Monday, April 30, 2007

I was planning on putting pictures up from closing night party in San Juan.

But, US Air "lost" my camera during my flight. It somehow dissappeared from my closed, checked luggage during travel.

And of course, since my camera is 3 years old, I have no idea where the receipt is for it, so the airline won't help me.

I do like having an excuse to get a new camera, but I hate losing my pictures.

Oh well. I'm in New York (Long Island) for the next two weeks.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Nate and TShirt painted the tractor at work.

Nate and I went to the Bacardi factory with Justin & Michelle. There is a ferry that takes you there, and you get to take a tour and have free drinks. Here are some of the pics.

Going home soon. We fly out on Tuesday. Thank goodness, I miss my dogs.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut, one of the greatest writers of modern times, a survivor of the Dresden bombings, and a superb satirist, died at the age of 84. He was a favorite writer of mine, one of the few authors that I can read their works over and over.

Sad that we lose such a talented man, and the top news story in the country is Don Imus.

Here's a personal favorite of mine. From a speech Vonnegut gave.
"I am, incidentally, Honorary President of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that totally functionless capacity. We had a memorial service for Isaac a few years back, and I spoke and said at one point, "Isaac is up in heaven now." It was the funniest thing I could have said to an audience of humanists. I rolled them in the aisles. It was several minutes before order could be restored. And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, "Kurt is up in heaven now." That's my favorite joke."

ANd a poem, taken from his last book, "A Man Without A Country"
a poem written by Mr. Vonnegut called “Requiem,” which has these closing lines:

When the last living thing
has died on account of us,
how poetical it would be
if Earth could say,
in a voice floating up
from the floor
of the Grand Canyon,
“It is done.”
People did not like it here.

That is all for now. I think I'll fo reread "Cat's Cradle".

Monday, April 09, 2007

We're in Puerto Rico. We are working constantly while we're here. Only two days off for a three week trip. Blah. We are going to the Bacardi Distillery tomorrow.
As for our first day off, last week, we went to Old San Juan and explored the fort. Here are some pics.