that I could get the latitude and longitude in order to put the location onto Google Maps. For those interested, finding the trail is not that difficult. Taking the National Highway to Sibulan, you turn onto Bulago Rd. and follow it until the road dead ends at the trail entrance - about 5 or 6 kilometers from the National Highway. There is a small fee to park your vehicle at the entrance.

Although I found the climb difficult, I'd like to make the hike a regular thing. It's obvious in the photo that I'm short of breathe. I suppose it is because of the difficulty I experienced that I want to return in order to increase my stamina. We'll see how that works out.



Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Cafe Racer Half-Beetle


Out where EJ Blanco Dr. meets Flores Ave. in Dumaguete, we find the Cafe Racer Diner  next to the Lantaw Native Restaurant.

My wife, my son and I had lunch with friends at Lantaw this afternoon, where I noticed something in front of the Cafe Racer which I didn't recall seeing before. As can be seen in the photos, it is a half VW Beetle.

Of course, I had to have photos for my collection of Beetle photos taken for this blog. From my table in Lantaw, I also had not noticed that this particular half VW is used for grilling.


Friday, March 10, 2017

I've Been Dying to Post This


The tropical, Philippine sun can be brutal at times. The top photo is of a pair of cargo shorts - originally brown - that have faded into assorted shades of tan after being frequently washed and hung out to dry in the sun.

I have been meaning to dye the shorts back to their original color, but I've had difficulties finding dye. The material was perfectly fine - only faded - and I was unwilling to throw the shorts in the trash. I was finally able to locate a brand of dye -Venus Dye - in small sachets at Cang's. Surprisingly, the dye was located in the school supply area of the store. Only two colors are available at Cang's. Fortunately for me, one of those two colors is brown - the other being yellow.

The sachets cost 3 pesos each. That 6 cents in U.S. spondulicks. I purchased three sachets to see if I could dye the shorts back to a reasonable shade of solid brown. I had two pair of faded brown cargo shorts and used only one sachet per pair of shorts. The after photo below shows a vast improvement, though I admit 2 sachets per shorts might have been better.

I've other shorts that have under gone a similar fade. I'll be on the look out for other colors of dyes at different locations.

A Mystery

I mentioned earlier that book #7 on the list of the top ten best sellers of 1917 was In the Wilderness by Robert Smythe Hichens. I also mentioned in that earlier post than I am familiar with Hichens, having read three of his novels in 2014.

There is something peculiar about this novel, which I'm having difficulty understanding. Not having read the novel before, I was obviously unfamiliar with the beginning chapters of the book. However, as I had gotten further along in the story, it seemed all too familiar to me - as if I had read this previously. The story seemed so familiar, in fact, that I went back to all of my earlier book lists to see if I had indeed read In the Wilderness and had simply forgotten about it.

I have been unable to find any record of my having read the novel before now and I have no explanation as to why the story seems so familiar to me.

It's entirely possible that I may have begun reading In the Wilderness but never finished it. If I had started it, but put it down, it would not appear on any of my annual book lists. The thing is, I can't find any earlier copy of the e-book in my pc to verify that I had downloaded it before now, and had I started the book, I surely would have remembered the beginning of the book and not just the plot 3 or 4 chapters in.

Very mysterious.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Minimum Wage Increase For Dumaguete

A local community Facebook page I follow -Hulagway ug Kasikas sa Dumaguete - posted an announcement yesterday that there will be a Php 13 increase in the minimum wage for the province of Negros Oriental. Dumaguete is the provincial capital.

This 13 peso increase now puts the minimum wage at 323 Philippine pesos a day. Read that sentence again. That's Php 323 a day.......not an hour, but a day.

At the current rate of exchange, that's $6.41 a day in U.S. currency. The minimum wage in this area of Philippines is less per day than the current U.S. minimum wage per hour, and we all know how far the U.S. minimum wage goes.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Today's Brown Out


I awoke some time around 3 o'clock this morning and was unable to get back to sleep. I noticed right away that the floor fan was not running and knew that there must be a brown out. As bad as it is waking too early and unable to sleep, it's even worse when there's no electricity. It's not much fun sitting in the dark with no TV or Internet available.

It had rained very hard during the night and I assumed that the power outage was due to a fallen line. I didn't think the power company would schedule a maintenance shut down at 3 AM. I expected the electricity to be back on within a few hours.

The power had still not returned when I left to fetch my son from school at lunch time. The photos show the electrical workers trimming trees and putting up a new pole not far from our apartment. When I arrived back home with my son, the power was still off, but the workers had moved on.

After lunch, we all drove into Dumaguete to shop. We returned home at nearly 4:30 and the power was back on ten minutes after we arrived. If the electric company is putting in new poles, I suspect we may have another brown out tomorrow.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

VW at Silliman Hospital


I came upon this VW Beetle parked in front of the entrance of Silliman University Hospital. It's difficult to say if I've photographed this one before. I've come across several blue Beetles, but to the best of my knowledge, this particular shade of blue isn't one I've captured.

Be that as it may, here it is.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Barbra Streisand to Buy Canadian IHOPs


In recent Tweets, noted Clinton sycophant, Barbra Streisand is claiming that Donald Trump is causing her to gain weight.

"I start the day with liquids, but after the morning news, I eat pancakes smothered in maple syrup!" Streisand on Saturday.

To satisfy her ever growing need for pancakes and maple syrup, Streisand is looking to purchase several IHOP restaurants in Canada.

"I can cover several bases at once", she said. "I can maintain a constant supply of pancakes for myself, and for all my progressives friends who have fled to Canada following Trump's taking over the White House."

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Top Ten of 1917. Six Down - Four To Go.

I've finished books numbers 5 and 6 on the list of top ten best selling books 0f 1917. #5 (Wildfire by Zane Grey) actually surpassed my expectations. Not bad, for a western.

#6 (Christine by Elizabeth von Arnim) surprised me as well. I knew I'd enjoy Christine - as I've enjoyed everything I've read of von Arnim's work - but going into it, I knew that the book was fraudulent. Arnim and her publishers presented the book as a true story, but it was actually a fictional work of propaganda, written to convince the American public to enter the First World War. I couldn't help but be saddened by Christine's death, so I can only imagine how the readers of 1917 felt - believing the story to be true.

As mentioned earlier, I began reading The Great Boer War by Arthur Conan Doyle (not on the list) to help me get through the dull parts of Wildfire, and now, I will begin  #7 on the list, In the Wilderness by Robert S. Hichens while finishing Doyle's book.

In the Wilderness will be the fourth novel by Hichens that I've read. In 2014, I read three of his novels: The Green Carnation, The Return of the Soul , and The Garden of Allah.

On a side note, in Christine, the young girl mentions having read a novel called Jerusalem by Selma Lagerlöf. Naturally, I'm curious to see why von Arnim includes this little tidbit in the story. To satisfy my curiosity, I've downloaded the e-book, to be read at a later date.