August 2007


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How do you keep a relationship fresh? Marry a foreigner! How would I know? Guess! You see, there’s a certain beauty to the fact that neither one of us has a clue to what the other is saying. Yes, we both speak English. But, as I’ve have found to my amazement, ‘English’ means many different things in different countries. How could this possibly be a good thing? Over the past 8 years, every conversation we’ve had is completely new. The words may have been the same as a hundred times before, but the meaning always changes. I don’t know if it makes for a good relationship, but it should qualify us to be good republicans.

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A small story filtered through the web last week that caught me off guard. Some odd type of Chinese river dolphin was declared extinct. Not a plant, not a salamander, a dolphin. We’ve become used to the loss of species lately because of the changes we’ve created. This is now the new ‘normal’. A bird here, a frog there, a little bite-y insect I’d probably would have stepped on anyway..but not a mammal. Not a …dolphin!? These things are supposed to be just as smart as us! Didn’t they notice they were disappearing? Did they try to tell the Chinese to stop? Maybe they just got eaten every time they tried.  The Chinese will eat almost anything. 

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Just wondering…are there any small or mid-sized vehicles on the market now that can be used for sleeping? I’m not talking about vans or RV’s, either. I currently have a 1st-gen Honda CRV. It isn’t a particularly good or comfortable vehicle, but it does have one saving grace. Its entire interior can be folded-down into a bed large enough for 2 people (or 3 very familiar people). It’s a cool camping feature that we’ve used a few times. I wanted to know if anyone has found any other vehicle, daily-driver sort of thing, with a similar system. Any suggestions welcome.

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