Friday, October 23, 2009
Here were a few of the more difficult questions I received during my Speech midterm yesterday afternoon.
Not sure if I got this next one right. Hope I did.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing. Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water and nice soap. Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon when you get fed again. It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much.
We go on 'route marches,' which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different. A 'route march' is about as far as to our mailbox at home Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks. The Sargent is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don't bother you none.This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even load your own cartridges They come in boxes.
Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrastle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home. I'm about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake . I only beat him once.. He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6' and 130 pounds and he's 6'8' and near 300 pounds dry.
Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.
Your loving daughter, Alice
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
An email from my cousin Isaac Coverstone
1. Teaching maths in 1970
A logger sells a truckload of timber for £100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?
2. Teaching Maths In 1980
A logger sells a truckload of timber for £100. His cost of production is 80% of the price. What is his profit?
3. Teaching Maths In 1990
A logger sells a truckload of timber for £100. His cost of production is £80. How much was his profit?
4. Teaching Maths In 2000
A logger sells a truckload of timber for £100. His cost of production is £80 and his profit is £20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.
5. Teaching Maths In 2005
A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habit of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. Your assignment: Discuss how the birds and squirrels might fee l as the logger cut down their homes just for a measly profit of £20.
6. Teaching Maths In 2009
A logger is arrested for trying to cut down a tree in case it may be offensive to Muslims or other religious groups not consulted in the felling license. He is also fined a £100 as his chainsaw is in breach of Health and Safety legislation as it deemed too dangerous and could cut something. He has used the chainsaw for over 20 years without incident however he does not have the correct certificate of competence and is therefore considered to be a recidivist and habitual criminal. His DNA is sampled and his details circulated throughout all government agencies. He protests and is taken to court and fined another £100 because he is such an easy target. When he is released he returns to find Gypsies have cut down half his wood to build a camp on his land. He tries to throw them off but is arrested, prosecuted for harassing an ethnic minority, imprisoned and fined a further £100. While he is in jail the Gypsies cut down the rest of his wood and sell it on the black market for £100 cash. They also have a leaving BBQ of squirrel and pheasant and depart leaving behind several tonnes of rubbish and asbestos sheeting. The forester on release is warned that failure to clear the fly tipped rubbish immediately at his own cost is an offence. He complains and is arrested for environmental pollution, breach of the peace and invoiced £12,000 plus VAT for safe disposal costs by a regulated government contractor.Your assignment: How many times is the logger going to have to be arrested and fined before he realises that he is never going to make £20 profit by hard work, give up, sign onto the dole and live off the state for the rest of his life?
7. Teaching Maths In 2010
A logger doesn't sell a lorry load of timber because he can't get a loan to buy a new lorry because his bank has spent all his and their money on a derivative of securitised debt related to sub-prime mortgages in Alabama and lost the lot with only some government money left to pay a few million pound bonuses to their senior directors and the traders who made the biggest losses. The logger struggles to pay the £1,200 road tax on his old lorry however, as it was built in the 1970s it no longer meets the emissions regulations and he is forced to scrap it. Some Bulgarian loggers buy the lorry from the scrap merchant and put it back on the road. They undercut everyone on price for haulage and send their cash back home, while claiming unemployment for themselves and their relatives. If questioned they speak no English and it is easier to deport them at the government's expense. Following their holiday back home they return to the UK with different names and fresh girls and start again. The logger protests, is accused of being a bigoted racist and as his name is on the side of his old lorry he is forced to pay £1,500 registration fees as a gang master. The Government borrows more money to pay more to the bankers as bonuses are not cheap. The parliamentarians feel they are missing out and claim the difference on expenses and allowances. You do the maths.
8. Teaching Maths 2017
أ المسجل تبيع حموله شاحنة منالخشب من اجل 100 دولار. صاحب تكلفةالانت
=D8ج منالثمن. ما هو الربح له؟
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wololoo! HAHAHAHAHAHA...Hic! YES. You played two hours to die like this? Nice Town; I'll take it. Wood Please. The wonder, the wonder, the...NOOO!!!
(In case you're wondering what the hidden meaning behind the strange title is, they are just some of the audible phrases and taunts that AOE has a part of the game. They are a blast to use in multiplayer... during the entire gameplay.haha)
I dedicate this post (can you dedicate posts? If so, I do) to my good buddies Josh and Josiah Winkler, with whom my brother and I play AOE everytime we get together, which isn't nearly enough. Wololoo!!! Ah, smite me!
I also dedicate this to my good buddies and cousins Loren and Nathaniel, with whom, also, we play when we get together, which also isn't nearly enough (however, since Nathaniel is graduating from highschool this year, (tomorrow as a matter of fact) tomorrow morning my family is heading up to Napa for the big Brown Family weekend sha-bang!! Woohoo! I can't wait! BTW congrats Nathaniel - and many happy returns!!!).
