10 kilos of ganja

Yesterday we went geocaching. (There’s a link on the right side of the page that will tell you all about geocaching) We didn’t find the cache, but we did find about 10 kilos of ganja, which we gave to the police. In the picture, I’m carrying two packages while the police officer is carrying three!

I’m here on the Brac. Typing this on my phone. I have a Treo 650 phone/Palm
Today we don’t have much plans. This afternoon the OI Girls Cousin and
boyfriend arrives. I’ve met her before when I was in Costa Rica. It’s going
to be fun. Today should be a nice day.
My alarm went off at 3:30 but I just turned it off. I hope to study today.
I got a 100% on my last test. ACE!


It’s friday, I am not worth a hill-a-beans today. I don’t plan on doing any work and I’m going to the brac this afternoon.

Remember what I said about jinxing myself? the phone just rang and now I have to go fix something.

Taxes?? The US 'takes the cake' (and everything else)!

This is from an email I received, it’s not funny. Before I moved out of the US, I worked two full time jobs for 10 years and ate the cheapest noodles and beans and often saw people buying steak and shrimp and paying with food stamps.

Be sure to read all the way to the end!

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he’s fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries, then
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers,
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid.

Put these words
upon his tomb,
“Taxes drove me
to my doom…”

When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax,
Fuel permit tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Interest expense
Inventory tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road usage taxes
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone federal excise tax
Telephone federal universal service fee tax
Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes
Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
Telephone state and local tax
Telephone usage charge tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

COMMENTS: Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago,
and the US was the most prosperous nation in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class
in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What happened?
And NOW I have to “press 1” for English?

Eye Mat wok

It feels like Monday and I’m at work. The coffee is going. Friday we’re going to the Brac for New Years. The OI Girls cousin and boyfriend are coming. It will be fun.
Here’s a pic of a neighbors choo choo train I took yesterday morning. Early. I have another one non-blurred but it looks better blurred.

Boxing Day

It’s Boxing Day, that’s the day after Christmas where you have a day off to throw away all the empty boxes all your gifts came in.
I’m kidding.
Last night, the OI girl and I were driving around, starving because all the restaurants were closed and I remember doing the same thing last year. I’d think it’d be a big day for the restaurants and they wouldn’t all be closed. We went to a Hotel Restaurant and they were so packed we didn’t want to wait. We ended up going back to the sushi place.
Today there’s allegedly 10 cruise ships in, but it’s all cloudy so I haven’t been to the beach to see.

Christmas Morning

I’ve been thinking about those floor plans on my previous post. I was at my friends condo, it is huge. All the rooms are gigantic and there are three floors. It is amazing how much room is in there. When I told him my plans were 2600 square feet, he said that was larger than the condo. Maybe I’ll have the plans re-done to be smaller.
Well, it’s Christmas Morning. I got up to do my studying and sneak out the presents I got for the OI girl. I can’t study.
I’m scared that the things I got for her aren’t good enough, that she’ll secretly be disappointed.
I’m scared I’ve forgotton someone, or someone will stop by who has a present for me and I don’t have a present for them.
I’m trying to have a better attitude but I just can’t seem to.
Bah Humbug.
I’m Jewish. I grew up mostly in a little town in Missouri where I was the only Jewish kid in the school system. (My sister is 5 years younger than me, the only time we were in the same school was her first year and my fifth. I had a brother who was 7 years younger.)
I took a lot of crap from other kids and felt like an outsider. (Hey Jew-Boy!) Sometimes even my “friends” would turn on me. I hated being forced to sing Christmas Carols in school, (even the administration was an enemy). I still can’t stand those mindless jingles to this day.
My family celebrated both Christmas and Hannukah because my Mom wasn’t Jewish.
The nearest synagogue was an hours drive away. We drove there for Sunday school (killing a day of my precious weekends, and further separating me from my friends from school). All the kids from the synagogue knew each other and hung out together and I felt like I was an outsider there too. If it was a Jewish holiday, it was on a Saturday, and I’d lose the whole weekend.
Jews tell me I’m not a Jew, which makes me insanely angry. And I definitely will never be a Christian. Where I work, we broadcast a lot of church services, and I always hear the pastor telling the congregation lies like: “when Moses parted the Red Sea, and they were safely across, they stopped and prayed and said “Thank you Jesus”.
What shit.
I think the most sensible religion on this planet is Buddhism.

scans of the plans

if it costs $100 a square foot to build….

The top of the roof has a sundeck on it. You should be able to see the sea from there.

The bottom is unfinished. More can be added later.

The inside is nothing fancy. Big back porch.

Glad it's not Monday!

Well, to me it’s Monday to you it’s Thursday. Payback time huh? I have to work Saturday too.

Today is the December Solstice, the longest night and the shortest day in the northern hemisphere. That means tomorrow will be longer than today and the days will start getting longer. It’s the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Here winter starts at about 7:23 PM tonight. That is the instant the sun would be directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn.

I made a sundial but I left it at home.

I got a plan from the architect. I don’t think I can afford to build what I have planned. I don’t know what I an gunna do. Maybe sell my house in the US.

I’m kind of rambling around. I plan on goofing off at work today, but since I wrote that I plan on goofing off, i have jinxed myself and everything will go wrong. But since I wrote that I jinxed myself, maybe it won’t. except since I wrote maybe it won’t, it probably will.
Oh Nevermind!

Red Pictures

Tainted sponge
It seemed OK without a flash (This is the OI Girl scootering)
Back on land with the U/W white balance adjustment.

Here’s some of the pictures that came out red from day-before yesterday. I’m back to work tomorrow. My Mom and sister left yesterday.