In case you've never played AOE or seen someone play it, but you might know someone who watched someone else play it maybe, then the following menu and in-game screenshots are for you. Maybe they will inspire you to go out and buy this 10 year old masterpiece.haha
(Read aloud with heavy English accent as is spoken in Stan Freberg's "The United States of America - The Early Years" (which I plan to post about sometime in the relatively near future).).
"Look at them all out there - how fierce they look. Why, they're not moving a muscle! Seem to be frozen in their tracks. Almost like a painting. Grim visage of war. My, look at the determination on that fellow - the skinny kid with the pipe."
End of quotes from Stan Freberg.
Sorry, when I saw the first picture of those three guys up there, I thought of that dialogue...thought you might enjoy it.
BTW, I hate population limits.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
welllllllllllllllll, Darren that we work with (he moved up here from Placentia, CA as an adjuster - long story) anyway he comes in and says "there's a bunny out in the parking lot next to the highway near the concrete sign "!!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Look, I love the accent and all, but is it just me, or does it seem that all who work with animals as a profession are from Australia? As soon as the late Steve Irwin came on the scene, everyone started turning into Australians. Apparently the qualifications go something like this, "If you will enter the field of Zoology you must be from down-undah." What triggered this thought was when I recently heard the news about the shark that attacked Nari, the beloved bottle-nosed dolphin of Tangalooma, in Queensland. I heard it on the news; and there they were all speaking Australian. I guess that's only reasonable and expected since it happened there in Australia, but hearing that made me think about it. Alot of times when I hear interviews about animals, or more specifically, marine wildlife, the expert is an Australian. Maybe they all just like animals more than we do. Or maybe there's big money in that sort of business down there. Whatever be the case, it's still intriguing. And now, seeing the time, I leave you to ponder.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I don't know if you have heard, but yesterday, (oh and don't hyperventilate over the fact that I'm posting again... on my own blog this time) but yesterday was Tuesday, January 20th, 2009. You might say, "So what?" Well, the significance to that date is that it just so happened to be the date that our new president was inaugurated or sworn into his new position.
Cnn.com had some good coverage of the whole procession. I think they had three stations posted at different areas of the city. Notwithstanding that I don't agree with hardly anything for which Mr. Obama stands, I still thought it was a pretty spectacular affair. Washington DC was one crowded city this past week - I think 2 million people went to see it. I was happy to see that he did place his hand on the burgundy Bible used by Abraham Lincoln in 1861 as he swore his oath of office.
I had no idea that the parade went for so long, from the capital to the White House. I guess it's not that far away, but it sure seems like it when you're there. Watching online brought back memories of my high school graduating class's trip to there in either April or May of 2007. We visited the Capital building, White House, Supreme Court building, Arlington Cemetery, National Archives, and other significant places, names of which I cannot think right now.
I'm glad that we got to the place as a nation where we could elect a black president, (despite the racism that has been here since the times of slavery, or before maybe) but the word, "historical" is kind of starting to get annoying. Apparently it's the drive-by media's favorite.lol All this "cheers and tears" business, though, is getting old. I doubt the drive-by's will read this, but in case they do, that was my two-cents' worth. To be completely honest with you I never really was overwhelmed with all the historical hooplah. It's not that I have no heart, but rather, it's that I am striving to be counted as one of the few level-headed people left (apparently) in the world who do not lose their head over things, emotionally, whether they be great or small.
Don't misunderstand me, I'm not in any way being unpatriotic - I love my country. I'm also in no wise bashing or demeaning my president. I realize that despite whatever he plans to do while in office, that "promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another." God is setting up the world for his coming. So I'm not worried, however it is kind of saddening to think about the road that our nation is heading down. Oh well, the best thing I can do is keep prayed up.
I'm almost done, but let me say one last thing before I sign off, since it has to do with what went on yesterday. Let me quote from CBSnews.com, "Some in that crowd booed when Mr. Bush appeared on the big screens positioned on The Mall during the inauguration ceremony, the AP notes. There was cheering when a broadcaster announced that Mr. Bush is no longer president, and some chanted "Na-na-na-nah, hey, hey, hey, goodbye." " Whatever happened to respect or reverence for authority? That made me sick when I heard that. America is going to pot. I'm disgusted of how the media destroyed our nation's morale by degrading, debasing, and disgracing our previous president, and knit-picking his every action with the sole purpose and intent of ruining his legacy. I, for one, appreciate his leadership. I pray that God blesses him. Now that I think of it, he kind of reminds me of Moses. He too had to lead a people who were stiff-necked, gripers, and complainers.
Oh well, I'm done with my rantings now.lol I figured since I hadn't posted a decent post since like, umm, last August, (and that being just a forward I got from my mother.lol) I figured I'd bestow my thoughts. If you actually read this whole post, I commend you for staying awake. If I ever read a post this long on somebody else's, I'd probably go cross-eyed.
So long for now,